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Manchester's Northern Quarter

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Manchester’s nightlife has always dominated the north.

It’s second only to London, boasting several different districts – home to those all-important cocktail bars. The Northern Quarter is the alpha of the pack, a vibrant, quirky, hipster, cool (we’ve not got enough adjectives) and stylish area that is bursting with bars and clubs. You stumble out of one and into another… the perfect hen weekend recipe.

  • Six tiled images - including four of various cocktails, and two of the interior of The Fitzgerald

    01. The Fitzgerald

    11 Stevenson Square, Manchester , M1 1DB Tel: 0161 228 6629 | http://www.thefitzgeraldnq.co.uk

    Start your hen weekend in Great Gatsby’s second home…

    Well, it would’ve been had he visited. The Fitzgerald is speakeasy personified – a dark and atmospheric cocktail den, tucked away down a back alley and inspired by all things prohibition. Luckily, the one thing that’s not prohibited is the booze – and there’s a lot. Classic cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned, have had a facelift, but are served in cut glassware and china teapots for that touch of 20s style class. Amongst the crushed velvet and flickering candles – jazz bands perform to the crowd every weekend, with the addition of live DJs. Basically, it’s one big Great Gatsby house party, and you can even have an afternoon tea party with a screening of the film for good measure.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Tuesday: Closed
    • Wednesday - Thursday: 19:00 - 01:00
    • Friday - Saturday: 17:00 - 02:00
    • Sunday: Closed
  • Five tiled images - including two of the interior of Lost in Tokyo, two of Asian-style cocktails and one of a line of spirit bottles on a bar in front of a Japanese mural

    02. Lost in Tokyo

    8 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DN Tel: 0161 711 0590 | http://www.lostintokyo.co.uk

    Get ready for the Far East movement.

    Lost in Tokyo, Manchester’s resident basement, Asian-style cocktail bar, transports you to the Land of the Rising Sun – slap-bang in the centre of one of the most northern cities… It’s all based on downtown Tokyo, so expect hanging lanterns, cool murals on walls, leather booth seating – but with room to sit down (unlike actual Tokyo). Influences of Japanese warrior princesses are also seen throughout the building – it’s bang-on for a group of women on a hen do. But, you’re here for one thing, and one thing only… cocktails. Taking inspiration from the big screen, as well as the country, try Memoirs of a Geisha, Gin & Yang and the Baby Godzilla, alongside drinks served in Capri Sun pouches, science beakers and noodle bowls.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Thursday: 16:00 - 00:00
    • Friday - Saturday: 16:00 - 03:00
    • Sunday: 16:00 - 00:00

  • Five tiled images - including a black and white image of people stood in a line outside Hula Manchester, three images of cocktails and one of spirit bottles on the bar

    03. Hula

    11 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DB Tel: | http://www.hulabar.co.uk/manchester/drinks

    Welcome to Hawaii, in Manchester.

    Hula is a crazy Tiki paradise, taking you all the way back to the tropical 50s six days a week. It’s hedonistic, bright and just a little bit dangerous – especially when you come face to face with the exotic cocktails. Planet of the Apes, Big Kahuna, Missionary’s Downfall, Volcano Bowl and Monkey Mountain Dream are only a few of the fruity cocktails on the extensive menu. The basement bar attracts all sorts of groups every weekend, celebrating amongst the retro, kitsch interior and even a tropical fish tank, for some Romeo & Juliet role play.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Thursday: 17:00 - 03:00
    • Friday - Saturday: 17:00 - 04:00
    • Sunday: 20:00 - 02:00

  • Five tiled images - including the exterior of Guilty by Association, a DJ on the decks and three cocktails

    04. Guilty by Association

    Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DW Tel: 0161 711 0560 | http://www.guiltyba.com

    “I swear that the evidence that I shall give, shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

    Underground, edgy and urban – this is where Manchester’s quiet cool comes into play. Guilty by Association is one of the most talked about, and popular, bars in the Northern Quarter – all exposed concrete, upcycled furniture and naked light bulbs. And, if you’re in before 9pm – it’s two drinks for £10. Just some of the cocktails include Sassy Bitch (we’re saying nothing…), Melons for Everyone (hello) and Cookie Monster Mess. What’s that? We’ll see you there.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Wednesday: 16:00 - 00:00
    • Thursday: 16:00 - 01:00
    • Friday - Saturday: 16:00 - 03:00
    • Sunday: 17:00 - 02:00

  • Four tiled images - including one of Billy Ocean signing a jukebox, a cocktail being poured into a martini glass, a blackboard outside a bar and the exterior of Dusk Til Pawn

    05. Dusk Til Pawn

    Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 1FB Tel: 0161 236 5355 | http://www.dusktilpawn.co.uk

    Grab a bargain on your Manchester hen weekend.

    Although, you might have a hard time finding it… Hidden behind a pawn shop façade, Dusk Til Pawn is easily passed on a normal day. The exterior does little to showcase what lies beneath, but once you make it through the door – there’s a speakeasy world waiting for you. The Prohibition feel bar is dark and moody (nope, not your average teenager…), with quirky antiques and even a jukebox signed by Billy Ocean sitting proud by the bar. The winner of The Hidden Gem Award in 2014 knows exactly what it is talking about when it comes to drinks, specialising in cocktails - make sure you try the ‘Pawn’ Star Martini, Old Fashioned and Bloody Mary – as well as bourbon and American whiskies. God bless America.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Thursday: 16:00 - 01:00
    • Friday - Saturday: 16:00 - 03:00
    • Sunday: 18:00 - 01:00

  • Five tiled images - including two of the interior of Cord, one of the exterior, one of a cocktail, and one of food and glasses on a table

    06. Cord

    Dorsey House, 8 Dorsey St, Manchester, M4 1LU Tel: 0161 832 9494 | http://www.facebook.com/CordNQManchester

    Cut the cord.

    In fact, don’t – this is one of the best bars in the Northern Quarter. Cord is the sort of bar you’d expect in Manchester. It’s achingly hip and fascinating; with wooden wonders in the form of upcycled planks and keg bore table stands. It’s dedicated to that working Manchester vibe, one of those back-alley cocktail bars that you associate with Manchester, with a basement, The Vault, and alcoves alive with DJs playing house and other eclectic mixes, through the massive Bose audio system. They also serve an impressive range of cocktails, and it’s particularly buzzing during Happy Hour…

    • Opening Times
    • Monday: 17:00 - 23:00
    • Tuesday - Saturday: 14:00 - 23:00
    • Sunday: 12:00 - 23:00

  • Five tiled images - including two of cocktails, two of the interior of Cane & Grain, and one of a red lit-up sign saying Science Industry

    07. Cane & Grain

    49 – 51 Thomas Street , Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1NA Tel: 0161 839 7033 | http://www.caneandgrain.co.uk

    Cane the meat and get drinking the grain.

    We should explain… Cane & Grain is a venue dedicated to ribs, beer and bourbon – with innovative cocktails thrown in (in large measures). It’s three floors of carnage and booze – it’s a hen weekend paradise. The ground floor is ‘The Rib Joint’, where you’ll line your stomach before moving on up. The next bar is hidden behind an old door made up of wooden beer crates, and it’s part speakeasy and skate park (that typical combination). It’s seriously cool and alternative, with craft beer on tap and those all-important cocktails. Steadily (we mean it) taking the stairs to The Liar’s Lounge – you’ll enter a Tiki world. Home to the Zombie (one of the most lethal cocktails known to man), Ray’s Mistake (yours, after the Zombie), All Cain and No Grain and the Painkiller (get 10), you’ll most likely stay here for a huge chunk of the night. Those stairs are no joke after a Zombie.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 12:00 - 02:00

  • Five tiled images - including three of cocktails, one of the bar at Terrace NQ and another of the outdoor terrace

    08. Terrace NQ

    43 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA Tel: 0161 819 2345 | http://www.facebook.com/Terrace-NQ-831225890260097

    So, you’ve made it.

    Terrace NQ is your final stop, and what a trendy stop it is. It has all the elements for a Northern Quarter bar: exposed brick walls, reclaimed gymnasium flooring, and vintage school furniture. It’s like being back at school, but with alcohol… During the week, this place has a busy footfall, but it's the weekend that gets everyone out on the terrace. There’s live music and DJs, as well as a giant collection of cocktails, craft beer and spectacular spirits.

    Manchester's Northern Quarter is seriously legendary, and you can find out even more on the Manc nightlife with our insider's guide. Or, go straight to the Manchester Hen Weekends page.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 00:00
    • Friday: 10:00 - 01:00
    • Saturday: 09:00 - 01:00
    • Sunday: 09:00 - 00:00

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