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Published September 18th 2012
The Bay Horse, a local pub with character in the big city
Surrounded by awesome shops and bars, The Bay Horse on Thomas Street is located at the heart of Manchester's vibrant and endlessly interesting Northern Quarter. Thomas Street itself bisects the area, running from Newton Street in the south east, to Shudehill Interchange in the north west, and is frequently the thoroughfare of choice for thirsty souls to wander down in search of refreshment.
Very often, these souls will end up in The Bay Horse pub, drawn through the unassuming front door by the excellent music, warm and friendly atmosphere and impressive array of beers and other beverages behind the bar.
Corona, Becks and Peroni are all available by the bottle, as are Budvar, Modelo and Leffe. Visitors can also sample a selection of cask ales on draft, alongside the regular stalwarts of Carlsberg, Tuborg and San Miguel. For the oenologists out there, The Bay Horse offers Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz Cabernet and Humboldt Coast Merlot.
During the week, house wine is priced up at only £8.95 a bottle until 7pm. The only place you'll beat that in the Northern Quarter is at the Spar round the corner. Sharing a Bay Horse wine and an old 45rpm is the ideal way to relax with friends after work; you might even find yourself staying out longer than you expected and succumbing to the charms of a night out in the capital of the North West.
Whether you've popped in for a vegan pie and a game of pool with a mate at launch, or are embarking on a wild night out in the Northern Quarter, The Bay Horse is the perfect 'local' in the heart of the city. On Friday and Saturday nights – when the place is heaving and the atmosphere is electric – this is the place to start.