In a dramatic break from tradition (stop giggling there, you, it is) we happy few will be exploring the history of this lovely city - by way of visiting a few drinking establishments from the age of relative antiquity, with the aid of our knowledgeable, extremely handsome and charismatic guide.
Or if he’s not available, some plank with a notebook.
The Old Wellington Inn, Manchester - 18:30, Wednesday 15th November
Historically speaking, alcohol’s actually quite interesting. Along with language, tool building and music, nearly every civilisation we humans have created has independently come up with its own way of making intoxicants: the Mayans would mix honey with saliva to make a kind of mead; ancient Greeks mixed wine with snow when they wanted a cold drink; and in nineteenth-century Europe, sticking to beer was possibly the best way of avoiding all those nasty waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid. And we humans are a gregarious lot, so inevitably people would come together to partake in a bit of firewater - and where people gather, culture starts to form.
Over the centuries, Manchester has played host to a flourishing textile industry, the Industrial Revolution, symphony orchestras and some groundbreaking scientific discovery - and so have its pubs entertained navvies, musicians, physicists and more.
We’ll be starting off at the Old Wellington Inn (across from the Corn Exchange) at 18:30, before moving on to the Moon Under Water, followed by the Ape and Apple and the Albert Square Chop House before finishing up at the legendary Britons’ Protection.
There’s no set schedule, though we will try to ensure we make it to each of the above taverns before night’s end. If you’re coming later, don’t worry - with every move, we’ll update both the Telegram and Facebook groups accordingly; if you’re not one for either of those, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort out a line of communication that works for you.
The route roughly follows the tram lines from Exchange Square to St Peter's Square, and then on to Deansgate, so if you're coming by public transport you'd be best getting off at one of those stops, depending which pub you'll be joining us at.
If you get lost
If you need help finding us then you can call or text the Phone Robot for directions (or for some encouragement to come along): 0144 360 6367
We also always keep an eye on our Telegram group at the start of our events so you can get in touch with us there.