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; think eggs done a million ways, tasty sandwiches, steaks, burgers, salads and more.

Feeling thirsty? We offer some delicious home made smoothies including the Triple Berry Cleanser and You’ve Met Your Matcha. We also have a fantastic selection 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.

*****CHRISTMAS 2016*****

Hold your Christmas party at The Pen and Pencil and we guarantee it won't be a silent night.

- Full Christmas private hire packages
- 3 course Christmas menu
- Once Upon A Hip Hop Christmas (250 capacity event perfect for small business, groups, and couples wanting to be part of something big. Wednesday 14th December)

To take a look at our full Christmas private hire brochure, 3 course Christmas menu, or for more information, please email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk.




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


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Meet The Maker: Sipsmith Gin

Join us for an evening with Sipsmith and learn all about the secrets of this fantastic gin.

You will be welcomed with an arrival drink and treated to a talk on all things Sipsmith by the brand's ambassador. Whilst learning about the history of the gin, how Sipsmith came to be and what makes them special, you'll get to enjoy a tasting of the range including the London Dry, London Cup, Sloe Gin, VJOP (Very Junipery Over Proof) and Sipping Vodka spirits. There may also be a goodie bag or too!

By the end of the evening you'll have learnt about all things Sipsmith, tasted some new spirits and enjoyed some delectable drinks - and that sounds pretty good to us.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Tickets £10. Email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk to book.
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Charlie & The Cocktail Factory - Halloween Spectacular

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that he is opening his doors in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and is inviting party goers and cocktail guzzlers to visit The Pen and Pencil to be shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and to sample his delicious drinks.

Entry is free all night long, and get ready for drinks offers and special treats a plenty throughout.
Our resident DJs will be spinning out funky house until the early hours and our own Oompah Loompahs have concocted a special set of drinks for the night using the finest spirits and the most scrumptious of sweets.

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Once Upon A Hip Hop Christmas

Want to be part of something BIGGER this Christmas?

Once Upon A Hip Hop Christmas is a one-off, 250 capacity, legendary festive event, perfect for everyone including small businesses, groups and couples wanting to book a Christmas party and be part of something big. £20 tickets to the shared party include 2 drinks and a platter of 3 sliders (beef, chicken, cod and halloumi options) each.

Expect festive games, a free Grotto photobox corner, Christmas jumper prize giveaway, all night DJ set from Gareth Brooks, and a prize draw to win a Christmas turkey.

Wednesday 14th December 8pm - 1am.

BOOK NOW! info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk
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Deck the halls and all that, the season is nearly upon us. Get in touch with our friendly team on info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk to talk all things Christmas;

- Private room and bar available for exclusive Christmas parties
- Bespoke canapes and drinks packages
- Deliciously festive 3 course menu

We guarantee it won't be a Silent Night...
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Happy Hour

Things are about to get real happy. New drinks deals every Monday to Friday from 5-7pm. 2 for £10 cocktails, £3 bottles of beer, £15 bottles of Prosecco and £10 bottles of house wine. Lovely.
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Live Music with Scruff Of The Neck Records

Every first Wednesday of the month we will be bringing you a very exciting new live music night, hosted by Scruff Of The Neck Records. As well as showcasing fantastic live music for our customers, the shows will form a recurrent hub for people in local industry to meet up, talk and experience excellent new artists in the live environment. See our Facebook events for all the details and musician listings...
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50% Off Food [Mondays]

Enjoy a whole 50% off food all day, every Monday, when you book in advance by email: info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk.

*Booking is essential
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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. There’s also a round of the beers on offer for the best team name.
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Late Night DJs [Fridays & Saturdays]

We have cherry-picked an eclectic range of some of the best DJs in Manchester to entertain guests every Friday and Saturday from 8pm ’til 2am. With local names like Will Tramp, Disco Mums, Duncan Wallis (Dutch Uncles) and Pasta Paul you can guarantee there is always a party to join at the weekend.
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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, from 10am ’til 1pm, for our special ‘bottomless brunch’ deal.
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In The News

Word gets out about The Pen and Pencil. Here's just a preview of all the lovely things people say about us, with snippets from Manchester Evening News, I Love MCR, Manchester Business Review, Squaremeal, Manchester Confidential and The Tab.
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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.

*****CHRISTMAS 2016*****

Hold your Christmas party at The Pen and Pencil and we guarantee it won't be a silent night.

- Full Christmas private hire packages -
- 3 course Christmas menu -
- Once Upon A Hip Hop Christmas (250 capacity event perfect for small business, groups, and couples wanting to be part of something big. Wednesday 14th December) -

To take a look at our full private hire brochure, Christmas private hire brochure, 3 course Christmas menu, 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 –

Sous Chef / Chef De Partie

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Cocktail Bartenders

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