When in Manchester, you gotta visit the Northern Quarter



Sugar Junction
Pie & Ale
Matt & phred's
Cane & Grain

When you visit Manchester for a bit of food and a few drinks, there’s so many choices it’s unbelievable.

Wether you’re going all dressed up with a trip to Spinningfields or an alternative/quirky/cool night out to the Northern Quarter you gotta know where’s good! 

Living in Wigan. Mrs P and I got a train into Manchester’s Picadilly station to try out some of the suggestions from our Mancunian friends and we were not dissapointed! We wished we could have got a hotel or a serviced apartment in Manchester, but unfortunately as it was a school night, we had to behave 🙂

Sugar Junction - Tib Street, M4 1LG

We started off in Sugar Junction (as Mrs P was out shopping and fancied a fruit tea and cake). Having had a bit of a bad train journey thanks to some imbeciles running on the tracks, then getting caught up in traffic and the cab driver suggesting I walk, I never intended to grab a beer here. But I did and it was great. They only server one brand on pump, Asahi, but that was more than enough. Cold and as refreshing as I remembered last time I had one. It’s not usually available so that was a right little treat to start the night!

Pie and Ale - 47 Lever St, M1 1FN

As I’d had a train journey that lasted a lot longer than expected, it was now time to eat and when a friend suggests a restaurant with two of your favourite words in it, you just have to! Now I’m not one for themed/over the top restaurants.

They generally do ok food and ok drink, not both. However, this place was just what the doctor ordered. As an honorary Wiganer (I gave myself that title), if there’s a pie on the menu chances are I’m having it. This didn’t dissapoint one bit on either the ale or the pie front.

With an amazing selection of ale’s on tap, I couldn’t decide what to have so I chose three! It was a great idea as experiencing something new is always on the cards. The pie was Steak and Ale (standard) and it just hit the spot. I even ate the mash potatoes and ordered a side of mushy peas too. Mrs P didn’t like the ale but tucked into a beautiful little elderflower cider. Something for everyone!

Matt and Phreds - 64 Tibs Street, M4 1LW

Classed as a Jazz club, it should also be known as the home of the drinks deals. Where else offers 2 cocktails for a very happy hour price or, a free pizza if you order two drinks. Winner winner!

We stayed for a few cocktails and despite their generous offers the cocktails weren’t lacking. None of this because it’s a deal you get less. We just left before a jazz group arrived as we wanted to get a few drinks in at Cane and Grain. Matt and Phreds was a chilled club with seats and if you’re there at the right time, live Jazz and potentially free pizza. One not to be missed.

Cane and Grain - 49-51 Thomas St, M4 1NA

A bar that’s everything for everyone and I wasn’t dissapointed.

Lots of friends recommended we visit Cane and Grain and we can see why. Secret bar on the first floor, a studio union feel on the ground and then a tiki bar situated up top. Having had a few drinks already I wanted to move onto something a little stronger and I was immediately drawn to my favourite cocktail. But slightly different.

A coca cola take on an Old Fashioned with a Cola Bottle to make that Sugar Syrup pop! it so did too. The staff were great and having chatted to them for a while they suggested heading up to Science and Industry, their eccentric hideaway bar. Complete with squirrel light fittings, chesterfields and elegant decor, it’s a must for that slightly posher drink.

As with all great things, they must come to an end and our night out in Manchester’s Northern Quarter was no exception. When we aren’t staying out there are train times to take into consideration so be sure to check that you can get home 🙂

We had an awesome time, met some great people, had a good laugh and found out a little bit more about the city we love. The spending money was gifted to us by Hotels.com as part of our collaboration however as always, this review and post is all my own views and work.