Sinclair's Oyster Bar Manchester

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Sinclair’s Oyster Bar – Busy historic hub

Travellers equate England with history, cozy inns and log fires. As they trample through the countryside and meander down stonewalled lanes in search of this ideal, the irony is that this list can be ticked right in the centre of Manchester.

Sinclair’s Oyster Bar has genuine historical significance, sitting in Shambles Square, the origins of which date back to the 16th century.

The building has to be one of the hardiest structures known to man, having survived an IRA bomb in the late 90s and a brick-by-brick move 300 metres to the North as part of the area’s redevelopment.

While I’ve never seen a single oyster in Sinclair’s, it does deliver on the low-beamed ‘old England’ atmosphere while boasting the city’s busiest beer garden.

Sinclair’s is also a Samuel Smith’s pub – which is good news for your funds as the brewery is famous for its quality but particularly cheap ales.

A pint at Sinclair’s typically costs around £ 3 – £ 4, while the bottle selection includes gems such as organic lager and India ale. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the amazing organic chocolate stout.

The bar may be busy and service a little rough around the edges, but that’s all part of Sinclair’s character. Plus, a drink here will grant you honorary Mancunian status. Cheers!

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Details about this spot



2 Cathedral Approach, Manchester

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 19:00


Pint: £ 2.30
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)