The Pen and Pencil sits on the corner of Hilton and Tariff Street in Manchester’s lively Northern Quarter. Our bar and eatery is open seven days a week from 10am ’til late.

We take our name and inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York’s ‘Steak Row’ which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men – the original ‘Mad Men’.

Need something tasty to get your creative juices going? We serve food all day; brunch, subs, burgers and more!

Feeling thirsty? We offer some delicious home made smoothies including the Triple Berry Cleanser and Welcome to Americana. We also have a fantastic selection on of beers, wines and spirits along with our own bespoke cocktail list.

Looking for a late night party? Our team of resident DJs are on hand on Friday and Saturday nights to get the party started every weekend. Plus we offer private hire for networking meetings, private parties and launch events.

Keep your eye on our Events & Offers page for updates on our regular events, one-offs and special offers.



The Pen & Pencil
Fourways House
57 Hilton Street
M1 2EJ

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0161 660 3303

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Monday 10am – 12am
(Kitchen til 9pm)
Tuesday 10am – 12am
(Kitchen til 9pm)
Wednesday 10am – 12am
(Kitchen til 9pm)
Thursday 10am – 12am
(Kitchen til 9pm)
Friday 10am – 2am
(Kitchen til 8pm)
Saturday 10am – 2am
(Kitchen til 8pm)
Sunday 10am – 10pm
(Kitchen til 5pm)


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…. No pen and pencil required for this class.

Become a master mixologist in just two hours!

Our cocktail masterclasses are perfect for birthdays, hen-dos and work socials. Not only will you discover traditional cocktail secrets and tricks of the trade but you’ll be dazzled by party tricks, learn the art of making the perfect cocktail and most importantly, try them (well, 3 to be exact!)

Who knew learning could be so much fun?

To find out more about our various packages, download our information pack or contact us directly.


Pen and Pencil's Advent Calendar!

Every day throughout December, we'll be opening our twitter advent calendar!

Keep your eye on our twitter feed each morning to find out how to enter and we'll pick a winner at the end of each day! 

12 Gifts of Christmas

From festive food and drink offers, Christmas giveways to belting out your favourite Christmas tunes at Rockeoke, we've got all sorts going on this Christmas!

Check our our 12 Gifts of Christmas to see what we've got going on this Christmas.
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Pencils Down Quiz [Tuesdays]

Starting at 7.30pm, our popular weekly quiz night consists of 4 rounds including film and TV, general knowledge, music and a special ‘wildcard’ round. Each week the losing team will choose the wildcard round for the following week from a list of options. It's £1 entry, winnter takes all and there’s also a round of the beers on offer for the best team name!

Throughout Dec we’ve planned a few festive special quiz nights - Tuesday 12th will be Channakuh themed and Tue 19th will be all about Christmas! Plus, extra special festive prizes for the winner and the team with the best name.
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Lost in Music Christmas Party

Our Lost in Music disco Christmas party will kick off with Darryl Marsden (Ghetto Child) before our headliner, Fingerman (Hot Digits Music) takes over,  keeping you dancing until the early hours!

When: Sat 16th Dec, 8pm start

The Dancing Unicorn will also be joining us to get you all glittered up for the night!

Free entry.

Joy Noel Christmas Choir

Joy Noel Christmas Choir will be performing festive tunes to get you into the Christmas spirit. And you're welcome to join in yourself – song sheets will be left on the tables!

When: 2pm-3.30pm on Sunday 17th Dec
Price: Free

Taylor and the Mason - Live Music Night

Taylor & the Mason are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo from Manchester with a penchant for good harmonies, playing guitars... and the odd glass of gin.

"They're a real joy to watch, their infectious energy sealing the deal for anyone not already utterly charmed by the disarming nature of the songs."
(Even The Stars, July 2017)

Join us for a live performance on Monday 18th Dec, 7:30pm.

Free entry.

Brooks' Hip Hop Christmas Party

Our second Christmas party, (yes, we want two) will be all about the hip hop!

DJ Gareth Brooks will be playing all the best Hip Hop tracks until the early hours - starting the Christmas holidays off PROPERLY. 

When: Wed 20th Dec, 8pm start.

Free entry.

We are Rockeoke night!

Ever wanted to be the lead singer of a band? Liam Gallagher? Axl Rose? Jeff Buckley? Now it’s your time to shine! Similar to karaoke but with a little more bite and a full live band.

Choose a song of your choice from the band's repertoire then perform it live… with your very own backing singers.

The night will start with live music from the band and then it’s your time to get up, get involved and get singing!

There will be prizes at the end of the night for the best performance.

Plus, we’re teaming up with Pabst Blue Ribbon to offer 2 for £6 cans all night.

Thur Dec 21st, 7pm start. FREE ENTRY!

Free Flowing Bottomless Brunch

Taking its inspiration from Manhattan's 1950's steakhouses, brunch at The Pen and Pencil is not only big, but also occasionally bottomless! Join us on the last Saturday of every month for our special ‘bottomless brunch’ deal.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk to book.
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Late Night DJs

We have cherry-picked an eclectic range of some of the best DJs in Manchester to entertain guests every weekend ’til 2am.

Find each week's DJ listings on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Expect everything from house - funk - disco - soul - chilled grooves - rnb - indie pop - electronic every Wednesday-Saturday throughout December!
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No Silent Night

Planning your Christmas party? 

Get in touch to request our Christmas brochure and find out more about our private room, Christmas packages and festive menus.


We're on Deliveroo!

Want food but don't want to move off your sofa? We know those days.

Well, we are now on deliveroo and so you can get your Pen and Pencil fix without having to move a muscle! Now that's more like it.

Bar of the Year !

We just want to take a moment to show off because ...


Northern Soul awarded us Best Bar of the Year and so of course, our award is now sat proudly in our bar.

Thanks for all the lovely messages we've had so far!


At The Pen and Pencil, we have a space that lends itself to any occasion. Whether it’s a birthday party, business meeting, presentation, or hen do, we can help. Our private room can host 65 guests or for a bigger event we also offer the full venue which accommodates up to 200 guests (full venue hire available Sundays and Mondays). 

We have a number of drinks and food packages available, and we also offer bespoke drinks packages to suit you and your event.

To take a look at our full private hire brochure or for more information, please email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk or give us a call on 0161 660 3303.



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The Pen & Pencil

Love what we do and want to join the team? We’re always looking out for great bartenders, floor staff and chefs to add to our family. We offer excellent opportunities and look to grow and retain talent within the company. Sound perfect for you? Send your CV to:


Current Vacancies –

Cocktail Bartenders

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