Chorlton Bar Crawl
Chorlton is arguably a little cousin of the Northern Quarter. Situated on the other side of the city, it's riddled with quaint little bars, cool music venues, pubs and cocktail caverns. Flaunting a much cheaper price tag, Chorlton is fast becoming a new drinking district, where like minded people go to escape the crowds and indulge in a night of guiltless pleasure. Here's a list of our top picks for a crawl around Chorlton.
With fine ales and finer folk as their motto, this place is certain to entice anybody gracing the streets of Chorlton for the first or thousandth time. A proud selection of vodka, gin, whiskey, rum and other spirits is on display, or you can settle for something a little softer, be it a smooth beer or refreshing wine. A classic range of cocktails are on offer for £6, but it doesn't stop there. These guys are always looking for feedback to improve their selection so give them a shout if you want something knocked up that isn't on the menu.
Another Good Beer Guide favourite, these guys have taken pride of place in the listings for the last five years! From the outside it may look more cafe than bar, but a massive range of beers (and pies) give this lovely place a big tick in the Chorlton drinking box. Stop by for a fleeting visit or find yourself trawling through the long list of exceptional and unusual beers that make this place so popular.
The funkiest addition to the English language loving Odd and Odder bars, this superlative venue boasts wacky interior of juxtaposing styles of vintage and new industry-chic. In the evenings this place gets jam packed with the fun loving and fancy free residents of Chorlton, who revel in the cheap drinks and great music pumping from the speakers. With beers, wines and Oddtails on offer from as little as £3.30 this is somewhere we'd happily stay all night!
Another exquisite array of cocktails and fab drinks await at this loud and lively venue. Famous for food as well as drink, if you're starting early or need something to soak up the booze, opt for some in house smoked meat or take on their hot dog challenge. In true Chorlton style, you can always count on this bar to offer up a new and innovative beer or ale on tap, in addition to their delicious cocktails. Rock up at around 10pm and you'll see this place packed out every night with those that love a good drink in Chorlton.
With South American bars vying for our attention in the city centre, it's cool to find a fabulous drinking den that offers the same quality and creations without big queues or shouting customers. Cocktails start from £7, you'll find all the usual suspects including margaritas, daiquiris and the cuba libre. The house special, The Gritzer, is a mix of gin, espresso and orange juice: certain to perk you up before our last stop on the Chorlton bar crawl.
On to the next one! A quick jaunt away we find the Chorlton branch of the infamous Font bars. Open 7 days a week and boasting their usual array of delicious and dangerously cheap drinks, Font brings a massive range of local and world beers to the forefront of drinking in Manchester. By night, hip young things and packs of adults out for a causal drink have this bar brimming with good company and what they like to call party vibes. Get the night off to a flying start with the cheapest zombies in town at just £5 a pop! You have been warned.
Having featured in the Good Beer Guide, you can be sure to find delicious cask and kegs of beers, ales, IPAs and other variations here in their numbers. A cool, understated and laid back interior invite crowds and couples to pull up a chair and spend the night enjoying quirky and quality pints. A garden terrace and jukebox liven up the atmosphere, as the night draws in this bar gets filled to the brim with people out to enjoy their evening. Sit outside with a few cheeky drinks before heading to the next offering on our list.