The Ultimate Northern Quarter Pub Crawl – 11 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. The Crown and Kettle boasts some amazing Gothic timber pendants dating back to the early nineteenth century.

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, it's a great little find.

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.

It was voted as the North Manchester CAMRA Pub Of The Year, and 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. 
It’s full of beautiful plants and they claim to have the largest gin collection in the Northern Quarter. Sold.

6. Apotheca 

True to its name, this quirky bar is full of old antique pharmacy cabinets.

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.

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 with an incredible drinks selection.


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8. Kosmonaut

This American-style bar - complete with ping pong table - is well-loved by locals and visitors alike. It’s full of character and regularly hosts DJs, quizzes, comedy acts and art fairs and with a great selection of cocktails and world beers, everyone is catered for here.

Will Tramp DJing all night long! #willtramp #dj #nq #party #saturday

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9. Dusk Til Pawn

One of the Northern Quarter’s best kept secrets! It's easy to walk past this absolute gem - which is hidden behind the pawn shop window display, jumbled with old guitars and TVs.

Home to the best porn star martini in this city, Dusk Til Pawn offers an extensive list of cocktails and you even get to enjoy free plays on their jukebox.

And on it goes... #dusktilpawn

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I just wanted to pawn my watch... 🍻

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Dusk till pawn is by far the best cocktail place in northern quarter 🍹🍹

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10. The Fitzgerald

Transport yourself back to the '20s 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.

11. Keko Moku

With flaming cocktails, hawaiian shirts, rum and fire -  ‘monkey island' is one of our favourite places in the whole city.

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