The 174th Manchester derby takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday in an 8pm kick off. It’s always a big game but there’s more than local pride at stake in this one. Just one point separates the sides as they battle it out for a place in next season’s Champions League.
In the blue corner, weighing in at £533m, with 64 points and a record of 19 wins, 7 draws and 6 defeats, with 63 goals scored and 35 conceded, Manchester City.
In the red corner, weighing in at £626m, with 63 points and a record of 17 wins, 12 draws and 3 defeats, with 50 goals scored and 24 conceded, Manchester United.
If you haven’t got a ticket for the match and prefer to watch it in the company of others,
we’ve compiled a list of the best bars in town where you can enjoy good food, good beer and a great atmosphere while you watch the most eagerly anticipated Manchester derby since, well, the last one.
No. of screens: 16
Drinks: Enjoy a selection of cocktails, soft drinks, beers and ciders, including some Australian specialties. Full menu here.
Food: From snack boards and sharers, to BBQ and desserts, there’s plenty of good food on offer. Full menu here.
Located in the heart of The Printworks, Walkabout is a popular spot for football fans no matter where your allegiances lie. With a wide selection of food and drink on offer and plenty of screens, there won’t be a bad seat in the house when the derby comes around as fans are free to mingle and enjoy the game.
Dantzic St, Manchester M4 2AD /walkaboutbars.co.uk / 0161 672 4660
The Green Sports Bar
No. of screens: 27 (including 9 jumbo screens)
Drinks: With a selection of spirits, wines, beers and ciders (both bottled and draught), there’s plenty on offer at The Green. Full menu here.
Food: Watching the game can build up an appetite. Fortunately there’s plenty of pizzas, burgers and more to gorge on. Full menu here.
With a whopping 27 television screens, a state-of-the-art golf simulator and a succulent menu, The Green is probably one of the best spots in the city to watch live sports. Just a free kick away from Piccadilly Station, it’s the perfect place to watch the game and catch the last train home in time for bed.
Bridge House, 26 Ducie St, Manchester M1 2DQ / thegreenmanchester.com / 0161 228 0681
No. of screens: 3
Drinks: A range of seven real ales are served as well as LocAles from Millstone and others which feature permanently alongside more branded names.
Food: Home cooked food at lunchtimes are very popular, as well as usual pub snacks and nibbles.
This popular hangout is a must if you’re a United fan. With a selection of fine craft beers and ales on tap, you won’t want to give this one a miss if you prefer a traditional pub setting.
22 Queen St, Manchester M2 5HX / 0161 834 1193
No. of screens: 7 (including projector screen)
Drinks: Enjoy a selection of cocktails, soft drinks, beers and ciders, including some Australian specialties. Find the full menu here.
Food: From snack boards and sharers, to BBQ and desserts, there’s plenty of good food on offer. Find the full menu here.
Despite the name, Dive Bar is actually a great spot and if you happen to be a football fan then you’ll love what’s on offer. With a relaxed atmosphere, stunning HD televisions and plenty of grub, there’s never a dull moment here.
Tib Street / Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1SH / divenq.co.uk / 0161 826 3080
No. of screens: 14 (including 2 jumbo screens)
Drinks: The Germans sure do know how to make good beer, so sit down and enjoy a selection of craft and draught beers on tap, in a bottle, or with a stein.
Food: Enjoy a taste of Bavaria with a selection of meats and accompaniments, including bratwurst, burgers and delicious desserts.
Nobody does football and drinking quite like the Germans, but if you’d like to limit your alcohol intake then there’s still plenty of good food and soft drinks on offer. With multiple jumbo screens and plenty of space, there’s nothing quite like watching the match here.
The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS / thebierkeller.com / 0845 533 3000
No. of screens: 20 HD-TVs and a 3m x 3m projector screen
Drinks: Huge selection of draught and bottled beers, spirits etc
Food: You bet.
Bierkeller has four fantastic bars in one unique venue. Shooters Sports Bar is every sports fans dream, with all the live sporting action on show constantly across over 20 HD TVs and a huge projector screen. Big match atmosphere guaranteed.
The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS / shooterssportsbar.co.uk / 0845 533 3000
Tib Street Tavern
No. of screens: 8
Drinks: Soft drinks, hot drinks, wine, ciders, spirits, beers and more
Food: Typical bar food such as chicken wings, nachos, sliders and the rest.
You can’t go anywhere in Northern Quarter without running into a trendy bar, but if you want a place that hasn’t lost the common touch then look no further than Tib Street Tavern. This two-storey drinking spot always has the games on, and with eight screens you’ll get a great view no matter where you stand.
74 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG / tibstreettavern.co.uk / 0161 834 1600
Black Dog – New Wakefield Street
No. of screens: 1 super HD projection screen
Drinks: A substantial drinks menu can be found here.
Food: There will be free pizza going round at half time as well as great drinks offers such as 5 bottles of Corona for £12.50.
Black Dog’s New Wakefield Street location is a New York-style speakeasy that combines a diner with a pool room, roof terrace and basement bar and club. Featuring a live range of sports, you can dine out on good food and watch the game in one of the coolest spots in the city.
To reserve an area for free, call 0161 233 4031 or email email@example.com
11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP / blackdogballroom.co.uk / 0161 236 4899
No. of screens: 3 (including two larger screens)
Drinks: Enjoy a selection of real ales, including regular favourite Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Guinness and more.
Food: Traditional pub grub and bar snacks.
Another one for United fans. This traditional pub setting is perfect for a good chin wag, some celebratory pints and – weather permitting – some outdoor fun in their beer garden.
43 Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4NQ / 0161 832 7373
No. of screens: 8 (in addition to separate booths with personal TV screens)
Drinks: The bar boasts a great selection of draught and craft bottled beers, as well as serving classic and signature cocktails.
Food: From is served all day from 12 noon and includes an extensive grill menu of American inspired burgers, ribs steaks and chicken and more!
With 8 screens and a capacity of 400 people, Shack should definitely be on the list of places to watch the match. Its location between Piccadilly Station and Piccadilly Gardens means catching a ride home won’t take you forever.
26-28 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 2EH/ shackbarandgrill.co.uk / 0161 236 6009
Have we missed your favourite place? Let us know where you’ll be watching the match.