Once watering holes of last resort filled with business travellers and tourists, hotel bars are back with a vengeance.
To create our Manchester hotel bars bucket list, we’ve honed in on six that stand out from the crowd.
Malmaison Manchester Hotel
The elegant former 19th century warehouse Malmaison Manchester is one of the most stylish hotels in Manchester city centre, with 167 luxury rooms and 13 suites. The Chez Mal Brasserie is at the heart of the action, where you can order locally sourced and inspired dishes including smoked steaks and delicate, flavoursome fresh fish. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere with a glass of wine or ice cold beer in this red leather-and-neon styled brasserie. Whether it’s business, pleasure or sport that brings you to Manchester, you’ll be drawn back time and again to the incredibly comfy beds and cool, relaxed atmosphere of this sexy Manchester hotel.
The Lowry Hotel
The River Restaurant & Bar encapsulates the five-star The Lowry Hotel’s fun-loving spirit. In the intimate, informal surroundings here you’ll find a quiet place to network, drink and kick-back with a perfectly mixed cocktail, club sandwich, salad, or more substantial dish from the grill. The cosy Library is tucked away at one end. Open until late, this is a place to enjoy a Trinity Bridge, the signature Lowry Hotel cocktail which includes a shot of champagne, or an indulgent after-dinner cognac.
King Street Townhouse
Tucked away on the city centre’s quiet Booth Street, The Tavern at King Street Townhouse is as cosy and stylish as it is buzzy and accommodating. The King Street Tavern serves a combination of comforting classic British dishes such as rich lamb shank as well as an extensive bar menu. Serving drinks and cocktails until late, KSTH bar has a few delightful house creations such as Forest Old Fashioned – made with Forest Gin, maple syrup and bitters.
The Midland Hotel
Mr Cooper’s is one of Manchester’s most sophisticated bars, the inventive cocktails reflecting its use of unusual ingredients and unexpected combinations. With an extensive drinks list encompassing a wide range of spirits, beers and juices, there is undoubtedly something for everyone, for any occasion. And if you like gin, this is arguably the best place in town for a proper G&T.
Macdonald Manchester Hotel
This relaxed and stylish Lounge Bar at Macdonald Manchester Hotel is the perfect place to meet friends or colleagues or to drop by for a bite to eat while exploring Manchester’s vibrant and bustling city centre. They offer a great range of afternoon tea, light meals, coffee and delicious cocktails in a modern, comfortable setting – the perfect place to unwind after a day’s shopping or sightseeing in the city. Settle into a plush curved sofa and watch the plasma TV as you browse the drinks menu. You’ll find something that takes your fancy.
Innside Manchester Hotel
INNSIDE Manchester stands in a stunning new building in the vibrant First Street development. Located in the heart of Manchester close to the cosmopolitan shopping area and business districts, you’ll be amazed by its architecture and charmed by its interior, designer guest rooms, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and delightful cuisine.
Abode Manchester Hotel
Open till late with resident DJs, head to the Brasserie Abode Bar to get the party started. Mixologists keep the cocktails flowing, the wine list features wines from the best around the world and the hottest acts in town keep the tunes coming. Live resident DJ’s every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night with guest acts joining the mix.