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57 Thomas Street

Bars & pubs

This unassuming bar is the City Centre home of Manchester's best-known microbrewery, Marble Beers. Unlike the beautiful surrounds of the Marble Arch Inn),...

57 Thomas Street

Ape & Apple

Bars & pubs

A pub of solid Victorian stock, this is the City Centre bastion for local brewers Holts, who still manage to produce an excellent bitter for around £2 a...

28-30 John Dalton Street

Big Hands

Bars & pubs

The musical smarts of Big Hands' defiantly independent crowd - compounded by regular after-gig visits from touring musicians - have made this bar an...

296 Oxford Road

Black Dog Ballroom

Bars & pubs

With its exposed brickwork, softly lit booths and crimson-felted pool tables, this basement bar is like a little piece of New York's Lower East Side...

Corner of Tib Street & Church Street

Briton's Protection

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Like moths to a flame, drinkers are drawn to the Briton's Protection by the red neon sign over the door. The roomy interior is pub perfection: brass...

50 Great Bridgewater Street


Bars & pubs

Blink and you'll miss Cask's eggshell-blue frontage. Apart from an impressive selection of beers in a cosy environment, what might catch your attention is...

29 Liverpool Road


Bars & pubs

A wide range of continental beers and munchable, reasonably priced bar food make up a small part of Centro's kaleidoscopic appeal. Split over two floors,...

74 Tib Street

Circus Tavern

Bars & pubs

A listed boozer that dates back to the 1790s, when the place is said to have been the hangout of choice for performers from the city's then-permanent...

86 Portland Street
Tags: Chinatown, Pub

Cloud 23

Bars & pubs

Set on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Deansgate, this luxe 'sky bar' is one of the most talked-about venues in the city (so book to avoid disappointment),...



Bars & pubs

A sure-fire bet in the Northern Quarter for consistently friendly staff serving quality drinks in a down-to-earth and lively environment. There's an...

39-41 Edge Street


Bars & pubs

Corbieres is one of those perplexing places that you go into for one drink and end up leaving five hours later, slightly the worse for wear and wondering...

2 Half Moon Street


Critics' choice
Art, Bars & pubs, Cinemas, Restaurants & cafés

For a quarter of a century, Cornerhouse has championed independent art and film in the city, with a cinema and festivals programme that is arguably the best...

70 Oxford Street


Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Despite its obscure back-alley location and a wilful lack of external signage, Corridor is arguably Salford's finest gin-mill. Inside, low lights, leather...

Barlow's Croft
Tags: Salford, Bar


Bars & pubs

Don't be put off by the grey exterior and basic furniture: it's the beer that counts at the Crescent, one of Salford's older pubs, dating back to the mid...

18-21 The Crescent

Crown & Kettle

Bars & pubs

Mothballed for some 20 years, this former haunt of hacks from the nearby Daily Express building has made a welcome return. Legend has it that it was...

2 Oldham Road
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