UK's Top 50 Cocktail Bars 2024: Manchester bar becomes first ever from city to top list - full rundown

Manchester is well represented on the definitive list.
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Manchester is building itself a strong reputation as a cool and classy drinking spot. As well as boasting plenty of good pubs and clubs, its stance as a strong cocktail bar city is on the up. 

This position has been solidified in recent days with the announcement of the Top 50 Cocktail Bars List for 2024. Four Manchester bars are included, with all of them in the top 21 and one even coming out at the very top. 

Schofield’s Bar, on Little Quay Street, is the creation of brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield. Their wealth of experience in the bartending industry has helped them to become the first Manchester bar to top the list. It only opened in 2021 and was the first Manchester bar to make the top 100 bars in the world back in 2022.

The judges had plenty of praise for the bar, with these comments published on their website: “The menu consists of classic cocktails as well as crafted inhouse stylings created by the Schofield’s, along with beers, wines, Champagne and also some food. Cocktails are mostly priced between £9.50 and £12, but averaging at around £11.75 per drink.

“Drinks include the Clover Club made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Schofield’s Dry Vermouth, raspberry, lemon and egg white; Gin Fizz, made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, lemon, citrus oils and soda water; and Chet Baker, made using Bacardi Rum, Asterley Bros Estate Vernouth, honey and Angostura Bitters.”

Blinker, Speak in Code and Project Halcyon are the other Manchester spots to make the list - Schofield's beating Satan's Whiskers in Bethnal Green, London, into second place.

Joe and Daniel Schofield Joe and Daniel Schofield
Joe and Daniel Schofield

Full Top 50 Cocktail Bars list 2024 

  1. Schofield's Bar, Manchester
  2. Satan's Whiskers, Bethnal Green, London
  3. Passing Fancies, Birmingham
  4. Couch, Birmingham
  5. Hey Palu, Edinburgh
  6. Blinker, Manchester
  7. Swift, Soho, London
  8. AMARO BAR, Kensington, London
  9. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
  10. Tayér + Elementary, Shoreditch, London
  11. Kwãnt , Mayfair, London
  12. Speak In Code, Manchester
  13. Three Sheets, Dalston, London
  14. A bar with shapes for a name), Hackney, London
  15. Murder Inc., Soho, London
  16. Tabula Rasa, Leeds
  17. Lab 22, Cardiff
  18. Filthy XII, Bristol
  19. Crossroads, Newington Green, London
  20. The Connaught, Mayfair, London
  21. Project Halcyon, Manchester
  22. SOMA, Soho, London
  23. Eve Bar, Covent Garden, London
  24. Side Hustle, Covent Garden, London
  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, Edinburgh
  33. Scarfes Bar, Holborn, London
  34. Happiness Forgets, Shoreditch, London
  35. The Absent Ear, Glasgow
  36. The Bar With No Name (69 Colebrooke Row), Islington, London
  37. Artesian, Fitzrovia, London
  38. Callooh Callay, Shoreditch, London
  39. Fox and Chance, Birmingham
  40. 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. American bar Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland