Our Pick of the Best 10 Outdoor Bars to enjoy the Sun in Manchester this Summer
1) 20 Stories
20 stories is Manchester’s highest restaurant with views of the entire city. Perched on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfelds, 20 Stories is split into two distinct areas – a fine dining restaurant and a more informal grill, both with their own menus.
The sprawling terrace has plenty of relaxed seating to lounge on, as well as its own separate cocktail bar and barbecue stations. By night there are heaters and fire pits to keep you cosy.
No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, M3 3EB
2) The Oast House
The Oast House is a magnet for sun-seekers in summer as it boasts one of the largest outdoor spaces in Spinningfields.
After a major revamp and remodel, the sprawling courtyard with ample seating now features two new outdoor bars, a wooden canopy with heaters and a fire pit, and a stage named after the bar’s late founder Tim Bacon.
The Avenue, Spinningfields, M3 3AY
3) Piccolino Café Grande
This flagship Italian restaurant has an expansive canopied terrace facing out across Albert Square.
With room for 40, this seated area makes the perfect summer people-watching spot to relax with a cool drink or a homemade Italian ice cream and take in Alfred Waterhouse’s magnificent Town Hall.
8 Clarence Street, Manchester, M2 4DW
4) Dukes 92
Castlefield’s original bar and grill remains one of the area’s most popular summer drinking and dining spots. It boasts a fantastic location looking out over the ducks and barges of Castlefield basin.
After a £1m revamp, its vast waterside terrace is now kitted out with two outdoor cooking stations, while concertina glass doors have been put in on the first floor gallery so the entire space can be opened up on sunny days.
18 Castle St, Castlefield, M3 4LZ
5) The Alchemist
Famed for their quirky molecular cocktails, both the Spinningfields and New York Street bars have stylish outside seating, with giant parasols and heat lamps for when the weather turns cooler.
Spinningfields is the bigger of the two and is a magnet for summertime cocktail-lovers, with space for 100 drinkers and diners outside.
3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields, M3 3HF & 1 New York Street, Manchester M1 4HD
6) Corn Exchange
Formerly a gathering place for thousands of local traders, the grade II listed former Corn & Produce Exchange is now a destination for thousands of sun-seeking drinkers.
Many of the bars and restaurants on all sides have outdoor seating overlooking the landscaped Exchange Square and there is a great busy, international vibe.
Exchange Square, M4 3TR
7) Great John Street Hotel
On top of this Eclectic hotel there is an elegant south facing rooftop lounge available to the public (when not hired privately. It is referred to as a ‘rooftop playground’. The name has been adopted from its former use as a boys playground.
The playground offers a real vacation flair with its informal wicker furniture and home-nurtured plants. An elegant terrace with a hot tub, sun lounges, informal seating and a heated glass veranda.
Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD
Oxford Road’s food, drink and retail market has quickly become one of the city centre’s most sought after sun spots. With multiple street food traders, a handful of bars and even a roof terrace or two, it has unsurprisingly become a favourite for the student crowd who roam up and down this stretch of Oxford Road.
This food and drink haven is set to treble in size this summer – with a double-decker bus serving Vietnamese food. In addition to the existing open-air courtyard, there will be room for even more independent food and drink brands, from pop-up kiosk-style offerings to more permanent restaurant and bar operations.
Oxford Road, M1 7ED
9) Rudys Pizza
Following the success of its Ancoats restaurant, Manchester’s Neapolitan pizza maestros have just opened a second, much larger branch on Peter Street.
Not only can you dine on some of the best and most reasonable pizza in town (whole pizzas start from £4.90), but you can also enjoy it al fresco on the cover terrace, set back from the busy road behind some greenery.
9 Cotton St, Manchester M4 5BF
10) The Wharf
This three-storey waterside retreat, offers stunning views across the canal basin in Castlefield. It has swiftly become the place to go for outside drinking with fifty plus wines and a large boules court.
Enjoy the picture-postcard wooden footbridge, a colourful splashing of river barges and a pretty little fountain trickling away in the centre of the terrace.
6 Slate Wharf, Castlefield, M15 4SW