A Guide to Traditional Pubs in Manchester

Manchester’s nightlife boasts an array of bars and clubs ideal for those who enjoy a luxuriously vibrant night out. For those who wish to experience a more relaxing and comfortable atmosphere however, there are also a few hidden treasures in the city that provide the avid socialite with simple British traditions. From quirky and charismatic interiors, to large outdoor beer gardens, here we look at some of the most established pubs in Manchester which exude the ultimate English style.

The Briton’s Protection

The Briton’s Protection voted ‘Best Pub in Manchester’ is evidently a great way to experience a real taste of the city’s life. Stood proudly on the corner of Great Bridgwater Street since 1806, the homely interior boasts 6 rooms in which to enjoy one of the largest collections of whiskey around. With over 200 variations to choose from, and a range of roaring fireplaces to sit in front of and drink, the ambience in winter especially is eminent. In summer there is a large beer garden hidden to the rear of the pub, and all throughout the year, the two function rooms upstairs hold host to a variety of music and comedy gigs. With home cooked, traditional food and comfortably cosy seating areas, an experience in The Briton’s Protection is surely not to be missed out on.

Sinclair’s Oyster Bar

This pub belongs to the Samuel Smith’s chain which offers its own organic beverages at outstandingly cheap prices. The atmosphere and aesthetics of this pub adds to the overall experience of an evening spent in the Sinclair Oyster. With low ceilings, creaking floorboards and tiny doorways, it oozes charm as well as a bustling ambience due to its overwhelming popularity. Located on Cathedral Gates in the City Centre, Sinclair’s Oyster has a vast outdoor area and a variety of drinks ranging from organic spirits to organic wheat beer!

The Old Nags Head

This is a hidden gem, and much loved public house in the heart of the city just off the bustling street of Deansgate. Dating back from the 1880’s the Old Nag’s head offers a deliciously traditional menu of British favourites such as steak and ale pie, roast beef, bangers and mash or fish and chips. The cosy environment and friendly regulars provide the perfect setting for any guest. The large function room also offers the perfect space to accommodate large groups for birthdays, Christmas parties, weddings and any other special occasions. Fans of the British television series Cold Feet will recognise the rooftop smoking area as it was featured in many episodes of the show!

The English Lounge

If you’re after a true English venue then look no further than The English Lounge is situated on High Street in the heart of the popular Northern Quarter. As its name suggests, this pub enables visitors to experience true traditions in both decor and atmosphere. With large leather sofas, dark wood and bookshelves, the interior has been kept comfortable yet stylish. The establishment offers more than ‘pub grub’ and an excellent level of service whether you are dining or simply enjoying a drink from their extensive wine menu or large variety of cask ales.

The Salisbury

Tucked away on Wakefield Street and packed full of character, The Salisbury has a great reputation for its friendly crowds and alternative music. The pool tables and juke box presents an entertaining environment that is favoured by a wide mix of socialites. The seating is varied due to its quirky decor and the random photos of rock idols make for a great conversation starter. With knowledgeable staff and a great selection of beer, this pub is guaranteed to be the ideal environment for those looking to enjoy a bustling atmosphere and some good music.


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