Where to Drink
Fancy a swift one? Encompassing wonders such as the smallest pub in Europe (Portland Street’s wee Circus Tavern), an emerald testimony to the tiler’s lost art (Peveril of the Peak) and an ingeniously repurposed underground Victorian public toilet (The Temple of Convenience), Manchester’s historic pubs are the pride of the city. They also happen to be the ideal place to encounter the Mancunian in his or her natural habitat – don’t be shy, we’re friendly folk. If you’d prefer something stronger, you’ll be happy to hear that we’re undergoing something of a cocktail renaissance, with a growing army of mixologists vying to out-do one another with their creations. They can be enjoyed in settings every bit as intoxicating as the drinks, from sleek cocktail lounges and divey rock and roll bars to louche modern-day gin palaces. Whether your tipple is real ale, craft beer, cider, wine or spirits you’ll find a warm welcome in the hostelries of the city.