Escape from the rain this week.
Ok, so the weather hasn’t exactly been giving us the French Riviera-esque vibe that we all dreamed of for that ‘Indian Summer’, 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. Great Northern Beach Club
New to town and bringing Ibiza vibes to Great Northern Square, the Great Northern Beach House is home to a giant canape, sheltering us Mancs from the rubbish weather and allowing us to enjoy our frozen cocktails while imagining we’re somewhere much warmer. There’s a number of great, summery cocktails to choose from, as well as a selection of wines, beers, juices and more. Great Northern Beach Club, Great Northern Square, 235, Deansgate, M3 4EN.
Popping up in Manchester this summer, Boujee has taken over the former 202 Kitchen Bridge Street site, retaining the venue’s pretty-in-pink decoration and serving up flatbreads, salad bowls, sides, frozen cocktails and more. Match your drink to the theme with frosé, raspberry mojitos and pink sangria, or go full-blown boujee with their fantastic champagne and fizz menu. The Terrace by Boujee, 44 Bridge St, M3 3BT.
3. The Refuge
Revamping their Waterhouse Way courtyard for the spring, The Refuge is offering up a limited menu outdoors, with live DJ sets, a full cover to shelter you from the rain, and their famous Sunday roasts, too. Think twinkling fairy lights setting the atmosphere, sharing platters, and a number of great cocktails to choose from. The Refuge, Oxford St, M60 7HA.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Piccolino Alderley Edge
Piccolino’s fabulous teepee has received a spring makeover, with guests now able to drink and dine on the Piazza under complete cover. The lovely setting is accompanied by heaters and summery picnic-style tables, with authentic Italian dishes, wines, cocktails, beers and more on offer. Piccolino, London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD.
7. 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 just has welcomed a number of new vendors this summer, including Oh My Cheesecake, Biscuit and Brew, and Mor Mor. Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, M1 7ED.
9. 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.
10. San Carlo
San Carlo recently transformed their outdoor space into a stunning, Italian-themed garden – with seriously regal Amalfi Coast vibes. The beautiful terrace is both covered and heated, with blankets on hand to keep you warm while you enjoy Italian dishes, cocktails and more. San Carlo, Manchester Airport, Marriott Hotel, Hale Road, Cheshire, Hale Barns, Hale, WA15 8XW.
New to Ancoats, Ramona has opened 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 still serving their incredible Neapolitan pizzas – and now, 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.
13. Salvi’s Corn Exchange
Making the most of the fantastic terrace space at the Corn Exchange, Salvi’s is now serving their beloved Italian grub under a weather-proof cover, with plenty of space for drinks and food to take advantage of. Enjoy classic pasta, pizza and meat dishes, with a fantastic selection of wines and beers, too. Salvi’s, 1 The Corn Exchange, Corporation St, M4 3TR.
14. Roby 1844
One of the city’s newest openings, 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.
[Featured image: Escape to Freight Island]