Quality Manchester Drinking Establishments?
It’s good that you’re looking to take the step up into premiership bevvying by visiting Manchester for some ale – it’s a tough step up from the skybet championship of Leeds, but it can be done.
The Briton’s protection is a popular alehouse for the more serious drinker, by the GMEX – it’s a Robinson’s pub so the ale is not that interesting, but it’s a nice spot for a session. Peverill of the Peak up the road is also good – an earthier establishment.
There’s also a brewdog bar on St Peter’s place round the corner if you like the more US craft-beer style.
Would you be going back to Leeds by Victoria station? Because there’s a class alehouse / microbrewery right there called the Marble Arch. Sort of out on a limb though if you weren’t around there.Posted 4 years ago
Garry please, on Yorkshire day too 🙂
Yep, I’ve bene in the Britons Protection too. Nice boozer. Brewdog I’m aware of, which is near the GMEX too.
Marble Brewery Marble Arch sounds very interesting and one I need to visit. I’m a big fan of their beverages. The interior on the website looks impressive.
Port Street Beerhouse looks like a winner too.
Cheers folks, keep ’em coming.Posted 4 years agoJIfMember
As already mentioned there’s the Marble Arch, The Castle, Briton’s, Brewdog and Port Street Beer House. Same people who run Port Street also have Common in the Northern Quarter and The Beagle in Chorlton (not in town but a mile or so from the cricket) which are good for craft style beers.Posted 4 years ago
As a Leeds resident I’m blessed with quality drinking establishments serving worldwide craft beers, real ales and local brews. North Bar, Friends of Ham, Adelphi, Brewdog, infinite amount of Leeds Brewery places, etc, etc.
I’ve been out in Manchester a few times over the years (Deansgate Locks, Northern Quarter, random spots in town that I can’t remember the name of, Oxford Rd) and I’m heading over on Saturday for the cricket followed by a bevvy or two.
My fave place of the last few years has been The Deaf Institute but can anyone recommend me any other similar places to visit?
KoBPosted 4 years agodazhSubscriber
Go easy on the Pev, the landlady’s on her last legs, has two useless alcoholic sons who are not far from death’s door themselves, and the brewery treat them like sh*te. The Copper Dragon Golden Pippin in there though is beautiful and worth a visit on it’s own.
Other good venues:
SandBar opposite the Deaf Institute
Knott Bar opposite Deansgate station
Fringe on Ancoats St
and if you don’t mind a short bus/train ride, then get yourself to Stockport to either the Crown or the Magnet which are way better than anywhere in Manc in terms of the quality of beer.Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
tmb467 – Member
this is my mates website…they’ve been doing it for about 4 years now Nice site – I work at the university just near the old Plymouth Grove pub, always wondered what such a grand-looking alehouse was like when it was open. It’s a ruin now – in fact it may have even been knocked down, not cycled home via the Grove for a while.Posted 4 years agotmb467Subscriber
Aye – it started off as a prelude to going to the match…”try a different pub, lads?” and quickly became a challenge to do every pub in the city centre
which then expanded to visiting dodgy housing estates to look for old brewery pubs – and the historical side started to come out more
there’s enough material in there to write several books! Plymouth Grove took me back a fair bit though – I’ve been in Leeds for the last ten / eleven years and I remember it when it was still openPosted 4 years agonbtMember
I’m not overly impressed with the Lass o’Gowry, nor really the Briton’s Protection. My personal favourite is the City Arms on Kennedy Street. No pretence at being “gastro” – food is crisps and if you’re lucky pork pies. They do though have 8 barrels on tap, and when a barrel is finished is swapped out for a different brew so you; can get some very interesting stuff.Posted 4 years agoagent007Member
I know Friends of Ham and Arcadia in Leeds very well – both top quality bars of the highest order.
A lot of the real ale houses in Manchester centre (Northern Quarter excepted) are little more than dirty old mens drinking dens (maybe I’ve simply not found the good ones). I appreciate real ale like the next man, but I also like to drink that ale in a pub where there’s little chance in ending up in a fight, but a good chance of oggling an attractive and intelligent lady or two.
If you’re after the quirky, youthful atmosphere you’ll find in Friends of Ham then head south of the city (10 mins on the tram), to either Chorlton – home of the fantastic bar called Pi, or three stops further on to Burton Road, West Didsbury where you have Mary & Archie or Folk.
If you insist on staying in town then Cask on Liverpool Road always have a large selection on real ale and continental beers in stock.
Hope this helps?Posted 4 years ago
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