SecondCity Bar, Ancoats
An American themes sports bar, which is all about the match day experience.
The reinvented sports bar is styled on an old-school gymnasium – the bar itself is made from a gymnasium floor – and decorated with baseball, basketball and boxing murals by street artist Russell Meehan, AKA Mural Life.
Sports games including late licence events are shown on four TVs, including a giant 136-inch screen.
An American-style food menu featuring burgers, corn dogs and fried chicken accompanies a range of craft beers and cocktails behind the bar.
The Directors Box
The Director’s Box is on a mission to bring a high-end sports bar to the city centre.
Based on Booth Street in the old Beef & Pudding site, co-director Rachelle Stringer – owner of The Vine pub across the road – spared no expense on a load of 4K and HD TVs, which line the walls and are a combination of Sky Q, BT Sport, and Freeview.
The large number of screens means that The Director’s Box can show up to four different games at one time, and customers are invited to request their favourite match ahead of their visit.
The bar is well stocked with classic beers on tap and draught, while fridges feature a range of ciders and craft beers. Five different types of prosecco are on hand to toast to the winning team, while a large gin selection includes small batch distillers such as The Original Manchester Gin.
The Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes
On the corner of Mount Street and Central Street, The Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes goes all out to celebrate sport.
Overall, the two-storey venue aims to be a sophisticated and friendly place to catch the game.
Inside, visitors will find a mezzanine library, with Chesterfield sofas, old banker’s lamps and bookcases.
The main ground floor features a brass-topped bar, exposed brick walls and an area called the Brotherhood Studios, with lockers where visitors can charge their phones securely.
The basement will feature a games area with pool tables and football tables, all surrounded by screens. Below deck there are also private booths with separate TVs, which can be booked out by groups completely free of charge.
Food-wise, expect a menu of beefed-up Americana inspired sharing platters, burgers, and homemade pies priced from around £7 to £10.
Tib Street Tavern, Northern Quarter
A safe bet for football watching in the Northern Quarter – the Tib Street Tavern has been showing matches for ages and have got it pretty much sussed.
Big screen upstairs and more downstairs, as well as private booths available to hire.
The biggest outdoor screen we could find anywhere in Manchester belongs to Impossible – and with its courtyard spilling out onto the grassy amphitheatre at the Great Northern, it’s proving very popular.
As well as showing the England games on a huge screen outside on the beer terrace, they also have a big screen inside should the weather crumble.
There are deck chairs and picnic tables, but needless to say these have been filling up fast – after that, it’s a case of standing up with your pint and hoping no one too tall gets in the way.