With over 500,000 residents, Manchester is a city where something is always going on. At any given moment, some lad is sneaking off with an attractive stranger for a shag. Hopefully, at least a few of those times, you’re involved. Finding Manchester hookups is simply a matter of getting out there and meeting people.
Unfortunately, that’s often easier said than done. While there’s no shortage of pubs and lounges in this city, decent ones are few and far between. It’s hard to meet a woman if there aren’t any at the bar. Most people these days settle for online hookups, but those are just as dodgy. There are only a few Manchester hookup sites and apps worth your time.
For that reason, we decided to curate this list of the unbeatable Manchester hookup bars, sites and apps. With the help of locals from the Northern Quarter to Cheetham Hill, we found the best pubs, clubs and lounges. We also tried out apps and sites galore, all to find the ones that really work. We aren’t in Winwick; there’s no reason it should be hard to find a hookup buddy.
Whether you’re a student at U of Manchester or you’re a working stiff, there’s something here for you. Keep reading, and comment below if we’ve left anything off our list.
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Our favorite spots to find Manchester hookups
Good things come to those who get off their arse and find them. If you’re in need of a quickie shag, try these Manchester hookup sites, apps, and bars.
Cloud 23’s where young Manchester hookups happen
It’s hard to truly appreciate a place until you’ve gazed upon it from high above. That’s why we’re regular patrons at Cloud 23, a restaurant and cocktail bar on the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower.
Located atop the Hilton, this cocktail and champagne bar has amazing panoramic views of Manchester. Many of our city’s most attractive cougars frequent this bar, and even younger ladies of a certain status come often. If you have a keen eye for beauty, you’ll want to be at Cloud 23.
The best hookup app in Manchester is AFF from our experience (try it free)
Meeting someone for a hookup shouldn’t be a challenge. These days, everyone is looking to get laid, so why should it be so much work to make it happen? At the right bars, it’s usually pretty easy to meet someone, but it still takes work to seal the deal. When you’re looking for something casual without playing games, AFF is your best bet.
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The best Manchester pickup bars we've tried
From your local pub to the trendiest lounges, the bar scene is where to meet Manchester girls. Here are our favourites.
Twenty Twenty Two throws a killer party
If you’re looking for the best place to pick up girls in Manchester, you want Twenty Twenty Two.
This artsy establishment is a cross between your best mate’s flat and the coolest uni party you ever attended. The ping pong tables are, of course, one of the biggest draws to this bar. Everyone has a blast coming out to play a few matches. Come for the Tuesday night tournaments, or try to beat the bartenders on Thursday nights to win a round.
Every night is a party (especially during their three-hour Happy Hour), and what is a party without girls? Twenty Twenty Two never disappoints in that regard. There are always plenty of ladies drinking about. It might not be the most sophisticated scene in the city. They might not mix the finest martinis in England. But they sure as hell know how to throw a party.
The Liars Club brings a tropical flair to Manchester hookups
We aren’t advocates for dishonesty. But there is something poetic about a great hookup bar being called The Liars Club. No, this isn’t a place where politicians gather. It’s actually a Tiki-style bar where people go for good drinks and nights of debauchery. Head up to the bar, order one of their tropical-themed cocktails and get your night going strong.
Tiki bars have earned a reputation for being tacky or too brightly lit. The Liars Club is anything but. Though it fully embraces the tropical style, it’s still a cozy, dimly lit bar for intimate connections. The mix of afro beats and hip hop music in the background keeps the vibe light and fun. Make no mistake, though, this bar is plenty sexy.
Arcane - A classy way to get laid in Manchester
The secret to a good hookup bar is the atmosphere. Sure, the drinks should be tasty, and the company should be down for anything, but the atmosphere sets the mood. By those metrics, Arcane Cocktail Bar is far and away one of the best Manchester hookup bars. Set in the basement of a Victorian building, this cocktail lounge has atmosphere to spare.
When you descend into Arcane, you’ll immediately notice how the low lighting sets off the eye-catching Victorian features. Thankfully, the good vibes don’t stop there. The bartenders mix some of the best cocktails in the city, and the cozy lounge seating is particularly inviting. If you come to Arcane, don’t expect to leave alone. It’s just that good.
The best clubs for finding hookups in Manchester
While the bar scene is great for chatting up birds, the clubs are where your body does the talking. These are the best clubs for picking up Manchester girls.
The Venue Nightclub wants everyone to have a good time
The nightclub will always be full of single girls hoping to meet a guy. The blend of music, dancing, dim lighting and, of course, strong drinks is an ideal cocktail for socialising. The clubs you frequent should reflect the type of girls you’re attracted to and the music scene you enjoy. If you’re into Indie music and hip chicks, The Venue is the best place to pick up girls in Manchester.
Located on Jacksons Row, The Venue Nightclub is one of the trendiest late-night hangouts in all of Manchester. The crowd can get a bit hipster-ish, but you won’t mind when you see the beautiful babes. It’s far and away one of the finest selections of girls in the entire city. That’s true whether you’re there for their massive DJ nights, fun Disco throwbacks or even pub trivia.
The Venue defies being pigeonholed into a single type of establishment, mixing the eternally cool with modern trends. It is that very openness to doing whatever feels good that appeals to the young, hip ladies in the crowd. Add this spot to your regular rotation and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best weekends of your life.
Fifth Nightclub is where Manchester dances the week away
For anyone looking for a classic Manchester dance club, one of the best options is Fifth Nightclub on Princess Street. With two separate rooms for parties that go into the wee hours, this is where locals dance until they drop. Even if you aren’t much of a dancer, the whole experience is a feast for the eyes. Vast swarms of girls arrive in some of the most impossibly tight skirts we’ve ever seen.
Friday nights are generally the most popular at Fifth Nightclub. The rooms tend to be split into two different styles of music, so you can always find your rhythm. You’ll hear hip-hop and grime in the ‘Bunker,’ while they blast Indie dance jams in the main room. Though they aren’t as packed, Saturday nights still offer an exuberant dance spectacle full of gorgeous girls.
If you’re a uni lad, the night for you is Tuesday. That is when Fifth Nightclub hosts the biggest student party night in all of Manchester. The university crowd comes out for a mix of hits from the 90s and 00s. It’s the perfect opportunity to get the number of that girl you’ve been eyeing in your economics lecture.
Best places to meet sexy Manchester girls during the day
Manchester is a big enough city to include something for everyone. Here are a few more "day" options to ensure that your Manchester hookups never get boring.
The Oast House brings people together
In these parts, we have to take advantage of the sun whenever we can. That’s probably why beer gardens have started to catch on. Drinking in a dark pub is fine when it’s raining but why stay stuck inside on those rare sunny days? The Oast House in Crown Square at the Avenue Courtyard understands the joys of drinking outdoors.
This rustic pub has a great selection of international-style foods to go with its assortment of beers and cocktails. The obvious draw though is their outdoor space where people hang out from afternoon to evening. People are always enjoying themselves here, which is the perfect atmosphere for making a new friend, or hopefully, getting cool hookups in Manchester.
Caffé Nero is where the uni girls find hookups in Manchester
Manchester is a city of universities, and all the better for it. The bevy of beautiful girls that can be seen flying from lecture to lecture is why God created eyes. Of course, those gals need to take a study break from time to time.
For the girls at Manchester Metropolitan University, the top spot for relaxing is the Caffé Nero on Oxford Road. It’s not especially trendy or hip, but it is comfortable and perfect for casual chats. If you love a girl with some book smarts, it’ll be one of your favourite pick-up joints in the city.
PureGym has the fittest fit girls in Manchester
If being charming in a Tinder bio sounds like too much work, maybe just aim for those six-pack abs. Getting into shape is one tried and true way for getting laid in Manchester - and almost everywhere.
With its spacious facilities, the PureGym on Market Street is among the best places to pick up girls in Manchester. At any given time, you’ll find yourself working out alongside a dozen or more fit babes. Meet girls while working on your body; the very definition of killing two birds with one stone.
Cain and Grain shamelessly initiates Manchester hookups
If you’ve ever been to New York City, you know there’s a certain vibe in their bars that feels distinct. That’s especially true among Brooklyn dive bars where band posters and distressed wood melds into a cohesive grungy-but-sexy style. The Cain and Grain on Thomas Street has done a miraculous job of recreating that style here in Manchester.
Spread over three floors, Cain and Grain is a taproom built for lovers of burgers, ribs and cocktails. The moment you enter the ground floor, you’ll feel like you’re back in the 80s. The bar owners faithfully recreate that era’s skate culture, but the bar is so much more. When the cocktail lounges and pubs have gotten stale and boring, hit up Cain and Grain for a unique experience.
Other great spots to get laid in Manchester
Sometimes the best things are just right there in your pocket. Almost every hot girl on the planet has some sort of online presence be it Instagram, Facebook and, Tinder, our favorite, and most reliable way to find hookups in Manchester. All you've got to do is install the app, add a bunch of your best photos and start chatting. It's really that easy/
Tinder is still a decent hookup app
For all of you reading this between classes at Metropolitan University or the University of Manchester, Tinder is old news. On college campuses around the world, this app has long been the go-to choice for easy shags. When it launched in 2012, Tinder immediately became a sensation among Millennials. Since then, its reputation has taken a wee hit.
The thing about Tinder is that, while it’s easy to use, it can also be incredibly frustrating. Sure, every other swipe reveals yet another unbelievably fit woman. No Manchester hookup apps besides Tinder have so many gorgeous ladies - who aren’t spam accounts. So why is it so hard to actually meet any of these women? It probably feels to you like they must not respond to anyone. Here’s the secret: you’re usually right.
A lot of the most beautiful women on Tinder never respond to messages. They just enjoy the ego boost that comes with non-stop matches and compliments. If you want any hope of connecting with a gorgeous woman, you better be extremely hot and young to boot. The only men that get much traction on Tinder are those in the top 10-15% of looks. Almost everyone else gets ignored. That’s doubly so if you’re older than 30, no matter your gender. The unofficial age range for Tinder is 18-28. Any older and you’re practically invisible.
Currently, the makers behind Tinder are trying to refocus on being a relationship app. Whatever they try, Tinder will always be tops among Manchester hookup apps for attractive people. If that includes you, congratulations, you’re going to have amazingly sexy hookups.
Map of all the best options to find hookups we covered
If you really want to get the best results finding a hookup in Manchester you need to be smart about how you're spending your time. One of the best ways to improve your results is by checking out multiple different venues each night in order to find which spot is really popular on that particular night. We've put our recommendations into the map below that will help make a plan:
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