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.




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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It's gonna be big and we can't wait to see you all x
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To celebrate we're going to throw a pair of big free parties in the middle of September - all are welcome....
So we're pretty much 12 months old to the day, and we're truly grateful for and humbled by how many customers have been through our doors...
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Happy Hour

Introducing our brand new happy hour, now available Monday to Friday 5-7pm. That's 2 for £10 cocktails, £15 bottles of Prosecco, £3 bottles of Modelo, and £10 bottles of house wine. Tasty...
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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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Cult Classics Film Night [Wednesdays]

Unleash your inner film geek and come join us for our new Cult Classics Film Night, Wednesdays from 7.30pm. Each film will be announced on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Every week we'll be dimming the lights and prepping the big screen for your dose of the cult classic good stuff, with a themed cocktail special for £6, and a burger & cocktail combo for £10. 3D glasses not included...

*Film Night will not be on the first Wednesday of the month - as we have live music instead!
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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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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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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 –

Sous Chef / Chef De Partie

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Cocktail Bartenders

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