Oscars Bar

Oscars Bar

Manchester’s original film and theatre cocktail bar!

Average Reviews


Manchester’s original film and theatre cocktail bar!



Oscars Bar Manchester
Based on 233 reviews
Lev Lion
16:34 03 Jun 24
Always nice to drop by. Friendly staff nice drinks and good company. If you like musicals and want the occasional sing then this is the place for you! It's cozy though so pick your times carefully.
Mathew Wilmot
07:15 11 May 24
Great bar, lots of fun if you love musicals. There are live performers regularly. My only complaint would be that some nights there is a *lot* of Glee songs.
Phil Simons
20:59 01 May 24
We didn’t eat but bar snacks available! Service second to nones atmosphere so friendly: initial thoughts was a locals pub but everyone so chatty and friendly. Then met Kevin and David owners/managers; so welcoming honestly an amazing experience ❤️
Chris Walden
22:10 03 Jan 24
We were lucky enough to discover this lovely little bar on new year's Eve. We were looking for somewhere to see the new year in after watching a concert at the Bridgewater Hall.The atmosphere was fantastic and they had a very talented drag queen on singing songs from the shows. Drinks prices good too. Definitely be back when next in Manchester.
Tomas Misina
08:20 02 Nov 23
This place is rolling down the hill since the pandemic. I have heard that the place is now run by a new management. That explains the decline. I have ordered my favourite cocktail with strawberries and black pepper and what I got was some weird mixure with not a single strawbery and no black pepper either. When I complaint I got strawberries added to my drink but I was told that the bar has no black pepper on stock. Really weird. Prices went radically up but the quality went radically down at this place. I can’t recommend this place anymore.
Michael Lehrman
14:13 03 Sep 23
What a cute and clever idea for a gay bar. The place is devoted entirely to musicals both theatre and film. Video screens display scenes from movie musicals and theatre performances. Very creative cocktail list. Cozy atmosphere. Most interesting bar in the gay village. Staff friendly and attentive. Don't miss it!!
Baby Yoda
22:27 27 Aug 23
Having been a pretty regular customer of Oscar’s I’m going to leave a fairly honest review given the circumstances.Oscars was a nice bar with good atmosphere, it’s a basement bar that occasionally has live music and great staff. Unfortunately it’s fallen down. Due to recent conflict the bar had obviously gone through a moment of turmoil which it could have recovered from. The one star review below the recent five stars, speaks volumes, which are a note of its own given that the recent five stars appearing before a busy period are an unfortunate result of the owners friends. With the review from Scott Topping being in a very close relationship with the owner.Aside from that, I had to awkwardly sit and watch as the owner screamed inappropriately in the face of a staff member before dismissing her in a rather embarrassing manner on his part. This was along side working the bar while intoxicated overall leaving a bad vibe with our group.I have no doubt that Oscar’s will recover, I do believe the staff are good people, but the way the owners have been handling things as of recent comes across as unprofessional and frankly embarrassing.The price of the drinks are very fair and the cocktail list is impressive, as stated before the live acts are great and the staff are fun people, the newly made bar manager Scott is coping well with his new role and it’s good to see the staff grow. Despite the owners current decisions they are good people to have a conversation with and I highly recommend saying hello if spotting them.All in all, it’s a decent bar going through a rough period and making desperate decisions. I wouldn’t recommend the bar at the moment until it is more sorted out, though it’s events I would recommend booking a table and giving it a try!Be aware it is not wheelchair accessible.
Dane Cummings
22:00 24 Aug 23
Amazing bar in the village, Always a nice chilled atmosphere, it’s a lovely hidden gem! I’ve been numerous times and can confirm the cocktails are to die for, The bar staff and managers are the real heart of this place, always so welcoming and polite. Will be back soon!
Sarah-Marie R. Boerner Albertson
20:25 27 Jul 23
Hidden down a discreet set of stairs off of bustling Canal Street is this charming, hidden gem. The drink menu is extensive, highlighting a wide and unique set of cocktails as well as some classics. The cocktails are named for classic Hollywood, and inspire a mood of old school speak easies. Throughout our visit joyful musical numbers played on screens around the bar. The staff were patient and attentive. We will definitely be back!
Luis Quevedo
20:20 17 Jul 23
Lovely place, " be our guest" cocktail totally recommended. Lovely staff, today they screened "Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory". My husband and I will definitely come back!
Chris Makas
21:54 14 May 23
On a one-night visit to Manchester, a city I've never been to before, I happened upon this place while searching the venues along Canal St. As an Oscars nerd, I was immediately intrigued and knew I had to at least stop by. I was not expecting to have such an amazing time! My partner and I happened to come by on the second Sunday of the month, which is when Paul Walker is there belting out show tunes and pop classics. The vibe is absolutely fantastic, warm and welcoming, while the cocktail menu is extensive, inventive, and eclectic. I don't have many must-visit bars in my life but this one is certainly on the list!
Silvia Fraga
21:44 14 May 23
We had the most amazing time here. We were in Manchester for one night. My partner is an Oscars fan and we always like a place with good cocktails, so we decided to try. We were expecting to have a quick drink before heading back to the hotel and thought it would be quiet on a Sunday night, but we had a surprisingly good time. Paul Walker was there, an amazing singer and entertainer. The atmosphere was really welcoming and everyone was having a good time. The cocktails list is extensive and original and everything we tried was excellent! We'll come back next time we're in Manchester 🙂
J “PorcoR” C
02:56 01 May 23
We overall love this bar and have been coming on and off for years. We first visited many years ago before they installed air con, and our complaint then was how warm it got when busy, the adding of the air con is brilliant.In recent days, we've become regulars.Where to start with the praise? Great vibe, musicals on the screens and lovely clean toilets.Lee, the doorman, is brilliant. A model bouncer and doorman. Last year, we unfortunately had an experience with a straight man who became aggressive to us and we told the bar staff who got Lee, whom proceeded to kick him out with 0 hassle to us and made us feel safe. This is our only bad experience in 5+ years of coming here as the place is great. The cocktails are inventive, delicious and bright to look at. Their new movie night Mondays is a great initiative and their changing boards of cocktails often based on musicals that have come to the city, are brilliant.The bar staff are so smiley, pleasant and love a laugh. One remembers my order every time which is special to us to be remembered. Our only complaint now, is that they're so busy some nights we never have anywhere to sit. But we're so happy they're full and business is booming!
Jordan Pendlebury
21:22 24 Feb 23
Only been coming in a few months, but very quickly becoming my fave bar.. showtimes and great cocktails!! Sadly yet to make a monday film night, but I will soon attend.. Ben has been here on every visit, and what a wonderful bartender and person!! Very polite and clearly enjoys being here!! Always positive even though I’ve seen some tough evenings 🙂 keep doing what you’re doing guys!!
Tracey Hindson
18:49 19 Feb 23
Visited oscars last night and I can honestly say me and my friends loved it. Being musical theatre fans Oscars was the perfect place for us. Staff were really friendly and the cocktail menu is amazing. Hoping to go back again
Martine Roden
18:31 13 Feb 23
Staff really friendly, music was brilliant (musicals and films, so right up my street!)and lovely cocktails 😊 Highly recommend for a visit if you're in Manchester!
19:16 15 Jan 23
A small but cozy bar in the heart of Manchester's canal Street and the gay village. It's an oscars and Hollywood movies themed bar with the decorations, music and the cocktails list. Amazing drinks. Great for a cocktail break while bar hopping around the area. I highly recommend it.
kevin lawlor
22:41 06 Dec 22
Love this bar always great music great bar staff great owners heart of MCR gay village cocktails to die for it’s a must visit xxx
Geraint Pulsford
15:46 21 Sep 22
Absolutely amazing cocktail bar. Staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, I even asked for a cocktail not on the list and they made it. I cannot recommend this bar enough. Plus really good music, and a fantastic live singer on the Sunday night. If you're in the area go to this bar.
Sian Lewis
11:48 29 Aug 22
What a fun bar, really enjoyed singing along to the musicals!
Alan Marshall
09:08 28 Aug 22
Oscars pop up bar at Manchester Pride 2022.Excellent service,brilliant staff and very good prices. Highly recommended
Thistle Crowley
21:21 20 Aug 22
Popped in for a drink with my partner after a long day, and had the best negroni I've had since I moved to Manchester. The bar staff were also absolutely lovely, and clearly having a great time too. I'd give 6 out of 5 if I could!
Hari Bubble
22:04 23 Jul 22
Brilliant Ben behind the bar! Made our night 😊🖤
Denise Topping
18:04 22 Jul 22
Fantastic cocktails best in town nowhere comesClose to them great staff and lovey people that own the bar
17:52 21 Jul 22
Very good vibe, amazing staff and good drinks oh and Disney songs. What more do you want?
Chris H
22:42 02 Jul 22
Best place on canal street if you want quality cocktails. Musicals/showtunes playing all night, a great fun vibe 🙂
John Parkforth
08:52 25 Jun 22
Great cocktails, nice staff, it's just a shame the music is always a bit too quiet
Kristyna Tynkova
23:29 02 Jun 22
Lovely sitting area outside with the canal view. Delicious cocktails.
Andrew Tomlinson
12:26 09 Apr 22
Lovely atmosphere, best place on Canal Street
Robert Evans
19:07 04 Mar 22
Thank you for not treating me like a nutter and respecting I'm autistic and that I need confirmation on communication. You are the first bar that's ok'd this. I feel daft asking but I want a good night out and want to know I haven't done anything wrong..thank you for being nice xxxxx huge hugs xxx
James Ferran
12:33 31 Jan 22
One of the best places in the village. Good to see them reopened and busy after the pandemic. If you like high quality cocktails, presented in the best way, come here.
Alan Wynn
19:26 28 Jan 22
Always love going to this bar fabulous drinks playing musicals all time on TV ( it's not where you start it's where you finish )
Rob Stevens
10:22 30 Nov 21
Love it. One of my favourite places in the village. And deffo the most friendly! Very mixed crowd, a place for everyone
Edward Poole
15:39 10 Nov 21
Great intimate little bar on Canal St. Very welcoming, friendly staff and crowd. Cocktails are really good and a must visit if your a big musical fan.
Craig Johnson
09:28 31 Aug 21
One of the highlights of the village. The staff are so friendly and helpful, and the bar is a really nice and welcoming space. Occasionally live cabaret music, often videos of musical theatre on the screens. Always a nice selection of drinks and generally just one of the places I prefer to visit.
s o
15:54 28 Aug 21
One of the nicer bars in the canal Street area would recommend
Andy H.
00:38 15 Dec 15
This bar is very camp. Personally, I love the inside! They have musicals are playing on the TV screens, the staff are very friendly but the drinks a bit...

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