As the sun starts to rear its head above Manchester, it’s got us feeling more like we’re in sunny Spain, and it only calls for one drink… Sangria. Say hello to wine’s juicy and fruity sister right here in the notoriously rainy city where one sip might be enough to transport you to the Costa del Sol. Many bars are serving this oh-so-easy-to-drink tipple across Manchester by the jug-load, whether it be the classic recipe or more of a modern twist, so without further ado here are the best places in Manchester for sangria. Salud!
1. Campo Blanco
If you’re after a taste of España north of Manchester then head to Campo Blanco who are serving jugs full of sangria for you to enjoy. The Whitefield bar and restaurant offers a range of sangria to choose from including red, white, rosé or non-alcoholic so there’s sure to be at least one that’ll take your fancy. We particularly like the sound of their cava sangria which features plenty of bubbles as well as being stirred with passionfruit liqueur, vanilla and lemon. Plus, you can enjoy unlimited sangria as part of Campo Blanco’s bottomless brunch offering. Campo Blanco, 1 Moss Ln, Whitefield, M45 6QE.
With the slogan ‘nuestra casa es tu casa’ (our home is your home) you’ll find plenty of welcoming vibes at Sandinista just off St Ann’s Square. Serving up a range of beers on tap, wines, cocktails and spirits we’re here for their fresh-tasting sangria. Served by the glass, guests can enjoy ruby Merlot-filled sangria or opt for one with either Sauvignon Blanc or Riojan rosé as you nibble on nachos, tuck into tacos or quaff quesadillas. We also like the sound of their squid butty (crispy chilli calamari, onion butter, spring onions, lime, chive aioli and guindilla all in a rustic roll) which work perfectly at soaking up that sangria. Sandinista, 2 Old Bank Street, (Off St. Ann’s Square), M2 7PF.
Tucked away in the Manchester area of Ancoats is a tasty tapas restaurant serving refreshing glasses of sangria. Select from red wine with Cointreau, rosé wine with elderflower liqueur or Cava with apricot liqueur all mixed with fresh fruit and lemonade. All of these can be enjoyed as part of Canto’s ‘Tipsy Tapas‘ offering where you can tuck into three tapas dishes alongside 90 minutes of bottomless sangria every Friday and Saturday. Canto, Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 5DH.
4. La Bandera
The menu at La Bandera is not just packed with paella and tapas dishes but also a drinks list to make you drool and dream of Spanish sunshine. The Manchester restaurant serves hefty one litre jugs of sangria in an assortment of flavours from traditional to La Bandera’s own signature recipe. Each jug is filled with plenty of fresh fruit to help you get your five-a-day (surely it counts) which can be accompanied by their extensive tapas selection featuring patatas bravas, croquetas and Padrón peppers, to name a few. Wine is great accompaniment to cheese and charcuterie boards therefore sangria is no different and you can have it all at this tapas joint. La Bandera, 2 Ridgefield, M2 6EQ.
5. El Rincon de Rafa
This family-run restaurant is a much-loved spot for many Mancs in the city thanks to its moreish tapas, warm hospitality and refreshing glasses of sangria. Donned with a sign made from tiles and a sliding door similar to that of a garage or warehouse, it gives sunny Andalucía meets industrial Manchester vibes. Hidden behind Deansgate, El Rincon de Rafa is a lively bar where you can enjoy not just tasty tapas but a pint or glass of sangria whilst watching Spanish football (you can’t miss the Spanish football shirts and scarves inside). El Rincon de Rafa, 244 Deansgate (entrance on Longworth Street), M3 4BQ.
6. Bar San Juan
While the spot may be in the suburbs of gloomy Manchester, you’d be forgiven for accidentally thinking you’d teleported to an old town in Catalonia. Surrounded by hues of yellow and red as well as decorative tiles, this bar and restaurant screams Spain. Forget booking a flight, order a glass of sangria and sit on a stool at Bar San Juan and you’re there. Better still, you can even feel like you’re in Spain at home as Bar San Juan do carafes of homemade traditional sangria to take away. Bar San Juan, 56 Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EG.
Another tapas restaurant and bar where you can sip on sangria by the glass or jug is Evuna. With two locations in Manchester, one in the Northern Quarter and one on Deansgate, you can rest assured knowing you’re not far from getting your sangria fix. Evuna sticks to tradition with one variety on the menu but be warned as it is very easy to drink as it has the wine, liqueur, juice and fresh fruit ratios down to a fine art. A glass of this alongside Evuna’s lunch deal of three tapas dishes for £15.95 (served every day 12pm to 4pm) is definitely one way to shake up the midday meal. Evuna, 79 Thomas St, M4 1LQ | 277-279 Deansgate, M3 4EW.
Ramona may be known for their lip-smackingly good margaritas, however the Manchester brunch and late night spot also serves up a mighty (and punchy) jug of sangria. Putting their very own spin on the classic Spanish cocktail, the sangria at Ramona features the key ingredient to a tasty marg, tequila. During the festive period, Ramona served up a dark winter sangria of Patrón silver, Fico Grande Sangiovese, mulled wine syrup, orange, lime and blood orange. But with summer on the horizon they’ve introduced a rosé spring sangria with Patrón silver, Vinho Verde rosé, pomegranate, lime, orange, mint and ginger.