Big Nights: the top 10 bars for couples in Manchester

In recent years, Manchester’s bar scene has undergone something of a renaissance and is now second to none. If you’re planning a night out for just the two of you, here are ten of the best.


[caption id="attachment_2032" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Spinningfields is home to Alchemist, for many, Manchester’s finest cocktail bar. The bar’s chic interior is offset with a décor featuring skulls and the kind of quirky accoutrements that you might expect to find in the laboratory of, well, an alchemist. Part of the enjoyment of a cocktail here is the theatre of watching it being made; molecular mixologists use lab equipment such as flasks and Bunsen burners.


[caption id="attachment_2033" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Taking its name from the grade II listed building’s previous incarnation as a pharmacy, Apotheca is an atmospheric bar perfect for an intimate night out for two. Its interior features cabinets which would be right at home in an old apothecary. If you fall in love the cocktails on Apotheca’s award winning menu, the bar also offers cocktail schools.


[caption id="attachment_2034" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Kosmonaut is perhaps the quintessential Northern Quarter bar. With its artfully unfussy furnishings and its interior of exposed bricks and pipes, it feels like a trendy New York loft. A chilled atmosphere, great food, and a drinks menu featuring craft cocktails and artisan beers makes Kosmonaut ideal for a relaxed evening together.

Cloud 23

[caption id="attachment_2035" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Make your way up to the twenty-third floor of Beetham Tower and you’ll find yourself in the sophisticated setting of Cloud 23. Enjoy fantastic views of Manchester and superb cocktails in a setting that exudes elegance.

Odd Bar 

[caption id="attachment_2036" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] A well-established bar on the fringe of the trendy Northern Quarter, Odd’s eclectic and eccentric décor combined with an exuberant bar menu make this a fun, if at times crowded, venue which is close to the city centre and handy for both tram and bus services.

Gas Lamp

[caption id="attachment_2037" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Cosy, quirky and stocked with a tantalising selection of beers and ales from various corners of the world, this Bridge Street basement bar is one of the must-visit bars for couples in Manchester. It's especially perfect for those who love great music, as DJs and live acts are lined up on some nights.


[caption id="attachment_2038" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] With both craft and classic cocktails, and a breathtakingly extensive wine list, the Australasia cocktail bar eschews the shabby chic embraced by many of the city’s bars. It embraces modern elegance, with a relaxed down-under twist. Adjoined to their restaurant, which specialises in creative fusions of contemporary Australian and South East Asian cuisines, Australasia’s bar menu includes sushi, sashimi and tempura.

Manchester House 

[caption id="attachment_2039" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Easy to miss, as it’s located in an unprepossessing city tower in Spinningfields, Manchester House is anything but ordinary. The lounge and terrace exude all the decadence and glamour of the perfect Hollywood pad and the cocktails and wines on the menu here are second to none!

Liars Club 

[caption id="attachment_2040" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Another basement bar, the Liars Club embraces a Caribbean theme. Patrons of this Tiki bar can sip cocktails in a setting which looks like it was designed by Captain Jack Sparrow, complete with barrels converted into tables and seats. If rum, reggae and an unashamedly kitsch décor sound like the ingredients for a great evening, the Liars Club is highly recommended.


[caption id="attachment_2041" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Recently redecorated, Épernay is something of a hidden gem, despite its city centre location. In addition to its magnificent selection of vintage champagnes, its menu also boasts more than eighty types of cocktail.

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