Pubs in Manchester

Polly Checkland Harding, Exhibitions Editor

Whether it’s cold out, and you’re after a spot with a roaring fire in the corner, or the summer sun has blessed Manchester for a few days and you’re wanting to sip a pint in the very best beer garden you can find, nothing quite beats a good pub. From a beautifully tiled old haunt with a mysteriously sloping floor, to the ultimate beer specialists – by way of Manchester’s most historic pub – here’s our guide to the best boozers in the city.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Marble Arch Pub

    Marble Brewery beers

    73 Rochdale Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 4HY, M4 4HY - Visit now

    A little off the beaten track, this pub serves up both the Marble Brewery’s award-winning beers and a stellar food menu. The décor is unusual, too, with a sloping floor (for reasons still disputed), glazed ceiling and ceramic tiles embossed with the names of spirits all adding to the idiosyncrasy. A winner.

  • 2. Castle Hotel

    66 Oldham Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LE, M4 1LE - Visit now

    Despite being over 200 years old, Northern Quarter drinking den the Castle Hotel still retains some of its original features, alongside a bar with ten cask handpulls and arguably the best jukebox in Manchester. Host to regular gigs and live literature nights, this place is a good pick for entertainment as well as a quiet pint.

  • 3. Port Street Beer House

    Port Street Beer House, Manchester, image courtesy of venue

    39-41 Port Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2EQ, M1 2EQ - Visit now

    Ideal for the true beer aficionado, the wide-windowed Port Street has an unrivalled selection of speciality ales – from seven handpulls, eighteen draft lines and over a hundred bottled beers – to be enjoyed in its ground floor bar, upstairs lounge or small beer garden space at the back.

  • 4. The Briton’s Protection

    Photo of the Britons Protection sign

    50 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5LE, M1 5LE - Visit now

    Close to The Bridgewater Hall, the Briton’s Protection is the king of the city’s classic pub brigade, and Manchester’s oldest watering hole, with a historic interior, collection of over 300 whiskies and large beer garden. It is said that regulars were once at the mercy of recruiters for the Napoleonic Wars – now though, the only challenge facing visitors here is trying to find a seat.

  • 5. The Beagle

    Photo of burger and beer

    456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21 0BQ, M21 0BQ - Visit now

    Though facing out onto an unlovely road in Chorlton, this pub’s conservatory and interior space still feel welcoming. The laid back menu goes down well with a few drinks, which might be why the place is so popular with the locals. Get there early, especially in summer.