Top Pubs To Visit in Manchester

The Great British pub holds a special place in this country's heart: it's where we meet for a quick pint, where we watch sport together, and where we cure our hangovers with massive roasts and hair of the dog. The best Manchester pubs happen to be some of the best in the country, traditional pubs to the quirky pubs in Manchester that have stolen our heart, here are the ones you need to visit.

The Town Hall Tavern

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The Town Hall Tavern is a cosy Manchester pub and just a stone's throw from, you guessed it, the Town Hall. Hidden away down a narrow alley way off Albert Square, The Town Hall Tavern is a real favourite with Manchester locals. If you're on the hunt for a traditional haunt then look no further - poised with charm and a relaxing atmosphere, this hidden gem is a great place to spend an evening.

The English Lounge

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The English Lounge pub on the edge of the Northern Quarter is a very relaxed drinking spot. The casual seating makes it the perfect stop-off after a hard day's work, and the great selection of beer and wine seals it as one of the top pubs to visit in Manchester.

This tardis-like boozer next to The Bridgewater Hall boasts over 200 whiskeys, great ales, a beer garden, a function room and two roaring fires. Having stood proudly since 1806, The Briton's Protection is a must for anyone searching for the best pubs in Manchester. The venue has a very loyal following of beer and whisky lovers - but it's also a post-work haven too.

Sinclair's Oyster Bar

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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. When the sun shines, the people of Manchester flock to the pub's garden - and the fact they offer some of the cheapest pints in Manchester certainly helps too. 

If you want one of the traditional pubs in Manchester city centre, look no further than The City Arms in Piccadilly. Housing just two cosy rooms, the bar supplies an incredible extensive list of beers and real ales. The pub also has a beautiful list of tasty wine too. The ideal location to stop off for a quick pint or a proper session, it's one of Manchester's finest pubs. 

The Oast House

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The Oast House is designed to look like a Kentish style pub – and is about as adorable as one too. A little oasis in the middle of Spinningfields, it's not only adorable inside, but outside its massive courtyard is one of the best beer gardens in Manchester, packed with summer drinkers or filled with tipis and tents in the winter.

Not just the smallest pub in Manchester (though they might prefer 'cosiest'), it's also the smallest in Europe – apparently. But that squeeze yourself in there and you'll be greeted like one of the family, with a great selection of beer and the happiest atmosphere in the North West.

Mr Thomas's Chop House

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Okay, cheating a little bit as it's really a restaurant, they're just so charming we couldn't help but include them. This gastropub in Manchester serves up a traditional British menu, with the pub classics coming with a fine dining twist. Make sure you come for the roast dinner.