Sinclair’s is one of a seemingly dying breed of olde world drinking establishments that ticks the boxes of the prerequisites required for a good pub. Having a great location right in the centre of town, it offers a cosy traditional layout inside, with seating over two levels within its 18th century character building. Originally built as an extension to neighbouring Wellington Inn, Sinclair’s (along with the Wellington) was subsequently dismantled and rebuilt 300 metres from its former location in 1999 when the area was being redeveloped.
The bar area itself is fairly small but that just adds to its quaint nature, and attentive bar staff mean that even at peak times you never have to queue for long to be served. Importantly, the drinks prices are not just reasonable, they are that cheap that when I took a couple of friends from the South there last weekend they thought that they must have misunderstood the unfamiliar Mancunian accent of the bartender and tried to offer him £ 20 for a round of four drinks that actually cost less than £ 8!
Let it be noted that these bargain prices don’t deter from the quality of drinks. Being run by Samuel Smith’s brewery means that drinks are predominantly their own brands, which admittedly means the selection is slightly more limited than in some of the more modern, trendy city centre bars. But if it’s a decent pint you’re after in traditional surroundings, Sinclair’s Oyster Bar is a fairly safe bet.
Sinclairs Oyster Bar | Bars | Taddy’s lager £ 2.10
2 Cathedral Gates | +441618340430
Mon – Sat 11:00 – 23:00, Sun 12:00 – 23:oo