The King's Arms - © Nathan Cox/Time Out
This is a real gem, an alcopop-free zone sitting pretty in the no-man's-land between Manchester and Salford (it's an easy stroll from the City Centre). Beers include offerings from the excellent Saltaire Brewery, among others, with Timothy Taylor a staple.
In the snug you can join the Knitting Club, while the fantastic vaulted room upstairs (home to Studio Salford) hosts regular band nights and plays. All told, it's hard to fault this pub - even the jukebox has won awards.