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Rooftop Bars Manchester

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Best time to visit May - September
Rooftop grade 7/10
Rooftop Bar Manchester
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Manchester Rooftop Guide

Updated:September 2, 2023

Here you'll find all the best rooftop bars Manchester has to offer, packed with all info you need about each elevated venue. Opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more.

Manchester is both a classic and vibrant English city, and while the weather might not always be spot on for al fresco fun, recent years has seen a growth in the Manchester rooftop bar scene. Here you find both pub-like and charming rooftop gardens, as well as more luxurious rooftop lounges. But which is the best rooftop bar Manchester? Scroll down and find the Manchester rooftop bar best suited for you.

The list

13 best rooftop bars in Manchester

Rooftop bar Manchester 20 Stories in Manchester

20 Stories

$$$$ | 19th floor | Spinningfields
  • Highlights
  • 360° views
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Stylish & contemporary

Perched on top of the shining glass beacon that is No. 1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories is a rooftop restaurant, grill, cocktail bar and rooftop terrace. And one of Manchester's true hot-spots. Equipped with real trees and comfy lounge furniture, the 20 Stories terrace comes with some amazing 360° views over the city skyline. The rooftop restaurant serves a fine selection of modern British cuisine, but you can also just head up to the rooftop bar for some pre-dinner or night out drinks, ranging from a great selection of signature cocktails to premium spirits and wines.

Rooftop bar Manchester BrewDog DogHouse in Manchester

BrewDog DogHouse

$$$ | 4th floor | Central Retail District
  • Highlights
  • Lush
  • Craft beers
  • Weekend DJs

Found in the heart of Manchester, the BrewDog DogHouse Manchester is a craft beer hotel featuring epic food, in-room beer taps, and a lovely rooftop bar. Lush, easy-going and charming, the rooftop terrace comes with plenty of community benches and cosy string lights, surrounded by the city center high rises. The rooftop menu features some of the best craft breweries from across the world, as well as BrewDogs own brews, wines, frozen margs, and a tasty selection of tacos.

Rooftop bar Manchester Climat in Manchester


$$$$ | 8th floor | Deansgate
  • Highlights
  • Unique
  • Panoramic views
  • Wine-led

Perched on top of Blackfriars House in Deansgate, Climat is a stylish and unique addition to the Manchester rooftop heaven. Described as a wine-led rooftop bar and restaurant, the rooftop is part elegant and sleek interior dining room, and part stunning outdoor terrace, with panoramic views over Manchester. Here you can indulge in dishes, presented as ‘Parisian-expat food’ with contemporary, minimalist aesthetics, and a cellar of approximately 300 different wines, with a focus on Burgundy’s.


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Rooftop bar Manchester Atlas Bar in Manchester

Atlas Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Deansgate
  • Highlights
  • Classic venue
  • 570 different gins
  • Bottomless Brunch

Found right at the bottom of Deansgate, the award winning Atlas Bar has been a Manchester icon for over two decades. Sleek, modern and industrial chic inside, Atlas also features a lush, spacious and superb beer garden. South-facing, it is a great spot for some sunny sessions, buth heaters and covers also makes it ready to tackle any weather. Specialising in gins from around the world, the Atlas Bar menu holds over 570 different options to try, but also offers a variety of foods and weekend Bottomless Brunch.

Rooftop bar Manchester The Ivy Roof Garden in Manchester

The Ivy Roof Garden

$$$$ | 4th floor | Spinningfields
  • Highlights
  • Multi-faceted venue
  • Colorful & lush
  • All year

The Ivy Spinningfields in Manchester is a multi-faceted venue, offering several floors of beautiful settings and tasty food and drinks. Apart from ground floor Ivy Brasserie and second floor Ivy Asia, the true gem is found at the very top, with the Ivy Roof Garden. Very colorful and very lush, the spacious rooftop really deserves its 'garden' epithet. Here you can enjoy a contemporary British food selection as lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, or head to the rooftop bar for new creation cocktails, a large selection of Gin & Tonics and a very impressive wine list.

Rooftop bar Manchester YES in Manchester


$$$ | 3rd floor | Oxford Road
  • Highlights
  • Vibrant
  • Rustic-chic
  • Music venue

Set in an auction house turned into vibrant music venue, YES is mostly known as one of Manchester’s best gig spots. However, this four floor venue has much more to offer, including a great rooftop terrace. With a turquoise-filled inside and a rustic-chic outside terrace, the views from the rooftop might not be grand, but the vibes sure are. Mixing cheap pints and fancy drinks with dishes from Pepperoni Playboy Pizza and We Can Be Gyros, YES rooftop is the place to go for a mix of sunny drinks and music.

Rooftop bar Manchester Junkyard Golf Club in Manchester

Junkyard Golf Club

$$$ | 3rd floor | Deansgate
  • Highlights
  • Relaxed
  • Charming
  • Frozen drinks

Junkyard Golf Club is mostly famous for its three mashed-up crazy golf courses, in an interior venue filled with flashing lights, UV lights, loud music and a whole load of weird junk. While the fun inside is available year round, Junkyard also offers a somewhat hidden and very charming rooftop terrace during the warmer months. In a relaxed and no-fuss atmosphere, here you can enjoy sunny or evening sessions with chilled and frozen drinks, from Bubblegum Sunsets to Frozen Margs.

Rooftop bar Manchester King Street Townhouse in Manchester

King Street Townhouse

$$$$ | 6th floor | Central Retail District
  • Highlights
  • Infinity pool
  • Exclusive
  • Fantastic views

The hotel King Street Townhouse offers one of the very best Manchester rooftop experiences, with not only a very stylish rooftop bar and terrace, but also an amazing rooftop infinity pool. The pool is only available to guests staying at the hotel, and the rooftop bar is also only open to the public occasionally, so the best bet to enjoy it all is by booking some nights at the hotel. Then you can enjoy the pool, sip cocktails on the South Terrace, and enjoy fantastic views over the city skyline.

Rooftop bar Manchester El Gato Negro in Manchester

El Gato Negro

$$$ | 3rd floor | Central Retail District
  • Highlights
  • Tapas
  • Charming
  • Vibrant & friendly

Set over three floors in the heart of Manchester, El Gato Negro is a tapas restaurant and bar, offering al fresco pavement dining, several indoor dining and bar spaces, and best of all: a top floor rooftop terrace. With a unique, charming and 'touch of Spanish' decoration, the restaurant serves great Spanish fare, while the rooftop bar offers fine cocktails, a large selection of Gin & Tonics and top-class wines. All served in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, perfect for casual dining and drinks.

Rooftop bar Manchester Brickhouse Social in Manchester

Brickhouse Social

$$$ | 3rd floor | Oxford Road
  • Highlights
  • Social space
  • Saturday bottomless brunch
  • Sports on TV

Set over three floors in Oxford Road’s bustling neighbourhood, Brickhouse Social has a lot to offer. From tap room, underground club and pool hall, up to a fantastic and somewhat hidden rooftop bar. Blending the inside with the outside, the intimate and charming rooftop terrace mixes sun-soaked tables with shaded areas, and here you can indulge in a selection of classic influenced cocktails, 8 beer taps on rotation and shots, as well as slices that pay homage to the original Napoli pizza masters.

Rooftop bar Manchester Honest Burgers in Manchester

Honest Burgers

$$$ | 2nd floor | Spinningfields
  • Highlights
  • Local brews
  • Sun-trapped terrace
  • 100% British beef

Found on Bridge Street in Manchester Spinningfields, right next to Manchester Hall, Honest Burgers comes with a sun-trapped rooftop terrace that lets you look out over the area while enjoying food and drinks. The food is in this case burgers, 100% British beef patties, complemented with both chicken, vegan and vegetarian options. So while the obvious Manchester rooftop if you want to enjoy a mix of burges and views, the top floor also has its own bar serving local beer, homemade lemonade and a short but sweet selection of cocktails.

Rooftop bar Manchester Terrace NQ in Manchester

Terrace NQ

$$$ | 2nd floor | Northern Quarter
  • Highlights
  • Local brews
  • Leafy terraces
  • Music

Located in the hip-and-happening Northern Quarter, Terrace NQ cool cocktail bar mixing several interior and alfresco spots. Inside you find a stripped back aesthetic with bare brick walls and vintage furniture, leading out to no less than three leafy rooftop terraces. The characterful and intimate terraces are great for some sunny drinks, with a menu featuring locally sourced ales and beers, as well as premium spirits, crafted cocktails and pizza.

Rooftop bar Manchester Club Brass at Hotel Gotham in Manchester

Club Brass at Hotel Gotham

$$$$ | 7th floor | Central Retail District
  • Highlights
  • Cocktail bar
  • Exclusive
  • Stunning views

An exclusive rooftop bar and VIP lounge, situated on the roof terrace of the amazing Gotham Hotel in central Manchester. Not for anyone, as it is a members and Gotham guests only club. If you do get in, you find a modern and luxurious cocktail bar and a rooftop terrace that offers stunning views of King Street and the city skyline. Expect top quality, both regarding drinks and service.

Hans Ebenman
Hans Ebenman

Hans has visited over 500 rooftop bars, 200 rooftop pools and 300 rooftop restaurants since 2015. This vast experience has made Hans a true rooftop expert, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field. Today, numerous of travel magazines, bloggers and media websites contact Hans to get his expertise on rooftops.

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City info

Rooftop bar Manchester

Rooftop-grade: 7/10

Prime season: May-Sept

Residents: 2,5 millions

Climate: mainland

Which are the best rooftop bars Manchester? Manchester is a relatively low-built city but still there are plenty of good rooftop bars here. Luxurious rooftop bars in Manchester situated on top of nice hotels are quite common.

The best time to visit roof terraces in Manchester is during the spring and summer.

About Manchester

Manchester is located in North West England. If you include the entire metropolitan area the city has about 2.5 million inhabitants. Around Manchester there are a lot of other big cities such as Leeds, Liverpool, Stoke and Sheffield. The city is well known due to the part it played in the industrial revolution and mainly in the textile industry. The music is also a big part in the city's history. Well known bands like Oasis and The Smiths originates from here. Otherwise, many tourists visit the city to watch football, with two big teams in Manchester United and Manchester City. Both belong to the worlds richest and best football teams.