As we start to adjust back to normality and the sun has finally decided to make an appearance, it seems only right that we share our ultimate beer garden guide which includes 10 of the best outdoor bars Manchester has to offer.
Although Manchester has never been famed for sunny weather, the coronavirus restrictions forced many of Manchester’s bars and restaurants to invest in their outdoor spaces. With everyone rushing to get back out, it’s a good job Manchester has more beer gardens than ever. We’ve created a guide that includes a variety of outdoor bar spaces ranging from casual drinks to dressier venues. Starting from one side of the city and moving across to the other, our guide is perfect to follow if you’re wanting a bar crawl of Manchester’s best outdoor bars.
Escape To Freight Island
First on the list is one of Manchester’s latest additions to the city Escape to Freight Island. Located at Mayfield Depot, this unique outside space is described to be ‘a place we can escape, just when we need it most’. What makes this beer garden different is that it has a selection of bars where you and your friends can order anything from craft ales to cocktails. It also has a food market that serves a varied selection of foods, our favourite is the 22’’ pizza from Voodoo rays. Due to the popularity of this new urban escape, we would recommend booking in advance to avoid missing out.
OSheas Beer Garden
The next beer garden on our guide promises to serve Manchester’s coldest pint. Located just across from Escape to fright island next to the Mancunian flyover is OSheas beer garden. Unfortunately it is only a temporary space so visit it while you still can. OSheas outdoor bar is a great addition to the city this summer as it shows screenings of the football matches and often plays live music creating that atmosphere we have all missed during lockdown.
The Oast House
Heading back into the heart of the city, the next beer garden on the list is very different to the previous two, standing out against the glass fronted skyscrapers that dominate the city. The Oast House, located in Spinningfields gives us traditional, fairytale vibes and is renowned for its world ales and ciders. A visit to the Oast House isn’t complete without trying one of their hanging kebabs and twisted cocktails.
If you are looking for a real suntrap, we recommend visiting Impossible. Perfect for anything from afterwork drinks to watching football. Impossible bar has a great outside space right in the city center that backs onto great northern square, a hotspot of Manchester’s different bars and restaurants. This area of Manchester is ideal for soaking up the sun whilst being served some of the tastiest cocktails in the city.
Great Northern Beach Club
Just across from Impossible beer garden is the Great Northern Beach Club which gives us rustic Ibiza vibes with its chic, bohemian design. With live DJs, Sax players and singers on the weekends and screenings of all major sports events like the Euros, Great Northern Beach Club beer garden is guaranteed to give you the holiday fix we are all in need of.
If you’re looking to celebrate in style, they also offer a private beach hut hire which includes a 42’ TV screen and a welcome drinks package, perfect for watching football during the long summer nights and ideal for Manchester’s unpredictable weather.
Next on the list is a great option for some traditional food and drinks, serving hearty pub grub and pints is Rain Bar located right next to the bridgewater canal. Rain Bar is one of our favourite beer gardens for a casual drink, after all, who doesn’t love a good waterside bar in the city center? We would recommend getting there early on sunny days because it can fill up pretty fast!
Revolution Deansgate Locks
If you are looking for that party atmosphere where you can bask in the sun, you can’t go wrong with Revolution, nestled in Manchester’s distinctive converted railway arches. In a great location, adjacent from the canal where you drink an extensive range of cocktails and unique flavoured shots that include anything from mr whippy flavour to birthday cake! Revolution is also great if you’re looking for a happy hour deal, it offers 2 for £10 on selected Cocktails Sunday-Friday until 9pm
This one is for the gin lovers… with a range of over 500 different gins, Atlas bar has been an iconic space for the last two decades, meaning it has to be on our ultimate beer garden guide list. Located within Deansgates railway arches this bar gives you that authentic industrial feel of the city. The terrace beer garden at the back of the building is a hidden oasis that can be easily missed if you don’t know it’s there.
Next on our top 10 ultimate guide is one of the busiest spots just on the edge of the city. Whether you’re looking for a drink after work or a specially crafted cocktail on a weekend afternoon, be sure to book in advance to get a table, or be prepared to queue up for a space here. It’s no surprise dukes is so popular with its large outside terrace that gets sun all day, perfect for topping up your tan with the added appeal of tranquil views of the canal. Dukes 92 is definitely one of the best outdoor bars Manchester has to offer.
Last but not least is another great option if you fancy somewhere with a lively atmosphere with dance music. Located on the canal, Barca Bar has fantastic views and plenty of outdoor space with an outside terrace and a balcony. Barca Bar is hidden away from the city centre but has one of the biggest beer gardens in the city so should not be missed. The best part is Barca Bar gets the BBQ out in the summer and who doesn’t love a good BBQ?
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