Manchester: Where to Eat and Drink
We've said it before and we'll say it again: if you're headed to the UK any time soon and Manchester isn't on your list, change that ASAP. A quick two hours from London and Edinburgh by train, Manchester has a rich history of industrial and cultural innovation. It's the birthplace of the industrial revolution, women’s suffrage and a number of influential bands, including Oasis, The Smiths, and Joy Division.
It also has some delicious and beautiful places to eat and drink.
We spent a large chunk of our time on eating and drinking, so we think we might be able to speak with some authority (what little it might be) on where to go next time you're in the city. Here's a list of where to eat and drink in Manchester.
9 Places to Eat and Drink in Manchester
1. El Gato Negro
Delicious Spanish tapas restaurant and bar decorated like an opulent Spanish townhouse. We especially liked the tomato, watermelon and feta salad, but everything Chef Simon Shaw served up at El Gato Negro was on point.
2. Science + Industry
Tucked upstairs at Cane and Grain, this speakeasy-style cocktail bar serves up classic and innovative house cocktails. Science + Industry also has cocktail-making classes that let you make (and drink) two different bespoke house cocktails.
(For more information on the cocktail making class, check out our article 5 Unique Ways to have Fun in Manchester)
3. The Refuge by Volta
Set in a gorgeous industrial (and highly Instagram-able) space, the Refuge is a great place to grab a drink or meal and people watch for hours.
4. Albert Schloss
Another Instagram darling, Albert Schloss is a brunch hotspot in Manchester. And its flowered doorway and Bavarian ski lodge interior are worth a peek.
5. Altrincham Market House
We didn't get a chance to visit this one but we heard so many good things that we thought we should include it in here. Altrincham Market House is a restored Victorian market hall filled with artisan food traders. It’s a great spot for brunch, with lots of different vendors to choose from.
GRUB is an outdoor street-food market that opened earlier this summer. It combines food stands, booze trucks, street art and live DJs. Great for when your group can’t make up their mind on what to eat.
7. Impossible Manchester
Impossible is a great new bar that opened up right near Town Hall, across from Great Northern Warehouse. The décor alone is worth a visit, but the Gin & Tonics at Innovate were exactly what we needed.
8. Crazy Pedro’s
If you have a hankering for a late night slice or cheap pint, Crazy Pedro’s will not disappoint. Along with their regular pizza menu is a delicious daily feature. When we went it was the PB&J (Pepperoni, Bacon & Jalapeño).
9. Bongo’s Bingo
If you read our last post about Manchester, you've heard this before. You’d never believe how much fun bingo can be. Seriously, we would go back to Manchester just for this. Located in the gorgeous Albert Hall, Bongo’s Bingo is an absolutely ridiculous experience. After a long day of walking around we were fully ready to go to bed at 10pm, but once it started we couldn’t help but stay till close. File this one under places to drink. (See our post 5 Unique Ways to have Fun in Manchester for more details about Bongo’s Bingo)
After spending only a weekend, we've decided we definitely need to return to Manchester one day. What are your favorite places to eat and drink in Manchester? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!