The 20 Manchester outdoor bars and beer gardens you need to visit from 12th April
Pick your six, we’re heading to the pub – AT LAST!
Boris’ roadmap out of lockdown means on the 12th April we can finally get our hands on a pint which isn’t out of a Foster’s can.
Whilst Squirrel’s and Friendship remain Manc student favourites, why not try somewhere new?
This is The Tab Manchester’s roundup of the best outdoor pubs, bars and restaurants you can book for all those pornstar martinis you’ve been waiting to drink post-lockdown (and you don’t even need a substantial meal to go with it!).
1. Escape to Freight Island
Built in an old depot, Escape to Freight Island is set to be one of Manchester’s biggest hotspots this summer. Designed with social distancing in mind, their outdoor area and food market is opening seven days a week for cocktails, craft beers and a whole load of street food vendors, serving everything from brunch to burgers. Tables are going quickly so book now.
— Escape to Freight Island (@freightisland) March 5, 2021
2. Crazy Pedro’s
This Manchester classic is opening up two outdoor terraces (one in the Northern Quarter and the other on Bridge Street) for all your Crazy Pedro’s essentials, from pizzas to frozen margheritas. Bookings are going fast, but there are still spots for bottomless pizza brunch until nine pm every day.
— Crazy Pedro (@CrazyPedros) March 14, 2021
Everyone’s favourite pop-up is back for all our food, drink and retail needs, everyday from the 12th. With food from all over the world and, more importantly, those dangerous two for £10 cocktails, Hatch is now open for bookings as well as walk-ins, so secure your table ASAP.
Six weeks from now… Spring is in the air. You're sitting in the courtyard with a draught pint in hand, food is ordered.
You're sitting with friends from another household that you haven't seen for ages, with no 10pm curfew to cut the catch up short. Hatch is back babyyyy. pic.twitter.com/Jdr70Q2Xz9
— Hatch (@Hatch_MCR) March 1, 2021
Needing no introduction, 256 is a Fallowfield classic and they’re now open for bookings. Perfect for a day drink or an essential student night (looking at you £1 shots), we can’t wait to be back in that iconic beer garden – along with every other student on campus.
Ramona have been giving us our click-and-collect pizza fix throughout lockdown and have just announced the opening of a beer garden at their NQ base. Complete with campfires, DJ sets and a margarita bar, Ramona is the place to be on the 14th. Bookings are now live and if you need an indication of how good the pizza is, their site crashed on launch day!
Put your hands up for Detroit pizza 🙌 Yes Ramona pic.twitter.com/fbvTNGGMkm
— Maya Black (@mayaablack) February 10, 2021
6. Grub Food Fair
Relocated to the Green Quarter, GRUB street food fair is opening its beer garden on 12th April for walk-ins and bookings. Tables are fully covered, meaning you’ll be sheltered from Manchester’s infamous spring showers, and they’re offering a load of deals on food and cocktails all week.
🤩WE’RE GETTING THERE🤩
We’re pretty much caught up now with table booking requests for the beer garden’s grand reopening in April.
If you’ve selected a popular date there may be a short delay while we just wait for other bookings to confirm before we can offer you a table. pic.twitter.com/4zrwZCC6y5
— GRUB (@GRUBMCR) March 4, 2021
7. The Oast House
The Oast House courtyard is one of Manchester’s most popular outdoor venues, famous for its beers and Hanging Kebabs. With an all new spring menu ready to go, booking spaces are going quickly but there’s plenty of room fo walk-ins for your cocktail fix.
8. Dukes 92
This iconic Castlefield bar and grill has been a favourite summer spot for 30 years now and Dukes 92 is opening its outdoor waterside terrace on the 12th. Covered tables can be booked now with walk-ins also available everyday (Maanchester weather permitting…).
9. The Lawn Club
Set in the heart of Spinningfields, The Lawn Club is maximising its outside space, with bookings now available for their lawn houses, pods and terrace. With some of Manchester’s best cocktails and an atmosphere to match, you don’t want to miss it.
Reopening soon… 🥂 pic.twitter.com/9LqDGTeryq
— The Lawn Club Manchester (@LawnClubMCR) June 16, 2020
1o. Bay Horse Tavern
A Victorian pub set firmly in the 21st century, this Northern Quarter spot is high on the post-lockdown list. With Thomas Street now closed to vehicles, the Bay Horse Tavern can open for business on the pavement, with bookings available now.
We’ve got ourselves a little outdoor area for you all to enjoy a few drinks in the Thomas Street ‘sun’…
— The Bay Horse Tavern (@BayHorseTavern) July 8, 2020
11. 20 Stories
20 Stories rooftop terrace is famous across the city for its stunning 360 ° views of Manchester’s skyline. The perfect spot for a girls night out, the terrace restaurant is open for bookings for food from 12th April, with walk-ins if you just fancy a drink.
— 20 Stories Manchester (@20StoriesMCR) March 22, 2021
12. The Wharf
Overlooking the canal in Castlefield, The Wharf is your classic British pub with amazing food and a huge open terrace right on the bank. When the sun comes out, this secret spot is the place to be for a pint. Book here.
— Proper Manchester (@ProperMCR) August 7, 2020
13. Brickhouse Social
A firm student favourite, Brickhouse Social are opening onto New Wakefield Street for beers and burgers from the 12th. And they’re currently doing a giveaway on their Instagram to win a £100 bar tab – what have you got to lose?
14. Dive Bar & Grill
A Northern Quarter fav, Dive is famous for its affordable drinks and DJ sets long into the night. Its terrace is fully covered and heated, which we all know is important for Manchester in April, and with a full spring/ summer cocktail menu in the works – we’ll be first in line.
We're getting ready for opening at Dive Bar & Grill🔥
Join us from 5pm with walk-in availability!🍸 pic.twitter.com/MNsZ2ak7u5
— Dive Bar and Grill (@divebargrill) October 30, 2020
Having basically survived lockdown on their takeaway pizzas, we’re so happy Rudy’s are reopening their pizzerias at Ancoats and Peter Street. Their authentic Italian pizzas, straight from Naples, are heavenly and definitely beat a guilty hungover Domino’s.
Massive thank you to everyone who has been down to check out our new gaff on Peter Street. 🙌 If you didn’t already know…we’re officially open for wood fired Neapolitan Pizza! #pizzaeveryday #pizzastreet #rudyspizza pic.twitter.com/kd8r1YCX0l
— Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza (@wearerudyspizza) April 3, 2018
16. The Botanist MediaCityUK
A ‘secret garden of food and drink’ set in the centre of MediaCityUK, The Botanist is opening its terrace for bookings and walk-ins from 15th April. From kebabs to bottomless brunches, along with gorgeous views of the Salford Quays, The Botanist has it all.
Right in the centre of Peter Street, the Impossible bar boasts one of the most impressive beer terraces in Manchester. With bottomless brunches and cocktails all round, Impossible is taking booking enquiries now!
— IMPOSSIBLE MANCHESTER (@IMPOSSIBLE_Mcr) October 20, 2020
Opening its covered terrace on Cutting Room Square, Nam will be serving us amazing cocktails and traditional Vietnamese food with a twist – they’ve even got a Vietnamese roast dinner! This place makes a much needed change from the Chesters you get every Saturday after a night out, so go book now…
19. The Refuge by Volta
The Refuge is bringing its Dining Room outside and opening a secret Edwardian courtyard next month for bookings. The cocktails are incredible and their Sunday roasts are to die for, so if you can make your student loan stretch, it is definitely worth the visit.
Spring is in the air and today’s beautiful blue sky is making us even more excited to bring our Dining Room outdoors on 12th April.
— The Refuge (@TheRefugeMcr) March 16, 2021
20. Lock 91
STAY TUNED 👀
Announcement coming v soon.
— Lock91Mcr (@Lock91Mcr) February 22, 2021
A load of student staples like Courtyard and Friendship Inn are also opening just for walk-ins, as are plenty of other bars and restaurants especially in the Northern Quarter and the Gay Village. So don’t panic if you can’t get booked in anywhere for 12th – there’s plenty of Manchester to go around.