Castlefield Manchester Bars: Coolest and Quirkiest Pubs in UK, Perfect for Weekend Frolicking and Unwinding

Castlefield is, undeniably, the most beautiful and exciting area of Manchester city centre to go for a drink, especially in summer when it can get incredibly bustling with local events for music and entertainment. Castlefield Manchester bars are one of the many things the area wears as a crowning glory, making it a premier hotspot for property investment for people looking for unwinding and quality leisure venues.

Located alongside the Bridgewater and Rochdale Canals, the Museum of Science & Industry, and the old Roman fortress on Liverpool Road, it houses some of Manchester's best independent bars and pubs with some of the city's finest restaurants. 

History of Castlefield Manchester Bar Culture

A wonderfully historic setting with a rich industrial heritage, Castlefield is an area you can't help but fall in love with its cobbled pathways and waterside properties.

But when bar culture hit Manchester hard in the mid 1990's, stylish Mancunians, footballers and celebs flocked to its trendy canalside bars- something the city has deemed as its pride and glory. 

Castlefield Manchester bars and the countless shops and entertainment venues make the area a glorified leisure hotspot catering to the ever-growing young professional and student community in the area.

Castlefield Manchester Bars are especially popular on sunny days or when Manchester United are playing, with Old Trafford Bars just a 30-minute walk along the canal towpath, with boats also running to the stadium from Castlefield.

Here are some Castlefield Manchester Bars to check-out this summer:

The Wharf 

Although you'd be forgiven for thinking it dates back to the 1820s, the time of the historic warehouses around it, this beautiful Castlefield pub was built in 1998 and traded until 2005 as 'Jackson's Wharf", before Brunning & Price spectacularly re-opened it in July 2012. 

The large building offers a vast canalside terrace alongside innumerable nooks and crannies, with cosy, intimate rooms and alcoves in which you (and your dog) can enjoy the friendly "country pub" atmosphere, 12 cask ales, 50 wines, 100 whiskies and delicious British food.

The Lock 

Once derelict, this beautiful building has now been refurbished back to its former glory, opening as an independent bar with a home away from home atmosphere in August 2012. It's a place to relax, unwind and wash away the worries of everyday life in the Reception bar or quaint Parlour. Perch yourself outside on the sun terrace, where you are encouraged to sit long, talk lots and often laugh with your best mates and newfound friends.

The Cask

Established in 2003, this Castlefield favourite, opposite the Science & Industry Museum, has remained a beer drinker's heaven. It is one of the most comprehensive lists in Castlefield Manchester bars; featuring many local brews, German wheat beers, solid Belgian imports, unique American imports, and bottles from around the globe. 

The Manchester music jukebox and beer garden prove equally popular, as does their relaxed attitude to food, allowing you to bring your own, including from the fish & chip shop next door.

Manchester Oxford Road Bars and Bars on the First Street of Manchester

After building its reputation as a vital student hub and often referred to as the Student Quarter, the Oxford Road area is a popular drinking area centered around the 2 mile long road that runs from St Peter's Square in the city centre all the way down past the Universities to the Curry Mile in Rusholme. This road is only a 3-minute walk away from Castlefield. 

With the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music and Northern Ballet School campuses all on and around Oxford Road, the area is popular with students for obvious reasons. There are plenty of bars to keep them occupied.

Concert goers also head to Oxford Road where there's plenty of bars and pubs near the Palace Theatre, Bridgewater Hall, HOME, O2 Ritz, Gorilla, Sound Control, Dancehouse Theatre, Deaf Institute, RNCM, Manchester Academy, and Contact Theatre.

Oxford Road train station, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester Dental Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, and the Manchester Aquatic Centre are also on Oxford Road, with plenty of bars nearby. 

Castlefield Manchester Property Investment

Sitting proudly within Manchester's City Centre, Castlefield is perfectly placed for professionals, students, and even families looking to reside within the city. The area has quickly become a hotspot for luxury living, with a demand guaranteed to keep rising. 

The area is famous throughout Greater Manchester for its cobbled streets, canals, and casual atmosphere rich in music, arts, and entertainment creating the perfect scene for leisure and unwinding purposes. 

With the regeneration and influx of popular bars and restaurants, Castlefield is much more than a place of residence and work.

Read more about our Castlefield, Manchester Property Investment Hotspot series below or if you're interested in running through our local Castlefield new build developments, chat with the team on 02079236100 or book a time.

Brett Alegre-wood
August 13, 2021

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