Pubs of Manchester

All pubs within the city centre and beyond.
A history of Manchester's hundreds of lost pubs.

Monday, 22 February 2010

029. Thompsons Arms, Sackville Street

Thompsons Arms, Sackville Street, 2010. (c) Pubs of Manchester.

The Thompsons Arms is first of our "pink pub" visits, on the edge of the Village.  It's not changed much in external looks since the 1970s, but inside has been plucked straight from the '80s, with its pitch black floor and dark walls with neon lights and loud music throughout, this pub now appears to be virtually men only as was witnessed by variously entwined couples and groups.  No real ale, as you would expect, so it was the desperate fall-back of Guinness for us.  Strangely considering the general image and type of pub, there is a pool table in the corner, though this was covered with a board and didn't look like it had been used for some time.  It must surely be too dark for pool!  A very mixed crowd from youngsters to oldies (but all blokes), we're visiting all the gay pubs in the spirit of inclusivity - after all there are a few dozen boozers in this exclusive part of town, and we'll do our best to include every one.

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