Wine-down at some of Manchester’s ripest bars.
Oh wine, how we love you so. That sweet taste of a refreshing glass of fermented grapes after a long day at work is like no other – and luckily for us, Manchester isn’t short of places to grab a bottle or two. From the tucked away independents, to the tapas spots with extensive Spanish wine lists, check out Secret Manchester’s guide to the best wine bars in Manchester.
1. Evuna, Northern Quarter and Deansgate
Bringing a taste of España to Manchester, Evuna imports a large selection of Spanish wines for us to enjoy, paired with an incredible menu of delicious tapas. Taste the stunning flavours of their endless wine list alongside charcuterie, tapas and paellas in a relaxed and super-friendly environment. It’s the perfect spot for a date night after months at home. Evuna, 79 Thomas St, M4 1LQ | 277-279 Deansgate, M3 4EW.
2. Veeno, City Centre
A casual spot by Albert Square, Veeno offers a lovely and relaxed wine tasting experience with a number of different experiences to choose from. Try out the tastes of Sicily with authentic spuntini, enjoy food and wine pairings, or enjoy Veeno’s Flight experiences, where you’ll taste 3-4 different bottles of wine. If tasting isn’t your style, you can also simply pop in for a few refreshing glasses and a bit of food. Veeno, 14 Brazennose St, M2 6LW.
3. Reserve Wines, Northern Quarter
A wine bar with a little more bustle that most of the others, Reserve Wines is situated within the lively Mackie Mayor – and while small, their selection of wines is pretty mighty. There’s a ton of different wines to choose from originating from various regions, as well as specials and keg wines to try, too. Reserve Wines, Mackie Mayor, Eagle Street, M4 5JZ.
4. Salut, City Centre
An independent spot boasting a bit of Manchester’s industrial charm, Salut Wines can be found near China Town serving up wines by the glass and some tasty tapas. The bar has walls absolutely packed with stunning bottles of wine imported from all over the globe, from reds, whites, rosés to the more special sparkling bottles. Salut Wines, 11 Cooper St, M2 2FW.
5. Blossom Street Social, Ancoats
Brought to us by the same team behind Hanging Ditch (which we’ll get onto, we promise!), Blossom Street Social is Ancoats’ new resident wine bar and kitchen, utilising its kitchen to welcome local chefs for tasty takeovers. The bar stocks a number of specialist wines that are absolutely delicious (with a huge wall stocked full of them!), and the space is open, social and uber welcoming, too. Blossom Street Social, 51 Blossom Street, Ancoats, M4 6AJ.
6. Hanging Ditch, City Centre
Conveniently located by the Cathedral in Manchester city centre, Hanging Ditch is a wonderful little spot to find your new vice, with hundreds of wines all lined up just waiting to be drunk. Speak to their experts, taste wines by the glass or bottle, and enjoy some tasty nibbles while you’re at it. Wines can also be purchased to take away, too, if you fancied taking the experience home with you. Hanging Ditch, Britannic Buildings, 42-44 Victoria St, M3 1ST.
7. Wine and Wallop, Didsbury
This West Didsbury spot not only has a great name, but some gorgeous wines, too. Enjoy a menu of both Spanish and British influence (we see you, Sunday roasts!), with wines from all over the world – including England itself! The cosy spot often highlights weekly wines, meaning there’s always something new to try when you visit. Wine and Wallop, 97 Lapwing Ln, West Didsbury, M20 6UR.
8. El Gato Negro, City Centre
El Gato Negro may primarily be a tapas restaurant, but that hasn’t stopped Chef Simon Shaw showing off his love for good wine. Wines are sourced from independent producers in Spain and the menu has been curated in collaboration with experts, allowing for an ever-growing and rotating range of gorgeous wines to taste while you enjoy beautiful tapas. El Gato Negro, 52 King St, M2 4LY.
9. Where The Light Gets In, Stockport
Simple but wonderful, Where The Light Gets In really ticks the boxes for foodies. Run by chef Sam Buckley, the open kitchen and dining space focusses on small plates with an ever-evolving menu, utilising ingredients that are locally sourced or grown on their own farm. And while the food is definitely the showstopper, their wines are well worth the visit too. Just like with their food, Buckley and his team work hard to source local produce, with food and wine pairings offered with each dish – both complementing the flavours of one another. Where The Light Gets In, 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY.
10. The Creameries, Chorlton
Wine bar, neighbourhood restaurant, shop, bakery… Is there anything The Creameries can’t do? The Chorlton-based spot is highly rated by all who walk through their doors, whether visiting for the specially selected wines or the stunning homemade bakes. The lively social setting offers up proper British grub, with an ever-changing menu to choose from. Best of all, though? The Creameries hosts its very own wine club, and you can pop buy for deals such as three glasses and three snack dishes for just £20. Members of the wine club can take advantage of cases to purchase, and they even host wine tasting events that you can attend, too. The Creameries, 406 Wilbraham Rd, M21 0SD.
11. Erst, Ancoats
Tucked away in popular neighbourhood Ancoats, Erst is a natural wine bar and restaurant, with stripped-back yet up-market decor. Each wine on their menu is specially selected due to its ‘quality’ and ‘character’, with wines available to try by the glass, or by the bottle if you fancy. Try the new and trendy Orange wine, or an array of reds, whites and sparkling alongside a number of small plates that are designed for sharing. Erst, 9 Murray St, Ancoats, M4 6HS.