The Ultimate Northern Quarter Pub Crawl – 12 Bars You Should Check Out This Weekend

How many of these have you been to?

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Whether you’re into traditional pubs or more sophisticated cocktail bars, the Northern Quarter has it all! So make sure you check out these top picks.

1. The Crown and Kettle

The first stop is just your typical local watering hole, but with the best ceiling in the Northern Quarter. Yes, you heard right, the best CEILING in the Northern Quarter. I’ll explain. The Crown and Kettle boasts some amazing Gothic timber pendants dating back to the early nineteenth century. Wahoo!

And with a great choice of craft beers and TVs to watch sport, this is an ideal place to stop off on your pub crawl.

2. The Marble Arch

This is the perfect pub if you like local beer. The birthplace of Marble Beers, the local delicacy was brewed here until 2011. 
Together with a jukebox, beer garden and good food, why not pause here for another drink!?

3. Port Street Beer House

This is a beer-lover’s heaven! Although prices can be a little steep, you definitely get what you pay for when you see the ridiculously long list of world beers they offer.
Voted as the North Manchester CAMRA Pub Of The Year in 2014, it’s a perfect place for a catch-up and a decent pint. It even boasts a small beer garden, so get down there quick on a sunny day before all the tables are gone!

4. The Castle Hotel

Big in Manchester’s music scene, the Castle Hotel is a popular small live music venue. Not only can you hear some great upcoming artists on your pub crawl but it also offers plenty of local beer from the Stockport brewer Frederic Robinson.

5. Allotment Bar

Escape the city buzz by taking a step into the idyllic Allotment Bar. 
Yes, it’s full of plants. And yes, it feels just as calming as it looks. Could it get any better!? Oh, and they claim to have the largest gin collection in the Northern Quarter. What more could you ask for!?

6. Apotheca 

True to its name, this quirky bar is full of old antique pharmacy cabinets. But don’t get any ideas, now Apotheca only sells a different type of remedy – cocktails galore!
This award-winning bar holds regular quizzes and acoustic nights and has food from its sister restaurant Dough Pizza Kitchen. It’s a great place to stop off for a bite to eat on this boozy tour of the Northern Quarter.

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7. Odd Bar

It may be odd, but boring it certainly is not!
This artsy Northern Quarter veteran is a favourite for live music and DJs. And with an incredible drinks selection, it would be silly to miss this out of your bar crawl.

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8. Kosmonaut

Kosmonaut has ping-pong. Need I say more!?
Okay, I’ll carry on then. This American-style bar is well-loved by locals and visitors alike. It’s full of character and you can even take a seat in their traditional barber’s chairs. It regularly hosts DJs, quizzes, comedy acts and art fairs and with a great selection of cocktails and world beers, everyone is catered for here.

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9. Bar 21

Who wouldn’t want to visit a movie-themed bar this weekend!? Bar 21 is kitted out with old TV, movie and music posters and memorabilia for everything from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to The Simpsons, and from The Avengers to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
But if there’s one thing that Bar 21 prides itself on, it’s the quality of their food and drink – especially their cocktails!

10. Dusk Til Pawn

One of the Northern Quarter’s best kept secrets! It would be so easy to walk past this absolute gem - which is hidden behind the pawn shop window display, jumbled with old guitars and TVs.
Dusk Til Pawn offers an extensive list of cocktails and you even get to enjoy free plays on their jukebox!

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11. The Fitzgerald

Take a step back into the 1920s with a trip to this classic speakeasy style bar.
The Fitzgerald will add a little bit of class, glamour and sophistication to any bar crawl.

12, Keko Moku

With flaming cocktails on offer, why would you not check out Keko Moku!? As an added bonus, we have it on good authority that the name means ‘monkey island.'
Expect Hawaiian shirts, rum and fire. What could go wrong!?

Written By

Ciara Hanstock

Bit of a traveller and lover of all things outdoors-y. Although you'll usually catch me devouring chocolate, which doesn't sit too well with the New Year's resolution!