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Top 5 real ale pubs
by Chris Horkan of arts blog Mancubist
Further up Salford's Chapel Street, the New Oxford is a beer connoisseur's top local destination. It's small but carries an impressive array of both continental bottles and hand-pulled cask ales. Try to visit during one of the New Oxford's regular beer festivals – when you'll be able to choose from dozens of additional beers over a weekend. More info
A Belgian-style bar with regularly changing cask ales and a fridge packed full of strong continental ales. Fringe boasts one of the most diverse jukeboxes in town, and a beer garden that the regulars brave in practically any weather. The bar staff here are always up for a bit of banter. More info
Situated in the middle of the main university area, this large bar is occupied by a fun mix of older students and younger professionals. It's also the main meeting point for Manchester's substantial cycling community. Go for the beer – and maybe stick around for the regular music sessions. More info