Sinclair’s Oyster Bar
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Cheap drinks and a huge beer garden mean this Sam Smith’s pub is always heaving when the sun’s out
Housed in a beautiful tudor building inexplicably located in the centre of town, Sinclair’s is home to the biggest beer garden in the city. Unfortunately, the secret is well and truly out, so as soon as the sun starts shining you’ll find it awash with drinkers enjoying lager that’s almost half the price of that you might find just a few streets away in the Northern Quarter. It’s a Sam Smith’s pub, so while there are no branded drinks behind the bar, their own line of ales, stouts and lagers are all very reasonably priced.
The building itself is alive with the history of the city, surviving the blitz in World War II and the IRA bombing of 1996 unlike many of the modern structures surrounding it. It was later moved, brick by brick, 300 metres away to allow for the regeneration of Manchester city centre. The bar itself is somewhat cramped, with several nooks and crannies within which to shelter yourself from the harshness of the Mancunian winter.
As well as cheap drinks, Sinclair’s does some great pub grub. Oysters feature in the glorious carpetbagger steak, and the angels and devils on horseback. The kitchen is undoubtedly under-used, but then there’s nothing Manchester loves quite like a cheap beer in the sun.