Cloud 23 is the iconic bar that sits atop the Hilton Manchester Deansgate. The view out over the city is unrivalled and advance booking here is essential after 6pm (a queueing system operates during the day). Guests are whisked by private express lift straight from the Hilton lobby to the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower where you can then sink into a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows and indulge yourself. A champagne breakfast is served from 9.30am at weekends but for the rest of the week Cloud 23 opens at 11am right through until the early hours. The food menu is available from 12 noon until 8pm offering a selection of main courses and desserts and the indulgent Afternoon Tea includes sandwiches, wraps, cakes, tarts and scones. It’s a great place for a special event too with different sections available for private hire. The dress code is smart and stylish – no sportswear, trainers or headgear – and children under 18 are allowed until 5pm. Alternatively, if you don't have a head for heights, try Podium Restaurant, Bar and Lounge on terra firma.