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Public Houses, Pubs & Inns in Manchester

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  • B Lounge (The Bridge)
    58 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BW. Tel: 0161-834 0242.
    Formerly the Bridge Street Tavern (once also known as The Pack Horse)
    was first licensed in 1808. Its original name probably derives from
    having been used by the drivers of the pack horses from the nearby
    tannery. An old and traditional pub with original fireplaces, oak
    panelling and leaded windows. Advertises itself thus “… The
    Bridge is surely is the blue print for public houses who want to serve
    food. Soft red velvety lighting, good ale and superb food make this
    an enchanting place to visit. There is a separate dining area
    in here offering more tranquility away from the the busy bar area.
    The Bridge is a relaxing and friendly place to enjoy!

  • The Circus Tavern

    86 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4GX. Tel: 0161-236 5818.
    Reputedly, this is the smallest pub in Manchester, and has one of
    the smallest bars in Britain. Small, unsophisticated, little changed
    since its earliest days. Built around 1790, when Portland Street attracted
    performers, travelling entertainers and artists due to the nearby
    Circus at Chatham Street – hence the name of the pub. No food or music.
    An authentic “old” early 19th century pub, where atmosphere, good
    ales and conversation are the order of the day.

  • Mr Thomas’s Chop House
    52 Cross Street, Manchester M2 7AR. Tel: 0161-832 2245.
    Another traditional Manchester Pub, with a most unusual aspect – tall
    and thin and squeezed into a narrow plot. Exceptionally good examples
    of English Art Nouveau style in the ceramic cladding on the exterior
    and the profusion of green tiles inside. Bar food available. Real
    Ales available, including Timothy Taylor’s, Boddingtons and various
    guest ales. Lunchtime food is reckoned by many to be the best traditional
    British food in the city centre. Waiter service to all tables, and
    an extensive wine list.

  • White Lion
    43 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4NQ. Tel: 0161-832 7373.

    First licensed in 1813, the White Lion is one of Manchester’s oldest
    pubs. Situated in the heart of the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park,
    it is a traditional pub of great character with a collection of displayed
    19th century photographs and artefacts (most dredged up by the landlord
    from the nearby canal basin). Located opposite the Museum of Science
    & Industry in Liverpool Road, offering real ale and live music. Frequent
    jazz bands. This pub gets very busy at holiday and carnival times.
    Food available. Real ale available including Timothy Taylor’s, Boddingtons
    and guest ales such as Phoenix, quite apart from over 30 whiskies
    and 20 cognacs. Open air jazz sessions when weather allows. Popular
    with celebrities from nearby Granada Studios.

  • The Ox Hotel (formerly
    the Oxnoble)

    71 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4NQ. Tel: 0161-839 7740.
    Named after a famous type of potato (the ‘Oxnoble’) popular in Victorian
    times, but now virtually extinct, when barrow boys, known as Oxnoble
    men, unloaded potatoes (and other vegetables) from the nearby potato
    wharf in Castlefield. The pub was a favourite drinking house of these
    workmen. Reputedly the second oldest licensed pub in Manchester, it
    is a very traditional English tavern, and though many changes have
    taken place in it, the original timbers and cast iron pillars can
    be seen inside. Traditional pub meals and bar snacks are served during
    the day, and children are welcome – there is a family room showing
    popular children’s programmes on a giant TV screen. Real ales, guest
    ales on tap. Monthly entertainment and Blues music by local bands
    and occasional discos. Popular with boaters from the nearby canal
    moorings and very busy at Carnival times. Regular art exhibitions
    with work for sale adorns the walls.

  • Mother Macs
    33 Back Piccadilly, Manchester M1 1HP. Tel: 0161-236 1507.
    Hidden away behind Piccadilly Plaza and the Piccadilly Hotel is this
    small pub serving Whitbread ales. Curious atmospheric pub with a long
    and ancient history.

  • Rain Bar
    Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester M1 5JG. Tel: 0161-235 6500. Website:
    Opened in 1999 and met with instant popularity, as this is a pub with
    a café upstairs. J. W. Lees beers served. Excellent food on
    offer with a speciality fish and chips made with beer flavoured batter
    !! Facing the Rochdale Canal, popular summer haunt for beautiful people.

  • Hare & Hounds
    46 Shudehill, Manchester M4 4AA. Tel: 0161-832 4737.
    A rather forbidding green tiled exterior belies the warm greeting
    ambience of the interior of this pub. Tiles, wooden panelling and
    etched window glass, and the remnants of a once thriving market culture
    still abound here, even though the market has long since gone. Light
    snacks and sandwiches available.Has live music from 4.00pm to 7.00pm
    on Wednesdays and Thursdays when the organ is played (also karaoke
    Sundays from 5.00pm.)


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