We probably shouldn’t tell every man and his dog about more hidden and secret bars in Manchester. But we will because we’ve had another Baileys and we like to get people out and about.
Wood & Co.
Seek out the GOODS ENTRANCE to dive in to a quirky little bar. Good things come in small packages – especially in the form of RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL cocktail. It’s hot! Tucked away somewhere between South King Street and John Dalton Street, Wood & Company will probably be the best discovery you make in some time.
South King Street, Manchester, M2 6EX
This basement bar is a new micro-pub for real ale lovers. Five cask ales, four keg, all from within 25 miles of St Ann’s Church. There are nine beers on the bar from local microbreweries, plus more in bottles, alongside locally produced ciders. A selection of wines (including prosecco) and spirits are also available. The Brink is located beneath 65 Bridge Street.
65 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ
Arcane is located at 2 South King Street, a bustling, up and coming area of bars and restaurants, and is the brainchild of owners Mark Taylor and Gary Kilroy. The word ARCANE is defined as meaning “hidden, mysterious and understood by few”. The location and design of the venue goes a long way in describing what the owners were looking for and it takes a bold step away from the areas many concept bars.
South King Street, Manchester, M2 6EX
The newest addition to the Black Dog Ballroom family, The Bunker is an extension of Black Dog NQ and offers DJ sets, comedy nights, ping pong table – and a huge dancefloor. Fall in on Friday nights for weekly event, LOVE, with wall to wall funk, soul and disco and then Saturday night hosts a special guest DJ as they bring their massive dance floor to life. Other weekly nights include Acoustic Mondays and Fizz Face Friday, where Clint Boon takes to the decks for after-work drinks – £12 bottles of Prosecco between 5pm-9pm.
Basement Affleck’s Palace, Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
The upbeat venue is the latest launch from Living Ventures. It sits in a basement underneath The Botanist, which Living Ventures also own, alongside several other city favourites including The Alchemist, Australasia and The Grill. Expect a creative list of drinks, which come with creative extras from jellybeans to helium balloons, or in a giant, shareable disco ball if it’s that kinda night. If the feel-good music at Red Door doesn’t get you dancing, the bartenders will.
78 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2FW
This pool and cocktail bar is a subterranean world of nostalgic arcade games 60 feet beneath the entrance to Dogs n Dough. The pool tables are made with some of the finest cloth in the world and they use the same balls as in the Mosconi Cup. The arcade machines, all custom built and brand new
17 Bow Lane (just off Cross Street), Manchester M2 4JN
Be At One
This London-based cocktail bar chain, which launched in the Barton Arcade as the group’s first location in the North West, offers more than 150 cocktails. Be At One also have a smartphone app which includes a personalised ‘Appi Hour’ and a randomly-generated cocktail for £5 available every day through the ‘Be Appventurous’ feature.
13 Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BB
Corner Cocktail Club
What’s cooler than being cool? Well, being a member of the secret cocktail club of course. Corner Cocktail Club is a swanky new drinking hole thats opened up on Stevenson Square. The team behind it wanted to launch a brand new bar with fresh no-nonsense cocktails and a killer underground atmosphere. It’s also worth mentioning that their Gin and Tonic is probably one of the best in Manchester.
21 Hilton Street, M1 1JJ Manchester, United Kingdom
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