Home to one of the most iconic music scenes, stunning 19th/20th-century architecture, and even two Premier League football teams, it’s not a surprise that Manchester has one of the world’s best nightlife, too. 

Crowned the best UK city for a night out back in January, as well as the “wildest city” in the world, Manchester offers an impressive and varied nightlife scene. Helping to put ‘rave culture’ on the map in the early 1990s, Manchester boasts quirky bars, classic pubs and diverse nightclubs.

This guide will talk you through 3 of the best areas for nightlife in Manchester, including some of the best bars. 

The Northern Quarter

For some of the cities liveliest music venues, edgy bars and independent restaurants, you should turn to Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Full of weird and wonderful hidden gems such as Dusk til Pawn, the Northern Quarter is the most popular place to grab a drink in Manchester.

A wealth of red-brick buildings covered with vibrant street art, the Northern Quarter is centred on Oldham Street and plays host to an array of colourful and quirky bars, restaurants and nightclubs to take your pick from.

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Top Picks for Northern Quarter:

  • Dusk Til Pawn 
  • Trof Northern Quarter
  • Cane & Grain
  • The Fitzgerald
  • El Capo


Recently named one of the “coolest” neighbourhoods in the world, Ancoats boasts a strong nightlife scene for those living in Manchester. The Jane Eyre bar in Ancoats offers a range of unique cocktails and a “British tapas” style food vibe, they also recently won Manchester Food and Drink Festival’s Bar of the Year award.

Ancoats’ ability to beautifully combine its rich history as the UK’s first industrial suburb with trendy new bars and restaurants makes it an extremely sought-after area of Manchester to not only go for a night out but to live in, too. 

Ancoats is an area of Manchester that is still changing rapidly, with more and more bars, restaurants and nightclubs opening up their doors.

Top Picks for Ancoats:

  • Crown & Kettle
  • Second City
  • The Jane Eyre
  • Elnecot


Spinningfields is home to some of the best nightlife in Manchester, from classic chains like Slug and Lettuce and The Alchemist to unique bars such as The Oast House and The Refinery. An ideal spot for an after-work drink for the nearby office workers, Spinningfields offers a variety of bars and restaurants for everyone to enjoy a night out.

Often referred to as the “Canary Wharf” of the North, Spinningfields nightlife offers much more charm and authenticity than a night out in London. Try 20 Stories’ rooftop garden terrace for some great views of Manchester.

Spinningfields offers a unique location for locals to enjoy a night out, from fine-dining to street food.

 Top Picks for Spinningfields:

  • The Dockyard Spinningfields
  • The Oast House
  • Australasia
  • The Refinery Spinningfields
  • Revolución de Cuba Manchester

Wherever you decide to venture for your night out in Manchester, there is no doubt you will discover some hidden treasures along the way.