Let's go alfresco in Manchester

The sun has made a welcome return to Manchester, so make the most of the fine weather with our pick of the best places to eat and drink alfresco – because it will probably be throwing it down again next week. And don’t forget to slap on Factor 30. Factor 50 if you’re ginger.

Once upon a time, enjoying the fine weather in Manchester meant heading down to one of the waterside venues at Castlefield to catch a few rays. It’s still a favourite destination for those rare occasions when the sun decides to put its hat on of course, but these days it’s got competition from plenty of other places where, for a few days at least every year, you can eat, drink and get some vitamin D, too. Let’s go alfresco in Manchester…

Atlas Bar may have the biggest & best range of gins in the city, but did you know you can also partake of them on their amazing terrace?

At the pinnacle of Deansgate underneath the Metrolink & train station is where you’ll find this icon in the Manchester bar scene.

Honest Burgers Manchester is located on Bridge St, in Spinningfields. Their rooftop terrace will be THE place to be this Summer.

The only place you can get Honest Burger’s Wellington Burger is the Manchester branch and where better to eat it than in the sunshine with a great burger beer on the roof.

Following a £250k refit last year, Dive’s ground-level terrace benefits from a fully retractable canopy and heating system with comfortable furniture, offering a fantastic setting for al fresco dining and drinking.

The question is, will you go for a classic refreshing Mojito, a much-missed Aperol Spritz, or one of Dive’s brand new summery creation.

Five-star hotel The Lowry underwent a swanky new makeover in late 2019, including a new look for the two-AA-rosette restaurant and bar.

Their luxurious dining & drinking terrace is the perfect place to relax out of reach of the bustle of the city centre. With a sunny view of the River Irwell and hospitality to beat, this is a luxury to be experienced in Manchester.

If you’re looking for an authentic traditional Spanish dining experience in Manchester then Evuna is a destination for you.

Watch the world go by with a plate (or two or three) of delectable tapas and a heady glass of red. A Mancunian institution that could become a second home to the discerning diners.

The First Street venue from Manchester’s greenest eatery chain will reopen this April with a heated under-cover marquee covering all Manchester dining expectations.

Try a diverse menu or just pop in for a healthy drink with friends.