Manchester has an established pub and bar scene, with a mix of Gastropubs and traditional pubs lining the streets. A lot of pubs offer traditional and guest beers with a fun and friendly atmosphere.
The top pubs in the city include:
The Marble Arch
The Marble Arch is on Rochdale Road in Manchester and is housed in a rustic building with elegant décor. The interior features a stunning fireplace, brick walls and a beautiful wooden roof.
Bright and cheery, this isn't your normal dark and dreary bar.
Traditional pub food is served, and the selection of ale and beer is outstanding. Guests are given large mugs to drink from with huge portions of fish and chips. A cozy interior makes a good place to sit down and discuss local sports.
Real ales are served at the pub, with locals recommending the Manchester Bitter as a must-have drink on the menu.
The Ape & Apple
Ape & Apple is on John Dalton Street and is a tile-fronted bar with cask ales and a pub grub menu filled with great treats. The traditional pub features a rooftop beer garden, which is a good place to sit and chat with friends over a pint.
A reasonably priced pint and a fun atmosphere make the Ape & Apple a good place to sit and mingle with locals.
Tuesday there's a speed quiz, which is free to enter. Every team also receives a free sandwich platter, so it's a great way to test your quiz skills, meet people and eat for free. There is a murder mystery comedy night every month, too.
Ape & Apple is a relaxing spot in the middle of the city's hustle and bustle. Child- and dog-friendly, the pub has entertainment most nights and is a must-visit for a relaxing drink.
The Crown & Kettle
The Crown & Kettle is on Oldham Road and offers delicious pies washed down with a great selection of beers and ciders. The pub has friendly service, making every guest feel welcome. The interior features gorgeous architecture and beautiful chandeliers which hang down from the ornate ceiling.
Sport can be watched on the big screen television, and the bar stays open late on the weekends.
A recent refurbishment makes the interior more inviting while keeping the charm of the old building. If you go during off-peak hours, finding a seat will be a breeze. Beer, ciders and real ales are served at the Crown & Kettle.
The interior will remind you of a 1940s – 1950s pub.
In 2015, this pub was named one of the top 18 pubs in the United Kingdom.
Port Street Beer House
Port Street Beer House is on Port St. and is considered a local drinking hole for beer enthusiasts. The pub offers a Meet the Brewer event, which is a big hit with locals and beer lovers alike. The Beer House offers a membership for beer lovers who want to enjoy discounts on beer all year long. There are also discounts on takeout.
A brilliant selection of beers are offered, and the décor is in the traditional pub style.
Craft beer lovers come to Port Street Beer House to enjoy a fun and friendly evening. The pub is always busy, but the ample seating allows for quick seating most nights. The beers are a little on the expensive side, but with a membership, the prices are much lower.
If you're in the mood for a good craft beer, the Port Street Beer House is a great choice.
The Waldorf is on Gore Street and is a must-visit in Manchester. The pub is one of the best known in the city, and with sports always playing on the flat screen televisions, sports lovers of all ages will love this pub.
Hidden away, the pub offers a friendly bar staff with a good atmosphere and friendly people.
An extensive wine list offers an opportunity to sit back and relax while watching football. The food is very good and features traditional British fare. The pub works to improve their beer listing every year, with bitters, cask on draught, lagers and craft beer always on the menu.
Regularly rotating selections are available and make this a great spot to try new and tasty ales.
The Old Wellington
The Old Wellington is a half-timbered pub that offers real ales and hearty meals on Cathedral Approach. A good pub to grab a quick drink, the pub is close to the Arena and fills up quickly when games are playing.
The outside seating area offers ample space to sit outside and enjoy the warmer months.
An older pub style, the interior is warm and welcoming, while the pies offer a great treat after a long day. The downstairs is always packed with people sitting at the bar, while the upstairs can be reserved if you want to grab food to eat.
Being in the city centre, the pub's prices are high, but the experience is worth the money.