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7 Ravishing Rooftop Bars In Manchester Perfect For A Summer Tipple

By Laura Rogan August 3, 2020

Soak up the sun with spectacular views.

As Mancs everywhere await the next wave of summer sun (which is due very, very soon!), here at Secret Manchester, we’re dreaming of cocktails with a view. From lavish spots twenty storeys high, to laid back urban rooftops that are brilliant for grabbing a beer at, we’ve rounded up the best rooftop bars Manchester has to offer.

1. 20 Stories

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Set in Manchester’s glam Spinningfields area with arguably the best views in the entire city, 20 Stories offers outdoor dining and drinking high up in the sky, with glass surrounding to allow for panoramic views. The rooftop terrace can be accessed all year round with a bar right outside for convenience and glorious views of the surrounding blue skies. On a grey day, enjoy the comfort of a canopy made of two-storey high trees, or gather near a fire pit on an evening for an ultra-cosy vibe. 20 Stories, NO. 1, 1 Hardman Square, M3 3EB.

2. Great John Street Hotel

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A hidden spot on top of Manchester’s lush Great John Street Hotel, the Rooftop Playground – a former boy’s school playground – offers a tranquil escape from the city. The wicker furniture and ample greenery will have you feeling like you’re on a mini holiday, and especially so when you get to sink that long-awaited glass of vino. Great John Street Hotel, Great John Street, M3 4FD.

3. YES

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YES is more commonly known as one of Manchester’s best gig spots, however, they’re also great for street grub and sociable drinking, too. Pull up a stool, grab a beer and try out their tasty pizza or Döner Summer’s unbelievable vegan-friendly kebabs – all under the glorious Manchester sunshine out on YES’s rooftop terrace. YES, 38 Charles St, M1 7DB.

4. Terrace

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Terrace NQ is one of the city’s best spots for laid-back alfresco drinking, with stripped-back styling, plenty of seating and beers, cocktails and pizza on offer. We highly recommend it for those days that you don’t want to move from spot-to-spot, with further seating indoors and great music for when the evening starts to cool. Terrace NQ, 43 Thomas St, M4 1NA.

5. The Ivy

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Another special spot in Spinningfields suitable for both celebrations or just a boujee Tuesday – The Ivy’s roof terrace is stunningly decorated, with plus velvet furniture, fire pits for warmth and grand trees throughout setting a botanical theme for its brasserie offering. Most of the space is for diners, however, there’s a lovely bar within the terrace, too, where you can perch up for a drink or two. The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom St, M3 3HG.

6. El Gato Negro

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Hidden away above King Street is El Gato Negro’s vibrant roof terrace, where guests can chow down on beautiful Spanish tapas alongside a delicious wine menu. It’s a real sun trap if you’re looking to soak up some rays, and what better grub to enjoy than the taste of Espãna on a sunny day? El Gato Negro, 52 King St, M2 4LY.

7. King Street Townhouse

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Finally, one of the great Manchester rooftop bars in terms of the wonderful view, King Street Townhouse has a super cosy south-facing terrace where you can drink, dine and relax with friends – with gorgeous sights of the city centre on offer. But if you fancy a bigger dose of relaxation, the glam hotel also boasts an incredible spa infinity pool which overlooks the city’s famous clock tower. King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth St, M2 4AW.

[Featured image: Great John Street Hotel] 

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