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
Park
Cathedral Gardens

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

Manchester
Event venue
Festa Italiana

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

Manchester
Restaurant
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.

Manchester
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.

Manchester
Restaurant
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.

Cathedral Quarter
Restaurant
Mowgli Street food Manchester

The Manchester branch of Mowgli, set up originally in Liverpool by celebrity YouTuber, cookbook writer and curry evangelist Nisha Katona. Mowgli brings authentic Indian street food to Manchester’s Corn Exchange.

The National Football Museum Manchester
Manchester
Museum
National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is now open to the public, ready to show off its impressive array of football-related exhibits and activities.

What's on: Activity

life drawing
Until
ActivityManchester
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
Until
ActivityLiverpool
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
Until
ActivityManchester
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
Joe Williams, founder and guide of the award-winning Leeds Black History Walk
Until
ActivityLeeds
Leeds Black History Walk

Join Joe Williams in the award-winning Leeds Black History Walk to discover the stories of incredible people, hidden in plain sight.

from £10.00

Culture Guides

Rebecca Watson author photo
Literature Events in Manchester and the North

In between working out, then working through, your holiday reading pile this summer, find inspiration for your next bookish acquisitions from our selection of live events and exhibitions.