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.


A night of SYNTH-POP!

Get ready for a night of SYNTH-POP with Marco Giannini on Friday 16th Feb! 

Featuring music from:
M83/ Depeche Mode/ Erasure/ Robyn/ The Human League/ La Roux/ Kraftwerk/ The Knife/ Chromatics/ Yellow & more.



Cocktail Catwalk

Which cocktail will be the next big thing?

There’s only one place to find out and that’s on THE COCKTAIL CATWALK.

We've teamed up with Tanqueray No.Ten Gin, Diplomático Rum and Maestro Dobel Tequila to discover this year’s ultimate cocktail concoction!

£15 Ticket includes:
Runway pitch from each brand ambassador
3 specially created cocktails 
3 tastings (1 per brand)
You vote for the most cutting-edge cocktail to WIN.
Discounted drinks all night

When: Thursday 22nd Feb, 7:30pm

Advance tickets only - limited availability.

Book your place via email: info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk or on skiddle.

Melvo Baptiste Return!

We’re extremely excited to be welcoming back
on Saturday 24th Feb!
Support from Tom Malam

In 2017, Melvo was invited to present Glitterbox radio show which is now syndicated on over 40 stations globally and regularly frequents iTunes UK’s #1 slot for podcasts, becoming the ‘voice’ of Glitterbox.

Melvo’s Soundcloud here.

It’s going to be another epic night of Soul, Funk & Disco from across the decades and it’s completely FREE.


Rock the Mic!

Guess who's back with a brand new name??

Due to popular demand, our Rock the Mic night is RETURNING  - and this year it's going to be even bigger and even better! Who needs karaoke when you can rock out with your own LIVE BAND?

Not only have the Rock the Mic band designed their own app, so you request songs from their repertoire on the night, but you can even get your requests in early and they'll learn your favourite songs before the event: https://app.rockthemicmcr.com

The next Rock the Mic date:
Thur 1st March

If you've ever wanted to be the lead singer of a band  - this is a night you don't want to miss.

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



Live Music every Wednesday

We have amazing artists from the world of Blues, Jazz, Folk, Indie & Funk playing every Wednesday night, from 8pm

Free entry 

Coming up: 
Wed 14th Feb: Gin and Jazz - Yemi Bolatiwa. + Sipsmith Gin deals all night. To celebrate Valentine's Day, Vedett will be here to snap your picture and turn it into your very own free personalised Vedett bottle of beer!
Wed 21st Feb: Scott Lloyd
Wed 28th Feb: Bourbon and Blues - Walklate and Fuschi
Wed 7th March: Nick Steed
Wed 14th March: Gin and Jazz - Yemi Bolatiwa. + Sipsmith Gin deals all night
Wed 21st March: Songs for Walter
Wed 28th March: Bourbon and Blues with Walklate and Fuschi + Four Roses Bourbon deals all night.

50% off food in January

Enjoy 50% off food this January Monday-Friday!

Advance booking only: info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk 

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!

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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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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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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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