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The River Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Salford
3 out of 5 stars
The River Bar, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
The River Bar, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, View

The al fresco terrace and riverside location really are great but there's more to this spot than just the setting

The unique selling point for The Lowry River Bar is its sensational location. Situated on the banks of the Irwell in the heart of the central district, it blends metropolitan city living with glistening waterside scenery to offer something more than just a simple drinking den.

Inside the whole space is light, airy and calm, offering a much more modest brand of sophistication than you might expect. However, the impressive 50ft outdoor terrace - open from 11am for morning lattes to 11pm for post-work martinis - is where you want to be. And with heaters and a giant canopy, the al fresco fun isn't restricted to balmy summer days.

Drinks at The Lowry River Bar take on a vaguely patriotic theme by using traditional British flavours. A classic cocktail like the Collins, for example, is served with a cucumber-based twist to provide a hit closer to home, whilst the Ten Thymes combines gin, honey and plenty of the aromatic herb. Coming in around the £10 mark, cocktails sit at the slightly higher end of the market.

Food comes courtesy of the restaurant’s grill-style menu, which focuses on quality produce from respected suppliers. Signature dishes include chateaubriand, Usan lobster and sea bass from Anglesey. To get a well-rounded but cost-effective sample of what’s on offer, there’s a monthly-rotating, three course lunch option at £19.95 per person. Afternoon tea is also served daily, and it's up there with the best the city has to offer. There's also a smaller children’s version for mini-mouths.

By: Jess Hardiman


Venue name: The River Bar
Address: The Lowry Hotel
50 Dearmans Place
Chapel Wharf
M3 5LH
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