Everyone has their favourite pub, whether it’s your local down the road or somewhere you pop into after an afternoon of city centre shopping. And because we can get quite territorial over our favourite watering holes, it’s sometimes daunting stepping into a new one for the first time.
But Manchester welcomes thousands of visitors each year and, by extension, so do its pubs. Therefore there are plenty of friendly places in the city if you’re looking for somewhere new to try or if you’re visiting from out of town. The only time we’d recommend caution is on match days, depending on which team you support and which part of the city you’re in!
In no particular order, here are some of our favourite pubs to check out – regardless of whether you’re blue or red, or from Oldham or Australia.
1. Eagle Inn
Located in Salford, just a short walk away from Victoria station, is the Eagle Inn, a pub which is now surrounded by new developments and high-rises but dates back to the 19th century. The Eagle is a popular spot on the music and arts scene, with its 80-person capacity venue and a rehearsal room for local bands and musicians. Credit: Google Maps
2. Castle Hotel
The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street, which dates back to the 18th century, is another one for music fans. It always has a packed schedule of gigs in its events space, hosting acts from Manchester and beyond. Credit: Google Maps
Gullivers, located on Oldham Street, is yet another must-stop venue for Manchester’s unsigned and up-and-coming bands. Gully’s is popular with both Northern Quarter hipsters and the regulars, who remember what Ancoats was like before it became one of the hottest neighbourhoods in the country. Credit: Google Maps
4. Port Street Beer House
If you are a craft ale enthusiast, like many people are today, then Port Street is a must. It has an extensive selection of ale from breweries both in and outside of Manchester. It has a small yard in the back and tables at the front for when it’s warmer, perfect if you’re in the Northern Quarter and want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Stevenson Square. Credit: Google Maps