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Great for a sunny afternoon
Sinclairs Oyster Bar (Manchester)
Member Name: blue_jess
Sinclairs Oyster Bar (Manchester)
Advantages: large outside area and full of character and history
Disadvantages: sometimes kicks off
Sinclair's has got quite a bit of history, dating back to 1720 when it was built next to The Old Wellington which is another hundred years or so older than that. They were both raised up 15ft in the 70s when the Arndale was built to avoid having to demolish them and when they survived the IRA bomb in 1996 they were moved piece by piece to their current location on The Shambles, near to the Triangle and the wheel.
It's nice to see 2 pubs that are so old still thriving today and their new location means they are still really popular, especially on Fridays and Saturdays when they get rammed, inside and outside, with a mixed crowd.
Sinclairs is very small inside with a narrow bar downstairs and a little snug leading off it and a staircase leading up to a second bar and some more nooks and crannies.
Outside there are quite a few tables, shared with the Wellington, and it is the large outside area that attracts most people on a sunny day obviously. You do have to drink out of plastic 'glasses' if you are going to sit, or more likely stand, outside but this is the same in all Manchester pubs. It doesn't bother me but I know some say beer doesn't taste as nice out of plastic.
The drinks at the bar are made by Sam Smiths and like all Sam Smiths pubs this includes the spirits and the soft drinks so they may have a slightly different taste than you are used to but the ones I've had are fine, and I know the organic larger is very popular.
I've not eaten at sinclair's but they do still serve their famous oysters apparently and I've seen people eating things like sandwiches and fish cakes in there that look quite nice.
There is a dress policy at the pub: no headwear or football shirts but it seems to depend on what day it is on how strictly this is enforced.
Prices in here are fairly cheap and the staff have always been friendly enough when I've been in, and it has never took me that long to get served even when busy.
I do enjoy having a drink here on a sunny Saturday afternoon or early Friday evening but the downside is that for whatever reason it does kick off outside here occassionally, usually towards the end of a sunny afternoon when groups of lads have been drinking for too long but I don't know if the pub can be blamed for this really as the bouncers seem to keep an eye out for trouble and most days it is fine anyway.
Summary: Worth a visit
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