Manchester may have plenty of traditional pubs and a range of cocktail bars - but what if you're in the mood for wine? Here's some best spots for a decent glass of vino and some cracking little nibbles to boot in the city centre.
Located in the beautiful Barton Arcade you will find BistroVin brought to you by the clever people behind Spirited Wines. You'll find 20 wines to choose from by the glass or you can pay £4 corkage on any bottle from Spirited Wines. Team that with some mighty fine cheese and charcuterie, and you are on to a winner.
Hidden away opposite Beef and Pudding on Cooper Street, Salut is a little gem. The bar makes the most of modern technology with an enomatic machine - you top up a card, insert it into the machine and choose the wine you want, at the size you want it. Small 50ml measures are included in case you want to try a little before committing to a larger glass. They also have more than 300 wines available to buy and take away or pay corkage and enjoy within the bar. If you're feeling peckish, they also serve some excellent meat and cheese platters.
Veeno are also hidden away on Brazennose Street so just off Albert Square. They specialise in family-grown Sicilian wines and Italian 'spuntini' - which are like Italian nibbles or starters to you or I. They have an amazing unlimited Italian buffet on a Wednesday and self-guided wine tasting sessions available, which are superb value for money. If you think you don't like a certain type of wine, they'll help you find one to your taste.
Bread and wine bar Bakerie have more than 140 wines available, with regular 'last bottle' offers on some beautiful wines, along with an enomatic machine similar to the one in Salut. They are currently offering double Wednesdays where, you can double what you spend on your enomatic card. Oh and if you do go in for anything else, try their chicken and chorizo stew with a chunk of the sourdough bread. You won't regret it. They're also launching their new cocktail menu in the next few weeks with all the cocktails made with wine if you fancy something a bit different!
Last but definitely not least is the Spanish wine merchant and, now restaurant, Evuna. On Deansgate and in the Northern Quarter these guys have been importing Spanish wine from boutique wineries in Spain since 2002. You can now browse the wines available in the shop whilst enjoying some delicious tapas. Can you think of a better way to spend an afternoon?
In the mood for a cocktail instead? See Time Out's guide to Manchester's best cocktail bars.