“ Address: 18 - 25 Castle Street / Castlefield / Manchester M3 4LZ „
Dukes 92 is a trendy bar located on the banks of the canal in the Castlefield area of Manchester. In the summer months this venue is especially popular, there is a large outdoors seating area where you will find lots of different people - hens and stags, people with kids stopping off for a quick drink and friends meeting up for a catch up in the sun.
This venue is also very popular in the evenings - it attracts groups that are looking to spend the evening on Castlefield and on the nearby Deansgate Locks. The atmosphere is quite relaxed during the evening and they play a lot of Indie music in here, as well as music from classic Manchester artists, including: Oasis, The Smiths and New Order. Seating indoors is limited, but they do have a number of tall tables with seats. However these are very uncomfortable to sit on - and I always get cramp when I'm sat there for too long!
There is a range of lagers on tap here - including Carling and San Miguel. You can also choose from an extensive wine list and there's also a range of cocktails and spirits available. Drink prices are pretty average for the city centre - a pint of larger will set you back around £3.50 and £4.00 for a glass of house wine.
One of the reasons why this venue is popular during the day is because of the outdoor barbeque which serves food during the day. The burgers and hotdogs are really tasty - and they cost around £6.00. There is also a rather limited bar menu - you can order pizza (which is usually distinctly average), a sandwich, or you can opt to eat from the cheese and pate counter - something which I recommend - the cheeses and pates on offer are very tasty and you get a lot for your money!
One big grumble I have about this venue is the toilets. Considering this place bills itself as a trendy canal-side pub the toilets are awful. There are four disabled toilets and in general they are often unclean, they smell and you will have to wait quite a long time to use them as there is always a queue.
The staff in here are friendly and they always have a lot of people working so you should get served quite quickly.
If you are in the city drinking during the day and you want to go somewhere with atmosphere then I recommend this pub. In the evenings it's also quite a good place to call in for a few drinks. In truth it probably deserves 3.5 stars, but for the purpose of this review I award it four.
Also, as a side note, if you do decide to call in here watch out for Coronation Street stars - more often than not you will find a soap star lurking!
Dukes is located in the Castlefield Basin area, alongside Albert's Shed and Bar ca. The area itself is very scenic, with all the bars circling the canal, old fashioned cobbled streets leading between each of them and even a little waterfall gushing from one of the locks.
Dukes apparently used to be a stable, and still maintains some of that heritage in its decor with a slight modern tinge. But it definitely tries to give the impression everything is antique.
It's a big place. Especially popular in summer with the outdoor seating on the patio next to the canal, complete with two big barbecues offering homemade burgers. Aside from the summer barbecue Dukes offers a choice between casual meals of pizzas, sandwiches and the sort, with another of option of what could be considered more fine dining in its 'Dukes Grill' section. I've had the pizza. It was massive rectangular block of awesomeness.
Dukes seems like a good place to book an event or party or whatever, and there's usually something going on to that effect. If anything lets it down the few times i've been there the beer has been flat and a bit expensive. Plus one of my friends ordered a vodka red bull (yes she is a chav) and it cost 6 quid! If you've never been before and you do go then marvel at the 6 dozen bar staff serving behind the counter. You'll never have to wait more than 30 seconds to be served no matter how busy it is.
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