The best cocktail bar in the UK is officially in Manchester as Top 50 named

It's the first time we've ever had first place.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 6th February 2024

The Top 50 Cocktail Bars in the UK have been named this evening – and in a stunning turn of events, Manchester has taken the top spot.

Schofield’s Bar on Little Quay Street has stormed into first place, beating out the biggest names in the drinks industry.

Last year’s winner, Satan’s Whiskers in Bethnal Green in London, fell into second place.

And it was a fantastic result for the rest of the north too, with cocktail bars across Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield shining in the Top 50.

Also featuring in the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list in Manchester is Blinker, a Spring Gardens bar that has a dedicated martini menu, which swooped into the top 10 and placed sixth.


Speak In Code on Jackson’s Row took 12th place (a slight drop from last year’s eighth place but still a phenomenal showing).

And Project Halcyon, the brilliant bar hidden down in the Bonded Warehouse, made it into the 21st spot in the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.


Manchester’s shiny new LGBTQ+ cocktail bar Red Light, tucked down on pretty Little David Street at Kampus, was named One To Watch.

But back to Schofield’s Bar, officially the best cocktail bar in the entire UK.

The judges said that this drinking spot, created by Bury-born brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield, is ‘impressive’ and noted that it’s the first Manchester bar to ever take the number one spot.


They wrote: “Together, they had a vision to return home to Manchester to open their now impressive venue, which sits on the corner of the iconic Sunlight House, an art deco masterpiece by architect Joseph Sunlight.”

The Top 50 Cocktail Bars list then detailed that the menu ‘consists of classic cocktails as well as crafted in-house stylings created by the Schofield’s, along with beers, wines, Champagne and also some food’.

Many of the drinks inside are inspired by the brothers’ favourite books, and you can borrow a book off the shelf to read with your paired cocktail – like a Vesper Martini with Casino Royale, a Singapore Sling with Cocktail, and a mojito with The Old Man and the Sea.

The Top 50 Cocktail Bars in the UK in full

  1. Schofield’s Bar – Manchester
  2. Satan’s Whiskers – Bethnal Green
  3. Passing Fancies – Digbeth, Birmingham
  4. Couch – Stirchley, West Midlands
  5. Hey Palu – Edinburgh, Midlothian
  6. Blinker – Manchester
  7. Swift Soho – London
  8. Amaro Bar – Kensington, London
  9. Panda and Sons – Edinburgh
  10. Tayēr + Elementary – Shoreditch, London
  11. Kwãnt – Mayfair, London
  12. Speak in Code – Manchester
  13. Three Sheets – Dalston, London
  14. 🔶🟥🔵 – Hackney, London
  15. Murder Inc – Soho, London
  16. Tabula Rasa – Leeds
  17. Lab 22 – Cardiff
  18. Filthy XIII – Bristol
  19. Crossroads – Newington Green
  20. The Connaught Bar – Mayfair, London
  21. Project Halcyon – Manchester
  22. SOMA – Soho, London
  23. Eve Bar – Covent Garden
  24. Side Hustle – Covent Garden
  25. The Hideout – Bath
  26. Little Mercies – Crouch End, London
  27. Below Stairs – Leeds
  28. Silverleaf – Spitalfields, London
  29. Bar Termini – Soho, London
  30. Seed Library – Shoreditch, London
  31. Charlie Brown’s – Glasgow
  32. Bramble Bar & Lounge – Edinburgh
  33. Scarfes Bar – Holborn, London
  34. Happiness Forgets – Hoxton, London
  35. The Absent Ear – Glasgow
  36. 69 Colebrooke Row – Islington, London
  37. Artesian – Fitzrovia, London
  38. Callooh Callay – Shoreditch, London
  39. Fox and Chance – Birmingham
  40. The Milk Thistle – Bristol
  41. Nauticus – Edinburgh
  42. Public – Sheffield
  43. The Gate – Glasgow
  44. Nightjar – Shoreditch, London
  45. Ojo Rojo – Bournemouth
  46. The Wildcat – Edinburgh
  47. Lyaness – South Bank, London
  48. Pennyroyal – Cardiff
  49. Bench – Sheffield
  50. The American Bar – Auchterarder

Featured image: The Manc Group