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The Smithfield Tavern

Bars and pubs, Pubs
4 out of 5 stars
Smithfield Tavern

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A thriving home for Blackjack Beers, the Smithfield combines the comfort and atmosphere of a traditional boozer with innovative craft beer.

Since Blackjack overtook this place, a formerly quiet and unassuming little pub on the edge of the Northern Quarter has been turned into a bustling and lively bar appealing to craft beer drinkers and beyond.

As you’d expect, Blackjack’s own beers dominate the menu but there’s ample guests from across the UK also included: Wild Beer and Tiny Rebel make regular appearances. They’ll also serve beers in every size – from a third up to a pint – which is refreshing change compared to some other bars in the city that insist on schooners only.

But the Smithfield isn’t all just focused on the beer – it’s an all-round good old fashioned boozer. The furniture is mismatched, vintage and comfortable and there’s plenty of it about - from intimate couches to large tables for groups. Games have always been a big part of the traditional pub experience and here you’ll find darts, table skittles and a good selection of board games.

With the likes of The Crown and Kettle, Bar Fringe and The Angel nearby alongside breweries such as Runaway, Marble and Blackjack themselves, the Smithfield adds to the beer credentials of this area of the city.


Address: 37
Swan Street
M4 4JZ
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 4.30pm-11pm, Fri 4.30-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm. Closed Monday.
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