The Peer Hat, 14-16 Faraday Street, Manchester, M1 1BE – Visit Now
Hailed as something of a cry back ‘to the way the Northern Quarter used to be’, The Peer Hat is Old English styled and yet determinedly celebrates current grassroots musicians.
On ground level, there is a lively and decidedly unpretentious bar that serves many a reasonably priced craft ale, which you can sup while flicking through the great selection of records loaded into the jukebox. Into the night, you’ll find DJ’s spinning vinyl of the indie and funk and soul variety, and entry is either free or incredibly cheap.
Descend the perilously steep steps and you’ll find a very intimate basement, where the live gigs take place. Expect to find a bit of everything in here, with a special focus on local talent.
The Peer Hat’s motto is Omnia sub petasum: Everyone under the hat. And that’s the vibe — all are welcome in this friendly boozer, a place that takes literally the term ‘public house’.