There’s something so thrilling about secret bars and going to hidden places that not many people know about. We’ve found the best secret bars in Manchester that are guaranteed to give you and your friends an unforgettable night out.
Speak In Code
Speak In Code is an award-winning secret bar in Central Manchester, located near the John Rylands Library. They serve ‘unconventional’ drinks, using ingredients such as carrot and chipotle. Visiting Speak In Code will definitely be an tasting unforgettable experience, plus their menu is entirely vegan, making it perfect for all the veggies and vegans out there. They have a series of signature cocktails, all indicated by a Roman numeral on the menu, along with your classic wines, beers, and cocktails.
Dusk Til Pawn
Dusk Til Pawn is located in the stylish Northern Quarter of Manchester, nestled amongst a row of vintage-style bars and shops. Posing as an old-fashioned pawn shop, this bar is definitely easy to miss unless you know what you’re looking for, especially since students would usually never set foot inside a pawn shop. There’s a fantastic rotating menu of drinks, so there’s always something exciting to try.
The Washhouse is a secret speakeasy-style bar with a witty, clever website that advertises all of the washing services that they definitely don’t offer. At a glance, the Washhouse is just an unsuspecting laundrette. However, behind a secret door disguised as a washing machine, the real fun awaits. They serve an array of fun cocktails, from chicken infused whiskey to coco pops and vodka.
Science and Industry
Science and Industry, not to be confused with the Museum of Science and Industry, is an experimental hidden bar in the Northern Quarter. There’s a cocktail laboratory stationed at the bar, specifically for experimenting with different flavours. This scientific bar will provide you with experiences you’ve never had before, taking you on a journey through time and space. Their unique menu is split into three sections, Past, Present and Future. Each drink has a unique name that fits the bar’s theme.
Behind Closed Doors
Behind Close Doors is a hidden gem on Oldham Street. There’s a private phone line in every booth, where you can call the bar and make your orders. Or if you’re willing to take a fun risk, you can speak to your fellow guests. They don’t take bookings, which means you can show up whenever you’re feeling like an interesting night out. If you’re looking for something bigger, they have two party rooms specifically for big groups. These rooms also don’t require bookings.
Wood & Company
Wood & Company is a subterranean hideaway on King Street, Central Manchester open from Wednesday to Saturday. It’s a beautiful venue, with an enormous marble bar and hardwood flooring, making it a perfect place for photo opportunities. There’s a fantastic feeling of secrecy to the place, with its back street entrance and unsuspecting exterior. Wood & Company is a great place to visit for anyone looking for affordable but experimental cocktails and a chilled, friendly atmosphere.
If you’re looking for more fun activities to do over the summer break, check out our list of 10 great things to do in Manchester.