Ok, so the weather hasn’t exactly been giving us the French Riviera-esque vibe that we all dreamed of for the start of summer (except for that cheeky little heatwave last week), but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a pint in the great outdoors. Anticipating the grey and gloomy Manchester weather, a number of bars and restaurants have created completely covered terraces – all providing shelter from the mild storm that has plagued the city for the past couple of weeks. Here’s our pick of the best covered outdoor terraces to enjoy in the most Northern way possible, as we enjoy the final days of ‘summer’.
1. Pong & Puck
New to town and bringing retro vibes to Great Northern Square, the Pong & Puck is home to a giant canape, sheltering us Mancs from the rubbish weather and allowing us to enjoy our cocktails while imagining we’re somewhere much warmer. There are a number of great, summery cocktails to choose from, as well as a selection of wines, beers, juices and games inside. Pong & Puck, Great Northern Square, 235, Deansgate, M3 4EN.
Popping up in Manchester this summer, Carnival has taken over the former Boujee Bridge Street site, reinventing the venue with plenty of colourful, Caribbean decorations and serving up taco bowls, nachos and more. Match your drink to the theme with sangria, caipirinhas and tons of other tropical flavours. Carnival, 44 Bridge St, M3 3BT.
3. Escape to Freight Island
Offering a fantastic outdoor experience for Mancs all year round, Escape to Freight Island boasts a large outdoor space, which features bleacher seating for casual drinks, bench-style tables for dining, and a completely covered area, too. Enjoy burgers, pizza, BBQ, beers and more – all in the knowledge that you won’t get soaked from the Manchester rain. Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.
4. Sunset by Australasia
A permanent fixture of Australasia’s perfectly pink little sister, Sunset, this covered terrace is the perfect place to sip on cocktails all year round – with heaters and blankets provided to keep you warm on the colder (and wetter) days. The menu is perfect for a catch-up or a belated date night, with sushi, bento and tons of Asian-inspired cocktails to try. Sunset by Australasia, 1 The Avenue, M3 3AP.
Luciano’s fabulous outdoor terrace has received a fresh makeover for the spring (after taking over the former Piccolinos), with guests now able to drink and dine on the piazza under complete cover. The lovely setting is accompanied by heaters and summery teal seating, with authentic Italian dishes, wines, cocktails, beers and more on offer. Piccolino, London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD.
6. Zouk Tea Bar & Grill
Zouk is home to ample outdoor seating under their covered terrace, with plenty of space for brunch, lunch and dinner. The contemporary space is complete with heaters and gorgeous plants, with some fantastic Indian dishes on offer for every meal. If that wasn’t all, Zouk also serves up a delicious Sunday roast, with huge sharing platters making for the perfect meal between mates. Zouk, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, M1 5QS.
Nestled under Mancunian Way, Mancs can take shelter at Hatch under the bridge, with a number of traders housed under one open-air roof to try. There’s plenty of space for both bookings and walk-ins, however, not all areas are undercover. Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, M1 7ED.
8. Dive Bar
Dive Bar is back with a brand new look – and a brand new terrace. Making the most of their large outdoor area on Tib Street, guests can now enjoy their covered (and heated!) outdoor space accompanied by small plates such as satay sweet potato, mac and cheese, mini halloumi burgers and more. Dive Bar and Grill, Tib St, M4 1SH.
Cool kid on the block Ramona is blessed with ample outdoor space, featuring not only a covered terrace but a teepee and campfire, too. The team has really sussed out how to enjoy the open air in gloomy Manchester, making sure guests can shelter from the rain and stay warm on chilly nights, but most of all – enjoy fantastic pizza comfortably. Ramona, 40 Swan St, M4 5JG.
Creating a completely covered outdoor space, which looks rather lovely and Parisian if you ask us, Rudy’s is serving their incredible Neapolitan pizzas outdoors – and you can enjoy them without the rain swamping your meal. At Peter Street, guests can enjoy a fully covered front terrace, with a retractable cover at their Ancoats restaurant, too. Rudy’s, Petersfield House, Peter St, M2 5QJ | 9 Cotton St, Ancoats, M4 5BF.
11. Roby 1844
A secret spot in the Northern Quarter, Roby 1844 is completely covered, with peaceful waterside views to enjoy. On the terrace, guests can enjoy an outdoor bar, American-inspired dishes (including massive burgers!), a number of vegan dishes, and, of course, wines, spirits and locally produced beers. Roby 1844, 25 Aytoun St, M1 3AE.