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.
Here are our picks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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