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 bubbly in hand.
Here are our top 10 Manchester rooftop bars:
1. Rooftop Lounge & Playground at Great John Street
Overlooking the city centre from Deansgate, there’s a wonderful choice of two vantage points and drinking dens courtesy of Great John Street Hotel. Part of the Eclectic Hotels group, the boutique-style setting from the Roof Garden Playground is a little Manchester nightlife secret. You can relax in their sleek and stylish seating area with a sparkling tipple or if you fancy something a bit more VIP you can hire out their terrace and hot tub area for a private party. Next to its sister bar Roof Garden Playground, the Rooftop Lounge has a collection of elegant rooms looking out onto the playground, the magnificent ceiling to floor windows making the most of the beautiful views of the city centre. The perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of city living whilst enjoying a fine selection of beers, wines and spirits.
Great John Street, Manchester M3 4FD
2. King Street Townhouse
Coming soon… Opening later this summer under the same ownership as the Great John Street Hotel, the King Street Townhouse’s major talking point will be its wonderful rooftop infinity pool. The spa pool will offer a stunning panoramic view of the beautiful cityscape overlooking the Town Hall and Beetham Tower. With a south-facing roof garden and event space, we think this will become one of the go-to places to host any special occasion.
Booth Street, Manchester
3. Club Brass at Hotel Gotham
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
4. Manchester House
Aiden Byrne’s fine dining restaurant certainly made a splash on Manchester’s dining scene when it opened nearly two years ago; the Spinningfields favourite boasts an ultra-stylish bar to match. Although getting a table to eat there is almost impossible, you don’t need a reservation to enjoy a cocktail in their award-winning bar. The flashy, modern drinking den boasts sensational views of the business district and beyond.
Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BZ
5. SkyLounge at The DoubleTree
The SkyLounge is the penthouse private dining area at the Doubletree at the Hilton Hotel. From its Piccadilly perch, it’s a perfect place to savour the breathtaking views across the city centre. An ideal place to host a corporate event, start a classy birthday celebration or even host a wedding. The whole penthouse can be hired out or you can just relax and enjoy a magical night with some friends. Licensed till late, the SkyLounge will stay open into the early hours for private bookings.
One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St, Manchester M1 3DG
Epernay offers a bit more glitz and glamour to proceedings, from its wonderful vantage point in Great Northern Square. Open till the early hours, this opulent champagne bar offers a bit of luxury, with 40 champagnes to choose from. From the stylish terrace you can look out onto a contrasting mix of recent new builds and grade II listed properties (reminders of Manchester’s industrial past) which give night-time revellers a chance to enjoy the city and see what Manchester is all about.
Great Northern Tower, Watson St, Manchester M3 4EE
7. The Restaurant Bar and Grill (RBG) terrace
A short stroll away from Deansgate and Albert Square, The Terrace at The Restaurant Bar & Grill on John Dalton Street is a beautiful al fresco spot in the heart of the city centre whether you are drinking or dining. With cosy heating and retractable awning so you can enjoy your experience whatever the Manchester weather brings.
14 John Dalton Street, Manchester M2 6JR
8. Cloud 23 at Hilton Hotel 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
9. Black Dog Ballroom NWS
The roof terrace at Black Dog Ballroom NWS offers a great mix of outdoor and under cover seating, as well as its own bar and a permanent barbecue- which could definitely get a lot of use in the next few weeks if the glorious weather continues. Kitted out with a touch of style, with contemporary furniture and all mod cons throughout, the place makes for an ideal spot to have a cool, refreshing bevvy on a sunny afternoon.
11-13 New Wakefield Street, Manchester M1 5NP
10. Heaven at Hotel Football
Okay, this isn’t too much of an obvious choice, especially if you’re a City fan. But with a stunning view of Old Trafford from the 12th floor of Ryan Giggs’ and Gary Neville’s Hotel Football, Manchester’s newest rooftop space is becoming the place to be. Boasting a football pitch with a retractable roof, the space is open on match days with a bar and barbecue (a perfect combo) for £40 per person. If you fancy a bit more exclusivity and want to show off your silky skills, the space is also available to hire for private functions.
99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0SZ