12 ‘proper’ traditional pubs in Manchester city centre where you can still enjoy a good pint
There are still a good number of historic boozers and traditional watering holes left in Manchester city centre - we’ve rounded up a dozen here.
Manchester has no shortage of places to head for if you fancy a good glass of something, but as with many other areas of life the city centre has seen sweeping changes over the past few years.
The decline of traditional boozers has been much remarked on, and in the city centre pubs have to compete with a wide array of wine and cocktail bars, specialist gin and rum outlets and craft beer bars with a huge array of sours, super-strength stouts, American-influenced hoppy pales and more. And that’s not to mention the number of old fashioned watering holes which have been converted into food-led gastropubs.
But all is far from lost if what you’re looking for is a good pint and a packet of crisps in friendly surroundings with good conversation - perhaps with a sports match on the TV or a game of pool or darts thrown in for good measure.
Manchester has a good number of traditional pubs remaining, even in areas which have seen the most dramatic changes, and there are also some beautiful historic watering holes which are on national heritage lists maintained by Camra and which have been welcoming thirsty punters through the doors for centuries.
So if you like a real ale in stunning surroundings, a lively night of chat and beers or even somewhere where you can just save a few pennies while slaking your thirst, here are 12 places around the city centre we would recommend.