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86 Portland St, Manchester M1 4GX, England
0161 236 5818
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
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Popped in for a pint , staff wellcomeing ,, warm fire,, Trad ale,, was having a pint,, ended up being 6,, pints Could of stayed longer,, thanks for a great afternoon ,, I will be back ,, Mr N

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Popped in for a pint , staff wellcomeing ,, warm fire,, Trad ale,, was having a pint,, ended up being 6,, pints Could of stayed longer,, thanks for a great afternoon ,, I will be back ,, Mr N

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Abbeyleix, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Visited this cosy little bar midweek in late February for a few drinks. Barry and the staff there couldn't have been friendlier. There were 2 fires going and the place just had a nice replaxed atmosphere that kept us there for the night. The following night we returned again and had a great night. The place is tiny but this... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you are looking for atmosphere, quirkiness, and originality, the Circus Tavern is the place. Make no mistake the place is a tight fit in terms of size so it can get very tactile if only by default so its not the place for the claustrophobic but if you can get passed that you'll have a great time in one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

A very very small pub with a great friendly atmosphere one minute walk from piccadilly gardens,china town, and the gay village and the beer is very nice at a decent price would recomend trying to anyone

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England
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3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

A lovely friendly little pub! Lots of atmosphere and great service! A roaring fire and a good pint! Well worth a visit!

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Chetserfield
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We had been walking most of the day and when I suggested a visit to the Circus Tavern my husband was very keen. He thought he was going to some huge modern drinking place and was amazed when we ended up in what felt like someone's front room. The hospitality however was huge, with waitress servic and a bowl of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It is tiny - said to be the smallest in Europe, and I don't doubt that. Just enough room behind the bar for one. Great service though, the barmaids were happy to serve us at our seats - just as well; as Saturday lunchtime with the City crowd in, once you were seated, you weren't getting out to the bar... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This place is always packed but has well kept beers and friendly bar staff. One of the last of its kind so pay a visit. Saturday evening was crowded with older couples and a nice relaxed atmosphere.

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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

You must visit this little pub in Portland Street. Very friendly staff - they make it feel like you are at home. Good prices, showing some fotball, right in the heart of Manchester. This is a prime example of what a pub is all about.

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Melton Mowbray
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The smallest bar with the biggest welcome! Barry (the landlord) and Mandy (front of house) make this the best bar in MCR bar none. I absolutely love this place... Enough said! End of!

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: 86 Portland St, Manchester M1 4GX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: 0161 236 5818

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