10 of the best pubs and bars to watch the Manchester derby


In case you hadn’t noticed, the 175th Manchester derby takes place on Sunday. This is the one. There’s always local pride and bragging rights up for grabs, but this season we’ve finally got the Jose vs. Pep battle we all hoped for.

The stakes are high. City are in scintillating form having won their last 13 Premier League games on the bounce. United are eight points behind in second. A win for City will see them take an almost unassailable lead at the top, while three points for United will blow the title race wide open.

For anyone not able to grab a ticket for the game, you’ll be looking for the next best thing. A seat in front of a big screen, some good beer and decent food. It is Sunday afternoon after all.

So to set you up for the perfect Sunday – win, lose or draw – we’ve compiled a list of the best pubs and bars in and around Manchester to take in the action.

Dive Bar

Number of screens: 11

Drinks: Cocktails, soft drinks, beers and ciders – everything you need for a Sunday derby day.

Food: Classic American light bites, sliders, dirty burgers, tacos, nachos and fried chicken. Menu here

Voted by Carling and Sky Sports as the best place to watch live sport in Manchester. Book a booth, grab a table and take a dive into the action.

Tib Street / Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1SH

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Sir Ralph Abercromby

Pic Mike Peel

Number of screens: 4

Drinks: A selection of real ales and the classic pub favourites.

Food: You’ll find the usual pub fare!

This classic Manchester institution was saved after Gary Neville dramatically changed his regeneration plans for the Jackson’s Row area.  The Abercomby has the ideal pub atmosphere and is geared up for the football with good views of all the screens and the back room set up just for the match. It’ll definitely be a busy one, but a goodie for the derby.

35 Bootle Street, Manchester, M2 5GU / 0161 222 6467

Tib Street Tavern

Number of screens: 8

Drinks: Soft drinks, hot drinks, wine, ciders, spirits, beers and more.

Food: Typical bar food such as burgers, nachos, skewers and the rest. Full menu here.

It’s got the NQ atmosphere without trying to be anything too trendy. Across two floors there’s a good number of screens, the food works for a Sunday afternoon and you won’t struggle to get a view of the action.

74 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG

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Red Square

Number of screens: 1 (but it’s massive)

Drinks: The usual you’d expect for the football. Nothing fancy.

Food: Some decent street food on offer from a few different vendors. The Thai curry is particularly good.

Just behind Old Trafford in Victoria Warehouse, this is one for the reds. The pre-match atmosphere is fantastic with the earlier matches on and local bands taking to the stage. For those unlucky enough not to have a ticket, you can enjoy the match from the huge projector screen on the wall. You can also pre-order your VIP balcony ticket for the best view outside Old Trafford.

Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, Stretford, Manchester, M17 1AB

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Café Football at The National Football Museum

Number of screens: 9

Drinks: A big choice of wine, fizz, craft beers, soft drinks, milkshakes and cocktails.

Food: Proper football grub, pre-match pies, chip butties, burgers and pizzas. Look out for some fun names and some decent food/football puns. Full menu here.

The latest Café Football offering from the Class of 92 opened at the National Football Museum in July. Despite the United heritage, the venue is neutral and ideal for both sets of fans on derby day. It’s also the perfect place to revel in the history of football in the north west before our city’s two teams once again do battle.

United fans might also want to check out Café Football at Hotel Football opposite Old Trafford, with 13 big plasma screens to take in the action.

Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Todd Street, Manchester, M4 3BG

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Number of screens: 16

Drinks: You’ll find a selection of cocktails, soft drinks, beers and ciders as well as some Australian specialities. Full menu here.

Food: Snack boards, sharers, BBQ and desserts, there’s loads of great food on offer. Full menu here.

The number of screens alone make it a firm favourite for football fans whatever their allegiance – there won’t be a bad seat in the house. The big choice of food makes it ideal for an afternoon spent eating, drinking and watching live sport.

Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4 2AD

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Number of screens: 20HD-TVs and a 3m x 3m projector screen

Drinks: Massive number of bottled and draught beers, spirits, wines etc.

Food: They’re not messing about. If you want to spend your Sunday afternoon gorging in front of the action this is the place. Full menu here.

A bar within a bar at Bierkeller, this is dedicated to sports fans and really doesn’t disappoint. 20 screens and a huge projector means you’re guaranteed a view. You know the atmosphere will be guaranteed too.

The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS

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White Lion

Number of screens: 3 (including two larger screens)

Drinks: It’s all about the real ales in this traditional pub.

Food: Pub grub and bar snacks. What else do you need?

This is a favourite before and during the match for any home fans unable to secure a ticket. The traditional pub setting makes it ideal to get into the finer points of the game over a couple of pints before the lively atmosphere picks up with kick off.

43 Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4NQ / 0161 832 7373

The Green Sports Bar

Number of screens: 27 (including 9 jumbo screens)

Drinks: There’s plenty of options of wines, spirits, beers and ciders (both bottled and draught).

Food: Classic sports bar grub – pizza, burgers and more!

27 screens says it all really. If you want a good view, fun atmosphere and a venue for both sides the Green ticks all the boxes. It’s arguably one of the best spots in the city to watch live sport – it’s also got a state-of-the-art golf simulator and an excellent menu.

Bridge House, 26 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2DQ

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Second City Bar

Number of screens: 4

Drinks: Enjoy a range of beers, soft drinks and American themed cocktails – think Root Beer floats topped up with Jack Daniels. Menu here.

Food: From big loaded burgers, chicken wings, three types of nachos perfect for sharing, and classic USA sandwiches there’s plenty of decent food on offer. Menu here.

Located in Ancoats, just a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly, it might be an American-themed bar but it’s ideal for the footy. There’s decent sized screens as well as a PS4 set up with FIFA to get some practice in before the match. The food is ideal for a lazy Sunday before the atmosphere hots up.

37 Blossom Street, Manchester M4 6AJ

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