Best Manchester Pubs

Manchester has always been known for its amazing range of traditional watering holes, but the pub scene in the city is far more diverse and eclectic than just that. From dated dens where history reigns supreme and craft beer boozers, to haunts with kitsch running through their beer-laden veins; take a look at our list of recommended venues and be prepared to find some great quirky places to enjoy a beer and a cheeky glass of vino in the city.

The pub that's been 'built by Manchester' The Pilcrow is a chilled spot in Hanover Street that's passionate about craft beer. The reason for its quirky name? From the bar stools to the tables, The Pilcrow was constructed through a series of workshops and volunteers, resulting in an even closer connection to Manchester.

The Bay Horse

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A Northern Quarter gem has had a big old refurb to turn it into one seriously swish Manchester pub. The Bay Horse is still as charming as ever, with traditional menus (check out their banging pie selection) and a lively weekend brunch, which includes bottomless G&Ts, yes, you read that right...

With one of the prettiest pub gardens in the biz, The Wharf is Mancunians' go-to for pints in the sunshine. Come winter, head into the the old building, which has plenty of cosy corners to hibernate in and a pub menu that will fill even the hungriest punters.

The Marble Arch

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There's not The Marble Arch can't do; the Ancoats pub is run by the Marble Brewery, which is only a stone's throw away, meaning beer is pretty darn fresh. Head inside for one of the prettiest floors in Manchester, with tiny tiles creating a mosaic pattern, and come summer, see if you can find their little beer garden.

Peveril of the Peak

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A seriously cute little pub that stands out with its yellow tiles and emerald green door, Peveril of The Peak is a must if you're looking for a traditional pubbing experience in Manchester. Along with a pool table and foosball, the Great Bridgewater Street spot has got some brilliant real ales.

A traditional pub at the end of Deansgate, The Briton's Protection has been standing proudly in its plot since 1806 and is one the finest traditional haunts. With a whiskey collection that currently stands at over 300, this pub has serious pedigree when it comes to drinks.

The Oast House

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Come rain or shine, The Oast House is the place to be in Manchester. With a huge courtyard, the rustic pub matches the seasons - think Aperol Spritz take-overs during summer and a snug winter tipi at Christmas. Head inside for rustic interiors, including exposed beams and corrugated iron, and a food menu that's largely dedicated to the grill.

Mr Thomas's Chop House

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Having renamed itself to Mrs Sarah's Chop House, this historic spot is still sporting the same beautiful Victorian decor and famous Sunday roast menu. The building is sat right next to St Anne's Church, Manchester's only surviving example of Baroque architecture - a great fact to whip out when you're tucking into your tatties.

Port St. Beer House

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The clue is in the title with this Northern Quarter gem. Port St. Beer House is mad about anything crafted, from Belgian blondes through to Irish stouts. Keep an eye on their social media for details of the latest guest number.

The Castle Hotel

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One of Manchester's most historical pubs and a massive player on the live music scene, The Castle Hotel is easily one of the finest and most iconic traditional Manchester pubs. With 10 rotating cask ales always available on tap and a dated aesthetic, the pub is the perfect place for a post-work pint.