The quirkiest pub in
The Castle Hotel10
Why locals love it
It's small, it's characterful and it pulls in a creative crowd. In The Castle, history meets modern day arts and music, fusty becomes fashionable and the atmosphere seduces like a Philippa Gregory novel. It's one of Manchester's oldest pubs, chopped up into little Victorian-tiled rooms with a jukebox and proper old-school snacks and ales.
Why you should visit it
To have a pint in the olde-worlde tiny bar, put some Fleetwood Mac on the old-fashioned jukebox or enjoy one of the many off-beat music and poetry events in the also tiny, yet grandly titled, Music Hall and Theatre (capacity no more than 50, I reckon). Have a chat with the landlord too, dandyishly dapper in his tweeds and twirly-curly moustache.
Have a pint of Build a Rocket Boys ale – named after an album by one of Manchester's finest bands, Elbow.