Manchester is the modern city we all know and love, so why not upgrade your nightlife by checking out some of the city’s best rooftop bars. There is nothing better than drinking a cocktail whilst looking over the city. So here are our picks for the 8 best rooftop bars in the city.

Cloud 23

Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ

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Cloud 23 is an amazing roof bar that can be found on the 23rd floor of the Hilton. This roof bar is one of the most iconic in the UK and offers a panoramic view of the city through floor to ceiling windows. The sky bar has fancy cocktails, and you will feel like you are in another world. They have strict a strict dress code though, so dress smartly, and don’t even think about wearing trainers or sportswear. You can even hire the lounge for weddings!


38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB

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YES is Manchester’s new hotspot, spread across for floors it is a club, dining area and in the evenings, it has a pop-up kitchen bar on the roof. They even have regular DJ’s, so why not enjoy the music on their roof terrace.

El Gato Negro

52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY

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Hidden in the city centre is a three-storey townhouse, with al fresco dining on the ground floor and a bar on the roof. Plus, you can enjoy a selection of tapas on the terrace. They even have a bottle shop, so you can take your favourite drinks home with you.

The Ape and Apple

28-30 John Dalton St, Manchester M2 6HQ

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Whether you are in the mood for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, there is something for you at The Ape and Apple. They have a rooftop seating area for you to enjoy your food and drinks.

20 Stories

NO. 1, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester M3 3EB

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Like the name suggests, 20 stories is on the 20th floor of Spinningfields, and boasts some impressive views of the city. You can enjoy a range of cocktails on the large rooftop terrace, all of which represent the culture and diversity of Manchester.

Club Brass

100 King St, Manchester M2 4WU

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This rooftop bar is an exclusive VIP lounge in Manchester, located at the top of the Gotham Hotel. The dress code is smart casual, and membership starts at £750 a year! So maybe this one isn’t for the students, but they also have stunning views and high-quality cocktails.

SkyLounge at Doubletree

Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4BR

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At the top of DoubleTree Hotel is the Sky Lounge, a beautiful rooftop garden. The views are stunning, and you can even hire the lounge for parties, anniversary celebrations, etc. Plus, they also serve some of Britain’s best cuisine.

Terrace NQ

43 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA

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If you are looking for a modern bar to spend your time in, look no further than the Terrace NQ. They have an impressive range of cask ales and an extensive cocktail range. Plus, aside from the views of their terrace, they also have live music regularly.