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Cafés & Wine Bars in Greater Manchester

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Cafés and Wine Bars differ from the traditional
English pub in that they are more like the continental bar or brasserie
– food and coffee is usually available all day long, quite apart from
the usual alcoholic drinks, and they tend to open longer (outside
pub licensing hours) because of a quaint English law that says you
can drink while you eat, but not just drink in a pub after 11.00pm .

Café and Wine Bars often tend to have a short life
– fashions and fashionable venues change – many come and go and the
following listings may quickly become outdated. Details may change
over time and we would appreciate being informed of any changes of
which you become aware.

Listed alphabetically:

  • All Bar One
    73 King Street, Manchester M2
    4NG. Tel: 0161-830 1811.
    Bar which tends to be very busy at lunchtimes and after work. Modern
    food menu, cocktails, wines, spirits, premium bottled lagers and beer
    on tap, non-alcoholic cocktails and other soft drinks, teas and coffees.

  • Ampersand
    Longworth Street, (off St John’s Street), Deansgate, Manchester M3 4BQ.

    Tel: 0161-832 3038. Website:
    Hidden on Longworth Street, a tiny back street just off St John Street,
    Ampersand is one of Manchester’s most famous clubs. Once an exclusive
    members only club it is now open to the general public. With its distinctive
    décor and deep rich tones, and the somewhat elitist serving of
    fine champagne in the Crystal Lounge for VIP’s only. On offer are
    cocktails and music: a house club that play the best in vocal, funky,
    disco, dance and house tracks to dance to.

  • Aqua
    Albion Wharf, Albion Street, Manchester M1 5LN. Tel: 0161-228 1800.

    Just a few minutes from Deansgate Lock and the Bridgewater Hall, this
    is a small basement club with a modestly priced drinks, a relaxed
    atmosphere, music and comfortable sofas overlooking the canal. Previously
    named Ned Kellys and Cheerleaders .

  • Baa Bar Deansgate Locks
    Arch 11, Deansgate Locks, 11 Whitworth Street West,
    Manchester M1 5WG. Tel: 0161-832 4446. Website:
    A chain of bar created by popular Manchester property company Urban
    Splash. The Deansgate Locks has remained popular for some time having
    recently had a refurbishment overhaul, making it a more intimate experience.
    It has a ground floor and a mezzanine level that holds up to 100 people.
  • Baby Grand, The
    47 Peter Street, Manchester M2 5NG. Tel: 0161-839 6263.
    A high class bar, with an extensive range of cocktails and wines. Candlelit
    mirrored interiors and large relaxing sofas help make this a sumptuous
    and rich bar experience. The music is predominantly hip hop, r&b
    and dancehall music. Very busy at weekends. Strict dress code and age

  • Bacchanalia
    Union Buildings,15-17 Chapel Walks, Manchester M2 1HN.
    Tel: 0161-819 1997. Website:
    Bacchanalia is a restaurant and cocktail wine bar on two floors, specialising
    in British and Mediterranean dishes, cocktails and an extensive wine
    list. “Downstairs in predominantly a cocktail bar with fancy
    pants bartenders” .

  • Bar 38
    Great Northern Warehouse, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP.
    Tel: 0161-835 3076. Website:
    Set in a distinctive triangular steel and glass building, this is
    a great place to go for a dance or to meet up with friends whilst
    during the day bar food is on offer from a menu that changes fortnightly.
    They also have a very nice outdoor seating area overlooking the Great
    Northern Complex square which is great for those summer months.
  • Barça
    Arch 8-9, Catalan Square, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4WD. Tel:
    0161-839 7099. Fax: 0161-839 7022.
    This pub-bar-caf�-brasserie, owned by Mick Hucknal of the Manchester
    born pop group ‘Simply Red’ is part of the regeneration of Castlefield,
    and is set in the heart of the Urban Heritage Park, under two
    railway arches opposite Lock 92 on the Rochdale Canal. Definitively
    Spanish in character, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
    and beverages on sale, as well as an extensive menu of tapas dishes
    (Spanish for snacks), including paellas, sea foods, and salad
    dishes. There is a range of wines and sangria, including house
    wines, Spanish, South African, Chilean and Champagnes. Pleasant
    bar, with restaurant upstairs, and a carnival atmosphere. Popular
    and very busy at weekends and especially at Carnival time. Excellent
    morning coffees made fresh “� la continental”.

  • Bar Est
    7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3DW. Tel: 0161-237 5335.
    Formerly known as Henry’s Bar Café, Bar Est is located
    under Manchester’s Premier Travel Inn. This is a large
    relaxed bar and restaurant with outside seating looking over
    at GMEX and the Midland Hotel, near to the Bridgewater Hall.

  • Bean and Brush
    Family Art Cafe

    The Old Sorting Office, 12 Hayfield Street, Sale M33 7XW. Tel:
    0161-973 2140.
    Mobile: 07969 809 806. Website: Email:

  • Beluga
    2 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5WQ. Tel: 0161-833 3339.
    Located between Manchester Town Hall and the Midland Hotel Beluga
    was formerly known as ‘Citrus’. Expect a friendly warm atmosphere
    and stylish clientele, Popular with locals and business workers
    for its extensive selection of fine wines, champagne and cocktails.

    — and at:
    Beluga Bramhall
    26 Bramhall Lane South, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1AF. Tel: 0161-439
    8080. Website:

  • Birdcage, The

    Withy Grove, Manchester M4 3QA. Tel: 0845 603 6950. Website:
    Located opposite the Printworks, the Bridcage target audience
    is stag and hen parties but it also welcomes other types of
    group. Exotically costumed dancing girls, dancing boys and drag
    artists appear regularly through the night.

  • Bluu
    Smithfield Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Northern Quarter,
    Manchester M4 1BD.
    Tel: 0161-839 7195. Website:
    Opened in 2005, the former fish market in the Northern Quarter,
    Bluu is a descendent of the legendary London club-bar ‘Blue
    Note’ . It offers fine dining in its restaurant, with seafood
    specialities, a large ground floor bar, a cosy basement space
    and an outdoor terrace. Extensive selection of classic cocktails
    and exquisite seafood.

    Bluu Bar Manchester

  • Browns Bar &

    1 York Street, Manchester M2 2AW Tel: 0161-819 1055.
    Established in 1973 serving classic food, well-delivered in a stylish
    environment with an impressive selection of beers, signature cocktails,
    champagne and wine. Website:

  • Cask
    29 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester. M3 4NQ.
    Located just five minutes walk away from Manchester Opera House
    this is a very popular European style bar, with arguably the widest
    range of imported beers in Manchester. There is a patio garden and
    a jukebox containing Manchester-based music.

  • Cloud 23
    The Hilton Hotel, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3
    4LQ. Tel: 0161-870 1688.
    Cloud 23 is the classy new bar on the 23rd floor of the Beetham
    Tower. Drinks prices reflect the fact that this is the highest
    bar in Manchester. Great views of Castlefield, Old Trafford, Salford
    Quays and the surrounding region. Much in demand and very busy
    – expect to queue for a place.

  • Cobdens
    (Formerly the Manchester Arms)
    25 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK4 1AA. Tel: 0161-477 9053. Website:
    A Robinson’s Brewery venture. Smart dress required – no trainers or
    denim. Live DJ disco at weekend – gets busy!

  • Corbieres
    2 Half Moon Street, Manchester M2 7PS. Tel: 0161-834 3381.
    Located just off St Anne Street, this is a hideaway wine cellar, whose
    unprepossessing entrance belies the warmth inside. Regularly attracting
    Manchester crowds it is an ever popular venue with a good selection
    of imported beers available. There’s also a jukebox and pinball machine
    on hand.
  • Cornerhouse
    (Cigar Store)
    70 Oxford Street, (next to Oxford Road Station), Manchester M1 5NH
    Tel: 0161-228 7621.
    Food served all day until 8.30pm. A small caf� bar serves traditional
    and continental dishes of a buffet style. Popular with students,
    food is cheap, elegant and wholesome. Wide selection of beers from
    around the world in bottles and on draught.

  • Cord Bar
    Dorsey Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1LU. Tel: 0161-832
    Good music, an interior of brown cord, discrete intimate booths,
    and a jukebox which showcases some of Manchester’s up and coming

  • Cuba Cafe Bar
    43 Port Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 2EQ. Tel:
    0161 236 3630.

    Cafe is a small club with the capacity of 150 people,
    it is really like being in Cuba with all its old radios,
    pictures and instruments from the 1940s and 50s.
    The people that come to Cuba Cafe are mature and
    have a sense of culture, they appreciate the authenticity
    of the club. Cuba Cafe has a distinct charm and warm
    friendly character like no other club in Manchester”.

  • Dimitri’s
    1 Campfield Avenue Arcade, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FN.
    Tel: 0161-839 3319. Website:
    Very much a part of Castlefield regeneration, Dimitri’s is a
    pleasant Greek-style taverna, set in a cool glass arcade in
    the epicentre of Castlefield. Can also be entered from Liverpool
    Road. It has been a winner of the City Life Best Restaurant
    Award. All food freshly prepared – not fast, but definitely
    worth waiting for. Beers on draught and fresh Greek salads.

  • Eden Bar
    (Formerly Metz)
    3 Brazil Street, Gay Village, Manchester M1 3PJ. Tel: 0161-237 9852.

    Email: Website:
    Popular with gay and straight people for its excellent quality food.
    Very busy – best to book in advance.

  • Fab Café

    109 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DN. Tel: 0161-236 2019. Website:
    Television and movie themed bar with cult TV show collections. Food

  • Gastro’s
    46 Sackville Street,Gay Village, Manchester M1 3WF.
    Tel: 0161-923 6856. Website:
    Formerly Gaia, now a food hall and restaurant. ” We have
    one of the best wine menus in the city – all very carefully
    handpicked for their taste quality, pedigree and ethics and some
    fantastic local & organic beers, as well as some award winning
    international ones. All the usual (and some unusual) spirits &
    soft drinks are available”. See also: Gay
    Village bars

  • Grinch, The
    5-7 Chapel Walks, off Cross Street, Manchester M2 1HN. Tel: 0161-907
    An upstairs-downstairs caf� bar which is popular and successful,
    and expensively fitted out. This is reflected in bar prices, but
    their extensive Mediterranean menu and house cocktails produce high
    quality – you gets what you pay for!

    The grinch Wine bar Manchester

  • Harvey Nichols
    Second Floor Restaurant & Bar, 21 Cathedral Street, Manchester
    M1 1AD.
    Tel: Tel: 0161 828 8898. Fax: 0161 828 8815 Website:
    Restaurant, Brasserie and Bar located above the designer fashion
    store offering 360 degrees of rooftop views of Manchester city
    centre. Private functions and parties catered for.

  • Label

    78 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2FW. Tel: 0161-833 1878.

    Label Wine bar and Cafe Manchester

  • Living Room

    80 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2ER. Tel: 0161-832 0083.
    Lounge music from a white grand piano, and matching high class
    ambience. Over 150 cocktails available and good Modern British
    food. Go dressed up – or feel outclassed!

    Living Room Cafe Wine Bar  Manchester

  • Lotus Bar
    & Dim Sum

    35a King Street, Manchester M2 6AA. Tel: 0161-832 9724.
    Lotus Bar serves a great range of food and drink in style.
    A bar set up by the celebrated Yang Sing Chinese restaurant
    in the classy King Street area with pavement seating located
    just behind St Ann’s Church. A selection of dim sum
    available a wide range of cocktails, spirits and champagnes
    are on offer.

  • Lounge 10
    10 Tib Lane, Northern Quarter, Manchester M2 4JB. Tel: 0161-834
    An unassuming building that houses one of Manchester’s most
    luxurious restaurants and bars. Décor has a distinctly
    “Moulin Rouge” feel atmosphere. There is a wide selection
    of wines.

  • Manchester 235

    The Great NorthernWarehouse, 2 Watson Street, Manchester M3
    4LP. Tel: 0161-828 0300.
    Manchester 235 is a plush new casino, restaurant, bar and live
    entertainment complex in Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse.
    Its large and luxurious bar serves, a wide range of cocktails.
    Because the bar is located in a casino, by law you have to be
    a member but this can completed at the entrance provided you
    have ID.

  • Manto
    46 Canal Street, Gay Village, Manchester M1 3WD.
    Tel: 0161-236 2667. Website:
    “Manto is set on three floors with a covered external
    balcony on the second level which also serves as a sheltered
    smoking area. The third level is the lounge which offers an
    intimate setting for a variety of different events and can also
    be hired out for private parties..” Central to the
    life of Manchester’s Gay

  • Night & Day
    26 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1JN. Tel:
    0161-236 4597.
    Night & Day Cafe is a live music venue in Manchester, offering
    the best international & local live acts plus great food & drink.
    ‘City Life’ Bar of the Year. Live band performances frequently
    at this venue.

  • Norwegian Blue
    The Printworks, Corporation Street, Manchester M4 1WZ. Tel: 0161-839
    Website: Email:
    Two floors of light airy snacking and eating until the early hours.
    A quiet, comfortable surrounding for your afternoon chill out with
    a coffee and extensive food menu. By night there’s a party atmosphere
    and the self-proclaimed venue for 90’s pop and dance music at Monday’s
    ‘Boombastic’ student night.

  • Odder
    14 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5QA. Tel: 0161-238 9132. Website:
    (Formerly Zumbar)
    “Odder is Odd bar’s little sister but, surprisingly,
    quite a lot bigger, with two bars and a love of all things
    weird and wonderful. Based on Oxford Road, next
    door to the Dancehouse Theatre and just across the road
    from the Opera House, it’s also one of the nearest bars
    to Manchester Academy and the RNCM”.

  • Paramount, The
    33-35 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 4BH. Tel: 0161-233 1820. Website:
    The Paramount is a JD Wetherspoon’s bar/pub located on the corner
    of Oxford Street and Portland Street. Drinks and food are served all
    day every day, and come cheap. A relaxing place to drink and eat modestly
    in the city centre.

  • Pitcher & Piano, The
    Arch 9 & 10 Deansgate Locks, Manchester, M1 5LH
    Tel: 0161-839 6117. Website:
    “Pitcher & Piano at Deansgate Locks is home to three floors
    of stylish bar and dining space, along with an outdoor canal side
    seating area; perfect for relaxing with your choice of our specialist
    beers, wines and cocktails” .

  • Podium
    The Hilton Hotel, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ.
    Tel:0161 870 1600.
    Podium is a high class bar and restaurant located on the ground floor
    of the Hilton Hotel in the Beetham Tower. A busy place.

  • Prohibition Bar &

    2-10 St Mary’s Street, (off Deansgate), Manchester M3 2LB.
    Tel: 0870 220 3026. Website:
    Located just off Deansgate alongside Kendals department store, Prohibition
    serves an array of cocktails which have been developed here into little
    short of an art form.

  • Pure
    Unit 11 & 12, The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS.

    Tel: 0161-819 7770. Website:
    Huge multi-million pound nightclub. Also home to ‘The Island’
    private members club.

  • Pure Space Bar
    11 New Wakefield Street, off Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5NP. Tel:
    0161-236 4899.
    Pure Space Cafe Bar has existed, just off Oxford Road for several
    years. This bar-restaurant is spread over two floors – the main bar
    area with discrete booths, an upper floor conservatory with mini-bar
    and kitchen. It also has a basement club underneath .

  • Rain Bar
    80 Great Bridgewater Street, Castlefield, Manchester M1 5JG.
    Tel: 0161-235 6500. Website:
    A J W Lees bar named after the umbrella factory that once stood
    on the site. Ground floor is in the style of a dark traditional
    pub, whilst upstairs is a bright modern bar, which can be rented
    for private functions. Canal-side seating and tables, very busy
    during the summer and on concert nights at the nearby Bridgewater

  • Relish
    10-12 The Great Northern Warehouse, Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EJ.
    Tel: 0161-832 8320.
    Located in the Great Northern Warehouse, this is a restaurant and
    a bar serving bar food. Located in the premises formerly occupied
    by ‘Persia’, the interior retains its Moroccan style bar style with
    relaxed seating, A good place to relax, drink cocktails and listen
    to the local DJ playing music till around 4.00am.

  • Revolution
    Arch 7, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 5LH.
    Tel: 0161-839 7558. Fax: 0161-839 7560. Website:
    One of the Manchester chain with bars all over the UK, which originally
    began on Oxford Road. The Deansgate Locks bar is arguably their busiest
    and best known in Manchester. Specialities include many different
    flavoured vodka drinks imported from many countries, bottled beers
    and an extensive range of cocktails. Downstairs dance floor gets busy
    at weekends.
    — and at:
    311-313 Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6NW. Tel: 0161-256
    4754. Fax: 0161-256 4754.
    — and at:
    90-94 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5WH. Tel: 0161-236 7470. Fax: 0161-236
    — and at:
    St Mary’s Gate, Parsonage Gardens, Manchester M3 2LF. Tel: 0161-839
    9675. Fax: 0161-834 9578.

  • Room
    81 King Street, Manchester M2 4AH. Tel: 0161-839 2005. Website:
    Described as “a plush but unpretentious cocktail bar and restaurant”,
    Room is located in the classy King Street shopping area. Formerly
    the premises of the ‘Reform’ and then ‘Hurricane Bar & Grill’, this
    high quality bar, successfully mixes old antique with modern style.
    On offer is a wide range of cocktails. Considered by many to be one
    of Manchester’s best restaurants.

  • Squares
    11 Peter Street, Manchester M2 5QR. Tel: 0161-839 0540.
    Formally known as the ‘Square Bar’ (and even earlier as ‘Cube Bar’),
    Squares is located opposite the Great Northern Warehouse on the corner
    of Peter Street and Deansgate. It has a large dance floor downstairs,
    overlooked by an upstairs bar, it offers music, cheap drinks and entertainment.

  • Temple, The
    Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester M1 5JW. Tel: 0161-228 9834.
    Formerly known as ‘The Temple of Convenience’ on account of once
    having been a public toilet. Probably one of Manchester’s
    smallest bars. Very popular with a large selection of foreign
    bottled beers and a jukebox playing predominantly music by Manchester
    bands .

  • Waxy O’Connors
    The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS.
    Tel: 0161-835 1210. Website:
    An unusual Irish bar situated in the Printworks. Three bars and nine
    separate areas spread over it’s 4 levels. Pub/wine bar with function
    room and parties catered for.
  • Zinc Bar & Grill
    The Triangle (Old Corn Exchange), Hanging Ditch, Exchange Square,
    Manchester M4 3TR.
    Tel: 0161-827 4200. Website:
    Terence Conran’s first UK restaurant outside London. 140 seater café,
    bar, restaurant morning coffee, lunch, dinner and late night snacks.
    Modern, light, airy and bright. Extensive wine list, bottled and draught
    beers. Food of a very high standard. See also: The

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