Sinclair's Oyster Bar

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When the sun shines, there are few places better in Manchester for a pint than Sinclair’s Oyster Bar by the Printworks. The pub has been going since 1720 - but has only been in its current position since 1996 when, together with The Old Wellington, it was moved brick by brick 300 yards up the road as a result of town centre regeneration after the city’s bombing. Now it sits on its own little square, The Shambles, the main part of which is taken up by an expansive seating area serving both Sinclair’s and the Wellington, where young professionals, students and others in the know take advantage of the great setting and cheap drinks.

For it is brilliantly good value for a city-centre drinking hole - and this is mirrored by how busy it gets. But once you’ve fought your way to the bar the beer is actually very good. It’s owned by the Sam Smith brewery (set up by the nephew of the more famous John Smith) and there are a good selections of ale and cider on tap. There are comfy armchairs inside if you can find one, and a bit more space upstairs - they serve food too (including oysters), but be prepared to wait!


Drinkonomical £
The Printworks
18. Kids allowed in day.
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets


Day Open Close Notes
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
12:00 22:30


Sinclair's Oyster Bar
2 Cathedral Approach, Manchester, M3 1SW

Central Manchester

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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £1.90
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £3.45
Bottle of House Wine £13.00

A word from the chef:
Sandwiches, burgers, pies and snacks - and of course the famous oysters!

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Rude, racist, bigoted staff. Definitely not worth visiting, a lot of nicer friendlier places nearby.
by on June 8th, 2017

Great place for after-work drinks. Does get very busy when its sunny however for me, this just adds to the atmosphere
by on February 27th, 2013

This is quirky pub with an ace beer garden! loved it in summer, but it does get pretty busy and hard up for space.
by on February 7th, 2013

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