Manchester excels when it comes to outdoor drinking spots and Mancunians can’t get enough of drinking outside whether rain or shine. In the summer, there’s a multitude of outdoor beer gardens across the city that people pile into as soon as the weather hits 18 degrees. They’re the perfect place for after work drinks, long weekend drinking days and warm evening nights.
City centre bars that are privileged enough to own outdoor spots strive to keep people drinking outside even when the temperature drops. Lesser known are Manchester’s outdoor drinking spots that are heated and therefore perfect for autumn and winter. Whether they provide thick blankets, heaters or even igloos, bars are committed to compensating for the lack of sunshine and making their venues cosier than ever! They'll shield you from the harsh Mancunian winter, all you need to do is turn up and drink the night away.
Here’s a line-up of the best drinking spots now that the temperature has dropped – outdoor socialising is only just getting started. They're in no particular order, we love them all!
What's the vibe? Located in the heart of Spinningfields, The Refinery brings a unique and stunning space to Manchester’s fashionable drinking and dining scene. You’ll find a seasonal menu, quirky and innovative cocktails alongside the classic favourites and a varied wine list. The Refinery is Drake & Morgan’s first venture in Manchester and channels everything people have come to love about the brand. It's super sophisticated and thanks to the large outdoor drinking space, perfect for summer or winter drinking. In the winter, the pop up heated domes are ideal for feeling as though you're in an icelandic igloo.
Price range: Standard city centre pricing - cocktails are around £12 and there's an extensive wine list that sell bottles for as low as £21!
What's the vibe? An absolute hidden gem situated just off Oxford Road, Zouk is an Indian restaurant determined to make everyday an Indian summer! It is pretty much faultless in the cosy Autumn dining/drinking game thanks to its retractable roof canopy, heat lamps and freestanding gas heaters. Guests are also welcome to make use of blankets for extra comfort and warmth. The owners of Zouk have invested over £200k on the outdoor seating area making it perfect for both summer and winter months! Go and enjoy a selection of cocktails, wines and draught beers, close your eyes and be transported to a warmer place!
Price range: Cocktails are £8-£10 - it's reasonable for what you get!
What's the vibe? 20 Stories is famous in Manchester. Not only does it provide 360 degree views of Manchester city centre, but it's home to some of the best cocktails in the city. It's dressy, it's expensive, but it's totally worth it. With igloos installed in the winter, cosy blankets and candles aplenty, 20 Stories is not only Number 1 Spinningfields, but is our number 1 drinking spot in Manchester!
Price range: Cocktails are £10-£12 - it's reasonable considering the views you're rewarded with!
What's the vibe? Both the Spinningfields and New York Street restaurants have heated outdoor areas, which are perfect for chilly Autumn and Winter nights. There are large parasols and heat lamps aplenty to keep out the chill, and the staff will gladly bring you a fluffy blanket! You can enjoy a delicious cocktail whilst keeping warm. Both bars are ideal for an after work cocktail or a weekend night out during the chilly post-summer months.
Price range: Cocktails are £10-£12 - they're unique and often feature liquid nitrogen!