Nestled in the gay village just behind Canal Street is The Molly House, an homage to post-Victorian drinking for ‘discerning gay boys and girls.’ The pub takes its name from 18th century Molly Houses, the precursors to today’s gay bars, where men could meet other men without the fear of persecution. It is split into the ‘tea room’ and ‘bordello’ on the inside and also has an outdoor veranda, all of which are decorated with vintage and delightful shabby chic items. There is a vast array of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails as well as tapas and special lunch and brunch selections. It attracts a diverse clientele which serves as a good reminder that Manchester is one of the original multicultural, liberal cities.
The Molly House, 26 Richmond Street, Manchester, UK, +44 (0)161 237 9329.
One of the classic city centre pubs on the list, in spirit at least, is The Seven Oaks. The interior is simpler than others, with stools generally being used in favour of the more lavish leather sofas and generally more space on the floor than in other pubs. Built in the 1920’s, The Seven Oaks is exemplary of the type of pubs that were being built around this time. There is a good range of real ales, ciders and lagers and a simple but hearty menu of pie and mash. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere, but be warned, it gets very busy when there is football on.
The Seven Oaks, 5 Nicholas Street, Manchester, UK, +44 (0)161 237 1233