Varsity, Hathersage Road. (c) Google 2011 - View Larger Map.
Despite its superb location opposite Whitworth Park on the corner of Hathersage Road and Oxford Road, Varsity is a pretty nondescript new-build bar beneath the oddly named Wilmslow Park student flats - surely it should have been named after the park, the Art Gallery and Joseph himself? It was a nice surprise to see a real ale on offer in here, even if was only the rather standard English Pale Ale (EPA) from Marstons. The older Varsity down the road on Oxford Street has recently morphed in Alibi, but both bars remain student places that serve a purpose but hold little appeal for seasoned drinkers.