Pubs in Manchester

Polly Checkland Harding

There’s no shortage of pubs in Manchester. Here we round up our more old school favorites. 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.

If that’s not enough here’s our pick of the best beer gardens in Manchester, the best places to find craft beer and the best bars in Manchester too.

Our top picks

Castle Hotel

Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, 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.

Castle Hotel pub in Manchester

Port Street Beer House

Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, 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.

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The Briton’s Protection

The Briton’s Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, 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.

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The Beech

The Beech, 72 Beech Rd, Manchester, M21 9EG

If you fancy moving out of town, jump on the Metrolink and head to Chorlton. While the residents are often lampooned as the “liberal urban elite”, you cannot argue with the choice of watering holes on offer. You could enjoy cocktails in the sun at Proof, sample Pi‘s very own PiPA, mingle with the parents and kids at The Font or keep it more traditional at The Horse & Jockey. You’ll find us at The Beech, slowly moving across the beer garden, avoiding the long shadows and chasing the late evening sun.

The Beech Inn Chorlton
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Gullivers

Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LW - Visit now

This Northern Quarter pub is a hot spot for live gigs and music, with two performance spaces to play with. Gullivers is friendly and none too expensive, with booths opposite the bar and a quieter back room for some more contemplative conversation. It’s run by the same people as The Castle Hotel just over the road.

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Sadler’s Cat

Sadler’s Cat, The Pilcrow, Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, NOMA, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 0AB - Visit now

The Pilcrow is now Sadler’s Cat, a contemporary community pub at the heart of the NOMA neighbourhood. Overlooking Sadler’s Yard, it boasts one of the best beer gardens in the city, providing a calm, welcoming space where you can kick back and relax while enjoying a selection of top-class beer from Cloudwater and friends, outstanding natural wine, perfectly-balanced mixed drinks and non-alcoholic serves.

The exterior of The Pilcrow
The Pilcrow.

Marble Arch Pub

Marble Arch Pub, 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, 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.

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Bar or Pub
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Restaurant
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Highly-regarded wine-led, French-leaning wine bar and rooftop restaurant in the city centre.

Manchester
Restaurant
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Manchester
Bar or Pub
Henry C

Henry C is an intimate neighbourhood bar in Chorlton, serving up superb quality drinks.

Manchester
Restaurant
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Manchester
Bar or Pub
Kennedy’s Irish Bar

A fan favourite in Altrincham, Kennedy’s Irish Bar offers live music, a vibrant atmosphere and undoubtable Irish charm and hospitality.

Manchester
Restaurant
Axe & Cleaver

This is the perfect pub for an indulgent weekend, following up a long countryside walk with a hearty and high quality meal.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
On Bar

This multifaceted venue is primarily an award winning gay bar in Manchester’s Canal Street area – but that is not all…

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Vanilla

This award winning bar is open six nights a week due to popular demand. Described as the ‘mecca of the north’ for the lesbian community, it is no wonder why.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Cruz 101

Everything you want in a Canal Street club can be found here. Cruz 101 – better known as Cruz – is an institution, and a must-visit in Manchester.

Salford
Restaurant
Old Pint Pot

This lively spot could be considered a jack of all trades – pub, restaurant, events space and live music venue.

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