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The Circus Tavern

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86 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4GX, England
+44 161 236 5818
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this tiny little pub. Good beers. Just be prepared to stand up as there is very little seating.

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Thank Fiona H
Manchester, United Kingdom
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1,365 reviews
615 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two small'ish seating areas off the corridor. Tiny counter to get served at (or at your seat) for Tetley's bitter or Guinness. Not a place I'd got to regularly but mainly as a tourist to say that I have been ...

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Thank david n
Ballymahon, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Literally enough room for about 20 people! Great craic! Wouldn't want to fall out with anyone inside though as there's not enough room to hide! For such a small bar it had drinks available that not many other pubs would stock!! Worth a visit!

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Thank Ballymahon93
Rochdale
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82 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The smallest bar in Europe, well worth a visit, good beer, decent price, friendly service. Very small so don't expect a seat, gotta be on your tick list so you can say you've been. Language a tad colourful in back room.

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Thank Warwick_Rochdale
London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

OK I had to visit on one of my days up in Manchester. Yes it's tiny bar is in a corridor with "lounge" adjacent. Beer close to perfect Tetleys cool with perfect head Friendly customers there's clearly an etiquette for moving around.

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Thank Mike G
Preston
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic. Friendly staff. Lovely old pub. Lucky if you get a seat! Tiny bar. Only fits 3 drinks on it. That's the charm. Will go back. Great place.

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Thank HinchiesPreston
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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286 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Supposedly Europe`s smallest pub but big on atmosphere. It helps to be a Man Utd supporter if you go in on match day or the night before. Very friendly feel to the place and great service. This place has to be experienced just to remind you of what a real pub I like as opposed to a corporate business

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Thank Patrick K
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Never fails to surprise. Real beer, real locals. Real friendly welcome with personal service. Once a George Best favourite.

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Thank Stephen H
Stockport, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Called in for a swift drink. Barmaid took our order and told us to find a table, and brought our drinks It was cold outside and we had a welcoming warm fire burning. Great little pub to have a drink in, as the sign outside say "small pub big welcome" super.

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

A great small (Europes smallest?) pub! A must Dominated there on acoustic guitar once. Hilarious! Friendly and neat!

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Thank Göran S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
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Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 86 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4GX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 236 5818

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?