Top Pubs To Visit in Manchester
The 'pub' is warmly adopted into the foundations of British culture as the natural meeting point or focus for many people for entertainment and general good times. Manchester is brimming with some of the best in the country, so we made a guide of the top 10 pubs in Manchester. From a selection of traditional pubs, legendary pubs, quirky alternatives and pubs in central Manchester - we've covered it all!
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Winner of 'The Best Pub in Manchester' title for the two years straight (2009, 2010), 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 pub has a very loyal following of beer and whisky lovers - but it’s also the kind of place you can nip into after a long day and give a sigh of relief that it’s nearly Friday.
Boozing on a budget? Get yourself over to Oxford Road, where the promise of happily affordable fare combines with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Catch up over breaky until noon, watch all the big sporting fixtures or stop in for some dinner; you can enjoy a burger and a drink for £6.35 or take advantage of Mighty Spice on Thursday, where a curry and a drink are all yours for £5.45.
The English Lounge pub on the edge of the Northern Quarter is, as the name suggests, a very British relaxed drinking spot! The exterior looks reassuringly familiar, and this comforting sense of tradition continues inside where there is casual seating throughout making it the perfect stop-off after a hard days work. As well as comfy sofas and larger tables for groups who often converse here before the big night out
When people associate Manchester with pubs there is usually one place that pops up more than any. Sinclair's Oyster Bar stands proudly with its Tudor black and white stripes in the very centre of the city. 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 - though the temptation of drinking Manchester's cheapest priced drinks also helps!
If you're wanting to approach the more traditional pubs within the centre of Manchester then look no further than The City Arms in Piccadilly. Although wedged neatly between The Vine Inn and Wetherspoons, it outshines the aforementioned pubs easily. Housing just two cosy rooms, the bar supplies an incredible extensive list of beers and real ales. Fear not - if beer isn't you tiple then don't panic - the pub has a beautiful list of tasty wine too. The ideal location to stop off for a quick pint or sit down for the long-haul making it one of Manchester's finest pubs.
The Town Hall Tavern is a cosy Manchester pub and, as the name would suggest, it's a stone's throw from 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 brilliantly traditional haunt then look no further - poised with charm and a relaxing atmosphere, this hidden gem is a great place to spend an evening.