Food and Drink

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The food and drink in Manchester is some of the best on offer in the UK, and many of the city’s finest offerings can be found here on the Oxford Road Corridor.

The food and drink in Manchester is some of the best on offer in the UK, and many of the city’s finest offerings can be found here on the Oxford Road Corridor. Running south from St Peter’s Square in the city centre, the innovation district is crammed with knowledge, business and cultural spaces with a huge variety of bars, pubs, restaurants and eateries.

As the Corridor has rapidly developed over the past 15 years we have seen new neighbourhoods pop up with the likes of First Street and Circle Square offering space to new restaurants and bars. 2022 looks set to be a big year for Circle Square with Hello Oriental and Bird of Pray the first new restaurants in space reserved exclusively for Manchester-firsts food and drink.

Easily the widest choice of places to eat is HATCH, the pop-up container village beneath the Mancunian Way is home to everything from Bondi Bowls and cheesecakes to Sicilian Street Food and Miami-inspired cocktails. Not quite as large, but Society on Barbirolli Square is another exciting food hall to explore.

While much of Manchester’s new fine dining options are popping up in Ancoats, there are still some great high-end choices here such as WOOD on First Street and Adam Reid at The French. Hidden gems include Sandbar, well known for its excellent beer but for our money, there are very few places serving better pizza in Manchester, and, for those in the know, Seoul Kimchi is the best spot in the North for real Korean food.

Then there are the bars, many of the best pubs and bars in Manchester are dotted around the Corridor for you to discover.

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Student Pubs and Bars

With thousands of students arriving in Manchester each year, there’s no shortage of student pubs and bars around Oxford Road.

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Bars and Pubs on Oxford Road

Oxford Road is packed with a great range of bars and pubs where you can get your fill of cocktails, spirits and any other liquor you can think of. 

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First Street

First Street is a vibrant neighbourhood between Oxford Road and Deansgate, it is home to a number of businesses and is a popular spot for food, drink and culture.

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Circle Square

Circle Square is Manchester’s new neighbourhood. A place where ideas are brought to life, a place created for forward-thinking people to rub shoulders with pioneering businesses.

Adam Reid at The French

Adam Reid brings sublime fine dining renowned across Manchester and beyond for its exquisite flavours and excellent British cuisine.

Big Hands

Big Hands at the South end of Oxford Road may be small, but it comes with added rock n’ roll swagger, a great atmosphere and a lovely roof garden.

Bird of Prey

Think you know fried chicken? Bird of Prey at Circle Square takes it to the next level. No order is too large for these chicken wizards.

Bold Street Coffee at University Green

Coming soon to University Green, Bold Street Coffee opens its second Manchester branch. Expect speciality coffee with rotating blends on the menu as well as an all-day menu.

Bondi Bowls

Come and have a bowl of good vibes and even better flavours.

BrewDog Manchester Outpost

Head to BrewDog Manchester Outpost at University Green for equity for punks, and quality beer for connoisseurs.

Brickhouse Social

Brickhouse Social is an exciting place where bar meets restaurant and all are welcome.

Bundobust Brewery

Bundobust Brewery in the St James Building on Oxford Street is the latest, and arguably the best addition to the ever-growing Bundobust chain.

Bunny Jackson’s Juke Joint

Bunny Jackson’s is a late-night music venue, dive bar and American diner on First Street. Expect cocktails, cold beer and chicken wings.

Cafe Muse – Manchester Museum Cafe

Manchester Museum’s cafe is run by the people behind award-winning cafe Teacup Kitchen. The menu features home-baked cakes, the finest loose leaf teas and breakfast, as well as a wide selection of mains and meals for kids.

Canvas

A wide-ranging space, combining a restaurant, bar, gig space, discussion centre and more.

Contact Bar & Kitchen

Contact has teamed up with one of Manchester’s most-loved street food venues, GRUB to bring Oxford Road an exciting new food and beverage offering.

Corridor Coffee Co

Corridor Coffee Co is a handy coffee shop on Oxford Road which you can find within the Students Union. Excellent coffee is matched with a quality choice of quick bites.

Ditto Coffee Manchester

Ditto Coffee is a coffee shop specialising in independent music and speciality coffee. This Manchester coffee shop is the second from the Liverpool-based Ditto Music company.

Don Giovanni

An elegant and dignified Italian restaurant that has held a reputation as one of the big names in Manchester for many years.

Ducie Arms

Ducie Arms is a traditional pub near Manchester Science Park, with top-class pub food, real ales and a cracking atmosphere.

First Street Bar and Kitchen

First Street Bar And Kitchen is a stylish food and drink haven overlooking the superb First Street neighbourhood.

FUKU

Deep fusion cuisine, bringing the flavours of the east to your table.

Fumo

Enjoy the smoky aroma of authentic charcoal grills at this superior Italian restaurant.

Gorilla

Since opening in 2012, Gorilla has proved itself as Manchester’s definitive mid-sized modern gig venue and one of the city’s best bar and kitchens.

Grandad’s Sausages

Tradition, class and a sausage in a bun at Hatch.

Hello Oriental

Hello Oriental is an exciting food experience based in Circle Square with every possible variation on Asian Fusion cuisine in one place.

HOME’s 1st Floor Restaurant

Hearty classic meals with a contemporary twist, chosen to accompany your cultural explorations at HOME’s 1st Floor Restaurant.

Hyatt Regency Manchester

Hyatt Regency Manchester is an elegant, modern hotel set in the heart of Oxford Road Corridor.

I Knead Pizza

I Knead Pizza have been making the best Neapolitan pizzas is Stockport for years, now they’re available here at Hatch.

Indian Tiffin Room

Charming and homely, the Indian Tiffin Room brings this classic Indian dish to First Street.

Junkyard Golf Manchester

Located on First Street, Junkyard Golf Club is the home of cocktails, crazy golf and an even more crazy night out.

Kro Bar

Kro Bar, Manchester is an independent pub and music venue housed (somewhat ironically) in the former Temperance Society building.

Milk & Honey Cafe

For food and drink as good as you are, the Milk & Honey cafe on Oxford Road may be the answer to your prayers.

Navarro Lounge

Find Navarro Lounge just off Oxford Road on University Green, a modern and welcoming chain bar with excellent choices of food.

Oh My Cheesecake

Oh My Cheesecake is the place to go for high-quality desserts and more than just a touch of sweetness and light.

ÖL Nano Brewery & Bar

ÖL Nano Brewery & Bar at Hatch is a place where you can always expect quality, inventive beers.

Peveril Of The Peak

Peveril Of The Peak is Manchester’s most iconic pub adorned with the sorts of bottle green, yellow and brown Victorian tiles that are a reclamation yard’s dream.

Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens.

Retro Bar Manchester

Retro Bar is a longstanding alternative venue which you can find on Sackville Street, just a stone’s throw from the likes of Yes and Joshua Brooks. A cosy space housed within a 1960s modernist building, Retro Bar is suitably fitted out in a, well, retro style. They do food here and the drinks are as well priced as anywhere in […]

Revolution Oxford Road

Revolution Oxford Road is a go-to for crowd-pleasing nights out in Manchester, whether you’re touring the city or making Revs your destination.

Sandbar

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

Seoul Kimchi

Seoul Kimchi is an intimate restaurant on Upper Brook Street that serves Manchester’s most acclaimed Korean cuisine.

Slice Pizzeria

After a short break, Stevenson Square stalwarts Slice Pizzeria re-emerged at Oxford Road Station and it’s great news for the Corridor.

Society Manchester

Society Manchester is a glorious indoor and outdoor space in the very heart of the city, with several street food vendors to choose from and a range of high-quality drinks.

Takk Coffee at Hatch

Takk Coffee at Hatch is an espresso bar where you can grab a coffee to go and venture up Oxford Road, or sit in Takk’s own seating area or the pleasant environs of the Hatch courtyard.

TAKK University Green

Takk at University Green is an Icelandic inspired, independent coffee shop that offers tasty, artisan, single-source coffee and delicious brunch, snack and vegetarian options.

The 8th Day Shop & Cafe

You can stop by on your lunch for a quick takeaway sandwich or burrito to take back to your desk or enjoy across the road in All Saints Park, or you stay longer and pick from a menu of mains in their downstairs cafe.

The Briton’s Protection

An iconic pub with an impressive whiskey list running into the hundreds. A welcoming atmosphere and a sprawling beer garden.

The Courtyard

The Courtyard is a mecca for sports-loving students with a huge amount of TV screens, a massive beer garden and bargain booze.

The Flour and Flagon

The Flour and Flagon pub has a range of cask beers, gins and a menu of “honest grub” which includes burgers, pies, grills and a range of desserts.

The Font

The Font Manchester is a cracking bar found just off Oxford Road on New Wakefield St where it’s been for over 20 years.

The Footage

The Footage is probably the defining student pub of Oxford Road, now refitted for quality food, drinks and sports.

The Gasworks Brewbar

Gasworks is a repurposed industrial space on First Street that’s now used for quality drinking and dining.

The Lass O’ Gowrie

Take a seat by the river at The Lass O’ Gowrie and watch the world go by in this refined and ancient watering hole.

The Old Abbey Taphouse

The Old Abbey Taphouse is a pub in a community hub, and one of Hulme’s true gems. Come for the beers, stay for the arts and culture activities.

The Refuge

The Refuge, at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, is a luxurious, modern restaurant, housed in a magnificent, Alfred Waterhouse designed, Victorian brick and terracotta building offers 10,000 sq ft of drinking and dining for everyone and anyone with the instruction “Come As You Are”.

The Salisbury

A rock music-friendly venue where everyone can enjoy a pint in one of Manchester’s most historic pubs.

The Temple

Originally called The Temple of Convenience owing to its former life as a public toilet block, this is a tiny bar with some of the finest bathroom graffiti in town.

The Thirsty Scholar

The Thirsty Scholar is a free music venue, pub and nightclub on Oxford Road serving vegan pub food including all-day breakfasts.

The Whitworth Café

The gallery in the park which has gained global attention with contemporary exhibition programmes giving new life to international collections.

Tsujiri

COMING SOON. Much loved Japanese tea house, Tsujiri has opened its second Manchester site at Circle Square

Turing Tap

Located at the south end of Oxford Road between the universities, hospital site and Whitworth Park, the Turing Tap is a handy pub with an extensive, all-day food menu.

Umami

Based in the heart of Oxford Road, Umami is a restaurant serving up Sushi, Ramen and Asian Fusion food at a delicious price.

Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths is located just outside of the Oxford Road Corridor, but it’s an iconic treasure that’s well worth a visit.

WOOD Manchester

WOOD Manchester offers one of the city’s best fine dining experiences, from the locally-loved winner of 2015 MasterChef winner Simon Wood.

YES

Four floors of YES with something for everyone – including a rooftop bar, two live music spaces, a club space, DJs and extensive coffee, street food and bar selection.

Yi Fang Fruit Tea at University Green

Made with loving care, this is tea taken to the next level. Yi Fang Fruit Tea at University Green’s recipes have deep roots.

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill is a modern, exciting restaurant, serving up some of the very best Indian-Pakistani cuisine in Manchester.

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