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 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.


Battle of the Bourbons!

So, we've had the Battle of the Rums, The Battle of the Gins and now it's time for ...


Who's got the winning spirit? You decide!

Four Roses, Makers Mark and Bulleit will be battling it out for the top spot.

Your £15 ticket includes:
• 3 specially created cocktails
• Pitch from each brand ambassador
• Blind tasting of all 3 bourbons
• Discounted drinks on the night

At the end of the night, you will vote for your winning bourbon!

Date: Wed 27th Sept
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £15.00

Capacity is strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment: info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk
Tickets also available on eventbrite and skiddle.

2nd Birthday Party!

So, we're celebrating hitting our terrible 2's by going ALL OUT for our birthday party on Sat 30th Sept!

We're starting the day by launching our brand new Bottomless Brunch menu 1-4pm (taking bokings now)

DJ's from 4pm:

***MELVO BABTISTE*** (Glitterbox Ibiza)
***MARK HOGG****

PLUS, we're teaming up with Pabst Blue Ribbon, Ketel One Vodka and Amstel to give away not 1, not 2, not 3, but 250 free drinks at midnight!

Get glittered up for FREE by The Dancing Unicorn

Prizes to be won

£5 birthday cocktail all night


We'll be starting the party early on Friday 29th at our Fleetwood Mac night with  Damien Johnstone, 9pm.

No Silent Night

Okay it's summer so we're not really supposed to talk about Christmas, are we?

BUT if you want to book a private room for your party, we'd suggest booking as early as possible!

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


Piano Night, with Nick Steed

The amazing piano vocalist, Nick Steed leaves songsheets on the tables and takes requests all night!

If that's not enough - there will also be food promos each piano night. Get yourself 2x Steak Frites + a bottle of house wine for £30.00.

The event will start at 7pm.

Check out Nick Steed for yourself: http://nicksteed.co.uk/

See you there!

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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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!

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.

Wingman's Indie Mixtape Night!

On the first Friday of every month, Capital Manchester's very own Wingman will be playing all your favourite indie tracks from 9pm-2am.

Free entry!

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.

As an extra special bonus for the January Blues we are offering 50% off Monday to Friday all day and night on our food with any booking made by email in advance!

*Booking is essential
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Business of the Week

Each week, we select local businesses to come in and get 50% off drinks!

If you think your team deserves a few drinks this Friday, why not nominate them as our Business of the Week?

For more information, or to nominate your business, email: info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk.

*Avaliable between 5pm-7pm

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 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.
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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 for our special ‘bottomless brunch’ deal.

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

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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