Our roundup of the best outdoor drinking spaces in Manchester.
We’ve got the routine down to a fine art. As soon as the sun appears, we make a mad dash to our nearest beer garden, no matter how uninspiring, to ‘make the most of it’ because we can’t afford to waste precious outdoor drinking time shopping around.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best beer gardens in the city so you can soak up every second of summer while making the most of what the city has to offer.
1) 20 Stories
Manchester’s highest outdoor terrace sits 19 floors up, on the top floor of No 1 Spinningfields Tower. The rooftop bar offers breathtaking views of the city, while firepits and cushions keep things cozy when night sets in. 1 Hardman Square.
2) The Deansgate Tavern
The Deansgate may look like a traditional pub, but its beer garden is anything but. Nestled in the shadow of Beetham Tower the rooftop terrace provides a peaceful escape from the noises of the city. 321 Deansgate
3) Lock 91
Located at the far end of Deansgate locks, Lock 91 is an often-overlooked hidden gem, meaning its pretty canalside beer garden is rarely full. 9 Century Street
4) The Crown and Anchor
The Northern Quarter-based pub boasts one of the prettiest hidden beer gardens in the city. Shrouded in greenery, the garden secluded from anyone wandering past while remaining light and airy. 41 Hilton Street
5) The Briton’s Protection
Manchester’s oldest pub boasts an impressive selection of 300 whiskeys and good choice of local ales. But it is its spacious beer garden that pulls in the punters over summer. The sun-trap holds the sunshine for most of the day, allowing revelers to make the most of the good weather. 50 Great Bridgewater Street
6) Atlas Bar
Gin lovers rejoice! Atlas Bar stocks 250 varieties of Gin which can be enjoyed from its all-weather outdoor terrace, with a retractable roof and heating. Meaning you can enjoy gin alfresco all year round. 376 Deansgate
7) Rain Bar
The three-floor pub was once a Victorian Warehouse and is now home to one of the city’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and can host barbeques for special functions. 80 Great Bridgewater Street
8) The Wharf
Another canal-side spot, The Wharf boasts a sprawling terrace with plenty of outdoor seating making it a safe choice when the mad rush to the beer gardens begins. 6 Slate Wharf
9) Sinclair’s Oyster Bar and The Old Wellington Inn
Based in the historic Shambles Square, the duo embody everything we love about the traditional old man pub. It may have the biggest beer garden in the city, but as a Sam Smiths pub, it also has some of the lowest prices which means its garden is one of the first to fill up. 2 Cathedral Gates
10) The Pilcrow
Known as the pub that Manchester built, The Pilcrow was constructed by an army of volunteers during a series of weekly craft masterclasses over 10 months. With its relaxed Scandinavian feel, its beer garden brings a dose of much-needed tranquility to the city. Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street
11) The Alchemist, Media City
Famed for its fancy cocktails, The Alchemist serves up dangerously drinkable concoctions with a side of smokey showmanship. And while we’re blessed with no fewer than three Alchemists in Manchester, the one in Media City is our personal favourite. Due (in part) to the breathtaking views it offers across Media City and the quays, making it the perfect spot for chilled after-work drinks. The Bund The Quays Media City M50 3AB
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