Pubs in Manchester

Polly Checkland Harding

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. The Pilcrow

    The exterior of The Pilcrow
    The Pilcrow.

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

    The Pilcrow Pub is one of Manchester’s most-loved pubs, built by hand, by the people of Manchester, for the people of Manchester. It’s based in the fast-developing NOMA district of the city, around Victoria Station, elegantly constructed with wood and steel, adding to its relaxed Scandinavian feel.

  • 2. Marble Arch Pub

    Ben Williams

    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.

  • 3. Castle Hotel

    Castle Hotel pub in Manchester

    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.

  • 4. Port Street Beer House

    Ben Williams

    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.

  • 5. The Briton’s Protection

    Ben Williams

    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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