As that flaming orange ball of flames appears on the Manchester skyline as we head into the four day weekend, what better time to make a beeline straight to the nearest beer garden?
Temperatures are set to be hotter than Ibiza this Easter weekend, so dig out your shorts and sunnies and get yourself outside.
Time with our good friend the sun is usually quite limited in the UK, so we’ve saved you the trouble of wasting time trying to find a decent spot for a pint and a tan and compiled the ultimate list of Manchester-based beer gardens.
No need to say thanks, just get us a round in later.
Sinclair's Oyster Bar
You can't have a list of the best beer gardens in Manchester without mentioning this absolute classic spot.
Once the sun appears over the city the pub's outdoor seating area fills up in a matter of minutes, so if you're planning on heading down you best be quick.
The pub has a long history - it's been around since 1720 - and was moved to its current location next to Exchange Square, brick by brick, in the nineties, along with The Old Wellington. The two pubs were moved 300 yards down the road from their original location as a result of regeneration after the 1996 IRA bombing.
Besides the long and interesting history, the pints are cheap, the sun is plentiful and the atmosphere is buzzing, so what are you waiting for!
Location: 2 Cathedral Approach, Shambles Square, Manchester M3 1SW
Dukes 92, located down Castlefield, is one of the city's larger beer gardens.
As well as being one of the largest it's also one of the most famous outdoor bars in the city, so it can get a little rammed, and they do a great selection of booze and food.
A recent £1 million revamp means their large waterside terrace is now fitted with two outdoor cooking stations, and the entire first floor can be opened up on sunny days thanks to their glass doors.
Location: 18 - 25 Castle Street, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4LZ
The ironically named Rain Bar is actually a lot better when there's no rain in sight, as it boasts a stunning beer garden jutting out alongside the Bridgewater Canal.
Spread over three floors, the building was once an umbrella factory (Rain Bar, get it) and canal-side warehouse, but it now seamlessly walks the line between proper old school boozer and slick modern bar.
Again, be sure to arrive early as this place fills up fast when the sunshine is beaming.
Location: 80 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5JG
A bit of a hidden gem, Marble Arch is located in an unassuming part of town, but don't let that put you off.
The pub itself is a proper laid-back local affair with Victorian tiling and fireplaces, and is Grade II listed. Inside there's a sloping floor with numerous rumours as to why - is it for cleaning, ease of transporting barrels or shunting drunks back towards the bar for another round? Mystery abounds.
Out back the terrace is the perfect spot to soak up the rays while working your way through their fine selection of beers.
Location: 73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester M4 4HY
Mr Thomas's/Mrs Sarah's Chop House
Probably not one of the first places you think of when it comes to beer gardens, but their courtyard is the perfect spot for some beers and grub in the sun.
The iconic Mr Tom's has been around for a long time, and is currently undergoing a name change. Since the 7th of March it's been known as Mrs Sarah's Chop House, as a nod to the mother and daughter who ran the place over 100 years ago, with the grand unveiling announced on March 8th to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Located out the back of the chop house by St Ann's Square, this is a great central location for a few pints after work.
Location: 52 Cross St, Manchester M2 7AR
Like its neighbour Dukes 92, The Wharf is another great canal-side spot with a spacious terrace to sink a few pints on.
Overlooking Castlefield basin, it has a classic boozer feel - although it's only been around some 20-odd years - and offers a large selection of beers, wines and whisky.
There's a lot of space inside as well, so you can carry on boozing when the sun goes down, and they do a banging roast on a Sunday.
Location: 6 Slate Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4ST
Some other spots that deserve an honourable mention:
- The Briton's Protection: 50 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5LE
- Terrace NQ: 43 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
- The Dockyard: B3/4, Left Bank, Irwell St, Manchester M3 3AN
- Impossible: 36 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
- BrewDog: Scottish Mutual House, 35 Peter St, Manchester M2 5BG
- The Courtyard: 2 Chester St, Manchester M1 5SH
- The White Lion: 43 Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4NQ
- The Oast House: Crown Square, The Avenue Courtyard, Manchester M3 3AY