Bars and pubs Central Manchester
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX
© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX
© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX
Ply fennel salad
Ply olives with almonds
Ply pizza

The guys behind Kosmonaut bring a huge new multi-purpose venue to the Northern Quarter.

Taking the best of what the Northern Quarter has to offer - good eating, good drinking and creativity - Ply pulls all of them together in one very attractive place.

The feel is lofty, as in New York, with lots of wood, big windows around the raised perimeter, exposed metal and brick. And space, plenty of space. It's lively too, popular with after workers in the week and revellers in the evening. 

It's stylish, looking like all of the furniture has been ordered from MADE, with tasteful grey sofas and retro modern sideboards creating a central space around which the drinking posts and dining areas form.

Craft ales and a great selection of wine can accompany your meal if you chose to eat, and the proper wood fired oven baked pizzas are delicious, with creative sides like a shaved fennel salad. It's a simple menu which allows the quality to remain high.

But Ply is also plying its trade as a creative space, with a series of exhibitions as well, making it a one stop shop for Northern Quarter-ites and for anyone who enjoys a well thought through venue with ambitions beyond the standard.

By: Rob Martin


Venue name: Ply
Address: 26 Stevenson Square
Northern Quarter

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 12pm — 12am Friday and Saturday 12pm — 2am Sunday 12pm — 11pm
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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The Northern Quarter has always been to Manchester what Hoxton is to London, yes it's the land of the hipster and Ply reinforces that point.

It's huge, and with it's pastiche of a basic Scandinavian wood interior, it's noisy.  This doesn't mean it's not a great place to eat, the Pizzas are stunningly good, but it does mean it's more of a place to be seen than to be heard. I'm older, but even some of the younger people I know wouldn't choose it as a place to have a drink with friends, but the Pizzas, as I said, are worth all the beards, beanie hats and Doc Martins, and they are what these 4 stars are for.