Welcome to The Bank

Famous for being part of a grand library built in 1803

You will find The Bank in Manchester within a short stroll of Portland Street, York Street and George Street - however you won't find another like it.

Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.


Our pub is in one of the most culturally and historically important buildings in Manchester. Originally The Portico Library, it was conceived in 1803 by a group of businessmen and built in Runcorn stone and a neo-classical style. The library and newsroom opened three years later in 1806 and the Portico Library still survives upstairs.


The Bank is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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