We don’t want to jinx it, but it looks like summer is finally here in Manchester. As we’ve got a bit of sun at last, One Manchester has rounded up the best al fresco and roof terrace destinations to keep cool in the city.
A One Manchester favourite, El Gato has some top notch tapas as well as a top notch terrace. With a retractable roof, guests can take a seat on the second floor come rain or shine, so make the most of the sun at the King Street hotspot. Take advantage of the 3 for £15 lunch menu to get your hands on the likes of Picos Blue cheese with caramelized walnuts; Chargrilled chicken thighs with smoky lemon relish and salsa verde; and traditional tapas dish, Patatas bravas with spiced tomato fritarda sauce and aioli. While you’re at it, order some delectable cocktails, or in true Spanish style, opt for a refreshing jug of Sangria in the sun.
Terrace is one of the Northern Quarter’s go-to late night hotspots, but in the daytime you can relax in the sunshine on Terrace’s terrace. Its unique DIY-style decor is all part of the charm, with beer barrels hanging from the walls and plenty of plants surrounding the rooftop. The Thomas Street terrace is open until 9pm, when you can slip inside for even more fun late into the night. Terrace hosts some of the best guest beers in town and has some amazing cocktails to cool you down. If you’re peckish, there’s an extensive food menu ranging from easy options like kebabs or pizzas big enough for sharing, or the fancier options include Pan-fried seabass with chickpea curry.
We couldn’t forget The Ivy, Spinningfields’ amazing roof garden with a fully retractable glass roof and air conditioning for this warmer weather. Here, you can enjoy some of the best food and cocktails in town, surrounded by scenic florals and foliage to create the perfect oasis to celebrate summer in the heart of Manchester. Their menu boasts an all-day contemporary British menu with something for everyone. The Ivy’s exclusive drinks menu has been very carefully curated by their bartenders which includes classic favourites, with and without twists, and brand new creations. The Skylight Terrace is also available for private hire for drinks receptions with up to 50 guests.
Hatch is a perfect spot to soak up the sun away from the busy city centre. Located on Oxford Road, Hatch hosts an ever-changing lineup of food and drinks traders with plenty of outdoor seating to take advantage of the warmer weather. Here, you can find more than 30 independent businesses which currently range from a barbers, Manchester’s first drop off trainer and handbag cleaning boutique, food and drink and products by local makers. Hatch will certainly make for the best day in the sun with drink offerings from independent coffee coffee shop Takk, Beer Box and vin-yard, to name a few and food traders including Mezze, where Turkish meets Greek; Oke Poke Hawaiian street food and Ice Alchemists, offering luxury ice cream rolls, milkshakes, bubble waffles and cakes to keep you cool.
We couldn’t talk about rooftop bars without talking about 20 Stories. Manchester’s iconic sky high restaurant is one of our favourite go-to spots for fun in the sun. Sip on a specially crafted cocktail while overlooking the unrivalled views of Manchester city centre that can only be offered by 20 Stories. Located at No. 1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories’ rooftop terrace is perfect for the highest level of drinking and dining in the sun with outdoor BBQs and al fresco fireplaces along the terrace to enjoy alongside the stunning backdrop of the Manchester skyline.
Okay, not technically Manchester but Salford’s MediaCityUK is an amazing spot just outside the city centre to spend a bit of time outdoors. All of its restaurants and bars offer outdoor seating or relax into one of the MediaCity deckchairs that are scattered around. For al fresco dining, you’ve got a range of options including The Dockyard, The Botanist and Prezzo. Or overlook The Quays with cocktails at The Alchemist, known for its innovative and exciting drinks menu.