With the Manchester weather, maybe, hopefully, showing signs of improvement, al fresco pints and plates will no doubt be of increasingly high demand. Take a look through some of the best places you can pull up a chair up above the hustle and bustle of the city’s streets.


Along with boasting one of the city’s best music venues, YES’ rooftop beer garden is a gorgeous spot to sip the afternoon and/or evening away. Pints of Amstel are less than £4 and the on-tap Negronis are sublime. Need we say more?

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
20 Stories

Offering stunning views of Manchester City Centre, the glitzy 20 Stories terrace sits under a canopy of trees drenched in atmospheric lighting, making it an ideal venue for those looking to add an extra dose of glamour to the evening.

NO. 1, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB, Tel: 0161 204 3333
Terrace NQ

Not many in town can beat Terrace’s rooftop bar when the afternoon sun drenches it, and its ultra-convenient location in the heart of the Northern Quarter only adds to the temptation once it hits 5pm on a Friday.


43 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA, Tel: 0161 819 2345
Malmaison Deansgate

The newly-opened 4* Malmaison on Deansgate features the brand’s second UK Sora rooftop bar and restaurant. Seating 116 guests across its dining room and intimate terrace, which overlooks the town hall, guests can mix and match small plates from a selection of sushi, Robatayaki and Pan-Asian fusion style tapas dishes, and sip signature cocktails while taking in the striking view of the city.

23 Princess St, Manchester M2 4ER

While perhaps not strictly classed as a rooftop, maybe more an elevated terrace, Atlas makes it into the list all the same. You’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere in Manchester with a more impressive gin selection, with the bar stocking more than 570 different variations, making it the perfect choice for botanical fans.

376 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LY
Tre Ciccio

Tre Ciccio, which you can visit in both Altrincham and Ramsbottom, is home to some of Greater Manchester’s best Neopolitan-style pizza. The slices always seem to taste that little bit better, too, when the restaurant’s retractable roofs are slid open on a sunny day and are accompanied by a refreshing spritz.

4a Moss Ln, Altrincham WA14 1BA / 16-18 Market Pl, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9HT
El Gato Negro

El Gato is a genuine Manchester institution at this point, and Chef Patron Simon Shaw’s celebrated take on traditional Spanish tapas has earned it all kinds of accolades, including the restaurant’s inclusion in the Michelin Guide. Upstairs, a cosy roof terrace overlooking King Street provides one of the city’s most delightful dining settings.

52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY
Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers has proved a major hit with its back-to-basics approach to the cuisine since opening up in Manchester a few years back. Upstairs, you’ll find a great little terrace that overlooks the liveliness, some may say chaos, of Bridge Street — it’s only small, so it’s worth booking ahead and requesting a seat up there should the weather permit.

36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT

It hasn’t taken long for Climat to cement itself as one of the go-to destinations for wine connoisseurs. With more than 400 bottles stocked in the cellar, incredible Parisian-inspired cooking, and a rooftop that offers mesmerising views out across Manchester, it’s not hard to understand any of its immediate success.

8th Floor, Blackfriars House St Marys, Climat, Parsonage, Manchester M3 2JA
Fri 22 Mar
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Tue 26 Mar 2024