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. Reserve Wines, Northern Quarter
A wine bar with a little more bustle than 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. El Gato Negro, City Centre
El Gato Negro may primarily be a tapas restaurant, but that hasn’t stopped Chef Simon Shaw from 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.
7. 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 focuses 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.
8. 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.
9. Flawd Wine, New Islington
New to New Islington Marina, Flawd Wine puts a spotlight on low intervention and natural wines, with waterside views to accompany. Try an array of British produced wines, or wind down with a locally-brewed beer by the water, with plenty of seasonal dishes to share on offer from Higher Ground’s Joseph Otway, too. Flawd Wine, 9 Keepers Quay, M4 6GL.
10. Kerb, Ancoats
An occasional wine bar new to Ancoats, Kerb Wine is the place to be if you love a cold glass of natural wine, with plenty on offer – including wine on tap. Opening on the last weekend of every month – and operating as a store only in the meantime – guests can enjoy a hand-picked selection of natty wines created by both British and European producers, with whites, reds, oranges and more available. Kerb Wine, 04 Henry St, Ancoats, M4 5DD.
11. Isca Wines
Found in up-and-coming Levenshulme, Isca Wines champions natural wine and organic food – putting a celebratory emphasis on the labour put in to make each and every item they serve. From their wall filled to the brim with bottles of wine made by small-scale producers to their seasonally evolving menu of small plates – those who are passionate about being kind to the Earth that we live on won’t be disappointed by both Isca Wines service and ethos. Isca Wines, 825 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, M19 3PN.