Rainy city, sunny people. We don’t get much sunshine so when we do, we like to make the most of it. For a city not exactly celebrated for its good weather, there’s no shortage of places to eat and drink alfresco in Manchester, from beer gardens and barbeques, suntraps and terraces, to patios and pavements.
And there’s no need to wait till summer. Temperatures are already pleasant enough to enjoy a meal or a drink and enjoy the sunshine. And lots of places are heated just in case it does get a bit nippy.
Here are our favourite places to eat and drink alfresco in Manchester. Enjoy. But don’t forget the suncream.
1. The Oast House
This country style pub, located amonst the ever growing Spinningfields district, hosts a famous beer garden. BBQ hanging kebabs. Enough said on the scran offering. The Oast House broke the Guinness World Record for the largest beer tasting event in the summer of 2013 and offers the most exciting, exclusive and cosmopolitan range of ales and beers in the north west. Try a pint (or half) of their most popular cask ale Phoenix Arizona.
2. The Wharf
This large but cosy pub in Castlefield hosts a large dining terrace with stunning views out over the canal basin, and a boules court for a bit of mindless fun (best played sober). The high standard pub has got six cask ales, a decent wine list of some 50 bins, over a hundred malts, and a really cracking food menu. Beer & Bangers.
3. Grand Pacific
This beach house cum plantation balcony Grand Pacific, the younger sibling of Australasia, transports you to Asia. With exquisite cocktails as its main focus, the bar and garden also serves up fresh sushi and light bites. It makes you feel good, like you’re still on holiday and what with the surprisingly good weather us Mancunians just frankly mistrust, it is the ideal spot to make the most of it.
4. Mr Thomas’s Chop House
Mr Tom’s Chop House beer garden is open for you to enjoy. The outdoor area is in the quiet courtyard area at the back of St Ann’s churchyard. It has a fantastic view of the recently renovated St Ann’s church, a perfect spot in Manchester to enjoy the sun and watch the world go by.
5. The Mark Addy
The Mark Addy has a fantastic outdoor drinking place too, overlooking the Irwell. The Rob Owen Brown era is no more, sadly, but a new enthusiastic team has taken the pub over and could end up being one of the better options for watching the World Cup indoors this summer.
1. Duke 92
Manchester’s original bar and grill which has been refurbished and extended three times. Dukes can now properly call itself a venue with two bars, three private events spaces, a grill restaurant, excellent smoking facilities, canalside terrace and balcony overlooking the canal basin – it’s pretty popular when the sun comes out. They do 2-for-1 pizzas.
2. The Lawn Club
An aspirational space in the heart of the estate, The Lawns were home to two of the city’s most popular bars last year; InBloom and The Long Bar. Operated by Fluid Bars, the award-winning InBloom evolved to become Hibernate during the winter season.
Spinningfields’ flagship bar, providing an independent, high quality social retreat for Manchester. The Lawn Club offers a seasonally changing cocktail list which will sit alongside a more traditional drinks menu, making it the perfect place to enjoy a fine glass of champagne or craft beer.
Situated in the heart of the Gay Village on Canal Street, Taurus provides a haven of wonderful sanity. Manager Iain is a sophisticated gentleman, reflecting his warmth throughout the bar.
Enjoyed by all ages, genders and orientations; Taurus is a melting pot of those who share a mind set. Relaxed atmosphere and a place to converse. Excellent food & drink (roast dinner especially). Private dining. Service led.
4. The Restaurant Bar & Grill
Located in the heart of the city centre on John Dalton Street, near Albert Square, this restaurant, bar & grill is situated over three floors. The restaurant, with a stunning suspended staircase, has a smart heated alfresco terrace and bar. Perfect for some lovely grilled food, overlooking a cosmopolitan street.
14 John Dalton Street, Manchester M2 6JR
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5. The Alchemist NYS
The Alchemist New York Street is gorgeous to look at, staffed by quite frankly lovely people, wonderfully comfortable and very, very, hard to leave. This stunning bar blends the best of Australasia and Alchemist decor with a bustling vibe. The Alchemist NYS hosts booth seating and it’s trademark white wicker outside booths, bearing all the hallmarks of being a hit on the city’s bar scene and reinvigorating the area alongside The Grill On New York Street. Try a Hipflask Happiness which comes in, well, a hipflask. It’s a magnificent gin, raspberry and bitter orange concoction £7.50 or £11.50 if you want to keep the dinky flask.
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