Sinclair's Oyster Bar


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!


  • Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
  • None
  • Casual
  • 18. Kids allowed in day.


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 11:00 23:00
Tuesday 11:00 23:00
Wednesday 11:00 23:00
Thursday 11:00 23:00
Friday 11:00 23:00
Saturday 11:00 23:00
Sunday 12:00 22:30



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


The Printworks

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Drink Price*
Bottle of House Wine £13.00
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £3.45
Pint of Lager £1.90
* Prices shown are the starting price.
  • A word from the chef:

    Sandwiches, burgers, pies and snacks - and of course the famous oysters!

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