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The best rooftop bars and restaurants with a view in Manchester

Who's for a drink with a view of the Manchester skyline?

Looking for a bar restaurant with stunning views and food to match?

The summer weather has arrived with a bang, so what better way to enjoy the fine weather, bask in the glorious sunshine, and savour the wonderful views of the city and beyond than from one of Manchester’s rooftop bars – especially with a cheeky cocktail or a glass of something cold in hand.

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.

Cloud 23 at The Hilton Manchester Deansgate

It’s a struggle to find superlatives to describe the incredible view from the Hilton’s cocktail bar on the 23rd floor of the iconic Beetham Tower. The panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of not just the city but the Pennines, the Peaks and beyond are hard to beat with a cocktail in hand. If you fancy something a little bit more sophisticated, you can sample their delightful afternoon tea offerings.

303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ

20 Stories

Experience the epitome of luxury and breathtaking views at 20 Stories, a premier rooftop destination nestled on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields in Manchester.

Boasting an enchanting restaurant, a vibrant bar, and an expansive rooftop terrace, this establishment offers an unparalleled 360-degree panorama of the magnificent Manchester skyline.

The restaurant celebrates the finest flavours of the Northwest, as the talented chefs at 20 Stories meticulously curate menus using locally sourced ingredients.

Under the guidance of Bar Manager Jack Marsden, the bar at 20 Stories presents a captivating selection of Signature Cocktails, Craft Beer, and innovative concoctions that incorporate local ingredients.

20 Stories boasts an extensive and carefully curated wine list, meticulously crafted by their esteemed Head Sommelier.

With expertly chosen selections, the art of wine pairing becomes effortless, allowing patrons to elevate their dining experience to new heights.

No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

Manchester Hall’s John Rylands Rooftop Terrace

The John Rylands Rooftop Terrace features an expansive section of rooftop that can accommodate up to 500 individuals.

Whether you’re planning a corporate event or a grand celebration, this secret rooftop space is the perfect setting to make a lasting impression.

John Rylands Terrace is available for hire throughout the year, allowing you to host your desired gathering regardless of the season.

Additionally, the thoughtful design includes a retractable roof, ensuring that you can enjoy the enchantment of the outdoors while also having the flexibility to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Check out their website here.

El Gato Negro

Fancy experiencing world-class dining in the (ahem) glorious Manchester sunshine?

The top floor features a stunning terrace with a retractable roof, just in case the sunshine goes in to hide.

The award-winning menu combines modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques, offering seasonally-influenced dishes based on quality Spanish and locally-sourced ingredients.

Signature dishes and small plates are served alongside some of Spain’s best wines and sherries.

Occupying three distinct floors of an elegant converted townhouse, the stunning interior reflects the restaurant’s style and dining experience; both refined and relaxed.

A great place for a drink and a nibble, you can’t go wrong here.

43 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA

Atlas Bar

While it’s not technically a rooftop, Atlas have an amazing beer garden suspended underneath the iconic Arches of this much-loved Manchester boozer.

If you’re looking for a beautiful sun trap in the city centre to while away the hours, this is the place for you.

They’ve got a great selection of breakfasts, and brunches, and with more than 700 gins to pick from, what’s not to love?

76 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LY

The Lowry Hotel

As well as boasting the longest bar in Manchester and a terrace to match, The Lowry Hotel has new small plates sharing menu which offers a selection of three tapas style dishes for £20. The new menu is accompanied by a signature cocktail selection which is inspired by hotel guests from all corners of the world.

The hotel’s restaurant, The River Restaurant, has also launched its new ‘Chef’s Choice’ menu which offers two courses and a bottle of wine for two for £59 – perfect for early evening and pre-theatre dining.

Book a table here

50 Dearmans Pl, Salford M3 5LH

Terrace NQ

Seeking respite from the urban grind?

Why not check out Terrace NQ on Thomas Street. Nestled within Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter, Terrace NQ is as a captivating rooftop bar defined by its rustic charm, characterised by exposed brick walls and a distinctive stripped-back aesthetic.

Indulge in a delightful selection of locally sourced ales and beers, creating an inviting haven where you can rejuvenate and unwind after a long day of work.

43 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA

The Ivy

The Ivy roof garden
The Ivy Roof Garden

The rooftop bar and garden serve an amazing selection of great drinks, from classic cocktails to an incredible selection of Gin & Tonics, and an extensive wine list.

It’s a great place for all seasons, with a vibrant and fun atmosphere, with live music occasionally too. If you’re looking for a private fancy shindig, why not check out The Skylight Terrace, which can be reserved for up to 50 guests.

Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

Club Brass at Hotel Gotham

Hotel Gotham Manchester Terrace

At the very top of the art deco, 5* King Street retreat of Hotel Gotham, the exclusive Club Brass is a hotspot for celebrities, creatives and business tycoons alike. The private club offers guests the chance to indulge and relax in the opulent surroundings of the “sexiest hotel in Europe”, with breathtaking views along King Street and further into the city centre. The exclusivity comes at a cost, but if you have money to spend and want to unwind, Club Brass is certainly the place to be seen.

King Street, Manchester


Climat is a beautiful restaurant and bar, with an incredible wine list of over 400 wines to boot. Climat is the second site from the team behind Covino, who established in Chester’s historic city centre in 2016 – going on to forge a reputation both regionally & nationally as a fiercely passionate wine-led restaurant with exciting daily changing menus.

Their Executive Chef Luke Richardson best defines his style of cooking as ‘Parisian expat food’ – a nod towards the time he spent in the cosmopolitan kitchens of the French capital. His influence on our menus is more plainly described by us as ‘just food you want to eat’.

Blackfriars House, Manchester, M32JA

The Deansgate

The Deansgate is a much loved Manchester boozer, located in the thick of it on Deansgate with a rocking atmosphere and top-tier service.

Top-notch grub and pub classics like burgers and pies, with a staple range of drinks.

In the heart of the city, Deansgate is an energetic hub where everyone is welcome. They’ve also got a great rooftop terrace where you can sup away hours with friends, creating some great memories (hopefully) in the sunshine!

321 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ


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