This JW Lees pub is a slice of the old Northern Quarter.
With its Victorian-style lamps hanging outside and its bottle green tiled exterior, Gulliver's is an old-fashioned boozer. The bars on the windows don't bode well, but do speak of a previous era when this area wasn't what it is now. It has a long bar and goes quite a way back.
There are booths along the left hand side and a patterned carpet with lots of chairs and tables at the back, a pool table and fruit machines. There are historic pictures of old Manchester on the cream coloured walls.
The bar is made of dark wood, it’s panelled and there’s a stained glass partition above it. With prices starting at £1.80 a pint, it attracts the cheap and cheerful beer lovers. Cheerful does not apply to all patrons, some of of whom are a bit rough and rugged.
Gullivers has a regular local crowd but not that many strangers, although it’s not the sort of place where everyone turns to look at you as you come in, they’re too busy chatting among themselves.
Karaoke is very popular in here as well. It takes place during the week and attracts a varying standard of willing participants, all in all it’s good craic.
The Food and Drink
You get the JW Lees effect here with their beers including JW Lees Bitter, Greengate Smooth and Dark Smooth, alongside Carlsberg, Holsten Export, Guinness and Strongbow. In bottles there’s Bulmer’s, Newcastle Brown, Budweiser and Stella.
The Last Word
For a taste of the old style Northern Quarter you could do a lot worse than come to Gullivers.