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16th September 2013

Pub Crawl: A boozy wander up Oxford Road

A guide to Oxford Road’s watering holes

The Friendship

A Hydes Pub, always with a selection of guest ales as well, the Friendship is the pub at the centre of Fallowfield. An extensive beer garden (covered and heated) is ideal for large groups such as sports teams to congregate. The premier venue for live sport too. (pictured below, Mancunion)


Originally an off shoot of Gas Lamp (Deansgate), Wahl is the most stylish and up market bar in the student bubble. There is as extensive bottled beer selection including the classic American selection of Anchors and Sierra Nevada’s, and Odell’s, plus an ever changing guest selection. The cocktail menu is worth exploring, especially during 6-9 as it’s two for £5.50. Downstairs is a live music venue. (Pictured below, Ben Walker)



Previously belonging to the Trof family, Fallow is the new face of one of the area’s most trendy venues. A very good beer selection and a decent cocktail menu too, prices ranging from £3.50-£6.00.

Best bar food in Fallowfield, boasting a superb breakfast menu and legendary Full English.



256 beer garden  (Mancunion)

Bar and kitchen by day, turning into a club later on, hosting a variety of nights covering all sorts of music and interests.

A stylishly renovated ecclesiastical building, there is also a huge beer garden (pictured below). An ideal location to enjoy the inexpensive food, wide range of drinks and cocktails.

 The Salutation

Hidden behind the RNCM, ideal for those travelling up Oxford Road or living in and around Main Campus. The Salutation is a traditional pub, parquet flooring, lots of dark carved wood and brass trim. The drink selection is bang up to date with interesting local ales and a decent bottled selection.

Due to the location, often less busy, ideal for a relaxing pint amidst the Welcome Week

 Deaf Institute

Converted from its namesake into a large, hip ‘cafe Bar and Music Hall’, the Deaf Institute is a multi-floored venue of the highest quality. Hosting a variety of music events throughout the week and serving wholesome, rustic and interesting food.


Formerly and famously a public toilet, Temple is a subterranean hide away for good beer and one of the best duke boxes around. On busy nights the crowds spill out on the two stairways and the pavement, creating a buzzing, if not cramped atmosphere.

Stairs leading into the Temple. Photo: The Mancunion

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