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The best rooftop bars Manchester has to offer

What’s better than a drink with a view?!

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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!

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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
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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
www.eclectichotels.co.uk/king-street-townhouse

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YES

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
www.yes-manchester.com

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20 Stories

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
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Cloud 23

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
www.cloud23bar.com

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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
07776 144203
www.turksheadhotel.co.uk

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Honest Burgers

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
honestburgers.co.uk

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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
www.hotelgotham.co.uk/pages/club-brass

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BrickHouse Social

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
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G-A-Y

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

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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
www.thedeansgate.co.uk

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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
www.eclectichotels.co.uk/great-john-street

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COMING SOON: A Japanese soufflé pancake house is opening in Manchester

The best pancakes on the internet are coming to Manchester…

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A cafe dedicated to Japanese soufflé pancakes has its sights set upon Manchester this winter.

The traditional – and wobbly – dessert was first made in Osaka to be served exclusively at weddings – in more recent times, however, the pancakes have boomed in popularity thanks to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

And one of the places to specialise in this peculiar dessert is Fuwa Fuwa – Japanese for ‘Fluffy Fluffy’ – the largest soufflé pancake and dessert cafe in the whole of North America.

And next month, it’s heading to Manchester.

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Each of Fuwa Fuwa’s fluffy pancakes are made with egg whites whipped into soft peaks, which is essential to their airy quality. They are then baked slowly at a low temperature.

The finished result is a delicate balance between a soufflé and a traditional pancake, with a soft, bouncy, and light texture.

Fuwa Fuwa is expected to open its new cafe – its first in the north of England – in the Manchester New Square development just off of Canal Street.

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There, guests can expect a varied choice of pancakes and toppings, from Tiramisu Pancakes to Crème Brûlée, all served alongside espresso drinks, iced and hot teas, frappes and smoothies.

Other pancake flavours on the Fuwa Fuwa menu include Oreo, Biscoff, Nutella, mango and strawberry.

Fuwa Fuwa is set to open in Manchester at some point in October with operating times between 12pm-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends.

Head over to the Fuwa Fuwa website for news and updates.

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Manchester restaurant launches ‘pay as you feel menu’ to help with cost of living

Ukrainian refugees also get to eat for free

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A restaurant in Manchester has launched a ‘pay as you feel menu’ to ensure everyone can enjoy a meal out during the cost of living crisis.

The Gherkin in Levenshulme serves a hearty plant-based menu consisting of breakfasts, seasonal sandwiches and Sunday Roasts, all while taking a focus on the environment and its local community.

Back in March, the restaurant’s owner Jamie Whittaker flew out to Ukraine on a humanitarian outreach mission to help the country’s refugees following Russia’s invasion.

Upon his return, Jamie decided to start offering free meals for Ukrainians fleeing the war in Manchester every Monday, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating out.

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And now, Jamie has transformed the Monday offering into a ‘pay as you feel’ evening.

While refugees will still dine for free, locals can come and enjoy a set menu of six to seven dishes – featuring meals such as the Sunday roast, a variety of curries, salads and The Gherkin’s famous burgers – all for whatever they can afford at the time.

Diners will also have the option to pay forward for food or donate cash to the restaurant, to ensure the business won’t lose out on a big portion of its earnings.

The restaurant has also introduced its ‘Kindness Kabinet’, which encourages visitors to donate whatever they can to others in need, whether it be money, clothes, books or toys.

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Jamie said of the new menu: “The main reason we’re doing this is to help the community out, but it also means that we waste less produce, too.

“A lot of people are struggling at the moment, especially with the rising cost of energy bills and I want to make dining out accessible to everyone in the community, not just those who are more privileged.”

He added: “We wouldn’t turn anyone without cash away on a Monday for food. Some customers have paid extra and offered to buy anyone a drink or food. We’ve done this often since opening.”

Jamie and the team at The Gherkin plan on running their Pay As You Feel menu for the foreseeable, so make sure to follow their Instagram page for news and menu updates.

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You can now get £1 oysters EVERY DAY of the week in Manchester

There’s a new happy hour in town…

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Mancunians can now enjoy £1 oysters every day of the week thanks to The Alan’s brand new happy hour.

The boutique hotel, which opened down Princess Street at the start of this year, has unveiled its new oyster and champagne offer, available every day of the week between 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

The happy hour will allow diners to enjoy fresh Cumbrae Oysters for just £1 per shuck, alongside Telmont Champagne for £10 a glass.

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Each oyster comes with a selection of toppings including tabasco sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the classic mignonette dressing, made with a combination of shallots and red wine vinegar.

When paired with a glass of Telmont Champagne, a brand known for using 100% organically sourced bottles, it makes for an afternoon of affordable luxury and decadence in the heart of the city.

The Alan also houses its own restaurant and coffee bar, both with constantly rotating menus using the very best of seasonal British ingredients.

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The Alan’s restaurant prides itself on working with independent traders only, and uses meat that’s locally sourced, free-range and grass-fed from family businesses.

This is to ensure the best quality and unmatched standard of food whether dining in or staying overnight at the hotel.

The Alan’s new £1 oyster happy hour is available every day – weekends included – from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

Get booked in here.

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