Ales & Alleyways: Andy’s Stories of Pubs

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Invisible Manchester

Ales & Alleyways: Andy's Stories of Pubs at Manchester Cathedral, Cathedral Quarter 14 December 2021 — 1 March 2022 Tickets from £12.00 — Book now

Invisible Cities Manchester has been helping guides create top quality tours for years. Their honest depictions of a city that’s gone through quick and drastic changes gives residents and tourists an alternative view of Manchester. After the beautiful poetry of Danny’s Off the Cobbles and Laura’s take on the Powerful Women of Manchester, we find Andy’s ode to the great british establishment: Ales and Alleyways. Through the prism of iconic pubs and venues you’ll be shown how the city’s nightlife has supported it’s economy and how that is now changing to make way for a new skyline.

combining personal experience with histories, arts and politics

Captivated by the vibrant and eclectic nightlife, Andy and his pals came to love Manchester in the 1980’s. Join him for a walk in which he’ll retrace his old route for a night out, combining personal experience with histories, arts and politics. The tour will touch on music, the suffrage movement, football, peterloo and Little Ireland.

Although the tour is centred around public houses and talks about British society’s general attitudes to drinking there will be no consumption of alcohol. Instead, Invisible Cities aims to spread awareness and start conversations about the links between alcoholism and homelessness. It is a difficult situation for those without homes to be in, as it can be both “caused by” and “a cause of” homelessness, making the recovery process incredibly difficult.

Ales and Alleyways lasts around two hours and starts at Manchester Cathedral. The tour takes place most Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 2pm, but be sure to check the Invisible Cities Website for specific dates.

Ales & Alleyways: Andy's Stories of Pubs at Manchester Cathedral, Cathedral Quarter 14 December 2021 — 1 March 2022 Tickets from £12.00 Book now

Where to go near Ales & Alleyways: Andy’s Stories of Pubs

Cathedral Gardens
Cathedral Quarter
Cathedral Gardens

Cathedral Gardens is a partially lawned public space in Manchester city centre, located between Manchester Cathedral and the National Football Museum.

Event venue
Festa Italiana

The 2022 Festa Italiana was a roaring success, with great food options and captivating live music performances throughout the weekend.

The Cosy Club

Elegant and welcoming restaurant and bar in the Corn Exchange, with an attractive domed ceiling and plenty of original features like the staircase and tiles.

Music venue
The Stoller Hall

The baby in the family of Manchester’s concert halls, The Stoller Hall greatly enhances the city’s already enviable live music provision.

Proper Tea Cathedral Quarter Mancheste
Cathedral Quarter
Café or Coffee Shop
Proper Tea

Proper Tea sits opposite Manchester Cathedral, serving up artisanal teas (with instructions on how long to leave them brewing), sandwiches, soups and excellent cake.

Kitchen In An Arch

An offshoot from the much-loved Umezushi, this specialist deli is a one-stop-shop for all your sushi making needs, and also hosts occasional workshops to improve your culinary skills.

What's on: Activity

Eat The City – Scranchester Tours

Satisfy your hunger for knowledge as well as lunch with Scranchester’s food tours of the city centre. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or learn a bit more about the cultural or historical significance of the food you eat all the time.

from £60
DJ Gym at Hatch

Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.

from £269
life drawing
Life Drawing Manchester

Whether you have never put pencil to paper or have been honing your artistic skills for years, Bee Creative studio runs life drawing sessions for people of all abilities.

from £10
vegan super club
Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

For those eager to expand their Vegan culinary repertoire the Vegetarian Society Cookery School’s new Vegan Supper Club is a must. With easy to follow instructions from expert tutors you can create sumptuous vegan meals which are then enjoyed as a group.

from £50
Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

free entry
Old Dock Tours, Liverpool

The Old Dock tour is a treat for younger and older visitors alike, fans of Liverpool’s maritime past, and anybody curious about local history.

£8.50 with concessions
ActivityCity Centre
Derbyshire Bird Tours

Join Stewart and Derbyshire Bird Tours for a calm, friendly and relaxing experience getting close to nature.

from £20.00

Culture Guides

Music in Manchester and the North

Spotlighting global artists who all, in one way or another, break the mould, we preview the best gigs happening this side of Christmas and beyond.