Manchester may be known for its near legendary music scene which has launched the careers of some of the biggest bands and DJs in the world. But it’s not all about the bass. This youthful Northern city is now the place to excite your appetite with its explosion of outstanding bars and eateries that can be found high on rooftops, deep in hidden basements, and spilling out onto terraces all across the city. And for when you’re in the mood to party, Manchester has more live venues both big and small than you could shake a drumstick at.

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If you’re looking for a chic evening out then look no further than 20 Stories. Situated on the 19th floor of the No. 1 Spinningfields building, slap-bang in the middle of Manchester’s city centre, has some of the best sunset in town. Grab a seat on the terrace for an aperitivo with a difference – 360 degree views of the Manchester skyline. But be sure not to head off when the sun dips below the horizon. On Friday and Saturday nights resident DJs take to the decks to provide the soundtrack to what is sure to be a memorable weekend.

Image: Barca Bar

Set on Manchester’s oldest canal, Barca Bar has built a reputation as one of the city’s best aperitivo spots. Grab your sunglasses and head to the outdoor terrace (complete with extra-large BBQ) for people-watching and views over the historic Castlefield canal basin. For fantastic food and regular live music, this stylish bar is the place to meet friends… or even make some new ones.

If Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships, then Night and Day Cafe is the venue that launched a thousand bands (or probably more). Since it opened its doors in 1991, the calibre of groups that have played this intimate venue is quite astonishing, including Elbow, Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian to name but a few. The venue has played a pivotal role in the city’s music scene and is a mainstay of the Northern Quarter. Pop in for an Aperol Spritz and who knows, maybe you’ll have front row seats to the next big thing.

For a taste of Italy in the north of the UK then don’t miss Franco Manca. Selling pioneering Neapolitan sourdough pizza to discerning punters for almost 15 years, this boutique chain knows more than a bit about how to make a satisfying slice. Stop by for an Aperol Spritz but stay for their burrata, truffle and wild mushroom pizza. Close your eyes and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in Naples.