Tusk is an African Themed cocktail bar in the Northern Quarter with an original menu of signature crafted cocktails and tribal décor to give off an African vibe to the night. There are a few small tables for groups which makes it perfect to stop off before a big night out on the town.
Marble Arch Inn
Just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy bars of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Marble Arch Inn has become known as a place for freethinking beer drinkers. That brewery’s veggie-friendly beers – including a fruity winter stout and a fiery ginger session ale – are served from pumps along a three-sided bar in the corner of the listed building, where regulars tuck into classic bar snacks like pickled eggs and pork scratchings. The names of the various poisons available, like gin, porter, rum and ale, are listed out on the coving that loops the bar. Unusually for a drinker’s pub, the food here is also tasty and inventive, with dishes like spiced pork belly with apple risotto and caramelised shallots.
The Temple – or The Temple of Convenience as it’s still sometimes called – is a pub in a former toilet. Hidden beneath a traffic island in the city centre, just across the road from a multi-storey car park, it’s hardly the dream setting for a bar. A set of stairs leads downwards from street level and into a shabby, low-lit bar, where noisy chatter and indie sounds bounce off the painted walls. The drinks list is long, with bottled beers from as far afield as Kenya and Peru, and the atmosphere is refreshingly carefree. The red seats are often in short supply, and there’s not a lot of standing space either, soturn up early if you want to make an evening of it.