Eight Manchester rooftop bars offering stunning views of the city skyline


These rooftop bars in Manchester will take your drinking to new heights – literally. From classy establishments aimed at cocktail-minded guests to sexy Spanish watering holes, these bars are more than worth climbing a few flights of stairs for. There’s even a cheeky one at the end where the drinks are free and the views are too.

El Gato Negro

It’s a well known fact that good food works even better when paired with equally good drinks. El Gato Negro has you covered when it comes to delicious libations and top notch eats. Whether you’re sipping on a Ophir Gin and Fevertree Tonic or chowing down on some drool-inducing charcuterie, one thing’s for sure: you’ll be taking in a pretty killer view in a very swish bar. By all means take the lift up but, after gorging on the delicious foodie delights that El Gato has to offer, we’d probably recommend burning a calorie or two on the stairs on the way down.

King Street Townhouse

Having opened last year, King Street Townhouse is already making waves in Manchester’s hotel industry. Up on the South Terrace the spires and clock tower of the Manchester Town Hall take centre stage within the spectacular views. The terrace frames a mixture of old and new in a time line of a growing city.This may not be the highest of views however it may be one of the most charismatic, showcasing the urban city that we so proudly call our home. Of all the A-list spots in the city centre, this place has a definitive pièce de résistance – the rooftop infinity pool.

Hotel Gotham

Hotel Gotham is a name we all know. Nestled in the middle of the old banking district with grand, art deco style buildings, this exclusive terrace has a slight cheeky twist – it’s a private members club. Boo hoo. If you have the dosh to splosh and the dough to throw, it’s the place to go. Poetic, I know.

Great John Street Hotel

This place boasts an array of sexy seating that gives the entire outdoor area a feeling of VIP. If you really want to push the boat out, there’s an exclusive area of the terrace that can be booked out. Do it like the Beckhams and take a dip in your own private hot tub whilst sipping on a glass of champers. For those of us who don’t have that kind of cash straight off the bat, the regular terrace is the perfect sanctuary in the city.

Manchester House

Manchester House is your saving grace if you’re looking for a classy affair on an evening. They have an impressive list of drinks and the interior is one of the swankiest in the city. You might well be temped to stay inside and admire the plush cream wingback chairs and pretty snazzy looking light fixtures. There are also plenty of heaters to cosy up under in the winter. And spring. And probably summer too.

Doubletree by Hilton

This classy joint has more of a private penthouse set-up with a small bar area and plush floor to ceiling windows. The rooftop terrace itself is decorated with hues of deep purple and accented by large lit fires. It really is the perfect backdrop to enjoy a tipple or two and views of the city skyline.

Cloud 23

If you’re on Deansgate, Cloud 23 is your best bet for a sophisticated upstairs bar. At the push of a button, you’ve whizzed up 23 floors where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire city. Take a seat by the floor to ceiling windows, order yourself a cocktail or some afternoon tea and watch the sun set over both the Pennines and the Quays. The panoramic views and the small glass floor area where you can watch the hustle and bustle of city life gives this plush bar the edge over many other rooftop joints in the city. The cocktails here are good but, frankly, the view alone is worth the visit.

Piccadilly NCP

I told you we’d put one on here for those of you who are a little strapped for cash. Keep right as you climb the stairs and you’ll come out at a car park. Yes, but never fear we’ve got your drinks sorted. Tesco have buy one get one free on all 6 packs of beers at the moment, so grab yourself a deal and then enjoy the pretty epic view from the top. It’s kind of romantic and a great spot for those Tinder daters out there. If your night isn’t exactly going to plan, you can make a mad dash for it and you won’t finish up with the bill. Genius.


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