The Pen and Pencil

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Central Manchester
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The Pen and Pencil

A Mad Men-inspired bar from The Violet Hour and Dry Bar alumni, open for ‘Brunch, Lunch, Cocktails, Good Times’.

Filling its exposed brick shell with beautiful tan leather stools and classic copper barware, the interior of Pen and Pencil is slick, inviting and made only better by a set of sociable benches at the heart of the main room. 

Along with a strong bar team serving up twisted classics and house specials like a fig julep and Beer in the Bronx (gin, homemade IPA syrup, grapefruit, sweet and dry vermouth), food-wise you'll find breakfast staples, sandwiches and salads. Plus, in the evening, bar fare including burgers, chicken wings, surf and turf, mac 'n' cheese and other American classics that nod towards the show that inspired the bar. But Pen and Pencil is not about the food. A roster of cool DJs includes local hero, Will Tramp, and the drinks really are the thing, with many referencing episodes or scenes from everyone’s favourite vintage TV show, blended with no messing around.   

Aside from what is possibly the worst and most ill-placed mural in Manchester, thankfully hidden away in its back room with equally baffling furniture, this sound joint is well suited to evening cocktails and late night antics, complete with good service and friendly doormen. 

By: Jess Hardiman


Venue name: The Pen and Pencil
Address: 57 Hilton Street
M1 2EJ
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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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The Pen and pencil is a great venue for breakfast/brunch. The menu is good but different, the service is excellent. The music is just the right level, low enough for you to discuss the night before, but loud enough that you don't notice the ringing in your ears!

The smoothies are interesting, I loved the "Welcome to Americana" - peanut butter, banana and a little chilli! I also recommend the 'Nduja baked eggs, warm enough to clear your head after the night before.

The perfect place to meet your mates the following morning! Recommended!