What better way to enjoy a socially-distant cocktail than 20 floors up looking out over the skyscrapers of Manchester?!
We’ve hand-picked the best rooftop bars for you to enjoy your favourite tipple from a height away from the riff-raff. Cheers!
The Ivy Spinningfields
Kick it off with a good one shall we!? Massive, eccentric and stunning even if the decor is a bit like a crazy grandma’s house. You know you’re in for a treat.
The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester M3 3HG
King St Townhouse
Let’s keep things boujee with a big ol’ swanky hotel, including infinity pool (although that’s not open right now, thanks, COVID). A cracking Instagram picture is guaranteed.
King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth St, Manchester M2 4AW
0161 667 0707
If like me the sound of a three quid pint makes you slowly turn your head, raise your eyebrows and lick your lips – this is the place for you. There’s also a pink room and pizza available but we all know you’re after that New York-style roof terrace. Plenty of live music too, you’re guaranteed a cracking (and messy) night.
YES, 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB
Back to the fancy, head 20 floors up and you’re gonna get one of the, if not the best, view of the city. Perfectly Instagrammable you’ll find real trees up there on the 20th floor and plenty of men in blue Ralph Lauren shirts.
20 Stories, No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB
0161 204 3333
We’ll keep it fancy for a bit with Cloud 23. Not technically ON a roof but it’s bloody high so we’re keeping it in this list. If you’ve never been then I’m not sure what you’ve been playing at for all these years. Get up there with a cocktail.
Cloud 23, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ
0161 870 1670
Lower Turks Head
Right back to the pub, a proper boozer and a cracking roof terrace while it’s at it. Also, it’s a corker of a sun trap, if we’re lucky enough to be graced with the sun again this year.
The Lower Turks Head, Shudehill, Manchester M4 1EZ
Perhaps you want a burger while you’re slightly off the floor (it’s only one flight up this one) or maybe you’re after those delicious rosemary salt chips – whatever reason you’re in for a good time. Especially when you can see Pedro’s over the road.
Honest Burgers, 36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
Club Brass at Hotel Gotham
You’ve gotta be actually staying at the hotel to be treated with a seat on this rooftop but once you’re up there it’ll be worth it. Put your glad rags on, though, it’s a posh one.
Hotel Gotham, 100 King St, Manchester M2
0161 413 0000
Bit of a newby on the block, BrickHouse Social is tucked away off Oxford Road near Font. They’ve got posh kebabs, pizzas, brunch and of course a fantastic rooftop terrace. Which also has a cover for when it inevitably rains.
BrickHouse Social, 11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP
0161 236 4899
While there may be a seemingly never-ending amount of outdoor options down in the Village, head straight to G-A-Y rooftop terrace. Now the view has been spoiled by some flats it’s the best spot for people watching.
G-A-Y, 63 Richmond St, Manchester M1 6JB
0161 228 6200
The Deansgate Tavern
A lively spot for a chilled pint and packet of crisps or pork scratchings. If Cloud 23 isn’t your bag, this is the one for you.
The Deansgate Tavern, 321 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ
0161 839 5215
Great John Street Hotel
This will have to be one you pop on your to-do list for now as it’s undergoing a massive renovation, which does mean it’ll be all swanky and new for when you do get the chance to have a cocktail some time next year!
Great John Street Hotel, Great John St, Manchester M3 4FD
0161 831 3211
Lazy Sundae opens this weekend with bao ice cream sandwiches and other goodies
Serving up ice cream, pancakes, bubble tea and much more
Lazy Sundae’s grand opening is happening this weekend, on Saturday May 8th, and if you have a sweet tooth you’re not going to want to miss it.
The first 50 customers through the door can get their hands on some exclusive goodie bags, filled with things like Lazy Sundae tropical-themed cutlery, a Lazy bottle (premium bubble tea with a panna cotta pudding/aloe vera base) and a Tote Bag.
Lazy Sundae’s menu consists of three core elements: Premium Bubble Tea, Souffle Pancakes and Artisan Ice Creams.
All drinks are handmade and fresh to order with specials including their Strawberry Matcha Oat Latte and ‘Lazy Bottles’ that include a panna cotta pudding base.
The ice cream offering features a range of popular cultural flavours, including Milo, Cereal Milk, Taro and Vietnamese Ice Coffee, and they even do a pineapple bao ice cream sandwich.
Lazy Sundae was meant to open a year ago but was postponed due to the Covid pandemic, but this gave the team time to hone and perfect their delicious treats.
Founder Jacqueline Dang is an entrepreneur with a background in setting up Manchester’s first bubble tea store, Bobo Tea situated in Manchester Arndale.
She says Lazy Sundae is a ‘space where people can enjoy our products and be culturally educated on Asian inspired desserts, we want to be able to share our love for travel inspired flavours and desserts from the Far East with a modern twist’.
Co-founder Kwoklun Dang added: “Customers can expect to be transported somewhere warm, our flavours are inspired by some of our favourite destinations around the world.”
He lists Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong as sources of inspiration for the range of products on offer.
Both founders are dog lovers and as a result Lazy Sundae will be a pooch friendly establishment – there’ll also be a dog friendly lactose free ice cream available.
Lazy Sundae will be open every day from 12pm to 8pm, and is located in the Northern Quarter, at 108 Tib Street, M4 1LR.
Give them a follow on Instagram here to stay up to date.
There’s a pub with a huge beer garden next to Manchester Airport’s runway
Perfect for watching the world go by
One of the best parts of waiting to jet off for a holiday is having a pint or two or three in the airport before take off.
Sadly we can’t experience this joy at the moment, as international travel is currently off the cards due to lockdown restrictions.
What we can do, however, is head down to the airport for the next best thing – a drink in a huge beer garden directly beside one of Manchester Airport’s runways.
The Airport pub is situated next to one of the airport’s fully functioning runways, meaning you can watch the world come and go while you enjoy a drink.
The pub is the ideal spot to dream of your next holiday while we all wait for on update on when we can go abroad again, or just for enjoying a few drinks with mates while watching the planes.
When the pub reopens inside on May 17th you’ll be able to head indoors and take a seat in one of the booths, which are designed to look like circular turbine engines.
The dining area also features floor-to-ceiling glass windows meaning you can also watch the planes come and go from inside the venue.
The menu includes classics like burgers, pizzas, ribs, and fish and chips, as well as plenty of breakfast options – there’s also going to be a brand new menu introduced on May 17th.
The bar is fully stocked with beers, wines, gins, cocktails and whatever else you fancy, and they’re even doing 20% off fizz from 5pm-10pm on Fridays.
The Airport pub is open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm for walk-ins only, and is located at Ringway Rd, Manchester, M22 5WH.
You can find more information on the website here.
Printworks is reopening on May 17th with some big food and drink offers
‘We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back and helping visitors make up for lost time’
Manchester’s very own Printworks is reopening on Monday May 17th and it’s got some very special offers to welcome back guests with.
The iconic venue plans to ‘help Mancunians make up for lost time’ when it throws open its doors later this month.
Featuring a big screen cinema, pub lunches and everything in between, Manchester’s number one entertainment venue is looking forward to welcoming everyone back for indoor drinks, dining and entertainment.
Places like Vue Cinema, Treetop Adventure Golf, Frankie and Benny’s, Escape Reality have confirmed that they will be welcoming visitors from May 17th, alongside many other venues.
Jason Shay, Centre Director at Printworks, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back and helping visitors make up for lost time and creating memories to last a lifetime!
“Sit back and relax with family and friends, and leave the cooking and days out to Printworks with delicious indoor dining and entertainment.
“We’ll be making sure the reopening of Printworks goes smoothly and safely with plenty of safety measures in place to protect visitors and staff.”
And to celebrate the reopening of indoor dining and entertainment, Printworks has some exclusive offers for everyone:
You can get exclusive student offers when you sign up for a student card, including 50% off food Monday to Friday, £5 on selected cocktails, £2.50 pints and more.
Save money with 50% off any weekday before June 18th. Claim the offer by booking ahead and using the code WEAREBACK50.
Frankie and Benny’s
Register with Frankie and Benny’s Rewards online for a free main meal or one bottle of Prosecco (worth £10) to celebrate on your birthday. Make sure you sign up in advance as vouchers are sent via email 10 days before your birthday. Vouchers are valid for 50 days from the date of the email. T&Cs apply.
Tenpin has plenty of offers and discounts available throughout the week including 50% off bowling and drinking on Tenpin Tuesdays, 25% off on Fridays, one game for a family of four from £23.20 and more.
You can catch a kids’ film from £2.49 for both children and adults at Vue Cinema’s mini mornings.
Grab some discounted drinks every Friday and Saturday from 3pm onwards, including 2 for £12 cocktails.
As a thank you to hardworking NHS staff, Wasabi is offering a 30% discount off food and drinks for all NHS workers – just bring your NHS ID card.
Printworks will be following the current government guidelines for health and safety measures, like the Rule of 6 or two households only for all indoor venues, and it’s asking people to book in advance where possible.
For more information head over to the Printworks website here.