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Sinclair’s Oyster Bar

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Sinclair's Oyster Bar, Manchester, Exterior
Photograph: Sinclair's Oyster BarOutside Sinclair's Oyster Ba

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Cheap drinks and a huge beer garden mean this Sam Smith’s pub is always heaving when the sun’s out

Despite its emphasis on the cheap and the cheerful, Sinclair’s is housed in a beautiful Tudor building right in the centre of town, and is home to the biggest beer garden in the city. As soon as the sun appears, that beer garden is rammed due in no small measure to beer 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.

Not bad for a pub that's been going since 1720, and we don't mean nearly half past five. It's awash with history having survived World War II and the IRA bombing of 1996 which destroyed many modern buildings 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 making it a cosy option on a cold night.

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.

Rob Martin
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Rob Martin


2 Cathedral Gates
M3 1SW
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