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Often busy with concert-goers and musicians from the Bridgewater Hall next door, this likeably unpretentious and rambling place has a fantastic range of around 330 malt whiskies and bourbons - as well as Coach House Innkeepers, Jennings Cumberland, Robinsons Unicorn and a beer named for the pub (from Tetleys) on handpump. One of the most notable features here are the tiled battle murals depicting the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, which took place a few hundred yards away. The first of a series of unspoilt little rooms, the plush little front bar has a fine chequered tile floor, some glossy brown and russet wall tiles, solid woodwork and elaborate plastering. There are two cosy inner lounges, both served by hatch, with attractive brass and etched glass wall lamps, a mirror above the coal-effect gas fire in the simple art nouveau fireplace and again good solidly comfortable furnishings. As something of a tribute to Manchester's notorious climate, the massive bar counter has a pair of heating pipes as its footrail. There are tables out on the garden behind. It can get very busy at lunchtime and weekends, while in the evenings they sometimes host poetry readings, storytelling, silent film shows and acoustic gigs; note they may close early on match days.