Rooftop bars Manchester

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8 best rooftop bars in Manchester [2022 update]

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Last updated: March 18, 2023


Here you'll find all the best rooftop venues, packed with all info you need about each rooftop bar Manchester. 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.

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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-degree 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 fantastic selection of signature cocktails to premium spirits and wines.

Rooftop bar Manchester Restaurant Bar & Grill in Manchester

The Restaurant Bar & Grill

$$$ | 2nd floor | City center
  • Highlights
  • Bar & Grill
  • Exstensive drink menu
  • All year

Magical rooftop bar and restaurant in central Manchester with the motto 'Drink and dine, rain or shine'. Set over three floors, the motto is extra true for the second floor large and more formal restaurant, that comes with an all year alfresco terrace and bar. Open from lunch through dinner, the restaurant and bar serves internationally inspired classics, where the charcoal grill is the main feature, along with a full page of different G&T's and well-crafted signature cocktails. All in a vibrant and pleasant ambience.

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 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 Rooftop Lounge & Playground in Manchester

Rooftop Lounge & Playground

$$$ | 3rd floor | Deansgate
  • Highlights
  • Stylish decorated
  • Skyline views
  • Perfect for events

A classic and beautiful roof garden, perched on top of the fantastic Great John Street Hotel. This original Victorian schoolhouse has been transformed into a luxury townhouse hotel, where the best spot is the Rooftop Lounge & Playground, with its garden like interior and comfortable furniture. Harmonious and relaxing in vibe, the terrace offers stunning views of the Manchester skyline and from the rooftop bar you can enjoy high quality cocktails, champagne and a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits.

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 Club Brass at Hotel Gotham in Manchester

Club Brass at Hotel Gotham

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

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.

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Rooftop bar Manchester

Rooftop-grade: 6/10
Prime season: May-Sept
Residents: 2,5 millions
Climate: mainland

Which are the best rooftops in 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.

Despite that the climate is not the best, the rooftop bars in Manchester offers some really great views and terraaces. 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.