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

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

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

Soak up the sun at these top Manchester spots.

Summer is finally here (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 nice, cold 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, so we’d advise getting there early if you want to sit out front. 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 courtesy of Noi Quattro, brunch dishes, pies and more in the glorious Manchester sun. 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. Reopening May 17th. 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 has 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! Reopening TBC. 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. Expect the same vibe that you knew and loved before, with plenty of live music and hanging kebabs in store. The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY.

10. The Lawn Club

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Summer at The Lawn Club is here, and this year, they have ample seating across their sun-soaked lawn. Enjoy private dining pods, bench-style seating perfect for mate dates, cosy bean bag seating and their indoor pub for rainy days. The bar has also launched incredible cocktail sharers for the season, including Pimms in a welly boot and Aperol Spritz in a watering can. The Lawn Club, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, M3 3HG.

11. Escape to Freight Island

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Opening just last summer, Escape to Freight Island has plenty of seats to fulfil your alfresco needs, with a number of vendors on site serving up seriously good beer and grub. We’re talking NYC-style pizzas, juicy burgers, authentic Vietnamese dishes and beers from Camden Town Brewery. This place is super popular, so it’s best to get your table booked beforehand. Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.

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 to 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. If that wasn’t all, they’re even offering up bottomless brunch – with bottomless slices, margs and more! 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, Castlefield

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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.

19. Great Northern Beach Club, Deansgate

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New for 2020, Great Northern Beach Club has opened up on Great Northern Square, and it’s brought Ibiza vibes with it. Think chill music, Balaeric-inspired decor, frozen cocktails, and beach huts that can be booked out privately for summer seshes with friends. Great Northern Beach Club, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN.

20. BrewDog

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A permanent fixture at BrewDog, Peter Street – guests can soak up the sun til late evening here, with tons of BrewDog pints on draught, some gorgeous wines, cocktails and, of course, seriously good grub on the menu. The bar operates on a walk-in basis, so you can simply rock up, grab a table and order via a QR code. BrewDog, Scottish Mutual House, 35 Peter St, M2 5BG.

21. Feel Good Club, Northern Quarter

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Manchester’s wellbeing cafe is back with a happy, colourful outdoor terrace, where guests can watch the day pass by with a good old coffee. Not only that, but they’ve also introduced a fantastic garden terrace menu, too, complete with pastel de natas and a number of sourdough based dishes that are perfect for lunch. Feel Good Club, 26-28 Hilton St, M1 2EH.

22. Wolf at the Door, Northern Quarter

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Wolf at the Door is back with their glorious outdoor terrace in the bustling Northern Quarter, with £1 bao buns and tacos on the menu for our return to the pubs. Not only that, but guests can also enjoy a fine selection of natural wines (including our new favourite, orange wine) as well as piled-high dirty fries and more. Wolf at the Door, 30-32 Thomas St, M4 1ER.

23. Ramona, Ancoats

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New kids on the block Ramona have a seriously amazing outdoor space for us to enjoy, with bookings open now. The fantastic beer garden will consist of a teepee and campfire area, where guests can knock back a few pints and a whole lot of slices of their amazing Detroit-style pizza. Just don’t forget a drizzle of their hot honey while you’re there… Ramona, 40 Swan St, M4 5JG.

24. Albert’s Schloss, Peter Street

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Opening especially for Spring 2020, Albert’s Schloss has created a fantastic Alpine-inspired outdoor terrace, where guests can enjoy a menu of summer cocktails, Bavarian beers, Alpine dishes, live entertainment and their incredible Sunday roasts. The terrace will bring a slice of what guests know and love already about Albert’s Schloss, including DJ sets and great food. Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, M2 5QR.

25. Banyan, Corn Exchange

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Banyan’s Corn Exchange venue has reopened, allowing guests to enjoy their outdoor space once again. The terrace is a permanent fixture for the Corn Exchange bar and restaurant, and guests can take advantage of their extensive cocktail menu, diverse food options and sun-trap location. Banyan, Unit 4, The Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, M4 3TR.

26. Gino’s My Restaurant, Corn Exchange

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Just as with the other restaurants that cohabit the Corn Exchange, Gino’s operates an outdoor terrace all year round, with plenty of seating in a central spot (perfect for people watching). This spring, guests can enjoy their delicious authentic-inspired Italian menu, along with a fantastic selection of wines. Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant, The Corn Exchange, 11 Corn Exchange, M4 3TR.

27. Ezra & Gil, Northern Quarter

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New to Ezra & Gil, guests can now wake up to their hearty brunch dishes in the sunshine, alongside their brand new Italian menu – which was first introduced during lockdown. The new menu is a collection of authentic pasta dishes created by their Italian head chef, with a little something for everyone to try. The brand new terrace is in a prime location, too, overlooking the hustle and bustle of Stevenson Square. Ezra & Gil, 20 Hilton St, M1 1FR.

28. The Quarter House, Northern Quarter

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The Quarter House has long been home to a popular outdoor terrace, way back to its days as Rosylee. As usual, Mancs can soak up the sun in a prime spot, with American-style BBQ grub, a great selection of beers and more. The Quarter House, 11 Stevenson Square, M1 1DB.

30. The Shack, Northern Quarter

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Creating a small, street-side terrace outside of their Northern Quarter venue, The Shack is welcoming back guests in the sunshine, in a central location by the busy Arndale. Guests can enjoy a menu of comforting American classics, as well as cocktails, wine, beers and more. The Shack, 69 High St, M4 1FS.

31. Federal, Northern Quarter

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The Northern Quarter cafe known for being eternally in demand, Federal Cafe Bar has taken to the streets, serving customers on their outdoor terrace which has long been a Northern Quarter staple spot. Enjoy brunch dishes, coffees, cocktails and more in the sunshine while watching the trams zoom by. Federal Cafe Bar, 9 Nicholas Croft, M4 1EY.

32. Sunset by Australasia, Spinningfields

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Reopening their heated terrace for us to enjoy this spring, guests can finally return to Sunset by Australasia, who are serving up their fantastic Australasian-inspired menu of sushi, Japanese small plates, and Asian inspired cocktails. The stunning terrace is complete with heaters and blankets and is completely covered, too, so you can seek refuge when the inevitable Manchester rain rears its head. Sunset by Australasia, 1 The Avenue, M3 3AP.

33. The Ivy, Spinningfields

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Allowing fans to get the Brasserie experience in the great outdoors, The Ivy has created a stunning English garden-style terrace (in true The Ivy style, of course), with limited seating where guests can enjoy the sunshine, look out over the Lawn Club, and chow down on their classic brasserie dishes, cocktails and more. The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom St, M3 3HG.

34. Seven Bro7hers, Ancoats

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Providing long benches that allow groups of six to catch up after a lengthy time in lockdown, Seven Bro7hers Ancoats is serving up their fantastic Salford-brewed beers, with a menu of pub classics (such as burgers and kebabs) on the menu should you get a little peckish. The terrace looks out onto the busy Cutting Room Square, which in itself, has become an alfresco meet-up destination. Seven Bro7hers, 39 Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 5AF.

35. NAM, Ancoats

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Joining neighbours Seven Bro7hers on Blossom Street, NAM Manchester has provided long benches for guests to take advantage of, providing a great place to chow down on bao buns and Vietnamese plates with a beer. NAM, Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 6AJ.

36. Yard & Coop, Northern Quarter

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Yard & Coop is back – joining its Edge Street neighbours with an outdoor terrace where guests can enjoy their beloved buttermilk chicken and beers. The terrace is covered under gabezo-style structures, providing a little bit of shelter from the rain on those days that just really fancy a pint. Yard & Coop, 37 Edge St, M4 1HW.

37. El Gato Negro, King Street

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Serving tapas on the terrace, El Gato Negro is well and truly bringing the Mediterranian vibes to Manchester this spring. The new outdoor terrace is the perfect place to soak up the sun on lovely King Street as you watch shoppers pass by, with a menu of classic tapas dishes available to enjoy. El Gato Negro, 52 King St, M2 4LY.

38. Zouk, Oxford Road

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Reopening their gorgeous outdoor terrace for the spring, Zouk is serving up delicious Indian dishes, including brunch, lunch, curries, eclectic chicken tikka bao buns, and their huge Sunday roasts. The summery space has plenty of room under its tin cover, with heaters also dotted throughout to keep us warm on those cooler evenings. Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, M1 5QS.

39. Tast, King Street

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Creating a gorgeous outdoor terrace on King Street, where their restaurant resides, Tast Catala has a small number of tables available for those looking to fill up on tapas, with a gorgeous Barcelona-inspired menu to try. The menu is, of course, accompanied by a number of fantastic cocktails, sangrias and more. Tast Catala, 20-22 King St, M2 6AG.

40. Almost Famous, Northern Quarter

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Joining their sister site Liquor and Burn on Edge Street, Almost Famous is serving up their delicious menu of juicy burgers, wings, and cocktails (in collaboration with Liquor and Burn). Almost Famous, 100-102 High St, M4 1HP.

41. Nell’s Pizza @ Common, Northern Quarter

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Taking up residence at Common Bar for well over a year now, Nell’s Pizza is serving up slices bigger than your head on Edge Street, as part of Common’s outdoor terrace. The bar is, of course, also serving up their vast array of beers, cocktails, wines and more, with giant pizzas and slices on the menu. Common Bar, 39-41 Edge St, M4 1HW.

42. Salvi’s, Corn Exchange

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Bringing a slice of Naples to the Corn Exchange this summer, guests can enjoy a menu of Italian classics, from pizza and pasta to delicious meat dishes at Salvi’s al fresco terrace. Accepting both bookings and walk-ins, the beloved restaurant will continue serving authentic Italian grub this summer, all made fresh with ingredients imported straight over from the Med. Salvi’s, 1 The Corn Exchange, Corporation St, M4 3TR.

43. Dive Bar

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Creating a brand new outdoor terrace as part of their recent renovation, Dive Bar & Grill now boasts a weather-friendly outdoor space, which features a retractable cover and heaters for those cold and rainy days. Serving up American-inspired small plates, cocktails, beers and tons of wines, it’s the perfect spot for a casual catch up this summer – come rain, or shine. Dive Bar, Tib St, M4 1SH.

44. The Anthologist

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One of Manchester’s cosiest all-day cocktail bars, The Anthologist has a lovely outdoor seating area, which is the perfect place to people-watch while supping on their extensive cocktail menu. Enjoy their tasty list of ‘bar bites’, take advantage of their seriously dog-friendly policy, or simply catch up with mates within the bustling area of the city. The Anthologist, One St Peter’s Square, M2 3DE.

45. The Refuge

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Revamped especially for the summer, The Refuge’s gorgeous Waterhouse Way terrace is back and better than ever – with street food takeovers taking place all summer long. Enjoy cocktails, beers, DJ takeovers and some seriously delicious local grub, with a cover providing refuge for the rainy days. The Refuge, Oxford St, M60 7HA.

46. Motley

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New in town just off busy Deansgate, Motley is part of swanky new hotel Qbic, offering stylish, street-side dining for both guests and passersby. Serving ‘uncomplicated’ dishes, draft lagers, cocktails and more, guests can expect Mediterranean dishes such as burgers, flatbreads and more, as well as friendly service and a great atmosphere. Motley, 115 Deansgate, M3 2NW.

47. Ducie Street

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Ducie Street’s south facing terrace is open all summer long, with plenty of seating to enjoy – whether you’re heading for brunch, day drinks or dinner. The venue is the official home of Manchester’s cult bakery, Gooey, and offers a fantastic, diverse menu for lunch and dinner. Ducie Street Warehouse, Ducie St, M1 2TP.

48. Dakota

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A gorgeous hideaway near Piccadilly station, the summery Dakota terrace is the perfect spot for a glass of fizz on a sunny afternoon, with plenty of small plates on offer to indulge in, too.

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

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