The City Arms
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bobsy:
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Small bar sandwiched between Manchester's main shopping are and its grand town hall. The welcoming facade gives way to a U-shaped interior lined with green leather seating and a bar on the left. Certainly a classy city pub, with a diverse range of drinkers. The toilets would be a feature of amusement for most north americans, featuring the cistern high above the bowl, requiring a large upward reach for the flush.
Cask ale is the speciality of this pub, so don't leave without trying it. In fact you'll find it hard to leave without having some as it dominates the lineup, with 8 handpumps lining the bar... a truly beautiful sight. Quality is unquestionable, and its not without good reason that this bar has become a fixture in CAMRA's annualy released good beer guide. The Fox IPA I ordered was in great shape, and it was a pleasure to have a beer made by a brewery from my university town of Leeds.
I have eaten here in the past. I'm a Mancunian myself, and used to pop in regularly for a swift half when navigating the city. Essentially, its standard pub grub, but fairly cheap and filling. Its the beer you should go for though, as there are few better spots in the region for such a great lineup of cask.
09-10-2009 20:26:28 | More by bobsy
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United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Situated in a narrow back street very close to the Manchester Town Hall, this pub has a long history and a cozy feel to it. Probably because it is not situated on the main street and thus not so readily exposed to tourists, this place seemed to remain a little paradise for local real ale goers (easily noticeable from what the locals ordered there).
From the outside, one simply couldnt get a sense of what kind of place this is, as the translucent glass windows wouldnt allow one to see through. But with recommendation of GBG 2005, my visit proved this med-sized two-room pub a rather pleasant place to be. 6 guest ales on hand pumps occupied the bar in the small front room, serving micro-stuffs from the northern England, on top of two taps doing Tetleys Bitter and Mild. Getting nowhere to sit at the front, I ventured into the back and found the semi-detached space decorated in Victorian style giving more comfortable air. The first things to greet any visitor are several sections of green leather-covered sofa fitted to the dark yellow-ish walls that surround the back room, echoed by wooden frames, elegant but simple wooden tables, framed old photos of 19th-century Manchester city centre, and elegant green ceilings. I liked it anyway, and the punters that afternoon were all quiet and attended to own business (i.e. drinking real ales and reading newspapers). Although this is not the best real ale pub in Manchester (judging by the selection of real ales and quality, etc.), this is still a very attractive haunt in the city centre that provides easy access to either the magnificent Town Hall or a nearby fine-art gallery.
01-03-2008 14:18:55 | More by wl0307
The City Arms in Manchester, United Kingdom (England)
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.