A few short years ago, you could count the number of rooftop bars in Manchester on your fingers.

But in more recent times, they've popped up thick and fast right across the city centre.

From ultra-sophisticated terraces with views of the entire skyline, to cosy tucked-away gems with mismatched furniture, there's something for every budget and every taste.

Whenever Manchester's weather decides to play ball - and Saturday at least looks set to be warm and dry - these are great places to kick back with a cocktail or a pint.

There are some newcomers to join soon too, including Lost Cat and the Brewdog Hotel, but in the meantime here are some of the city's best rooftop bars.

20 Stories

Manchester's highest bar and restaurant - recently named one of the best in Europe - is a must for the city's most glamorous residents.

From the terrace bar at 20 Stories you can soak in views right across the city centre and all the way to the Peak District, all with a champagne cocktail in hand.

Trees stand two storeys high, with al fresco fireplaces and an outdoor barbecue on site too.

NO. 1, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, M3 3EB |20stories.co.uk


The clue is in the name in this Northern Quarter favourite - and Terrace now has three rooftop terraces to choose from.

They're quirky-cool, with trees growing out of industrial metal planters and empty beer kegs hanging from the walls.

There's a full menu of fruity cocktails and local beers, and, best of all, you can order food from nearby restaurants such as Yard & Coop and Noi Quattro straight to your table.

43 Thomas St, Northern Quarter, M4 1NA | instagram.com/nqterrace

King Street Townhouse

Often named one of the country's most romantic hotels, most people think of the infinity pool when they think of King Street Townhouse.

But there's also a stunning rooftop terrace here, with views of the skyline and heating and a canopy to keep it cosy in all weathers.

There's an extensive wine and cocktail list, plus grazing boards to share.

10 Booth Street, M2 4AW | eclectichotels.co.uk

Big Hands

You won't have far-reaching views from Big Hands, nor will you have any award-winning interior design, but you will find bags of charm and character.

You can go around the world in lagers and pilsners and sit up on the rooftop on this Oxford Road original.

It's always a favourite for a pre- or post-gig pint, if you remember those.

296 Oxford Rd, M13 9NS | instagram.com/bighandsbar

The Ivy

The Ivy's roof garden is one of the most glamorous places in the city, perfect for celeb-watching.

Opulent fabrics, masses of plants and a retractable roof (plus essential heaters) make it an luxurious hangout in all weathers.

You can order from a huge menu of food, including afternoon teas and brunches.

The Pavilion, Byrom St, Spinningfields, M3 3HG | theivymanchester.com/the-ivy-roof-garden

Brickhouse Social

Formerly Black Dog Ballroom's New Wakefield Street branch, the new Brickhouse Social bar offers three floors of food, drink and entertainment.

Its crowning glory is the roof terrace, with a mixture of outdoor and under cover seating.

11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP / brickhouse.social


YES sprawls over several floors, from a ground-floor bar to an entirely pink club room.

They've added a beer garden at ground level now too but the roof terrace - dotted with hanging plants - is our favourite.

They've got house cocktails on tap in the neighbouring attic bar too.

38 Charles St, M1 7DB | yes-manchester.com

El Gato Negro

Award-winning King Street tapas bar El Gato Negro is crowned by a top floor dining room and bar with a retractable roof that peels back on sunny days.

Diners can graze on plates including chargrilled chicken thighs with smoky lemon relish and salsa verde and sea bream with butterbean hummus, fennel, orange and basil, washed down with Spanish wines, sherry, gin and cocktails.

52 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LY | elgatonegrotapas.com