The Manchester Bucket List – 29 Things You Absolutely Need To Drink In This City
Given that we are a city of booze-lovers, not to mention addicted to caffeine, we thought that a compilation of drinks to try in Manchester before you die would be a useful resource.
Maybe just don't try them all in one day...
29. Super Orange Smoothie - Pot Kettle Black
These guys' home-made smoothies are fresh as they come and this one's dairy-free too.
So you can feel all smug inside as you sip it.
PBK serve up a mean brunch too, while you're there.
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28. Bubble Tea - Chatime
With tons of flavours from roasted milk to matcha to lychee green, this lesser-known Princess Street spot is bound to have one that tickles your fancy.
27. Irish Monkey - The Font
For £2 (YES. £2) it beggars belief that this banana milkshake cocktail delight actually has real booze in it.
But it is the case, my friends - and it is absolutely delicious.
Made with Irish cream and banana syrup, shaken with milk and topped with whipped cream - this is the drink that changed our lives forever.
Watch out for their crazy specials too - equally cheap, cheerful - and of course, boozy.
26. Hot maple milk - The Cat Café
This place gives you unlimited hot drinks for £1 every five minutes you're there - so be sure to get your money's worth and don't miss their yummy maple milk, topped with paw and all!
25. A cup of celeriac, watercress, pea and ham hock soup - Soup Kitchen NQ
The soups from here are the city's best hands down - and for £3.95 for a generous portion and a bread roll - you can't go wrong.
This flavour (also gluten free) is our favourite - but they do a pretty hoppy Irish ale, potato and cheddar soup - plus lots of veggie and vegan options too!
24. It's My Frickin Birthday Cake Shake - Home Sweet Home
Not just for special occasions - this baby is topped with birthday cake, buttercream, sprinkles, party rings, disco crumb, and ice cream.
Happy birthday bitchess!
23. Basil Grande - Lounge on 12
Just above the city's famous Manchester House restaurant - the Lounge on 12 are serving up some serious drinks to make the boys wink.
This cocktail sounds like it just shouldn't work. It features fresh strawberries and basil muddled with Grand Marnier, Chambord and cranberry juice with a twist of black pepper - and it tastes flipping fantastic.
Enjoy in front of this view and you'll find it difficult not to smile.
22. Beetroot Chai Latte - The Garden
21. Green Matcha Latte - Federal
While we're on the topic of colourful coffees, Federal's green number has to be tried.
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20. 'The Balloon One' - Red Door
We don't know about you, but nothing says happiness like a cocktail which comes garnished with a helium balloon.
THE ONE WITH THE BALLOON. Lemongrass infused helium balloons on a Saturday night, what more could you want? You get to drink the cocktail attached to it too!🎈🍸 #BehindTheRedDoor #manchester #manchesterbars #cocktails #cocktailbar #cocktail #manchestercocktails #heliumballoons #cocktailoftheday #instacocktail #cocktailoftheweek #cocktailsofinstagram
19. The Battenberg - Washhouse
Cocktail + cake = winning.
18. G&T - Allotment
These guys know how to gin. And with constantly changing weekly specials, you can never get bored of the selection.
17. JD Slushy - Jimmys
Their two-sided slushie machine is currently serving straight up Jack and Coke as well as Lynchburg lemonade and a healthy serving of JD ("a classic margarita with a twist.")
We're allll about the Jack and Coke.
16. Hipsters Use The Side Door - After Hours
This cocktail lives up to its whacky name. Tasty, creative and oh-so-boozy.
Did we mention it's topped with ice cream?
15. Classic Hot Chocolate - Bonbon Chocolate Boutique NQ
Bonbon’s notorious hot chocolate is simply melted chocolate, water and a little sugar, expertly blended and infused with spices to create a drink which is silky and intense.
As it’s dairy-free, it's perfect for vegans and is as good for you as chocolate gets.
Healthy chocolate you say? Bonbon Boutique, where have you been all my life?
14. 'Spoil Yourself' Vanilla Cacao Tea Blend - Teacup
Coffee is the drink that has taken the nation by storm in the last decade but tea is the trend that we are all going to be talking about next.
This wonderful spot in the Northern Quarter serves up some seriously top brews and the Vanilla Cacao they serve here is nothing short of spectacular.
13. Mint Chocoro - Ginger's Comfort Emporium
Mmmm, just LOOK at that.
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12. Mulled Wine - Manchester Christmas Markets
Slightly out of season yet, but this one's a classic that you simply must try.
11. Snake Eyes Surprise - Cloud 23
One of the iconic bar's brand new cocktails which "draws inspiration from 10 of the most influential Hilton Hotels around the globe...an exotic infusion which promises to fill any visitor with wanderlust," they say.
It'll set you back £14, but it's a gambling themed drink, so in true spirit if you roll 'snake eyes' - or double ones - on the accompanying dice you'll get this bad boy on the house.
Ciroc Pineapple vodka, Blackjack syrup, Snakebite cordial, coconut water and lavender make for a truly enticing blend.
10. Waldorf Salad Cocktail - Cloud 23
A different kind of gamble for your taste buds...
9. French Martini - Trof
The best we've tasted yet in this city.
8. Mad Hatter - The Alchemist
This one's their famous 'Mad Hatter' - or, as we like to call it - tipsy tea.
7. Pawn Star Martini - Dusk Til Pawn
Indisputably the best in town - served with a shot of champagne prosecco, as all drinks worth their salt should be.
I all but spat out my coffee when I heard that this Northern Quarter gem have decided to introduce a new cocktail menu and oust some of the old favourites.
Rest assured though, this classic will be one of only two remaining (more on the second later.)
6. Sticky Toffee Pudding Freakshake - Black Milk
A picture speaks a thousand words:
5. Manchester's best coffee - Pavé
If you've been following us for a while, you'll be well aware that we're extremely passionate about Pavé.
It's a little hidden, just off James Street Square, but it serves the best mocha I've ever tasted and if you get there early you can get a cup of caffeine and one of their gorgeous pastries for 3 quid. Absolute bargain.
4. Pilsner Urquell - Albert Schloss
Albert's crowning glory - each pint is served the traditional Czech way, with a large, foamy crown.
3. Cidre de Hielo - Iberica
Served like wine and tastes like wine, this intriguing number is for those of you with a sweet tooth and is more akin to a pudding.
It's got a hefty price tag at £9 a glass. But it is well worth the expense if you fancy treating yourself.
Try some tapas while you're there!
Inspired by the pinchos bars of Northern Spain, our bar menu has been created to offer a range of smaller dishes and gourmet sandwiches. Everything is freshly made to order and designed for grazing with drinks at your own pace in a more relaxed setting than usual table service. #barmenu #barfood #bar #spain #pinchos #tapas #spanishgastronomy #iberica
2. Pawnographic - Dusk Til Pawn
Chocolate, caramel, vanilla and maldon smoked sea salt means only one thing - pure, unadultered perfection.
1. Riesling, Black Canvas - Australasia
This white wine all the way from Marlborough, New Zealand is the most surprising, life-affirming drink I have had in this city.
Deliciously sweet and chilled, it's the only drink I think about while sitting out on a warm Summer's day.
It's £9 for 175ml, £12.60 for 250ml and £36 for a bottle.