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The Scenic Rooftop Bar That’s Home To The Best Views In The City

By Laura Rogan

Unmissable views, twenty storeys high.

When it comes to experiencing Manchester, immersing yourself right in the buzz of it all is usually the best way to see it at its finest. That is, except, when there’s the opportunity to experience it high up in the sky. Sitting – appropriately – twenty storeys high above Spinningfields, 20 Stories boasts some of the most impressive, panoramic views of Manchester city centre, a view that can’t be seen anywhere else. In fact, I can count on just two fingers the places that allow Mancs to experience such a sight, with the vast majority of Manchester’s bar scene keeping its feet firmly on the ground.

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Helping guests feel like they’re floating in the clouds not only with their floor-to-ceiling windows, but with their menus, too, guests can enjoy decadent cocktails and wines on their outdoor terrace, with indoor seating also placed up by the glass so guests can dine in front of the spectacular city sights whatever the weather.

Spy ant-like figures going about their days down below, the town hall dominating the skyline and Beetham Tower looming over everything that surrounds, all the while soaking up the sun on 20 Stories’ seasonally-decorated rooftop terrace. This summer on the terrace, guests can expect a beautiful ‘summer hideaway’ in collaboration with Tanqueray, boasting a fruity-themed archway, cosy seating that’s perfect for mate dates, and a curated menu of refreshing cocktails.

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Food-wise, the menu is packed with locally-sourced ingredients whipped up into dishes that draw inspiration from all corners of the globe – including the Mediterranean and Britain itself. Think the likes of ‘Manchester Gin’ beetroot cured Scottish salmon, Harrisa marinated spatchcock poussin, 35 days dry aged steaks and roast skrei cod, as well as British puds such as rhubarb and custardEton Mess, and a selection of tasty British cheeses.

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On Sundays, it’s all about the classic roast – with live music usually accompanying (COVID-dependant) to create an ambient atmosphere and sirloin of beef and roast pork gracing the menu, both of which are served with roasties, veggies, crispy Yorkshire puds and thick, rich gravy. It’s basically every Northerner’s Sunday dream. Tipple in hand, and a proper good roast with a view.

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Open now for both casual drinks and, brunch, lunch, Afternoon Tea and dinner, guests can book tables both indoors and outdoors, with their brand new summer cocktail menu available to try all season long. Book here and find them at 20 Stories, NO. 1, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB.

Read more: 45 Al-Fresco Dining Spots In Manchester That Are Perfect For Summer