15 Awesome Bars And Restaurants To Check Out In Manchester

Quite frankly spoilt for choice

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Manchester is a hotspot for new bars and restaurants. From street food vendors to cocktail bars and from new music venues to world food restaurants, we have it all! 

But how many of these have you tried?

1. Manchester Smokehouse and Cellar

This new classic American barbecue restaurant only opened earlier this month but has already attracted crowds of people waiting to try their stacked burgers, hanging skewers and BBQ ribs (my mouth is watering just writing that!)

Everything is flame-cooked at this Lloyd Street smokehouse, using the wood-fired pizza oven, an open-flame fire pit and char-grill barbecue.  With tanks of Pilsner Urquell beer (a rare find in Manchester) taking pride of place in the restaurant, it's definitely one to check out!

2. Stage & Radio

Covered in amazing street art, this new bar and restaurant is a stylish find and fits perfectly into the Northern Quarter. 
It held its ‘very soft launch’ party in the middle of August and is already making its name as a hotspot for local talent after live performances including singer Bipolar Sunshine and House artist Loz Goddard.

The building claims to have been the oldest nightclub in the city and with this new bar taking residence, Stage & Radio has much to offer!

3. Grafene

After taking inspiration from Manchester’s role in isolating the world’s first 2D material this British restaurant opened in late July. Its menu and cocktails take influence from Graphene and even the modern décor matches the city’s pioneering achievements.

This King Street restaurant is a bit more upmarket but definitely worth a visit.

4. B.EAT St.

If you spot a ray of sun in this beloved city, make sure you head straight to B. EAT Street’s glorious sun deck to make the most of the BBQ weather. 

The Street is a newly-opened collection of bars, cafes and restaurants inside the Great Northern Warehouse and is now home to seven micro-diners serving the city’s most popular street food and three bars to help wash all that good grub down.

B.EAT Street comes from the same guys who brought the six-month Junkyard Golf Project to the Warehouse and later to London’s Shoreditch, so of course it’s awesome. Make sure you check it out!

5. Squid Ink 

Don't scroll past this too soon, Squid Ink isn't a one-trick pony selling purely squid, but a range of world food (including their famous Pork Cheeks, pictured below) made from the best finest ingredients. Sounds good to us!

Found along Great Ancoats Street, this modern bistro opened in July and is focusing on 'being dynamic' (whatever that means.) Although there are only two options for starter, main and dessert on offer each evening, they pride themselves on the changing their menu around once a week. Even the drinks available change regularly.
And get this, there’s an art gallery inside as well!

6. MilkJam 

MilkJam prides itself on being Manchester’s first dessert café!

Found down Oxford Road, the mouth-watering display of cakes, brownies and milkshakes are enough to give anyone a damn strong sugar high. And you’ll be transported back to your childhood with their delicious screwballs.

It opened up in July but because it's a pop-up café it will be closing after just 12 months so get your fix while you can.

7. Aurous 79

Aurous 79 is Manchester’s newest cocktail and shisha bar. In fact, it claims to be the first place to ever serve shisha in Cheshire. If that’s not enough to get you there, I don’t know what is!

Based in Altrincham, Aurous 79 provides a heated and covered garden and even has shisha gurus to advise your choices based on personal taste.
But whether you want to smoke the flavoured tobacco or not, it offers everything you need for a great night out with friends and family. With their ample drinks list and diverse European-style menu, there is something there to please everyone. 
What more could you ask for!?

8. Second City Bar

This American-themed bar in Ancoats is a haven for sports-lovers which opened in June to help escape the boring nine to five.
Not only does it have Sky Sports and BT Sport, but it also applies for licences to show UFC, Boxing, NFL and WWE. AND it has FIFA set up on a PS4. 
Could it actually get any better!?
Oh yeah, the food and drink menus look AMAZING!

9. The Bird at Birtle

You know a restaurant is going to be a big deal when the owner turns up to the opening in a helicopter. Yep, Rochdale chef Andrew Nutter arrived in style to let the first guests into the new restaurant near his home town this June.

The gastropub serves both traditional and more experimental dishes with the simple aim of serving great food made from the best ingredients for good prices.

10. Red Door 

Fancy some late night cocktails? Then Red Door is the place to be!
But be careful you don’t miss it – this new bar is hidden in a basement on Deansgate.

In true Mancunian fashion, music is a major focus of attention with a stage area which hosts around three nights of live artists a week with everything from disco to funk and from soul to rock.

11. Tapeo and Wine 

After opening in May, Manchester’s independent Valencia-inspired tapas restaurant is definitely one to check out. 
The husband and wife team who run Tapeo and Wine pride themselves on the quality of their ingredients and even sell extensive choices of Spanish liqueurs and beers to bring a true taste of Valencia to Deansgate.

12. Arcane

After opening on King Street in May, Arcane is yet another cocktail bar to be added to the streets of Manchester. 
What makes this one so different?
Their creative menu changes every two or three months to keep things fresh, they have a huge range of beers and host a weekly acoustic night. With a shed load of character, this is definitely one of Manchester’s best new bars.

13. The Bunker at the Northern Quarter’s Black Dog Ballroom 

Technically this shouldn’t count as a new bar because Black Dog Ballroom has been open since 2009. But hey, we like to bend the rules! 
Plus, thanks to the opening of their extension, named The Bunker, under Affleck’s Palace in May, it can now stage live music, DJs and comedy nights. 
It also has a ping pong table so guess what – now they have weekly ping pong discos! Amen to that.

14. Caffe Grande 

Piccolino on Clarence Street has always been the go-to Italian. But it closed in February to undergo a £1.3million refit and was re-opened as Caffe Grande in April.
The restaurant has now doubled in size and offers a covered terrace with beautiful views of Albert Square. 

They have described the new look as more of a Harrods-style food hall and have introduced breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea menus to their popular evening meals. What more could you want?

Well, there’s also a wine boutique, cocktail bar, juice bar, theatre grill and pizzeria as well as a gelato and pastry counter, a shellfish counter and an oyster and caviar bar. I’m literally drooling right now.

15. Chilango

Who doesn’t love a good burrito?!
And who doesn’t love the fact that now Chilango has brought another burrito heaven right to our doorstep?

The chain opened its Oxford Street restaurant in April and is dedicated to bringing fresh ingredients and new flavours to the streets of Manchester.
With another of its branches previously voted as the No.1 Mexican Restaurant in London by Zagat and after being placed in the Top 10 Healthiest High Street Chains by Men’s Health, there’s no reason not to check out their new Mancunian restaurant.

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Loves eating cake and baking (skilled at the former, not so great at the latter.) Discovering the vibrant city that is Manchester one burrito at a time.Email: amy@lovin.com