The Pen & Pencil


Taking its name and inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York, which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men – the original ‘Mad Men’, The Pen and Pencil offers the perfect place for the NQ’s creative locals to chill, think, meet and enjoy great food and drink.

Open seven days a week, The Pen and Pencil is open from 10am right through ’til late with a focus on a strong day time offering with great brunch, subs and burgers, washed down with top quality coffee and freshly blended smoothies.

Looking for a late night party? The bar's team of resident DJs are on hand on Friday and Saturday nights to get the party started every weekend. There is also a fantastic selection of beers, wines and spirits along with their own bespoke cocktail list. Plus the venue offers private hire for networking meetings, private parties and launch events.


What's on

Pencil's Down Quiz Night
Starting at 7.30pm, our popular weekly quiz night with quiz-master John Stansfield consists of 4 rounds including film and TV, general knowledge…

Every Tuesday

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Live Music Every Wednesday
From Wed 31st of Jan, we will have live music EVERY Wednesday! We have some amazing artists lined up from the world of Blues, Jazz, Folk, Indie…

Every Wednesday

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Offer Availability
Happy Hour
2 for £10 cocktails, £3 bottles of selected beer, £15 bottles of Prosecco, £10 bottles of house wine
Monday 17:00 – 19:00
Tuesday 17:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 17:00 – 19:00
Thursday 17:00 – 19:00
Friday 17:00 – 19:00
50% Off Food on Mondays
Enjoy 50% off food every Monday when you book in advance
Monday 10:00 – 21:00
Beer and a Burger - £13
Father's Day Deal
2 mains and a bottle of house red/ white for £30 - fro 6pm every Wed
Check out our special sharing breakfast board for groups of 2 (£17) or 4 (£30). On the board there is: bacon, sausage egg sliders, corn cakes, scrambled egg, vegetable rolls, hash browns and P&P special fried rice


  • Dance floor
  • Disabled Toilets
  • No door charge
  • None


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 10:00 0:00
Tuesday 10:00 0:00
Wednesday 10:00 0:00
Thursday 10:00 0:00
Friday 10:00 2:00
Saturday 10:00 2:00
Sunday 10:00 22:00



The Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57, Hilton Street, M1 2EJ


Northern Quarter

Getting there

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  • Cuisines

    This venue serves Gastro, American and Brunch food.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Whole Venue Hire Venue Hire 0 200 - £3000 Not Available
Back Room Private Room 36 65 - £100 for midweek day hires, no min spend for weekday evenings No hire fee

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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The Pen & Pencil Northern Quarter - Manchester Bar Review

The Pen & Pencil Northern Quarter - Manchester Bar Review

A slice of Mad Men Manhattan beams at the end of the Northern Quarter’s Hilton Street offering inspiration to thirsty thinkers and late night drinkers near and far. I sauntered down for a drink in true martini-fashion. The Venue Suave 1950s chic, meets New York street-style on the corner of Manchester…

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