From a cosy country pub recognised for its historic interior to a contemporary cocktail bar, a microbrewery serving great local beers and a nightclub with a colour changing disco floor, the choice of places to drink in Macclesfield is pretty diverse. Plan your evening entertainment with our guide on the town’s best nightlife.
Nightlife in Macclesfield
We start our Macclesfield pub crawl at The Silk Trader, ideally located on Brook Street in the town centre. It’s a Robinsons Brewery pub, which in these parts is a certified stamp of quality. The interior has been tastefully renovated, giving it a modern yet industrial feel, and the outdoor courtyard is equally impressive. At the bar, you’ll find all the award-winning Robinsons ales as well as some more familiar lagers and ciders, such as San Miguel and Stowford Press. The spirit shelf is packed full of interesting choices, as is their wine list, and they serve an impressive food menu if you’re feeling peckish.
Heading north to Beech Lane, our next pub recommendation is The Old Ship Inn. The owners have got it right, here. The beer is very well-kept, and they serve pints from local brewery Storm Brewing, as well as a range of guest beers, ciders, wines and spirits. The decor is homely, with a real fire to keep you warm in winter, and a beer garden for sunnier times. Darts and pool are both available, and they put on live music intermittently throughout the year.
You’ll have to venture to the nearby village of Gawsworth to get to the next pub, but we strongly recommend that you do. Located on a working farm, Harrington Arms is a lovely pub in one of the most picturesque parts of the Cheshire countryside. Its farmhouse style gives it a rustic charm – so much so that it has been listed in CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. The beers come courtesy of the award-winning Robinsons Brewery, and the food could’ve quite easily made it into our best places to eat in Macclesfield section. All in all, this is one of the finest examples of a pub that you are likely to see anywhere in England.
Our final pub recommendation in Macclesfield is Sutton Hall on Bullocks Lane. Less than a 10-minute drive from our Premier Inn Macclesfield South West hotel, it’s fair to say this 500-year old former manor house is one of the most impressive buildings you are likely to drink in this year. With traditional decor, period features and a seriously impressive global food menu, this is the place to come for a pub meal.
Pubs in Macclesfield
Bars in Macclesfield
Located on Park Green – a short distance from the Macclesfield Silk Museum, one of our top-rated activities in Macclesfield – RedWillow is the brewery tap for the local RedWillow Brewery. With 22 lines serving an array of both local and continental beers, this place is a beer lover’s heaven. They also serve stonebaked pizzas, meat and cheese boards. What’s not to love?
Similar to RedWillow, Five Clouds Tap and Bottle is a small bar which focuses on serving a wide range of independent beers, some of which are brewed in-house by their own gypsy brewery. Their 10 keg lines are constantly rotated, and their fridges are packed full of bottled delights. If you find one that you love, you can also buy some to take away.
If you prefer a cocktail to a beer, then look no further than Revolution. The popular chain bar started in 1996 in nearby Manchester and has since exceeded 50 bars throughout the country. The Macclesfield bar is located in the heart of the town centre on Mill Street. With a modern, stylish decor, fantastic drinks and vibrant atmosphere, you could quite easily spend all night in here before heading back to one of our Macclesfield hotels for a good night’s sleep.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself sipping on a rum cocktail with a flower necklace on, dancing to the sweet sounds of steel drums. No, you’re not in Hawaii – you’re in Rumba, Macclesfield’s one and only tiki bar on Pickford Street. With a selection of over 160 rums to choose from and vibrant themed decor, you’ll be transported to a world of tiki happiness.
We would be lying if we said the club scene was booming in Macclesfield, but there is one popular club if you don’t fancy travelling to the big city to sample the nightlife in Manchester. Fever & Boutique on Pickford Street is a multi-roomed club with a colour changing disco dancefloor, unquestionable anthems and some pretty sweet drinks deals. Entry is usually free if you arrive before 11.30pm, and you can dance the night away until the early hours on weekends.