Northwest England drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Manchester


Occupying what was once the Victorian Gothic ground floor of the Refuge Assurance Building, this is not just Manchester's most beautiful bar, but arguably its coolest too – all thanks to the rep and aesthetic sensib…
Top Choice Club in Manchester


The year 2018 saw the revival of one of Manchester's legendary club nights, advertised as 'a non-stop exotic disco for homos, heteros, lesbos and don't knows'. Fronted by legendary DJs, the Unabombers (Luke Cowdrey …
Top Choice Bar in Liverpool

Botanical Garden

A seasonal pop-up bar that specialises in gin cocktails, this is one of the city's coolest summer bars. There's a fine selection of beers if you prefer, and a kitchen that serves excellent Mexican food; in rainy wea…
Top Choice Pub in Liverpool


One of the friendliest boozers in town is this superb old pub that serves a fine range of local ales (Bier Head, from the Liverpool Organic Brewery, is our favourite). The Beatles would stop in here during their Cav…
Top Choice Cafe in Lancaster

The Hall

Nitro, Chemex, batch brew, siphon…whatever way you want it, this superb cafe in the old parish hall can satisfy even the most demanding coffee connoisseur with the perfect brew. It's part of Atkinsons Coffee Roaster…
Pub in Liverpool


This extraordinary bar, designed by the shipwrights who built the Lusitania, is one of the most beautiful bars in all of England. The interior is resplendent with etched and stained glass, wrought iron, mosaics and …
Brewery in Manchester

Cloudwater Barrel Store Tap Room

Take a warehouse space under the arches behind Manchester Piccadilly Station, roll in a double deck of beer barrels and set out simple seating, and you’ve got the perfect brew for an atmospheric tap room. Cloudwater…
Pub in Chester

Brewery Tap

If you're looking for the best pint in the city, the aficionados at the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) reckon you'll get it at this boozer in a Grade II–listed Jacobean banqueting hall; its seven taps offer a rotatin…
Pub in Liverpool

Roscoe Head

An institution amongst Liverpool boozers is this venerable old pub, which serves a good selection of ales to its ever-loyal clientele. It gets pretty crowded at weekends, but that just makes for an even better atmos…
Cocktail Bar in Douglas

Bath & Bottle

A cocktail bar styled like a gin joint from the roaring twenties – it does excellent cocktails and on Wednesdays at 8pm there are classic films in the Speakeasy Cinema.