18 Al-Fresco Dining Spots In Manchester That Are Perfect For Summer

By Laura Rogan

Soak up the sun at these top Manchester spots.

Spring is finally upon us (alongside the end of lockdown) and we’re absolutely buzzing about heading back out in the world, seeing our mates again over a couple of socially-distanced pints. And to help us catch-up as safely as possible, many of Manchester’s food and drink establishments are utilising their outdoor spaces and creating their very own pop-up terraces, perfect for lounging in the sun (when it makes an appearance!). Check out our ultimate guide to outdoor dining spots to try in Manchester this summer.

1. Home Sweet Home, Northern Quarter

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Edge Street has been completely transformed into an alfresco dining destination, with all of its bars permitted to use the road space to serve customers. Home Sweet Home is now serving its iconic brunch dishes and more with a brand new outdoor terrace, perfect for when the sun’s shining. Home Sweet Home, 49-51 Edge St, M4 1HW.

2. The Bay Horse Tavern, Northern Quarter

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Taking the pub vibes outdoors, the Bay Horse Tavern customers can now enjoy food and drinks on their brand new terrace, which Thomas Street has been pedestrianised just in time for. Sit under one of their giant parasols, or enjoy the open air and sunshine. Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, M4 1NA.

3. The Alchemist, Spinningfields and Piccadilly

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The perfect spot for cocktails and small plates, The Alchemist is a great summer spot – with outdoor seating areas at both their Manchester venues. The outdoor seating is usually in high-demand, however, you can get your hands on a table now by pre-booking. The Alchemist, 1 New York St, M1 4HD | 3 Hardman St, M3 3HF.

4. Terrace, Northern Quarter

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Terrace’s terrace is a great spot for summer drinks, but did you know they serve up some tasty grub, too? Enjoy yummy pizzas, brunch dishes, pies and more in the glorious Manchester sun – all while social distancing. Terrace, 43 Thomas St, M4 1NA.

5. Cane & Grain, Northern Quarter

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Some of the best American grub in town, Cane and Grain is serving up ribs, beer and burgers both inside and outside – so you can bask out in the warm weather, or hide inside with a bit of comfort food if it rains. Cane and Grain, 49, 51 Thomas St, M4 1NA.

6. The Pen and Pencil, Northern Quarter

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The Pen and Pencil has expanded its outdoor seating area in the lovely Northern Quarter so you can enjoy their tasty brunches, cocktails, burgers and more outdoors this summer – allowing for socially distanced fun for customers. The Pen and Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, M1 2EJ.

7. Foundry Project, Northern Quarter

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With a large outdoor space out front by the Smithfield Market buildings, it’d be sacrilege not to use it. Foundry Project have added more seating outside for customers to enjoy both food and drinks out in the sunshine, so next time the sun’s out, grab a pizza and enjoy the rare, warm weather! Foundry Project, 22-10 Thomas St, M4 1DH.

8. Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, Northern Quarter

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Another spot taking to Edge Street to create a wonderful alfresco dining space, Luck Lust Liquor and Burn (along with sister restaurant Almost Famous) has provided a large space for customers to safely dine, serving both drinks and food. Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, M4 1HP.

9. The Oast House, Spinningfields

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Finally re-opening following the pandemic, The Oast House is back and customers can finally enjoy the large, open space all over again. Social distancing measures are, of course, in place – however, you can expect the same vibe that you knew and loved before, just safer. The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY.

10. The Refinery, Spinningfields

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The Refinery’s beautiful terrace is absolutely perfect for social distancing – and you can book a table now. Enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner out in the open, with cocktails, beers and more to choose from too. The Refinery, XYZ Building, 1 Hardman Blvd, M3 3AQ. [Reopening date TBC]


11. Iberica, Spinningfields

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Transport yourself to Spain at Ibérica with their glorious and cosy outdoor terrace. Because what’s better than a bit of tapas in the sun? Booking is recommended to get a spot. Ibérica, Spinningfields Square, 14-15 The Avenue, Hardman St, M3 3HF. [Reopening date TBC]

12. Thaikhun, Spinningfields

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An outdoor terrace with a difference – Thaikhun is a really fun place to be. The decor is incredible, inspired by street food markets in Thailand, and the food is absolutely delish. Thaikhun, 3 Hardman St, M3 3HF.

13. Crazy Pedro’s, Spinningfields and Northern Quarter

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Pizza at Pedro’s? Enjoy it outside on their new terrace, which is a brand new addition for their Northern Quarter venue. Their Spinningfields venue remains the same, with benches outdoors to enjoy a beer and a slice – albeit, with new social distancing measures in place for your safety. Crazy Pedro’s, Short St, M4 1AA | 55-57 Bridge St, M3 3BQ.

14. Rudy’s, Peter Street

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Rudy’s on Peter Street opened up its beautiful terrace just last summer, and now it’s more ideal than ever. Enjoy their incredible Neapolitan pizzas alfresco Italian-style, cocktail in hand. Rudy’s, Petersfield House, Peter St, M2 5QJ.

15. Elnecot, Ancoats

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Elnecot’s already open and spacious restaurant has expanded outdoors, providing a spot of sunshine for its customers. Enjoy lush British dishes with a side of summer air, or kick back and relax with a cocktail. Elnecot, Cutting Room Square, 41 Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 6AJ.

16. Hatch, Oxford Road

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You can’t get any more social distancing-friendly than Hatch, the outdoor destination for street food and independent shopping. Potter around and check out what’s on offer, before winding down with a beer or wine and a bit of grub from one of the lovely street food vendors tucked inside converted shipping containers. Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, M1 7ED.

17. Seven Bro7hers Middlewood Locks, Salford

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A great summer spot tucked away where Salford and Manchester City Centre meet, Seven Bro7hers newest venue at Middlewood Locks offers a huge outdoor space, where you can grab pub grub or knock back a few of their experimental pints (made with honey, Rice Crispies and even Coco Pops!). Seven Bro7hers, Lockside Ln, Salford, M5 4YP.

18. Dukes 92

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A large beer garden in the Castlefield area, Dukes is the perfect spot for watching sports, catching up with friends, or eating and drinking – with ample outdoor seating available. Dukes 92, 18 – 25 Castle St, M3 4LZ.

[Featured image: Ibérica/Rudy’s Peter Street]