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.
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.
We don’t know what inspired the Yanks to try out prohibition so many years ago, but it clearly didn’t work. But one good thing that came out of that failed experiment was the speakeasy bar. These sexy, dimly-lit watering holes are perfect for getting down and dirty. Located in Stevens Square, Dusk Til Pawn is the trendiest prohibition-style bar in Manchester.
Per its punny name, Dusk Til Pawn’s chic speakeasy is hidden behind a storefront pawnshop. Once you get past the guitars and assorted junk, you’ll find one of the sexiest hookup bars around. When you’re in pursuit of Manchester hookups, this is easily one of the most reliable options. Order a classic cocktail for you and your companion, and get down to business.
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 easy sex without playing games, Adult FriendFinder is your best bet.
AFF has a worldwide user base of over 90 million people, which is just plain mental. No other hookup site comes even close. That’s a big reason why AFF consistently appears on our yearly ranking of our favourite hookup apps and sites. As the most established hookup site since the mid-00s, AFF is truly global. Its reputation is that it's easy to use and of the highest quality. Most users would choose AFF over any other site, if they had to.
There are a few qualities that set AFF apart from its competitors. First of all, with its huge user base, it has the most diverse range of users. You’ll find people of all backgrounds, looks and sexual preferences (you can even search by kink or cup size). For those in your 30s who’ve felt too old for other sites and apps, AFF is a revelation. There are all kinds of options in your age range, and that’s true even if you aren’t super fit.
From what we've seen, most guys are going to get their best results using AFF, especially if they're tired of wasting time and money.
It’s worth noting AFF works better than most apps because it has a great browser experience on computers and phones. Ultimately though, what makes Adult FriendFinder so successful is it has one and only one purpose. It wants to get you laid. While some apps and sites try to appeal to all audiences, AFF is a hookup site and nothing else. Talk about easy.
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 cosy lounge seating is particularly inviting. If you come to Arcane, don’t expect to leave alone. It’s just that good.
For many years, Manchester was an industrial town where people worked to the bone and married young. These days, we’re a fully modern city with modern sensibilities, and that means one thing: cougars. It’s a term we’re borrowing from our American cousins, but we like it. The most attractive, sexually adventurous women of a certain age are all on Cougar Life.
The men of Manchester have discovered that the best sex is found with women who are experienced. Those extra years make the difference between mind-blowing shags and fumbling wet blankets. That’s why guys are obsessed with meeting older women. Cougar Life is the easiest way for them to meet women 35 and up.
So many women love this app because it makes it easy to meet men who appreciate them. Bars can be frustrating for cougars. Some people look down on women who get with younger guys, and there’s always the risk of rejection. These busy women can’t wait around all night waiting for Manchester hookups to fall into their laps. They have lives to live. Cougar Life lets them get laid without all that hassle.
With over seven million users, Cougar Life comfortably sits atop our annual review of the best cougar apps and sites. It’s not just for young guys, either. Men of all ages are on this app looking for sexy partners. It’s the highest quality app of its kind and has a huge following in cities all over. Sign up, and you’ll be able to find women looking to hook up tonight. You’ll also receive a notification when someone checks out your profile.
If you’re someone who sits across the bar from sexy cougars but feels too intimidated to act, we can help. We’ve published a course on dating women over 30. It’ll give you the confidence to finally make your move. Then you can hit the bar or use Cougar Life to finally have the best sex of your life.
Tea and coffee houses have started to replace public houses for the preferred place to meet new people. With their casual, calm and welcoming environment, they offer a low-stakes setting for getting to know someone new and find other people looking for casual hookups near where you're at. The North Tea Power café in the Smithfield Building on Tib Street is a perfect example.
Serving an enticing blend of teas and coffee- and espresso-based drinks, North Tea Power has much to offer patrons. More importantly (for our concerns), it’s a perfect place to hang out all day with no particular purpose. Bring a date or strike up a conversation with someone new. As an alternative to Manchester hookup bars, this café is always a pleasurable day out.
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. If you know where to look, Manchester can be a beautiful, seductive town. You won’t find better views anywhere in the city than Cloud 23.
Located atop the Hilton, this cocktail and champagne bar has amazing panoramic views of Manchester. Don’t spend all your time at the windows, though; the views inside are just as nice. 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.
Manchester is a big enough city to include something for everyone. Here are a few more options to ensure that your Manchester hookups never get boring.
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 cosy, 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.
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.
The art of hooking up is all about being open to opportunities. A glance in the street, a coy comment at the bar, a lingering look; all preludes to a shag. At least, they can be if you know how to capitalize on them. You don’t have to be in a fancy cocktail lounge to initiate a romp. Even your local grocer serves up Manchester hookups.
Take, for instance, the whole food co-op Unicorn Grocery. In addition to its assortment of organic, local fruits and vegetables, this Albany Road food mart offers connections. There’s always someone attractive around; you just need to read the signs. Don’t be pushy or creepy but also don’t be scared to make first contact. A little friendliness at the store can lead to a lot of fun in the bedroom later.
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.
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 their 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. When you’ve tired of the typical Manchester hookup bars, give the Oast House’s beer garden a visit.
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