Bank holiday reunions are finally upon us. And you know what that means? DRINKS. Ditch those too-familiar four walls of yours, and enter a world of beautiful decor, ever-Instagrammable walls and murals and of, course, cocktails. If you’re planning a major catch up with friends this month, check out Secret Manchester’s guide to the best cocktail bars in Manchester.
1. Sunset by Australasia
One of Manchester’s most beautiful spots, Sunset by Australasia has some of the best cocktails in the city. Pretty in pink and the perfect spot for a ‘girls only’ evening, the bar has a roofed outdoor terrace that makes for the ultimate ‘gram spot. The impressive cocktail menu takes inspiration from its sister restaurant, Australasia, with Asian influences throughout. Fans of Asian food can also enjoy their delicious menu of small plates including dishes such as sushi, tempura and robata grill dishes. Sunset by Australasia, 1 The Avenue, Manchester, M3 3AP.
New to Manchester, Firefly transforms throughout the day, really coming alive at night. A “late-night LA concept”, Firefly does cocktails, DJ sets and dining West Coast style, with some seriously impressive decor. The restaurant serves up what they describe as Californian Tapas, while the atmosphere transforms into a “mysterious, charming, intimate bar and restaurant” as night falls. Their roof terrace is the perfect spot for girl’s night, with an elevated DJ booth that’ll have you fired up for the night ahead. Foodwell, Suite 2, Ground Floor, One New Bailey, Stanley St, Salford, M3 5JL.
Home to three different spaces to explore, this “whimsical” bar is the ultimate hideaway for a night on the town with your friends. The Impossible bar and kitchen transports you to an old fashioned, quirky theatre, with cocktails galore and Asian-inspired pub grub on the menu, while their Gin Possible nest is the perfect hidden spot for indulging in, well, gin! Downstairs, however, is the real treat – with their underground Theatre Impossible turning into a nightclub on weekends, with private booth areas, performances and so much more. Impossible, 36 Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QR.
A classic spot for any Mancunian, Menagerie never disappoints when it comes to girl’s night. The New Bailey spot is notorious for being aesthetically pleasing, with pretty sights to see in every single corner. Think pretty florals, neon signs, birdcages, beautiful furniture and delicious cocktails. The bar and restaurant also serve up an incredible boozy brunch with not one but two brunch courses, as well as their now-iconic marshmallow and Nutella doughnuts that are to die for. Menagerie, One New Bailey, New Bailey St, Salford, M3 5JL.
New kid on the block BLVD has taken over from weekend hotspot Neighbourhood, but that’s not to say its decor isn’t equally as pretty. Adorned in neon with lavish decor peppered with New York influences, BLVD is a late-night spot for dancing, drinking and getting up to mischief with your gals. The bar serves an array of tasty cocktails and wines, while the restaurant offers up an array of cuisines such as Japanese, Mexican and Chinese. Cheers to that! BLVD, The Avenue North, Manchester, M3 3BZ.
6. The Ivy
A bar for every girl’s night list, The Ivy never fails to be its impressive self. With three floors to choose from including their botanical brasserie, oriental Asia room and their eclectic rooftop, there’s plenty to explore at what can only be described as a wonderland of a venue. Their marble bars literally glow with gold, while every single feature in the building screams extravagant. Even the bathrooms feature Grecian statues to remind you of the restaurant’s prestigious reputation. Guests can choose from classic brasserie dishes or Japanese sharing dishes, with Asian-inspired cocktails and all the classics available to sup at the bar. The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester, M3 3HG.