The Lass O’ Gowrie

The Lass O’ Gowrie
36 Charles St
M1 7DB
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External shot of The Lass O' Gowrie pub in the sunshine
Ben Williams

Sitting sweetly on the bank of the River Medlock, just up the road from Oxford Road, the Lass O’ Gowrie is an ancient and venerable Irish (but originally Scottish) pub and Manchester landmark, appearing on maps as early as 1844, back when it stood next to the Garratt Cotton Mill. Back then it was surrounded by hardcore slums which are now modern housing for a modern Manchester.

Complete with original tilework and fittings, the Lass sees a cheerful and diverse crowd on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s very popular for post-work drinks or as a staging post on your way to Canal Street or the Northern Quarter.

One of the Lass O’ Gowrie’s unique features is its balcony-based smoking area, built out over the river below (and well-secured with high walls, so don’t worry about stumbling). There’s something very special about this particular slice of the city, with the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel off to the north, the opposite balcony of Joshua Brooks just to your east, and the pleasant sounds of the River Medlock filling the evening.

What’s on the tap? Well, first and foremost the answer is Guinness, and that’s what we recommend to be in keeping with the theme. But you should also check out the various craft beers on the list, like Tollgate Brewery’s Belmorado pale ale. Guest beers circulate through the tap month by month, so there’s always something new to try. The Lass O’ Gowrie can also offer a selection of jolly bar snacks for all you pork scratching aficionados out there.

As it’s surrounded by exciting developments like Circle Square, the Lass O’ Gowrie caters to a diverse crowd of students, professionals, and tourists, so whoever you are, you’re bound to find a warm welcome in the pub’s surprisingly large interior.

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