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Manchester’s Very Best Beer Gardens

16 May 2019 | Carlie George Hedmann

A couple of weeks ago Manchester was blessed with a few fleeting days of sun. The shorts came out and the pints flowed, but as the grey skies ebbed in it seemed like it had just been a fluke. However, with a three-month heatwave rumoured to be just around the corner, we bring you some of Manchester’s best beer gardens, so you know where to go when the sun has finally got his hat on. 
 
You can’t talk about Manchester’s beer gardens without mentioning the infamous Sinclair’s Oyster Bar, with The Old Wellington Inn just next door. Sat in Shambles Square, The Old Wellington Inn was built in 1522 and is the oldest building of its kind in the city. Sinclairs is steeped in a similar history, welcoming punters since the 1700’s and crowds have been pouring in ever since. Whether you’re a football fan or just want to rest your feet after a hard day of shopping, the atmosphere is worth every penny. 

 
Image credit: 256 Wilmslow Road via Facebook 
Fallowfield’s worst kept secret, 256 is one of the best sun traps in the whole of Manchester - just ask any of the thousands of students! Just off of Wilmslow Road, the sprawling garden means that you can enjoy the sun all afternoon. There’s cask ales and cocktails all at student friendly prices and with burgers, ‘big dawgs’ and loaded fries served all day and DJ’s playing all night, you’ll struggle to find an excuse to leave. 
 
If Spinningfields is more your scene, then head on down to The Oast House, where you’ll be greeted by Laura Kate Chapman’s Worker Bee. Once used to roast hops in the 16th century, after recently undergoing a major facelift, the courtyard has been designed to maximise your experience. There’s two bars offering a selection of craft beers and ales, Champagne and wine. As the temperature starts to drop there’s a wooden canopy with heaters and a fire pit, and as the day turns to night, there’s live acoustic music every evening. 
 
Launched in only 2015, The Dockyard is another landmark pub in Spinningfields. Whether it's a pint or one of their signature ‘Docktails’ that you’re after, with its wrap-around terrace catching the sun from all angles and its riverside location, it has quickly become one of the most popular places for a post-work pint. 
 

Image credit: Barca Bar via Facebook
Just up the road in Castlefield you’ll find Barca. Backing onto the canal with brand-new rattan seating and an extra-large BBQ, you’ll feel like you’re anywhere but in Manchester! It also boasts being the only bar in Castlefield that has Sky Sports, as well as delicious tapas menu; what more could you possibly ask for?
 
The Rain Bar may sound like the last place you’d head to when the sun is out but trust us - it’s not one to be missed! Situated at Bridgewater canal, in 2016 it was voted the Best Outdoor Terrace by MCR Confidential. With an extensive range of JW Lee cask ales, grab a pint, pull yourself up to one of their many tables overlooking the lock and soak in the sun in one of Manchester’s best suntraps. 
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