Vegan cocktail bar with a selection of bar snacks. Cocktails offered include home made liquors, creamy ones use milk alternatives or aquafaba. Bar snacks include house-made seitan meatballs, cauliflower wings, mock duck buns. Open Mon-Thu 17:00-23:30, Fri-Sat 17:00-02:00, Sun 17:00-04:00.

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32 Reviews

First Review by Libbytes


Points +110

29 Sep 2023


Gorgeous cocktails, lovely staff, insane food. I will come here every time I am in Manchester. DO NOT MISS

Pros: Atmosphere , Delicious drinks , Incredible food

Cons: I can’t live here



Points +157

23 Sep 2023

Omigod the cocktails are amazing!

Visited while staying with a friend in July after the Yayoi Kusama exhibition. Beautiful bar and great staff. Really interesting, thoughtful cocktail menu. Unusual flavours.

I am not a fan of very sweet cocktails so went for track 5: Shiitake butter bourbon, sunflower seed vermouth, sweet corn purée. It came with mushroom jerky!
Have to say it was possibly the nicest cocktail I’ve ever had. So good. Almost savoury flavour but really delicious.

My friend had track 12: East Asian gin, peach aperitif, cantaloupe melon, pear juice. Which came with marinated, pressed melon. Was really fresh and again not too sweet.

Will definitely come back when I’m next in Manchester.

Pros: Really interesting, imaginative flavours , Lovely presentation , Welcoming staff

Cons: Always a bigger cocktail 😂


Points +26

04 Sep 2023

Like another world

Delicious cocktails and an amazing atmosphere.
The bar staff are very professional, polite, and friendly, really adding to the experience.
The cocktails are so interesting and you can really taste the quality and ingredients made in-house.
It felt like I was in a other country, or well into a long-holiday, because the atmosphere and experience was so lovely, and different.
A great treat for a chilled and sophisticated night out.

Pros: Atmosphere, Taste, Experience


Points +5777

07 Aug 2023

Innovative cocktails and yummy finger food

The cocktails here are really creative and refreshingly unique. I highly recommend Track 5 with the shitake mushroom, sunflower seeds, and sweetcorn. We only ordered one of the 4 small sharing plates (mac n cheese balls on harissa pesto with a little aioli) and they were super tasty with a perfect crunchy exterior. Would like to go back to try more cocktails and the mock duck dumplings too. Reservations are recommended unless you get there soon after opening time which is what we did.

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-07


Points +2573

25 Jul 2023

Speak In Code

Fab little cocktail bar with creative and delicious drinks, not your usual cocktails on this menu! Loved the concept and the staff were amazing at explaining everything and at recommending drinks to your preferences. Lovely, cosy interior. Small plates on the food menu. We could’ve happily stayed all evening but had to leave for a concert. We will definitely be returning though!


Points +590

29 Jun 2023

Seductive menu and atmosphere

I went here to try one cocktail 🍸 but ended up trying 3, all of the flavours were identifiable. The vibe was so chilled and the music was relaxing. Staff were great too. I could’ve stayed all night.

Pros: Unique cocktails , Great surrounding , Good selection of music 🎶

Cons: A little pricey but worth it


Points +594

28 Jun 2023

The most amazing cocktails!

Went there with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed the drinks. The bar staff were attentive, kind and very knowledgeable. Will be coming back as soon as possible!


Points +21663

24 Jun 2023

And liberty she pirouette

Kind of too old for this hipster type place now but the cocktails are definitely worth the effort of a visit. My mojito was rather surprisingly totally clear and smooth with none of the expected mint leaves or limes yet bursting with liquor and flavour. Expect to pay a tenner plus service charge. This is the modern world.

Pros: Good cocktails


Points +3363

04 Apr 2023

Nice cocktails

The cocktail I had here (track 4) was really tasty. Really nice vibe in the place and the staff were really friendly. The cocktails are stronger than at most places and less watered down.


Points +348

10 Feb 2023

Had a great time

Love that everything is plant based, many different kind of flavors available. Staff is very talented and nice to look at them being good at their job.

Pros: Everything is vegan, Talented and nice staff, Many different flavors of cocktails

Cons: Staff a bit quick to ask if you want another drink, Expensive (but worth it)


Points +756

10 Jan 2023

Great cocktails

Excellent service, help find what cocktails you are into.
Great range of types of alcoholic drinks. My fav are the coffee ones.

£12 per drink but worth it if you appreciate good drinks and vibes

Pros: Lots of opinions

Cons: Expensive


Points +100

07 Jan 2023


Great good and drink in a fab atmosphere


Points +364

04 Jan 2023

Totally unique

Such a cool venue! Drinks were all so well thought out and amazing, the vegan small plates are such a good addition too


Points +65

03 Jan 2023

Incredible cocktails and small plates

If you’re into your cocktails there’s nowhere better, vegan or otherwise. Amazing creations you won’t find anywhere else. Nowhere else like it!

Pros: Huge variety, all vegan, Food menu is small but excellent, A really unique experience


Points +24

05 Dec 2022

Insane Cocktail Venue

Been a few times and absolutely loved it. Even my non vegan friends fell in love with the drinks and food on offer.

Pros: Some of the best cocktails in all of Manchester, Small but incredible little food menu

Cons: Will cost you a bit but worth it


Points +141

06 Oct 2022

Unique experience not to be missed

It was one of the best cocktail places I've been to, Bret was incredible with some of the most welcoming and friendly service I've ever experienced. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Manchester

Pros: Fully vegan cocktails , Friendly and knowledgeable staff


Points +119

08 Aug 2022

My 4th time!

The cocktails and nibbles are amazing! Lovely surroundings and staff.

Pros: Innovative cocktails and drinks, Great ambiance!


Points +64

01 Aug 2022

Great fun venue

Tasty nibbles - great drinks - coolest place by far

Pros: Coolest cocktails , Tasty fun nibbles

Cons: None


Points +81

09 Jul 2022

One of Manchester's best places.

Amazing find - delicious, filling bar snacks full of flavour, alongside fabulous cocktails. Great staff, too!

Pros: All bar snacks were delicious. , Wonderful, varied cocktail menu, Staff are excellent


Points +82

29 Jun 2022


What a find. Amazing cocktails, delicious snacks, great space and lovely employees. Went with five non-vegans and they loved it too.


Points +40

25 May 2022

A must-visit cocktail spot

I cannot sing the praises of Speak in Code highly enough. Really inventive cocktails, all served in an intimate venue. Over the course of the evening I tried everything from a gin infused with subdried tomatoes to a shiitake mushroom bourbon with a sweetcorn purée! As well as original and bold inventions, they also do twists on classics and are happy to make standards on request.

Service was amazing, staff were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and clearly really cared about the experience you had.


Points +418

09 May 2022

Amazing cocktail bar

Best vegan cocktails for date nights


Points +161

24 Apr 2022

No equivalent

I have always had fantastic times at SiC. Has taken ages to appear on HC - was relying on word of mouth etc.

Jump into the menu - it's all amazing!
Hoping Double Down reopens too.

Pros: Well, the menu. Vegan cocktails. Top vibes.


Points +1313

15 Apr 2022

One of the best in the world

Voted one of the top 20 cocktail bars for a reason. Everything here is amazing, all details on point. From the music to the menus and the excellent extremely friendly staff and of course delicious cocktails make this a mus visit. Will come again!


Points +1168

18 Mar 2022

absolutely love it

the concept is great, the drinks are amazing and the finger foid is delish! great place


Points +4242

14 Mar 2022

Fabulous Cocktail Bar

Quirky bar with an excellent list of drinks, cocktails, wines and beers and a small bar snack menu. Love it's all vegan and I could order anything.. Highly recommended.

Pros: 💯 vegan


Points +1967

13 Feb 2022

Good place

The drinks are good, the place is beautiful and very comfortable. The staff is very nice. They have few food options.

Pros: Good drinks

Cons: Few food options


07 Mar 2022

Hey Ridrigo,

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your visit.

It was always our intention to just have a menu of small plates. We're a cocktail bar first and foremost, and don't operate as a restaurant... We're all bartenders at Speak in Code, and all of the food (Cauli wings, Focaccia, Steamed Buns, Seitan Tenders & 'Neatballs' are all home made by our small team of bartenders.

We wanted our main focus to be on our speciality and our capabilities, which is drinks, and the food to be an added bonus, and to fill some spaces.

It's not our intention any time soon to hire a chef, we're happy with a limited food menu so we can continue to provide quality drinks and service.

Catch you again soon!



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