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The best rooftop bars in Manchester to visit this summer

Who’d have thought rainy Manchester would have so many options?

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Let’s face it, this hot weather won’t last forever 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…

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20 Stories

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, an outdoor fire pit and, for a limited time only, an exclusive ‘Botanical sky garden’ courtesy of Tanqueray gin where guests can sit in their own ‘city nest in the sky.’

20 Stories, No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB
0161 204 3333
20stories.co.uk

YES

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
www.yes-manchester.com

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The Ivy

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
theivymanchester.com

Terrace NQ

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

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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
conclubuk.com

Atlas Bar

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
atlasbarmanchester.com

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Hatch

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
hatchmcr.com

Big Hands

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

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Manchester bar named one of the best rooftop bars in Europe

Very well deserved!

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Manchester’s very own 20 Stories has been named as one of the best rooftop bars in the whole of Europe.

Opening its doors back in 2018, 20 Stories is perched on the twentieth floor of the NO.1 building in Spinningfields (so that’s where their name comes from…) and is Manchester’s tallest restaurant – despite technically being three storeys below the Cloud 23 bar in Beetham Tower.

The D&D-owned bar is estimated to be about one metre higher, and boasts gorgeous panoramic views of the city’s skyline and beyond.

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On clear days, guests can even see all the way out to the Peak District from the elusive roof terrace – so, obviously, it’s going to make the cut for a list of the best rooftop bars, isn’t it?

The ranking was put together by travel guide Big 7 Travel, who analysing online reviews from Google, TripAdvisor, and previous media coverage.

In the fifty-strong list, 20 Stories came in nineteenth place, beating other contenders from desirable locations such as Oslo, Berlin, Prague and Ibiza. 

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Big 7 Travel said about the venue: “The rooftop terrace has fast become one of the must-be places in the city: it has has trees scaling two stories high and an outdoor lounge bar serving cocktails and craft beers.”

However, 20 Stories was beaten to the top spot by The Culpeper in London, which was crowned number one in all of Europe. Damn it.

Over the years, 20 Stories has become famed for its fancy cocktail menu, which includes original and local creations such as the ‘Champagne Supernova’, the ‘Manchester Gin Negroni’ and the ‘Manchester Tart Punch.’

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It also runs an indoor restaurant up on the terrace, though it was forced to close for three days this week after a Covid-19 outbreak among staff members.

Click here to see the full list and all it’s wonderful contenders.

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Huge, saucy Neapolitan sandwiches have arrived in Manchester and they look so good

Move over pizza, there’s a new Neapolitan classic in town…

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Just when you thought Manchester’s Neapolitan food scene couldn’t get any better, saucy sandwiches from the heart of Naples have arrived in the city.

MIRA, the latest pop up to grace Manchester’s streets, have set up shop at Ancoats’ popular pub, The Crown & Kettle, where they will be dishing out delicious butties every Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm ‘till it’s gone.

Their first ever weekend last month was a complete sell-out, so they must be doing something right.

The menu offers just three staple Neapolitan options – the Diego, the Balls and the Juicy ‘Gine.

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First up: The Diego. Named presumably after Argentine footballer, Diego Maradona, who features heavily on the MIRA Instagram page, this hearty creation is loaded with Genovese stew – a highly popular dish in Naples consisting of beef brisket, salumi and onions.

Next, we have the classic, The Balls. I mean, it says it in the name, doesn’t it? This sandwich is loaded with twelve-hour slow-cooked beef and pork meatballs coated in a traditional Neapolitan ragu. The filling is then paired with Fior Di Latte mozzarella and basil – Italian perfection.

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And last but certainly not least, is the vegan Juicy ‘Gine, a meat-free butty filled with smoky aubergine parmigiana alongside MIRA’s own cashew cheese, aubergines, fresh basil and pine nuts – a concoction that both meat-eaters and veggies and vegans will love.

To find out where you can get your mitts on one of these colossal butties and to stay updated with their whereabouts, you can follow MIRA’s Instagram page here.

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People are making Biscoff iced lattes and they look perfect for this heatwave

Just when we thought Biscoff couldn’t get any better

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A Biscoff iced latte is now a thing, so you all need to stop what you’re doing and make one immediately.

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.

The brand has also partnered with food giants such as KitKat and Krispy Kreme to offer an even wider range of delicious Biscoff products.

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But now, people’s dedication to the delicious biscuit has been taken one step further with a tantalising recipe for a homemade Biscoff iced latte.

As the heatwave continues to grip the nation, this ingenious concoction will make for the perfect summer treat.

As a TikTok video by Melinda’s Homemade Cafe demonstrates, all you need to do is brew your espresso coffee, microwave your Biscoff spread for around ten seconds to warm it up and give it the right consistency, and then add the hot espresso to the Biscoff mixture and give it a good stir so they melt together.

After that, add a healthy amount of ice to cool the drink alongside a milk or cream of your choice.

And if you’re feeling really fancy you can top with whipped cream and crumbled Biscoff biscuit, too.

There have been tons of variations of methods on how to perfect the Biscoff iced latte on the app, though I have to say, they all look equally delicious. 

And this isn’t the only Biscoff trend circulating the internet these days – last month, we reported that a Biscoff air freshener had hit the shelves.

Described as ‘sweet, indulgent and totally divine’, the caramelised biscuit fragrance is packed with notes of lemon rind alongside warming notes of ginger, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and nutmeg – or just Biscoff, to the rest of us.

What else will be born from our love of Biscoff? 

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