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Best bars in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Manchester is famous for its music scene – The Smiths, The Stone Roses, New Order, Joy Division...OASIS! But that creativity isn’t just locked up in just music.

Manchester is also home to an incredible collection of bars and restaurants that’s shaking up the city’s food scene and creating one of the UK’s best destinations in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

We’ve rounded up our top picks to help you plan your trip through Manchester.

Cane and Grain, Thomas Street

The American-style, New York-style bar isn’t a particularly new concept this side of the pond, HOWEVER, Cane and Grain is an excellent execution of the idea. Unique, fun, and most importantly a great menu full of barbecue, burgers, craft beer, and bourbon and rum cocktails. If you do nothing else, please order the truffle poutine.

Cane and Grain is actually just one of three floors – there are another two great bars with completely different vibes. Upstairs, you’ll find The Liar’s Club – a reggae, rum-drunk tiki bar – and Science and Industry, their creative and innovative speakeasy. You could easily spend your whole night here.

Wolf at the Door, Thomas Street

We’re still on Thomas Street for a visit to Wolf at the Door. Wolf at the Door is cool – semi-industrial, no bookings, killer cocktails. The drinks and their creative £1 tacos and bao buns – when we say creative we’re talking chippy tea, cauli shawarma, jerk chicken – are the true stars. They’re open from midday to late, but because they don’t take bookings it might be worth starting your night at Wolf at the Door to bag a table.

One of the things we noticed on our trip was how buzzing Thomas Street was – definitely good vibes all around and loads of different spots. It’s definitely needs to make your evening itinerary.

Wolf at the Door in Manchester, England
Amazing bar snacks at Wolf at the Door

The Daisy, Tib Street

Beneath Evelyn’s Café, a lovely all-day brunch and dinner restaurant, is The Daisy – a laidback, atmospheric wine bar and cocktail den with in-house DJ. The team is so knowledgeable and friendly – if you’re stuck on what to order from their wine list or cocktail menu, their recommendations are first class.

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