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STERLING BAR, Manchester, Greater Manchester

STERLING BAR

4.9
4.9
150 Reviews
£26 to £40
Cocktail Bar
STERLING is a luxurious bar located underneath the historic Stock Exchange
Hotel. You can expect live music, vintage spirits, rare wine and elegant cocktails all
served alongside bar snacks.

Please note that we only able to accept a certain amount of reservations each day as we leave a lot of tables for walk-ins, so please do not be put off visiting us if you are unable to reserve.

We have a 15 minute grace period for each booking.

We are a seated venue only and all reservations are guaranteed 2 hours at the table.

We are an over 18's only venue and do not accept cash.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Fri 17:00–00:30 Sat 14:00–00:30
  • Phone number
    0161 359 6211
  • Payment Options
    Cash not accepted
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 150 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Service

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Ambience

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Hot spot

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for live music

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Romantic

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Lively

  • Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester

    Best Service

  • Manchester

    Best Ambience

  • Manchester

    Best Value

  • Manchester

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Manchester

    Hot spot

  • Manchester

    Great for live music

  • Manchester

    Romantic

  • Manchester

    Lively

150 Reviews
  1. NatalieM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem in the city centre of Manchester. Great live music

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  2. LouisB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Astounding! I would highly recommend sterling bar, the experience from start to finish was immense - the ambience was truly special and the drinks were so creative. I look forward to attending again in the future. For the price range, this bar has to be top 3 in its category in Manchester!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whilst we didn’t eat the food served at other tables looked amazing. This is truly a fantastic cocktail lounge and the service is excellent

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  4. ScottD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    It's a lovely setting. The first time we went there was lovely piano music and signing. We took some friends expecting the same. This time it was a music system belting out loud 1980's soft rock music at - Bon Jovie, Van Halen then we tripped into Tears for Fears and others. Totally at odds with the setting. The volume was very high as well so we struggled to talk. Decided to leave after 2 rounds of drinks for 4 people costing £120. You really have something with the Speakeasy type setting, stick to piano jazz or similar.

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  5. Cheeky

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. Our favourite Bar . Our favourite drink ever ,The Rollercoaster which is no longer on the menu but soooo amazing. The best drink we have ever had . The staff are so professional and are a credit to the establishment. We love going to Sterling , it’s our go to choice. Keep up the exceptional work. X

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  6. Donna

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is an excellent way to end your evening. Fully recommend getting thee around 9 on a Friday/Saturday and enjoy the live music. The Friday night pianist was extremely impressive. It was a birth celebration and they made us feel so welcome and acknowledged, really great experience.

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  7. MabelM

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place for date night, would definitely recommend

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  8. SashaF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely stunning bar with next level service... attention to detail was outstanding and all of the cocktails were delicious!

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  9. PaulM

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an absolute hidden gem, stunning cocktails with brilliant service. I would highly recommend a visit but would advise you book.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktail bar. Very similar style to high profile locations in London. A must do when in Manchester.

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  11. Rach

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Lovely hidden gem and the cocktails are decent (albeit, a bit expensive) only let down was the service. We were snapped at by a male server when asking about a drink choice. When we raised this feedback on paying our bill, the female server didn’t really apologise properly, just kind of brushed it off like “he’s probably having a bad day” I think when you’re paying extra to have a nice experience, you shouldn’t have to deal with that and it ruined our afternoon. It felt like because it was busy the staff were struggling? But if that’s the case, learn how to manage that better and not take it out on customers

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  12. JamesC

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 of us all ordered different cocktails and they were all absolutely fantastic. Really cool setting too and the staff were very friendly

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  13. PaulineW

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Being quite used to the Schofield we were looking forward to our visit at Sterling bar. But we were somewhat disappointed. First of all, we weren’t expecting live music, which usually would have been fine but it was excessively loud and we could barely hear each other speak (I’ll pass on the quality of said music because every one to their own taste but the recorded music post show was much better and suited to the atmosphere of the place). We were also a bit disappointed by the cocktails themselves, quite small pourings in larger glasses covered in ice to mask the small amount of actual liquid so value for money wasn’t really there. We much prefer to this date the cocktails at the sister bar Schofield. The service was however impeccable. All the staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and really looking after customers superbly.

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  14. Cheeky

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently excellent. The service from all the staff is excellent, there training needs to be shown in other venues 😀. The ‘Rollercoaster’ is the best drink by far and no longer on the menu but this is still made for us which is such an excellent touch as we love it so much , thank you Sterling for mss as king our visit’s special

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  15. Birthdaygirl

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious cocktails especially as we requested off menu. Fantastic service and ambience. Felt like such a luxurious treat

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  16. LouiseL

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We just had cocktails Everything was gorgeous Will definitely return

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  17. JoanneJ

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely time on NYE, the cocktails are a real treat, fantastic service and a great ambience!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a drink for date night - great atmosphere

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a reservation for drinks and were running late at a restaurant, the staff kept our table open and were very welcoming and accommodating. Excellent bar, great service and great cocktails.

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  20. LouiseH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, great atmosphere and lively entertainment - fantastic venue

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  21. BethanC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great and fast service, amazing cocktails, cozy atmosphere

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  22. KerryC

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, fabulous ambiance & gorgeous drinks. Would definitely recommend!

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  23. markr

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the most intimate cocktail bar in Manchester. Perfect for couples and small groups looking for somewhere very, very classy! Not a place for stag or hen dos, thankfully!!!

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  24. Cheeky

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite cocktail bar by far. Never stop the Rollercoaster, it’s a game changer Fabulous staff xxx

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  25. JohnD

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fantastic venue tucked away in the heart of the city centre. From the moment we arrived in the vault the staff were so attentive, the ambiance was amazing and the cocktails were superb, coupled with fabulous entertainment what better way to spend the evening…we will definitely return in the near future, we’ll done, what a ‘Sterling’effort!!

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  26. PeterJ

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great afternoon spent in Sterling, staff were great, food was awesome and the cocktails were Sterling! Looking forward to coming back in the New Year.

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  27. SamC

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, huge range of drinks, very nice atmosphere for Saturday afternoon drinks.

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  28. AdeleP

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails are perfect and the service is impeccable - as always.

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  29. boothy

    Manchester

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic evening inn Sterling. For me its definitely the best bar in Manchester

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous bar , felt like we were in a NYC jazz bar ! Amazing service and ambience too

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  31. YawenD

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    really like the pianist harrisons! Good piano skills

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Gem of a Cocktail Lounge with fantastic service by the team - Thank you

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  33. EGB1

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Made a cocktail for us that wasn’t on the menu and it was the most delicious cocktail I’ve ever had in my life! Can’t wait to go back

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  34. GarethB

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a relaxed upper class drink! Service is fantastic too!

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  35. roym

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service and excellent quality cocktails. If I am being a little picky (and I don’t want to be) the food menu needs looking at. I’ll be back!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff, very attentive and fab atmosphere overall

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely stunning venue, sophisticated decor and furnishings compliment the feel of the bar. Attentive staff and excellent mixologists. Highly recommended

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  38. LindseyB

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spent a few hours at this stunning bar last night. Great atmosphere and brilliant table service. Ordered nibbles which went down well.

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  39. Martin

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    for the minute you walk in this place and the people who work there are a SENSATION!

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  40. MarkW

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got there a little earlier than expected but staff kindly showed us to our seats with no fuss.Was a bit of a hectic night everywhere else with the Christmas markets being on so the relaxed ambience was much needed for us to chill out with a couple of great cocktails.

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FAQs

STERLING BAR is rated 4.9 stars by 150 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for STERLING BAR

4 Norfolk St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 1DW

Additional information

  • Area
    Manchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Fri 17:00–00:30 Sat 14:00–00:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Cash not accepted
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Entertainment, Late Night, Wine
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