Pubs in Manchester: Traditional pubs

Traditional pubs in Manchester never get old whether you’re a local or a visiting the city, traditional pubs differ from bars in a number of ways. First and foremost, traditional bars tend to be more homely and have the community at the heart of what they do. So if you’re looking to feel at home whilst grabbing a beer with Sunday lunch or pub grub, stay tuned and keep reading!

Castle Hotel


Located on Oldham Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, stands a historic pub that goes back to 1776. This pub changed its name several times, finally adopting the name ‘Castle Hotel’ in the late 19th century, joining the array of pubs in Manchester.

The Castle Hotel is known as a cornerstone for Manchester’s live music scene, a live music venue since 2012. This pub holds high spirits and a cheerful atmosphere open 7 days a week, with shows such as comedy, film screenings, spoken words and live music, plenty of choice whilst enjoying a cold drink and having a chit chat with your family or friends. This venue is especially supportive and welcoming, supporting all artistic and creative

The Kings Arms


The Guardian wrote that The Kings Arms is ‘Britain’s most bohemian back-street boozer’. This can be said from the artistic vision of this pub, with unusual outlooks that have converted The Kings Arms from your traditional average pub to more and beyond. With a community hub, music venue and theatre, you will not be disappointed whilst enjoying a refreshing pint here.

The Kings Arms are proud to welcome famous tv stars such as Hairy Bikers to use the pub as a filming area, along with many music videos so who knows, you might catch someone famous! This pub has been in the ‘Good Beer Guide’ for just over 9 years, showing the dedication and quality of beers they serve. In fact, they have a constant changing ray of hand pumps serving nothing but the best of cask ales from local breweries. This pub is one of a kind, with an award winning jukebox! What’s not to love?

Crown and Kettle


The Crown and Kettle first opened in 1734 and has since had a makeover in 2020, providing homely spaces for you and your family to enjoy. Located on Oldham Road in Ancoats, this pub is award winning with impressive craft beers, ales and ciders, perfect for an afternoon drink with your friends or family. 

You can enjoy your pint with the resident Dj who will uplift your night adding lively vibes which is a unique take on other pubs in manchester. This pub venue has a terrace, a large drinking area, a snug and a small vault, and if you like english heritage, the building dates back to 1800, showing an unusual ceiling located in this wonderful pub venue.



The Gullivers is sisters with The Castle Hotel yet is a larger venue, located opposite on Oldham Street Manchester. This pub consists of two live areas including the ballroom located upstairs and the acoustic lounge. Both live spaces have a great atmosphere and friendly staff to go with, ideal for a pub night out.

The Gullivers pub have taken into consideration the importance of history and whilst they have updated their interior, they kept remaining roots of true history within the pub as well as keeping the historic atmosphere. An all in all amazing location to watch some live music with top-notch sound quality, great beer and a creative community. What more could you ask for?

The Royal Oak


The Royal Oak is said to have a cellar that makes this place the oldest of pubs in Manchester and even England. Parts still remain from the year 1002 which is when Queen Emma was said to be staying here. This venue became a pub in 1637 and was named the Royal Oak in 1677.

This traditional pub is located in Greater Manchester, opening 11am-11pm, plenty of time to enjoy a pint and some pub grub. There are great food deals here as well as live music, karaoke and quiz nights along with a friendly and lively atmosphere to enjoy with your family and friends.

The Marble Arch


An award winning pub just a small distance away from the buzzing Northern Quarter and sat in Manchester’s historic Angel Meadow District lies The Marble Arch. This pub is one of many pubs in Manchester said to carry great culture and make you feel as though you belong, welcoming you a space to just be you! 

At The Marble Arch enjoy fresh cask beers which the pub has carefully selected just for their customers, as well as ciders, bottles, cans, wines and spirits and even soft drinks. Their staff are said to be both attentive and talented offering a range of hearty pub food with a range of special offers and the perfect selection of alcohol to compliment your food.

Eagle Inn


The Eagle Inn pub became a pub in 1903, shortly becoming an award winning music venue. This pub is unique compared to other pubs in Manchester combining traditional pub vibes and live music with an historic ‘Edwardian baroque styled terraced house’ known to radiate great ambience and hold the most vibey characteristics in Salford.

You will find The Eagle Inn is highly supportive, encouraging multi-culture and truly respecting their locals as well as any visitors they may have. This pub has a fireplace which is super cosy in winter, making customers feel right at home! To top it off, they have a professionally tuned piano which they have tuned for their visitors if anyone is wanting to have a play and a sing along.

The Molly House


If you’re looking for great value food deals and an extensive selection of drinks, The Molly House is here to help. This pub offers a range of drinks from real ales, beers, wines and spirits with a selection of non and low alcohol drinks, coffee and teas along with mouth watering tapas which you can enjoy five for £20 everyday before 5pm!

The Molly House is extremely proud of what their pub has to offer, giving you the chance to take a tour round their three floors of ‘vintage shabby chic’. If you’re interested in that then this place is perfect for you to grab a drink. As well as this you can take a look round their gallery and in their tea room. Offering more than just a traditional pub experience.

We hope you liked the sound of the traditional pubs we mentioned! If you enjoyed this article we recommend you check out sports bars in Manchester, gigs in Manchester and our personal favourite best bars in Manchester. We would also appreciate any recommendations to add to our list if you have any in mind. Contact us to let us know or message us on our Facebook page.

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