The Castle Hotel

Bars and pubs, Pubs Central Manchester
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
The Castle Hotel

Perennially popular music pub with proper rock heritage. A small performance space hosts bands, poets, mini-festivals and more.

One of Manchester’s most popular pubs, The Castle on Oldham Street has proven to be one of the Northern Quarter’s big success stories since its refurbishment in 2009. Originally founded in 1776, it’s well known in indie rock circles as the site of a legendary interview between John Peel and Ian Curtis in 1979, and today pays heed to its musical heritage with several weekly gigs at its own charming music hall.

Even the ales are indebted to music. The principal brewer here is Frederic Robinson, creators of ‘Build A Rocket Boys’, in tribute to Elbow’s charming indie hit, and who also provide ‘Trooper’. Concocted in conjunction with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, it’s a pleasant citrus blend that’s hardly as doom-laden as your might imagine. Other popular ales include Unicorn, a satisfying pale ale, and the cheekily titled Dizzy Blonde. There are usually no fewer than ten ales on tap, and a plethora of specialist beers and wines. Bar staff are knowledgeable and friendly.

The aforementioned music hall is one of the coolest venues in the city centre, but rather limited in its capacity. Air-conditioning has recently been installed, meaning it’s no longer the year-round acoustic sauna it once was, but rather an intimate and engaging performance venue. As well as a consistent stream of visiting bands, there are regular spoken word fixtures such as Bad Language, and all-day festivals, such as Carefully Planned. The music usually veers towards purer indie rock although they’re always open to exceptions.

By: John Thorp


Venue name: The Castle Hotel
Address: 66 Oldham Street
M4 1EE
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Pick a date

  • Stand-up Saturday July 28 2018
  • Stand-up Tuesday September 25 2018
  • Folk, country and blues Thursday October 11 2018
  • Folk, country and blues Sunday October 28 2018
  • Rock and indie Sunday October 28 2018

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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It may not be the biggest pub around, but what The Castle lacks in space, it makes up for in character. Friendly staff, a well stocked bar and cosy corners make this a great place to spend an evening.


Ale, ale, ale, so much ale. The Castle offers a large selection of ales along with a great selection of spirits. Staff are knowledgeable regarding whats on offer and will guid you if needed. The Castle also hosts regular gigs and the occasional poetry reading - which is a nice experience while sipping on a pint. There is downstairs and upstairs seating available, but it is limited, so arrive early. It is a pretty small venue, but the smallness sort of adds to The Castle's overall charm.    

Staff Writer

Great beers, efficient staff, friendly drinkers and top quality gigs – what more could you want from a pub? Well, er, perhaps more space, because on more than one occasion we have been forced to settle into The Castle's corridor for lack of room to drink in. But get there early and claim a spot upstairs or in the music hall and you'll have a top quality session.