Overview: Variety is the brew of Manchester, and its pubs, bars and nightlife are as diverse as the Mancunians who live here. Your Manchester... more »
Variety is the brew of Manchester, and its pubs, bars and nightlife are as diverse as the Mancunians who live here. Your Manchester... more » pub crawl is a spirited adventure waiting to happen. Order up an old-fashioned English ale, whisky or a fine glass of wine – it’s up to you.
Start your pub crawl with a view of the canal at historic Duke’s 92. Move on to two landmark and historic pubs: Peveril of the Peak and the Temple of Convenience (aptly named as it’s housed in a renovated Victorian gentleman’s toilet). Take a break from an ale and order whisky from the hundreds of bottles at the historic Briton's Protection. The lively pub at Old Nag’s Head is located in the city centre and even includes three rooms up top if you want to end your night here. The Oast House is new to the Manchester scene surrounded by the glass-and-steel of the Spinningfields entertainment complex.
Not ready for the pub crawl to end? Dance the night away at Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club, featuring live music by jazz greats. less «
Don't drink and drive! Although tips to access public transportation are included, please plan your route in advance. Confirm the... more » starting and ending times of Manchester's public transportation. Finally if you've imbibed too much, a taxi may be more expensive, but it will take you to your accommodations straightaway with no wait and perhaps be safer when you don't have your wits about you.
Bring a jacket as Manchester evenings can be cool. less «
Start your pub crawl early on the popular terrace of canal front Duke’s 92,on the 92nd and final lock of the Rochdale Canal. Duke's is the best outdoor pub to pair your pint with a range of menu items (inclement weather Duke's adds outdoor heaters). Choose from pizza, sandwiches, or salads. Or keep it simple and select from more than 40 cheeses... More and pates for an appetizing cheese & pate plate with fresh baked bread.
Located in the heart of Castlefield at the intersection of Deansgate and Whitworth, originally the restored building was a stable block for horses delivering food off barges. Now contemporary features blend with antique furniture to create a historic yet modern setting.
Debuting back in 1991, Duke’s 92 continues to extend and expand (three times), now offering two bars, a grill restaurant and, of course, the canal-side terrace overlooking the waterway. By day, Duke’s is family-friendly but once the sun sets, it’s more fitting for adults.
Getting Here: Dukes 92 is approximately 328 feet (100 metres) along Castle Street, at the southern end of Deansgate opposite Deansgate Station.
Telephone: 0161 839 8642Less
A landmark pub, Peveril of the Peak is a Grade II listed building (circa 1820, named after a famous stage coach, and close to the architecturally significant Bridgewater Hall). Bright green-tile marks its exterior and an abundance of stained glass is inside. It continues to cater to a hodgepodge of customers, from university students to... More Manchester United fans to tourists.
The pool table is squeezed into the small back room. The walls are a walk down eras past with photos of celebrity musicians and actors. The jukebox plays softly in the background and is loaded with Mancunian hit songs.
A range of ales are served, from Deuchars IPA to Golden Pippin, but as at many of the mom-and-pop pubs, the economy has taken its toll with higher priced beers and sometimes irregular hours.
Fridays and Saturdays tend to be bustling with activity, yet it's a good stop on a pub crawl to get a glimpse of one of Manchester's original pubs.
How to Get Here: Take the Metrolink to St. Peter’s Square. Nearest bus stops: St. Peter’s Square, Portland Street or Deansgate. Nearest rail station: Deansgate and Oxford Road.Less
Since you’re in the neighborhood, take the time to visit the Temple of Convenience, a tiny underground bar inside a former disused Victorian gentleman's toilet. The sometimes difficult to find pub is marked by a subway-style tiled entrance.
With its capacity of only 30, chances are you’ll only want to order one brew to say you’ve been here and... More then quickly exit this cramped and sometimes unpleasant smelling bar.
Yet this Manchester watering hole is a favorite with musicians and locals, and one of the cool places to hang out in the city centre. After all, how many converted-toilets-now-pubs have you seen?
Getting Here: A short walk and located between Peveril of the Peak and The Briton's Protection on Bridgewater Street.Less
Located opposite Bridgewater Hall, the Briton’s Protection has called the corner of Great Bridgewater Street and Lower Mosley home since 1806. Listed as a Grade II building, it contains tiling and leaded glass, in addition to the famous large mural of the Peterloo Massacre. The mural commemorates the 1819 protest that occurred outside its front... More doors.
The entrance opens into a small bar area but belies the size of the pub with two additional larger rooms at the back of the building with fireplaces, and an oversized (smoking allowed) beer garden at the rear. With more than 300 whiskeys from Bells Scottish to Middleton Very Rare, it’s a must stop for whiskey connoisseurs, and its range of cask conditioned beers caters to the pub crawlers.
The menu is Old English fare including Steak & Guiness Pie and Wild Boar & Pheasant Pie.
Getting Here: Walkable from Peveril of the Peak.
Take the Metrolink to St. Peter’s Square. Nearest bus stops: St. Peter’s Square, Portland Street or Deansgate. Nearest rail station: Deansgate and Oxford Road.
Telephone: 0161 236 5895Less
Located in the city centre, the Old Nags Head is a lively pub and a frequent stop due to its central location. Opened in 1880, it is one of the oldest conventional pubs in Manchester.
Within walking distance are the Manchester Opera House, Bridgewater Hall, Chinatown and Spinningfields as well as dozens of bars, clubs and restaurants. Friday,... More Saturday and Sunday nights are a popular locals night, so get there early – or be prepared to squeeze in next to a Mancunian and compete for service. However, both the locals and the employees are friendly and welcoming to visitors.
The crowd can get rowdy (in a good way) and background music ranges from jukebox to karaoke to occasional live music. There is also a beer garden and four pool tables. The food menu is typical English lunch including a buffet and Sunday’s two-course roast dinner. Lunch is served Monday-Friday from midday until 2:30pm, and includes traditional English items: Steak & Ale Pie, Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash and Roast Beef.
Limited wine choices, but Old Nags Head serves a large selection of beers: Boddingtons Smooth, Fosters, Carling, John Smiths, Guinness, Stella, Strongbow, Peetermans, Theakstons Bitter, Becks and Speckled Hen.
If you’ve imbibed on the ales a bit too much, Old Nag’s Head also offers three en-suite rooms (one double and the others single) with tea and coffee, from £45 per night.
Getting Here: 15-20 minute brisk walk, located at 19 Jacksons Row, Off Deansgate Road
Telephone: 0161 832 4315
One of the newest additions to the Manchester pub scene, the Oast House is surrounded by the steel-and-glass-modern Spinningfields entertainment complex. The Living Venture company debuted its beer house in October 2011. The original hop house is a reclaimed building, a striking Alpine-esque chalet, relocated to the Avenue address, and named after... More a 16th century place used to roast hops.
For your pub crawl, the brew world will be your oyster as the Oast House serves 40 bottled beers and ciders from around the world, and draught and cask ales, including Thornbridge Jaipur, Redwillow Smokeless and Loweswater Gold. And – gasp – also a selection of spirits, wines and champagnes!
The menu might be deli-style ho-hum except that The Oast House also has a permanent barbecue kitchen outside, the first of its kind in the UK – that is, since Roman times in Castlefield more than 1,600 years ago!
Interestingly enough, although the barbecue is permanent, the Oast House is a temporary structure granted a two-year license, which expires in October 2013 unless it's renewed.
Getting Here: The Metroshuttle operates a free bus service throughout Manchester City Centre, routes 1,2 and 3 all pass through the Spinningfields development (Route 1 passes through at peak times - Monday - Friday 7-9.45am & 4.30-7.10pm with Routes 2 & 3 passing through all day). No 1 - every 5 mins while No's 2 & 3 - every 10 mins
Hours: 7am - 7pm Monday to Saturday and No's 1 & 2 every 10 mins 10am - 6pm Sunday.
Telephone 0161 829 3830
If you still have juice in your pub crawl, Matt and Phred's Jazz Club is a perfect late night addition. An Oldham Street neighborhood favorite, Matt & Phred’s is Manchester’s only live jazz club and considered a landmark in the jazz world and UK touring scene.
The cozy interior is the perfect setting for live music. Legendary local and... More international jazz musicians have played here, including Sneaky, Marius Neset, Manu Delago, Jami Cullum, and even Adele. But this club also offers other types of music, from Folk to Salsa to Swing, with live music 6 nights a week (closed Sundays), and the occasional early evening dance classes.
Matt & Phred’s is known for its good pizzas, but the menu also includes shareable appetizers, such as the Sharing Starter Platter with Tabbouleh, Hummus, Olives & Feta with Pita Bread.
Its cocktail menu includes beer (Hobgoblin Cask Ale) and an extensive wine list, champagne and spirits. Located in the trendy Northern Quarter, once you land here, you can either stay put or step out and explore the dozens of other pubs, bars and clubs in the area.
Admission is free Monday to Thursday 4pm-close, and £5 entry Friday and Saturday from 4pm - 3am
Getting Here: Metrolink Market Street, or City Centre buses, or Victoria rail
Telephone 161 831 7002Less