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Julian Taylor Design - Impossible, Manchester
Photo: Richard Southall

Get a taste of Manchester’s cocktail scene with Schweppes 1783

Here's where you can try the brand's brand new range of mixers in the booming Northern city

By Time Out in association with Schweppes

With its thriving nightlife, Manchester is undeniably one of the UK’s top cities for an evening out – and that’s in large part thanks to its fantastic music scene and the inventive mixologists who fuel the city’s buzzing bars with must-try classic cocktails. Since it has such a great bar scene, some of Manchester’s best nightspots are ideal for trying out expert mixes made with the delicious new range of Schweppes 1783 naturally flavoured mixers.

The all-new premium collection honours the pioneering effervescence that Schweppes has been famed for since bubbles began, thanks to Jacob Schweppe – the first person to find a way of capturing and bottling up bubbles.

You’re probably already familiar with Schweppes for providing the essential fizz-filled refreshment in a gin and tonic, but this new range – inspired by the master and carefully crafted by a team of mixologists – not only pairs well with gin, but provides the perfect pairing for all kinds of premium spirits.

With this in mind, it’s time to explore the bar-shaped delights that Manchester has to offer. Here are our favourite four spots in the city for trying an expertly made cocktail that’s beautifully balanced by one of the Schweppes 1783 mixers.

Where to try Schweppes 1783 in Manchester

Julian Taylor Design - Impossible, Manchester
Photo: Richard Southall


This inventive bar comes complete with a fully immersive, underground nightclub housing a catwalk and a theatre. Also make sure you find its hidden gin palace with 84 different variations on the spirit and a molecular cocktail lab complete with ‘Impossibubble’ lickable champagne bubble machine. It’s an ideal spot then, for an imaginative twist on the classic gin and cucumber. Try the Impossi-Garden Ginijto, with gin, vanilla syrup, fresh lemon juice and a handful of fresh mint, all perfectly balanced with a refreshing splash of Schweppes 1783 Cucumber Tonic.

Peter St, M2 5QR.

Factory, Manchester - for use in Schweppes campaign


A club in the former Factory Records offices – famous back in the day for signing Joy Division, Happy Mondays, James and New Order – this place is a shrine to independent Manchester music at its best. Come for the music and stay for the cocktails: namely the smooth tequila-based Factory Worker Bee's tonic, made with Patron Anejo, cointreau, honey and vanilla syrup, fresh lemon juice and added bite thanks to Schweppes 1873 Salty Lemon Tonic.

Princess St, M1 7EN.

1761 bar, Manchester - for Schweppes campaign
Photo: Carl Sukonik/The Vain Photogra


Inspired by Manchester’s history as a powerhouse in the Industrial Revolution, independent restaurant 1761 serves honest, seasonal and locally sourced British food with a modern twist – think big, delicious roast dinners, big plates of mouthwatering fish and chips, or a runny scotch egg on a bed of samphire. But the cocktails are the jewel in this place’s crown. Our pick is a blend of Aperol, Amaretto, orange bitters, and a crisp, cold Light Tonic, garnished with a sprig of rosemary and a dehydrated orange wheel – a fancy tipple to mirror the old-style glamour of the interiors.

Booth St, M2 4AT.

Atlas Bar

Having resided in its spot under the railway lines in Deansgate for two decades, Atlas Bar has become something of a (g)institution, with the largest gin collection in the city of nearly 400. And its bartenders aren’t showing any sign of slowing down – a new type of gin is added every week. For something unusual, try the delightful Cuckoo Sunshine Gin, which has hints of lemon and substitutes honey for sugar in the distillation process, with a refreshing 1783 Crisp Tonic, a garnish of honeycomb and a lemon twist.

Deansgate, M3 4LY.

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