A traditional boozer from the outside, The Bay Horse has been done out in a more shabby chic vein inside.
Unlike its more flash and brash neighbours like Blu and Socio Rehab, The Bay Horse Pub is a traditional-style boozer, although there is a nod to the arty leanings of the NQ area with the Andy Warhol type prints on the walls. It is fairly spacious and has an elegantly casual feel about it with its restful colour scheme of pale lime greens and light blues.
The bar itself is wood-panelled and warm and there’s one of the only pool tables left in the city centre at the back of the basement area. It has a low ceiling and chairs which are nestled around tables in the middle of the bar. The toilets are a bit tatty and a bit more TLC in this area is a must. There are faded patterned chaise-longue style sofas on the left as you come in, and, more often than not, credible music plays in the background. There are TV screens…and the secret garden is now open, offering smokers a chance to have a crafty cigarette.
The Bay Horse Pub is popular with the work shy and a regular crowd of nine-to-fivers, largely made up from the creative types who frequent the Northern Quarter. It’s more young professional than student and the beard count is always high.
The Food and Drink
Staropramen, Boddingtons, Stella, Peeterman and Erdinger are all on draught, while you can get Modelo, Corona and Beck's in bottles. Wines cost from £14-£23 a bottle, although you can get a bargain bottle of house wine for just £6 from Monday to Friday (5pm-7pm). Sandwiches, salads and snacks are available. A toasted mozzarella and tomato sandwich costs £4 and a cheeseburger will set you back £6.
The Last Word
A pleasant enough, laidback boozer in the Northern Quarter, which offers a decent alternative to the cocktail mania found down the road.