13 Undiscovered Bars In Manchester That Are Perfect For After Work Pints

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What better way to prepare for your weekend than a decent after-work pint on a Friday? 

And by decent, I mean not so cheap that you waste your weekend buzz before it starts. Manchester is home to a variety of cosy spots full of character that are perfect for just that.

1. Lass O’Gowrie, The Big Fat Stupid Quiz

Located just off Oxford Road Lass O’Gowrie is a prime location for 9-5 workers looking for a proper locally brewed beer. 

They offer free tasters too so you can try before you buy. With a grand selection and beers rotating weekly, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Also, for you CAMRA members, they offer a discount on selected cask ales! 

Quiz starts at 8pm.

Lass O Gowie

2. The Blue Pig

If you go straight from work, you can catch happy hour at The Blue Pig in the Northern Quarter. They have a smaller selection of quality beer and ale on tap but the atmosphere and staff more than make up for it - and you'll find a large range of bottled beers too.

They also somehow managed to stick a giant blue pig to the ceiling. Kudos for that.

Happy Hour @ 5-7pm.

3. Cane & Grain

Another Northern Quarter treasure, the Rib Joint & Tap Room floor of Cane & Grain boasts a large collection of ‘beers and shiz’ on tap. They also have a Beer Masterclass that you can book for £20 a head (for up to ten people.) What better way to prepare for the weekend than with a fancy taster session!? 

Open daily 12pm-2am.

4. The Gaslamp

Manchester loves to play host to underground drinking holes and The Gaslamp is one of these quirky little places. Taking residence in a Victorian cellar under Bridge Street - it's actually a former soup kitchen! Serving real ales and craft beers, this is a perfect spot to wind down after a day staring at the screen.

5. The Brink

Subterranean bar The Brink is also located beneath Bridge Street. The bar specialise in real local ale and are proud to stock only beer and cider made within 25 miles of the micropub. There are always nine beers on the bar and being a dog-friendly place, with any luck there’ll be a pooch for you to pet and calm your noodle after a day’s hard work. 

6. The Black Lion

Knocking on 130 years of age, this traditional pub located on the crossroads of Chapel Street and Blackfriars Street still holds its own. 

The Black Lion has a variety of affordable pub grub to soak up the booze and you can kick back and relax here knowing that you won’t be tempted to stay on through the night as they close at a fairly moderate 11pm. This place doubles as a B&B though, just in case...

7. Terrace NQ

Enjoy the beautiful little roof garden that Terrace NQ offers before winter fully sets in. Whether you’re outside or in you can be sure of a friendly welcome. The sufficiently stocked bar is filled with traditional cask ales and guest beers rotate frequently.

8. The English Lounge

As comfy as your grandparent’s living room with the leather sofas, filled bookshelves and tasteful prints on the walls, The English Lounge is a stones throw away from the Arndale so you can chuckle away as the shop workers continue to slog while you kick back with a pint in hand. 

9. Sandbar

Sandbar opened its doors to beer lovers in 1996 and is home to a display case holding an array of bizarre objects and artworks known as the Cabinets of Curiosity

And - being located on Grosvenor Street, it’s just a short walk from the centre.

10. The Briton’s Protection

One of the most interesting (historically, at least) pubs on this list  - The Briton’s Protection is a grade II listed building and was once a venue used to recruit for the army! It has since been refurbished and you’ll be pleased to hear that despite keeping their original 1930’s urinals, the toilets do have toilet seats. 

There’s even a beer garden hidden out back for you to enjoy one of their few, but appealing, real ales or one of their locally-sourced guest ales.

11. The Temple (of Convenience)

Now this is what you call a hidden gem. Everything you’d expect from a converted toilet - smelly, small and...filled with alcohol? 

There isn’t a huge selection of beers but we’re here for an after-work pint and that’s what you’ll get. The Temple is a place where you can choose from the alternative rock catalogue in the jukebox while de-stressing from the day's trials and chatting with those in close proximity..

Which is pretty much everyone as it's so damn small.

12. Peveril of the Peak

Peveril of the Peak is a traditional and much-loved ‘old man’s pub’ that’s situated on Chepstow Street. It has so much character and as another grade II listed site you’ll finish off your day marvelling at how well kept it is. 

Having been run by the same family for over 40 years, you feel like you've been transported back in time just stepping through the doors. Oh and naturally, they have a lovely selection of real ales to choose from too.

13. The Eagle Inn

Technically in Salford, The Eagle Inn is just a short walk from Victoria station and well worth a mention. 

It doubles as a music venue, following in the footsteps of sister pubs The Castle Hotel and Gullivers over on Oldham Street. Sit with a pint surrounded by like-minded folk who want to make the most of a Thursday evening before the weekend kicks in.

Written by Lovin guest writer Kirsty Rennie.

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