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Top 5 Manchester Bars

Top 5 Manchester Bars

10 November 2017 |

Nipping on London’s heels, Manchester is quickly establishing itself as the capital’s rival - whether that’s with its blossoming cultural industries, legendary music scene or, in this instance, it’s thriving nightlife. Whatever you fancy and wherever you're based, you are never far from a proper Mancunian bar. We’ve done the groundwork for you and selected five of the best bars to check out in the Northern Powerhouse.

Twenty Twenty Two


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Tucked away in a Northern Quarter back street basement, Twenty Twenty Two prides itself on offering much more than your run-of-the-mill bar. Open all week, the venue has four Ping Pong tables (with free Ping Pong on Mondays) and DJ's at weekends, perfectly catering for casual post-work tipples and dancing the night away. Twenty Twenty Two is also a vibrant cultural hub, with an events space available for hire that regularly plays host to photographic exhibitions, product launches, birthday parties, fashion shows and photo shoots.
 
Twenty Twenty Two can be found at 20 Dale St, Manchester M1 1EZ.
 
 
The Fitzgerald


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As the name suggests, The Fitzgerald takes inspiration from the 1920s and is a contender for one of Manchester’s suavest bars. True to the speakeasy style, the bar isn’t the easiest to locate, hidden just off Stevenson Square, behind an unremarkable doorway and down a flight of stairs. Once you’re there however, you’ll be transported to another era, with the décor, music and even staff uniforms reflecting the theme. The Fitzgerald pushes the boundaries with the cocktail list (dry ice features heavily), so you’re guaranteed a drink that’s as visually enticing as it is delicious.
 
The Fitzgerald is located at 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB.
 
 
Jimmy’s


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Setting up shop in a former photography studio at the tail-end of 2016, Jimmy’s sits bang slap in the middle of the Northern Quarter. Set up by One Night Only frontman George Craig and his bandmate and brother Jimmy, the bar also acts as a gig spot and music paraphernalia is dotted around the walls, from limited edition band posters to rare vinyl’s. With an excellent range of beers on tap – including their own ‘Jimmy’s Lager’ – and a selection of classic, no-nonsense cocktails, Jimmy’s perfectly encapsulates the effortless cool of Manchester.
 
Jimmy’s is located at 12 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AN.  
 
 
The Washhouse


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Another one of Manchester’s – quite literal – hidden gems, The Washhouse stays true to its name and hides behind the façade of a laundrette. Behind this illusion however, is a decked out bar with a scattering of leather booths. It’s one of the fancier bars in the city so whack out your glad rags and indulge in their extensive list of cocktails, spanning from the classics to more extravagant concoctions. Entry is by appointment only, so be sure to call the number on their website and book in for ‘a wash’. You have been warned.
 
Find The Washhouse at 19 Shudehill, Manchester M4 2AF.
 
 
Apotheca


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This city centre favourite takes its name from the apothecary drawers in old pharmacies, an inspiration which is very much extended throughout their menu and embraces a scientific aesthetic. Apotheca’s exquisite menu offers everything from twisted classics to unusual inventions and even bottled cocktails to share. For the more adventurous drinkers, you can push your limits with drinks that include chilli, beetroot and even bacon amongst their ingredients, or book on to a bespoke cocktail class and create your own tipple.
 
Apotheca is located at 17 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU.

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