Manchester’s hidden and secret bars named among UK’s best

Manchester is known for its vibrant nightlife with bustling bars and restaurants, but it’s also full of hidden gems if you also know where to find them.

And the city’s most awe-inspiring hidden and secret bars have now been hailed in a new poll of the UK’s 20 most ‘mysterious’ bars.

The study ranked bars from top to bottom across the country based on their theme, entree, cocktail range, and interior.

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Five Manchester bars made the top 20, alongside five hidden bars in Liverpool and five in London, while bars making up the rest of the list include two in Aberdeen, then one in Edinburgh, Dublin and York.

Here, we take a look at the five places in Manchester that were so highly rated in the list, compiled by online drink retailer The Bottle Club.

Science and Industry, Thomas Street, North District

Science and Industry

While the decor of the North Quarter’s Cane & Grain bar is inspired by its previous incarnation as a skate shop with ’80s-style skateboards serving as seats and isn’t so hidden away, it’s upstairs. let the magic happen.

Hidden behind a door disguised as a stack of wooden beer crates is Science and Industry, a cocktails lab with its own chemistry workshop.

He’s part of The Liars Group, which owns Thomas Street Bar with The Liar’s Club above and Crazy Pedro’s on Bridge Street.

Cane and Grain, 49-51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1N

La marguerite, rue Tib, northern district


This secret member’s bar is hidden under the popular Evelyn’s restaurant on Tib Street in the North Quarter.

Described as an “esoteric underground wine bar and cocktail bar“, the ultra-stylish interiors have made it a big hit in the North Quarter.

La Marguerite, rue Tib, M4 1NB

Wood & Company, King Street South

Wood and Company

Tucked away on South King Street, Wood & Company is an underground hangout that you might blink and miss on the narrow street adjacent to King Street’s main pedestrianized shopping strip.

The cocktail bar is brought to us by the team behind Northern Quarter Dusk ’til Pawn and NoHo bars on Stevenson Square.

Look for the white tiled wall and the red “goods entrance” sign, and you are there.

39 King Street South, Manchester, M2 6DE

Bunny Jacksons, First Street / Junior Jacksons Oldham Street

Bunny Jackson is on First Street

Perhaps the most surprising addition to the list is Bunny Jacksons, who isn’t all that hidden away but is nonetheless a gem on Town’s First Street.

Although we’re also including his “bratty brother” spin-off Junior Jacksons here as well, as it would make more sense as a “hidden” bar in its location tucked away off Oldham Street in the North Quarter.

The American-inspired wings and boozy dive bars were a big hit with revelers, not least thanks to their rather epic offering of 20p wings.

If any of them have been hidden from you, then go find it.

Bunny Jacksons, 1 rue Jack Rosenthal, Manchester M15 4RA

Junior Jacksons, 64 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE

The wash house, Shudehill

The Washhouse is a secret bar near the Arndale Center
The Washhouse is a secret bar near the Arndale Center

It might be hidden away, but The Washhouse is arguably Manchester’s most famous ‘secret’ bar – thanks to its quirky location inside what looks like an old laundromat on Shudehill.

Regularly appearing on the best secret bar listings, even to get into the place you have to know a “secret code” that you say when you call through the 70s style phone outside.

It ranked at number 20 on the Top 20 Mystery Bars list – but it was also even higher on the Company’s Top 10 Secret Bars list. Go figure it out.

The wash house, 19 Shudehill, Manchester M4 2AF

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Here’s where all the bars in Manchester ranked in The Bottle Club’s list, which named Liverpool bar The Oracle as the # 1 spot.

The Oracle has been hailed as “a magical dimly lit bar where nothing appears to be, is discreetly located behind an unsigned door that makes it look like it leads to an ordinary house”.

Yes, we really want to go now too.

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