The Northern Quarter’s Five Best Spots For Drinks: Manchester Girl Recommends

The Northern Quarter is quintessentially Mancunian and easily Manchester’s most popular area. With so many shops, cafes, bars and more to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. So, we asked the experts: Which places are not to be missed in the NQ? A list by the Manchester Girls. Today, it’s all about the drinks.

The Smithfield Tavern

After your long day in the Northern Quarter, it’s time for a drink. Why not do so in 2016’s Pub of the Year, The Smithfield Tavern? The menu is dominated by Blackjack Beers’ own products but offers plenty of other choices, too.

37 Swan St, M4 5JZ

Northern Monk

Having only been opened since late-2018, the Northern Monk is one of Manchester’s newest joints. Home to three bars and owned by a Leeds-based brewery, Northern Monk features exposed brick walls and wooden floors, sporting a cool atmosphere for your chilled night out.

10 Tariff St, M1 2FF

Trof Northern Quarter

This venue, with a dedicated bourbon bar, live music, open-mic-nights, quizzes and food all day makes this a great socialising spot. Perfect for a night out with friends or a casual afternoon drink with colleagues.

8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU

Twenty Twenty Two

This industrial style bar can be found down a flight of stairs (disabled access available) with all night ping pong tables and a fun vibe, this is the perfect spot to spend a night out with your mates.

20 Dale St, Manchester M1 1EZ

The Refuge

Think utterly cool, stylish interior and a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays: Whilst you can dine at The Refuge, it really is a cool space for a drink with your friends. Bonus points for the non-alcoholic cocktails being actually delicious here.

Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA

Written by Lisa Gust.