Harness that summer feeling in Manchester

Five bars that are sure to put a bit of sunshine in your day


Best Bars in Manchester to harness that summer feeling


Winter with its cosy pubs, or more realistically, long club queues shivering in the drizzle, can have its charms. But lets face it, as we reach mid may we are all getting just a little bit too excited for summer. Let’s face it; Manchester with its unshakeable reputation as the rainy city, doesn’t massively scream summer. We Mancs have to try that little bit harder to find little spots of sunshine to brighten up your day. Luckily, we’ve got it covered. Whether you are busy daydreaming over holiday websites or just looking forward to finally being able to go out not wrapped up like a parcel, we at WO Magazine have rustled up a list of bars that will leave you feeling like you’ve already got sand wedged between your toes.


  1. Dukes 92: Sophisticated, airy and with a relaxed canal sized terrace, its as if Dukes 92 was built for those upcoming lazy summer days. There’s something about being able to rest your eyes on sun sparkling water as you sip a cold pint that is so uniquely uplifting. With a good selection of beers, a diverse calendar of special events and even an outdoor barbeque; just leave your summer plans in the capable hands of Dukes. They know exactly what they are doing.    
  2. Oast House: With its billowing white parasols, sizeable outdoor space and live, acoustic music every single night; Oast House is the perfect place to welcome those warm summer evenings. It elegant Spinningfields location and extensive menu of good quality sparkling wines makes this a rather special place to create those all important summer 2015 memories.  
  3. Atlas: It’s incredibly difficult to find a truly perfect beer garden, and believe me I have conducted plenty of very important research on this matter. However Atlas make a bloody good go of it. Nestled just out of the hustle and bustle of deansgate, Atlas is seriously underrated in terms of a vibrant yet completely chilled atmosphere. Perfect place for long beer garden chats whilst sampling from Atlas’s extensive and impressive Gin Bible menu.    
  4. Hula Tiki Lounge: For pure, good humoured tropical fun, try Hula Tiki Lounge. Full of fish tanks and various under the sea decor so that when you are a little bit merry you do start to feel as though you are walking on the ocean floor. Even if it’s chucking it down outside, Hula Tiki Lounge acts as a secret underground beach cove that will transport you straight to the 1950s Hawaii. Try the hot and spicy chilli infused Firebird cocktail for a real taste of paradise.
  5. Allotment: The gentle, fresh fragrance of Allotment hits you the minute you walk in. Think of a beautiful sunny late spring day in a herb garden bursting with life and vitality and you start to get the idea. As the name suggests, you may feel yourself reminded of being sat on a plant pot in a particularly boozy, erm, allotment due to its unusual Gardeners World style decor and menu. Kick of your welly boots and order yourself a “Sulking Shed” Mojito for instant refreshment.  

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