With high-end cocktails, glamorous guests and champagne flutes, when it comes to luxury and sophisticated bars in Manchester, these are just a few of the things that come to mind. Thankfully, for visitors to the city, there is a wide range of choice available when it comes to luxury bars to choose from. Whether you’re going on a first date, business lunch or meeting up with friends for a catch-up, here are 5 of the most sophisticated bars in Manchester which you must visit.
Overlooking the city, Cloud 23 is sat 23 floors above from the pavement and is the cities renowned “floating bar”. It is a truly lavish and exclusive hangout and has been known to host some of the most famous celebrities and parties in the city.
Cloud 23 offers one of the most sophisticated drinking experiences in Manchester, where you can sip champagne or a Manchester-themed cocktail whilst watching the world go by below you. If you visit on a clear and sunny day, then you may even be able to see as far as Wales, or visit at dusk and watch the sun set over the skyline.
Set in the trendy Northern Quarter, Cottonopolis is a true gem in the city. Quietly tucked away behind Piccadilly, this Japanese inspired restaurant and bar boasts a truly exclusive experience with a unique cocktail menu and extensive craft ale list. This is the perfect place to go for a relaxing drink with a twist, or a starting point for a sophisticated night out on the town and as a bonus point is also one of the best places to eat in Manchester.
One of Manchester’s most secret bars, The WashHouse is not your usual city-centre drinking spot. You’d be forgiven for passing by and assuming this was just another launderette, but this is all part of the appeal and fun. Firstly, you need to make a booking over the phone, but when you step through the washing machine door, you’ll find yourself in a dark and mysterious speak-easy. If you’re looking for somewhere to impress, this is the bar for you!
Nestled in a quirky spot right in the centre of the city, The Refinery has an eclectic mix of drinking and dining experiences. Whether you want a casual dining room, a top-class restaurant or a laidback bar area, The Refinery is filled with hanging lights, potted plants and funky decor. A truly unique space with a carefully crafted cocktail menu and a selection of fine wines, The Refinery is the ideal spot to spend a weekend afternoon with friends.
Just a stone’s throw away from Cloud 23, Atlas Bar is located on the corner of Deansgate, underneath the railway arches. Well known across the city, Atlas Bar is the home to over 420 different kinds of gin from all over the world. If you’re new to gin drinking or are a favoured fan, then Atlas Bar is sure to throw you something you weren’t expecting. There’s nothing patronising about this bar, and the staff here are more than happy to talk you through the so-called “Gin Bible” to find a tipple which you will enjoy. If gin isn’t your thing, then the bar also offers an extensive craft ale selection.