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Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester
The Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester
Address57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ

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HoursSun - Wed: 10:00 - 00:00
Thu: 10:00 - 01:00 | Fri - Sat: 10:00 - 02:00

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Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester
The Pen & Pencil Manchester

An added touch of New York glamour has arrived in Manchester with the The Pen & Pencil bar and eatery on the corner of Hilton and Tariff Street.

Taking its name and inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York, which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men – the original ‘Mad Men’, The Pen & Pencil offers the perfect place for the NQ’s creative locals to chill, think, meet and enjoy great food and drink.

Open seven days a week, The Pen & Pencil is open from 10am right through until late, with a focus on a strong day time offering with great breakfast, brunch and lunch washed down with top quality coffee and freshly blended smoothies. 

The brunch includes American pancakes served with a choice of toppings including Maple Syrup, Bacon & Pecans; ‘Nduja Baked Eggs, Steak & Eggs and Mushroom Toast.

Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester

Evenings and weekends the menu develops to include small plates and a few larger dishes with an international feel. It sits alongside a specially created cocktail list making the venue perfect for mid afternoon cocktails, after work gatherings, and those wanting to eat and drink until the early hours.

The cocktail list, created in-house, features amongst others Beer in the Bronx with gin, IPA syrup, pink grapefruit juice, sweet & dry vermouth and Cucumber & Sake Martini with cucumber, vodka, sake, sugar.

A resident DJ gets the party started every weekend and the team has curated a series of monthly live music nights. There is also a room available for private hire for networking meetings, private parties and launch events.

The Pen & Pencil is the joint venture of two of Manchester’s established bar and restaurant operators, Dan Pollard who created The Violet Hour cocktail bar and lounge on Burton Road in West Didsbury and Kevin Connor, who previously ran the NQ institution, Dry Bar on Oldham Street.
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The Pen & Pencil Special Offers & Events
Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester


Cocktail Catwalk £15

Which cocktail will be the next big thing?

There’s only one place to find out and that’s on The Cocktail Catwalk.

The Pen and Pencil have teamed up with Tanqueray No.Ten Gin, Diplomático Rum and Maestro Dobel Tequila to discover this year’s ultimate cocktail concoction!

Tickets Cost £15 and includes:
Runway pitch from each brand ambassador
3 specially created cocktails
3 tastings (1 per brand)
You vote for the most cutting-edge cocktail to be your WINNER.
Discounted drinks all night?

Advance tickets only - limited availability

Hours Available Thursday 22nd February, 19:30pm

Menu more info & tickets


Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester


Chinese New Year
Pug Café Comes To The Pen & Pencil

For one day only Pug Cafe & The Pen and Pencil have teamed up to invite the pugs and pug crosses of Manchester and the North West (and their humans) to celebrate Chinese New Year.

This is the most talked about Pug Paw-ty in town and what better what to celebrate Chinese New Year than with one of China's oldest dog breeds - the PUG!

Guests at this strictly booking only event can look forward to a beautiful Chinese-themed New Year venue, Chinese-inspired doggy treats and plenty of chances for their pug to party with their new friends at this New Year Celebration.

There will be a whole menu dedicated to pugs FOR pugs that will include delicious pupcakes, dognuts, cookies and lots more. Plus Pug Cafe will be serving their famous PUGUCCINOS for free!

As for the humans, while the pugs are having a great time meeting new friends, they’ll be able celebrate in style with The pen and pencil signature dishes on offer (with a few Chinese-inspired treats) and plenty of fabulous cocktails – a delicious taste of the orient!

Even if you don’t have a pug this is the paw-fect chance to celebrate Chinese New Year if you love dogs!

Booking opens on Saturday 10th February 2018 at 11am when two secret email addresses will be released.


Hours Available Sunday 4th March
The event is organised into 70 minute time slot that start at
10am, 11.10am, 12.20am, 1.30pm, 1.40pm, 2.50pm, 4pm and 5.15pm

Hoursmore information

There is a booking fee per person - Pug Owners £7 each (if you bring 1 pug you are allowed 2 people at pug owner rate each) Additional Pug Owner Guests £10, Pug Lovers £14. Under 2's do not pay a booking fee

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Bottomless Brunch For £40


Taking its inspiration from Manhattan's 1950's steakhouses, brunch at The Pen and Pencil is not only big, but also occasionally bottomless!

On the last Saturday of every month, from 10am-1pm, the restaurant is offering a special ‘bottomless brunch’ deal where you can choose from a delicious range of breakfast dishes on the menu including: Steak and Eggs, Avocado and Feta, Eggs Pen and Pencil, American Pancakes, or the classic Eggs Benedict.

As if that wasn’t good enough, it’s not just the food that’s free flowing: selected drinks are also included in the offer. Guests can choose from brunch classics like the Aylesbury Duck Bloody Mary and a Mimosa, or branch out with a brunch cocktail special, an Amstel or a glass of Sant’Orsola Prosecco.

Whatever you choose, there's always more if you want it.

Capacity is strictly limited and pre-booking is required.


Hours Available last Saturday every month 10:00 – 13:00

HoursBook online


NB, offers may not apply during Festive period & Bank Holidays - check with venue before visiting

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Happy Hour
2 Cocktails for £10
Bottles of Prosecco For £15
Bottle of Modelo Especial £3
Bottle of House Wine £10

Celebrate the end of the working day at The Pen & Pencil with Happy Hour drinks offers includin 2 for £10 cocktails, £15 bottles of Prosecco, £3 bottle of Modelo Especial and £10 bottles of house wine

Hours Available Monday - Friday 17:00 -19:00


NB, offers may not apply during Festive period & Bank Holidays - check with venue before visiting

Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester


Cocktail Masterclass


…. No pen and pencil required for this class.

Become a master mixologist in just two hours!

These cocktail masterclasses are perfect for birthdays, hen-dos and work socials. Not only will you discover traditional cocktail secrets and tricks of the trade but you’ll be dazzled by party tricks, learn the art of making the perfect cocktail and most importantly, try them (well, 3 to be exact!)

Who knew learning could be so much fun?

Masterclass: £25.00 pp Includes tips, tricks, tutorials, shaking, tasting and making with your masterclass teacher.

Masterclass + food: £35.00pp Includes all of the above + your choice of canapes or sliders

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NB, offers may not apply during Festive period & Bank Holidays - check with venue before visiting

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Rock The Mic

Guess who's back with a brand new name??

Due to popular demand, Rock the Mic night at The Pen & Pencil is RETURNING  - and this year it's going to be even bigger and even better! Who needs karaoke when you can rock out with your own LIVE BAND?

Not only have the Rock the Mic band designed their own app, so you request songs from their repertoire on the night, but you can even get your requests in early and they'll learn your favourite songs before the event

If you've ever wanted to be the lead singer of a band  - this is a night you don't want to miss.

The event will start with live music from the band and then it’s your time to get up, get involved and get singing! Prizes at the end of the night for the best performance.

Plus, they’re teaming up with Pabst Blue Ribbon to offer 2 for £6 cans

Hours Available
Thursday 1st March
Thursday 29th March
Thursday 3rd May

Menu more info


Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester


Live Music

The Pen & Pencil have live music EVERY Wednesday!

They have some amazing artists lined up from the world of Blues, Jazz, Folk, Indie & Funk.

Free Entry.


Hours Available every Wednesday from 8pm start


NB, offers may not apply during Festive period & Bank Holidays - check with venue before visiting

Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester


DJ listings

The Pen and Pencil has cherry-picked an eclectic range of some the best DJs and live music acts in Manchester to entertain guests every Friday and Saturday from 5pm-8pm and 8pm-2am. 

On the first Friday of every month, The Pen and Pencil will be joined by Capital FM DJ Wingman for Wingman’s Indie Mixtape Night from 9pm-2am. 

Once a Month The Pen & Pecncil will also play host to their Lost in Music DJ night, which will see some of the biggest names in DJ take to the decks.

Guest DJ’s include artists Duncan Wallis, DJ Paulette, David Dunne, Nathan Burroughs, Jamie Bull plus many more.


Hours Available every Friday & Saturday 17:00 - 20:00 & 20:00 - 02:00


NB, offers may not apply during Festive period & Bank Holidays - check with venue before visiting

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Pencils Down - Quiz Night


Manchester masterminds are invited to test their knowledge at The Pen and Pencil’s weekly quiz night, hosted by local quizmaster John Stansfield.

Contestants pay £1 each to take part and the winning team takes all. The bar will also offer a round of the beers for the best team name.

Guests can enjoy a selection of the bar’s delicious New York inspired cocktails and a quality range of beers and ales, to relax their minds, as they put their brains to the test.

The quiz consists of 4 rounds including: Film & TV, General Knowledge, Music and a special ‘Wildcard’ round, which is chosen the previous week by either the losing team or by poll.


HoursEvery Tuesday 19.30pm


NB, offers may not apply during Festive period & Bank Holidays - check with venue before visiting

Pen & Pencil Restaurant Manchester


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