The August bank holiday is here and it’s set to be a sunny one, so we might as well make the most of it with a couple of trips to Manchester’s rooftop bars.
Rooftop bars?! I hear you ask.
Yes, it turns out that Manchester actually boasts an admirable selection of venues that offer a rooftop experience while you enjoy your drink.
Here’s some of our favourites…
Let’s start with an obvious one, shall we?
This venue is arguably one of Manchester’s most Instagrammable spots with stunning views of the city from, you guessed it, the twentieth floor. I wonder where they got their name from?
Anyway, 20 Stories offers impressive food and cocktail menus, a whole array of greenery and trees, and an outdoor fire pit.
20 Stories, No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB
0161 204 3333
Believe it or not, one of Manchester’s most popular music venues has an actual rooftop bar.
If you make it past the suitably dark and dingy music basement, all the pizza and beer on the first floor and the pink room on the second (yes, this venue has an actual room dedicated to the colour), you’ll find yourself out on the third floor in their makeshift rooftop bar.
Though it doesn’t boast the views from twenty stories high, it makes up for it with beautiful decor, holiday vibes and, most importantly, £3 pints.
YES, 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB
This up-market Spinningfields spot offers a unique twist on a rooftop bar with their ‘roof garden.’
Guests can enjoy food and cocktails amongst an abundance of florals, foliage and colourful fabrics, all creating an enchanting oasis in the heart of Manchester’s city centre.
And thanks to its retractable roof, The Ivy Roof Garden is open seven days a week, come rain or shine.
The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester M3 3HG
It says it in the name, doesn’t it?
Nestled down the Northern Quarter’s Thomas Street, Terrace NQ offers a little solace to those desperate for a bev in the rare Mancunian sunshine.
Its secluded rooftop terrace is adorned with fairy lights, unique furniture and a fantastic atmosphere, so makes for the ideal spot to enjoy this month’s heatwave while it lasts.
Terrace NQ, 43 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
0161 819 2345
The Con Club
All the way over in Altrincham, The Con Club offers a fantastic sun spot complete with a tipi for those impromptu spells of rain – there might be a heatwave, but we still live in Manchester, folks.
The Con Club’s rooftop remains relatively unknown, and the restaurant is only accepting walk-ins, so your chance of getting a seat are high!
The Con Club, 48 Greenwood St, Altrincham WA14 1RZ
0161 696 6870
Okay, this Deansgate staple might not technically have a rooftop bar… but it has an outdoor bar around the back that’s suspended in the arches below the roof, so that definitely counts.
It’s easily one of the best terraces in the entire city centre, and with a choice of over 300 gins, it’s certainly one of the more desirable locations in town when the sun comes out.
Atlas Bar, 376 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LY
0161 834 2124
Okay, we’re pushing it a bit with this one, considering that the Oxford Road food hall is literally plonked directly under Mancunian Way.
But we have to give it to the staff over at Hatch – they’ve been brilliantly creative with their use of space and have somehow managed to make a couple of rooftop bars that get a lovely dose of sun for most of the day.
Grab a few beers, order some food and enjoy.
Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED
Another unexpected one, this staple part of Manchester’s music scene actually offers a small and secluded roof terrace for guests to sit and enjoy the sun with a can of Red Stripe.
Expect naughties leather sofas, film posters and an epic dance floor if you fancy a few drinks in this haunt over the weekend.
Big Hands, 296 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9NS
0161 272 7309
You can now get Biscoff-flavoured gin and it looks incredible
Gin like you’ve never had it before…
A revolutionary gin liqueur that tastes exactly like Biscoff biscuits is now a thing, and it looks absolutely bloody marvelous.
Now, you’ll all be aware that Biscoff has boomed in popularity in recent years – what was once the random little biscuit you’d get free with your coffee is now a cultural phenomenon.
These days, Biscoff is just as famous for its delicious smooth and crunchy spreads as it is for its original biscuits. You can also buy Biscoff sauce, Biscoff ice cream and Biscoff and Go pots. It’s a great time to be alive.
But now, possibly the best – and definitely the most boozy – Biscoff invention has landed: The Biscoff flavoured gin liqueur.
Okay, people have already been making Biscoff espresso martinis for quite some time, but never before has there been an actual spirit flavoured after the stuff.
Courtesy of the Boutique Gin Co., Biscoff fans far and wide will be able to get their hands on a bottle of Ginscoffi, a gin liqueur which combines delicious notes of cinnamon and caramel to create a deliciously sweet and warming gin liqueur that is perfect for sipping on cold evenings.
The Ginscoffi creators suggest for the spirit to be enjoyed mixed with ginger ale or simply on its own over ice – they also recommend adding it to cocktails favourites to add a festive twist, such as in an espresso martini.
Layla, the Chief Ginnovator behind the drink, said: “I am a huge fan of biscuits such as Biscoff and biscotti so to me it made sense to try to combine those flavours to create a brand new flavoured gin liqueur.
“It has taken me almost a year to create the recipe, but I think the end product is something really unique. Even if you aren’t a gin fan, Ginscoffi will blow you away. Its sweet cinnamon and caramel taste is so versatile and is ideal for making chocolate or coffee based cocktails, and it has a lovely festive feel to it.
“We’ve been having so much fun using Ginscoffi to create loads of tasty cocktails. Fans can check them out on our website and social media pages.”
There’s a new Pan Asian bottomless brunch with endless prosecco and cocktails
This could be the best bottomless brunch offering yet…
A new bottomless brunch complete with authentic Pan Asian dishes and an abundance of cocktails and prosecco has landed in Manchester and it looks incredible.
Tampopo has been serving up wonderful dishes inspired by the far-flung countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan to Mancunians since 1997 and, now, it has launched its first ever bottomless brunch menu.
The exciting new deal offers a selection of Pan Asian delights alongside those all-important ninety minutes of free-flowing drinks – sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn’t it?
Diners can tuck into either a two-course or a three-course brunch special, which includes the likes of Thai Green Curry, Beef Rendang or a Katsu Curry.
There are also a number of sweet treats up for grabs on the menu, including Tampopo’s famous ‘Little Moons’ and a number of refreshing sorbet options.
On the drinks front, guests can then indulge in ninety minutes of bottomless prosecco, bellinis and Tiger beer, as well as a selection of mocktails and juices; ideal for those who fancy something a little less boozy.
The menu will be available every single day from 12pm-5pm at the Albert Square, Corn Exchange and Trafford Centre venues, with two courses costing £34.95, and three courses costing just a little bit extra at £37.95.
Walk-ins are welcome, though bookings are advised to avoid disappointment.
Fancy it? Make your own booking here.
Price of a pint could rise by 25p in October, Sacha Lord warns
The humble pint is set to become even more expensive…
Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser Sacha Lord has warned that the price of a pint could be rising from October 1st.
Lord estimated that both food and drink prices will rise in line with the government’s hike in VAT for the hospitality sector – the tax rate for pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality establishments was reduced to 5% to help the hospitality sector survive the pandemic but, two weeks ago, it was announced that it will increase to 12.5% at the end of the month.
By 2022, it is expected to return to the usual 20%.
The price of an average pint in England is predicted to rise by 25p to £3.94, while the average glass of wine is likely to shift from £4.07 to £4.35 to cover overall losses felt by operators.
This week, Lord has urged the Government to rethink the increase, calling for the move to be delayed until the industry recovers to pre-pandemic levels.
He said: “The 5% VAT rate was the single biggest recovery measure for the industry over the past eighteen months, and has enabled venues to stay in business and staff to keep their jobs. Removing this relief will have a severe effect on operators across the country.
“VAT is the biggest expense in any business, and it is the quickest way to reduce cash flow. For businesses who have little-to-no cash reserves as a result of the pandemic, it could be last orders.
“Many operators will be forced to pass the increase onto the customer to stay afloat, and we could see prices across food and drink rise by as much as 7-10% from October as bosses attempt to recover losses and fight the dire financial situation they find themselves in.”
Lord continued by stressing that the VAT increase will see the permanent closure of many local and independent venues, before warning that ‘we have a tough winter ahead for our nightlife sector’.
He said: “Operators will take at least three years to recover from this pandemic, and I urge the Government to rethink this rise and extend the current rate until that point. The hospitality industry is vital to the UK’s recovery and growth.
“Cancelling a measure which will result in venues closing, staff being made redundant and VAT bills left unpaid through bankruptcy will only hinder, not help the economy. To punish the sector now will have devastating consequences just as it starts to recover.”