An exciting and niche way to travel around Manchester is here and is rising in popularity, even moving into the winter! Check out these two cruises that depart from outside Barca Bar in Castlefield to get you into the festive spirit!

Boozy Cruise

The Liquorists Cocktail Cruises dedicate each cruise to a spirit of honour, the Rum Runner Revenge for example, and includes two of the mixed tipple and a generous five cocktails as well as feeding you during the three hour cocktail cruise! The cruise guides you around Manchester’s sights by way of it’s beautiful canals and the tour/cruise guide will educate you with interesting and exciting facts about some of Manchester’s most loved attractions. For a bit of education, history and a LOT of booze all included in the ticket price, The Liquorists Cocktail Cruise could be the activity for you!

Christmas Shopping Cruise

If you’re not a huge drinker and you prefer to shop ‘til you drop then maybe the Christmas Shopping cruise by All Aboard Manchester will be the one to get you ringing those Christmas bells. The cruise is suitable for children and adults and glides you along the Bridgewater Canal, stopping by some of Manchester’s most exciting attractions. The cruise also allows you time to hop off and back on for when you just can’t help yourself but do a spot of shopping.

The cruise will play Christmas carols and treat you to Christmas crackers and complimentary mince pies with a tipple of cosy mulled wine (with a non-alcoholic alternative available) and set you back down at Castlefield refreshed and fully loaded with shopping!


If you feel like you want to carry on the party or you’ve not quite had enough to snack on then Barca Bar is serving a brand new festive menu alongside our a-la-carte menu which is certain to satisfy your festive hunger! Festive beverages and cocktails are also always available here – just look up our menus or ask at the bar!