The triangular area around The Bridgewater canal is home to a tiny number of delightful pubs and bars, stretching along Great Bridgewater Street, up to Oxford Street and back down to The Bridgewater Hall.
It's very easy to explore all of these in an evening and there's also a hidden passageway (along the side of the offices at the bottom of the Bridgewater Hall steps) that can be used as a shortcut.
The beautiful green-tiled Peveril of the Peak sits proudly in the middle of this area and is an iconic Manchester landmark, and was a favourite haunt of Eric Cantona and Robbie Coltrane.
Opposite, Manchester brewer JW Lees' popular Rain Bar offers ample canalside seating whilst, at the bottom of Great Bridgewater Street, the historic Briton's Protection boasts the largest whisky collection in Manchester.
At the opposite end of the street is musician's hang out, The Temple, a converted public toilet which offers beers imported from all around the world, and was the subject of Elbow's 'Grounds For Divorce' hit single.
Winner of 'The Best Pub in Manchester' title for the past 2 years, this tardis-like boozer next to The Bridgewater Hall is popular with musicians from the Halle & BBC Philharmonic orchestras and boasts over 200 whiskeys, great ales, a beer garden and two roaring fires.
Small artisan cocktail lounge bar hidden away between the fashionable King Street and the Town Hall from top restaurateur Steve Pilling (Damson) and bar guru Mark Whyte. Some of the best cocktails in town appeal to a smart crowd whilst the covered outside sofas are popular on sunny days. Opened in August 2012.