The countdown is officially on for the reopening of some hospitality venues, with outdoor pub and restaurant spaces set to reopen in April.

If the Government's roadmap out of lockdown goes according to plan, outside hospitality spaces will be allowed to open from April 12, or step two in the roadmap.

It will mean we can all get back into beer gardens for a cold pint or a cocktail after months of closures in Greater Manchester.

There will still be rules in place - you can only visit with one other household, and the rule of six remains for now - but it's set to be a welcome step back towards normality.

The city centre hasn't been famed for its outdoor spaces, but thanks to dozens of road closures last summer there are a lot more pop-up beer gardens to explore this year.

Here's a list of some of the major outside pubs, bars and restaurants set to reopen in April.

Platform 15 at Freight Island

A world-first, purpose-built, socially-distanced venue, Freight Island was one of the most popular hang out spots last summer.

Its outside space Platform 15 will be back open seven days a week from April 12, with availability disappearing fast already.

You'll find it at Depot Mayfield, which has previously been home to the VIP Village at Manchester Pride Live and to street food enterprise Grub.

Street food traders will include Baratxuri, Belzan Pasta Kitchen, Madre, Mi+Pho, Voodoo Rays, Patty Queen, Krum and a brand-new sweet addition, Sundae - Escape to Freight Island’s in-house ice cream brand.

It will be open Monday to Friday, 4pm to midnight; and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to midnight.

Depot Mayfield, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ |


The colourful village of independent shops and street food just off Oxford Road will be reopening from April 12, Government roadmap allowing.

The complex of shipping containers will be open for business seven days a week for outdoor dining, and is offering table bookings for the first time as well as keeping space for walk-in guests.

There are more than 30 businesses calling Hatch home, including coffee shop Takk, OL brewery, Grandad's Sausages, T'Arricrii, and Hanoi 75.

103 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED |

Northern Quarter

A mass pedestrianisation of the Northern Quarter last summer has turned swathes of this part of town into open-air beer gardens.

On Edge Street, Common have confirmed they'll be back open as soon as it's allowed, but you'll also find Yard & Coop, Luck Lust Liquor & Burn and Home Sweet Home along the same stretch.

On Thomas Street, it's a strip including Bay Horse Tavern, Terrace, Wolf at the Door, Fierce Bar and Cane & Grain.

Then elsewhere in the Northern Quarter, Alvarium's outside space will be back open for business, and at Stevenson Square you'll find bars including Flok and Dusk til Pawn spilling out into the streets.

The Oast House

One of the city centre's largest and most popular beer gardens, The Oast House has confirmed it will be back open from step two in the roadmap.

The Spinningfields bar has opened bookings for its outdoor terrace and is promising a summer of fun.

After a major revamp and remodel last year, the sprawling courtyard now features two new outdoor bars with their own toilets and a wooden canopy with heaters and a fire pit.

The Avenue, Spinningfields, M3 3AY |


Street food fair GRUB has found a new home at the Redbank Project in the Green Quarter, where it has an excellent outside area and a roster of food traders.

It will open its outside space seven days a week for the week of April 12, with bookings available (and disappearing fast) three weeks in advance.

You can see the latest availability, as well as who's trading when, on their website.

50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF |

20 Stories

Boasting the title of Manchester's highest restaurant, D&D's 20 Stories is worth a visit for the views alone.

From its large roof terrace, diners can see right the way across Manchester's skyline to the Peak District - and it's planning to open for business on April 12.

Bookings are available to dine on the terrace, with some limited walk-up spots reserved for people just wanting drinks.

NO. 1, 1 Hardman Square, M3 3EB |

Cutting Room Square

Another corner of the city centre that underwent mass pedestrianisation last year is Cutting Room Square in Ancoats.

Restaurants here include Rudy's, Elnecot, the Edinburgh Castle, Canto, The Counter House, Seven Brothers and the Jane Eyre, as well as Sugo, Hip Hop Chip Shop and Trove.

Details of reopenings in this part of town are beginning to trickle out, but if last summer is anything to go by this will be a busy part of town come spring.

The Wharf

A canalside spot with a spacious terrace, The Wharf has plenty of outside seating overlooking Castlefield basin to enjoy a few drinks or a bite to eat. It’s family-friendly and dogs are welcome too.

The food menu is what you expect from any pub worth its salt now - hearty, British dishes like deep fried cod and a Lancashire hot pot to weighty rump steak sandwiches, along with super food salads and a few veggie dishes.

The pub is working on details for taking bookings - you can keep up to date on their Facebook page.

6 Slate Wharf, Castlefield, M15 4ST /

Dukes 92

Castlefield’s original bar and grill remains one of the area’s most popular drinking and dining spots, come rain or shine.

After a £1m revamp, its vast waterside terrace is now kitted out with two outdoor cooking stations, while concertina glass doors have been put in on the first floor gallery so the entire space can be opened up on sunny days.

It's accepting bookings for its covered outside tables, the rest of the terrace tables will be available on a first come, first served basis every day.

18 Castle St, Castlefield, M3 4LZ |


With a new outdoor terrace, Dive Bar & Grill is now a lot more than just a late-night Dive Bar.

Creeping out from its basement space, the terrace includes its own cocktail bar, beer on draught, and a retractable canopy and heating system to tackle the Manc weather.

The terrace is accepting bookings from April 12.

Tib St, M4 1SH |


The Deansgate bar’s south-facing terrace is the perfect place to unwind with a G&T in the sunshine - they serve more than 530 varieties of the stuff. Challenge accepted.

It’s heated and has a retractable canopy too, so you can enjoy it all year round.

It will be open Wednesdays-Sundays from April 14.

376 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LY /