Iconic drinking spot under the arches, with an eclectic menu and a dizzying range of gin-based drinks
A recent refurb has revived this iconic city centre bar and café, which is nicely positioned within the Deansgate railway arches. Gin is the spirit of choice here, with over 60 variations on the bar’s lengthy menu. For spirit shunners, both the wine and beer selections are decent.
Food is similarly eclectic, covering everything from greek salad to fish pie, plus a selection of sandwiches and burgers to keep everyone happy. Atlas also has the advantage of an enclosed beer garden, which is heated and snuggly on cooler autumn nights.
If you do have a gin too many, you'll have a hard time accidentally going into the wrong loo – the door to the gents’ features a life-size photo of Michael Caine, whilst a sultry Debbie Harry adorns the ladies’. Unless you're supposed to head for the one you find the most attractive, of course...
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When gin was as trendy as your Dad doing the YMCA at a family wedding, Atlas was there with a great selection of gin. Now it's grown to be Manchester's best bar for Mother's Ruin.
Huge selection behind the bar - if they don't have it - it's not worth having.
Atlas also manages not to attract the Deansgate Locks crowd despite its' location, so an evening there feels safe, and you're entrusted with a proper glass. Often a great DJ on at weekends.
When this place comes into its' own is the summer, as the back terrace is a great place for after work drinks. Have your picture taken by the big blown up A-Z map of Manchester.