Pubs of Manchester

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Zar Bar / Arch Bar / Red Admiral, Hulme Walk

Red Admiral, Hulme Walk, Hulme. (c) Mick Pye.

The Red Admiral was built at the meeting of Stretford Road and Cavendish Street in 1973 [1] to serve the population of the first regenerated Hulme, and was a typical estate pub with open spaces and just two separate rooms.  It was a Robinsons pub serving cask bitter through gas pumps, plus keg Cock Robin and Einhorn lager [2], pictured by Alan Winfield at Pubs Galore.

Zar Bar, Hulme Walk, Hulme, 2008. (c) Manchester Music District Archive.

During further attempts at regeneration in Hulme following the demolition of many of the infamous flats in the area, the pub was substantially renovated and renamed Arch Bar then Zar Bar, but a gang-related shooting in 2007 led to its closure and eventual demolition in summer 2010.

1. The Old Pubs of Hulme & Chorlton-on-Medlock, Bob Potts (1997).
2. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres (1975).


  1. There still is a pub called the Red Admiral (built, I would say, around 1960), in Runcorn.

  2. It later swapped the gas pumps for a handpump.

  3. The refurbished Red Admiral was way ahead of it's time - it would clean up in the new sanitised student heavy Hulme. Shame Robinson's didn't hold their nerve...