In Manchester I would say,
The Bank (its been renovated and is a bit to yuppy now but still good)
Scu2 (I'm sure any students here will know it)
The Pub (formerly called "The Zoo")
The Sandbar (Next door to the pub)
Grand Central - A perfect place for some drinks before moving on to;
Jillies - Ala Rockworld, the perfect place to get blind drunk and wander off with whatever woman/girl comes your way. The only downside with the place is the music is extra loud which makes talking a tad difficult
Night & Day - a good place to go during the day and of an evening a fantastic place to see some upcoming bands, it's next to a pub which was once owned by New Order, that pub has gone downhill rapidly over the years but its ok as long as you don't have the Guiness.
The Castle - just a few doors along from Night & Day, a small and cozy establishment, technically a liverpool FC pub but known to house a few City fans too
The Ape & Apple is quite nice during the day, even though its just full of old blokes at least its quiet, being a Holts' house there draught beer (none house) prices are quite high.
The Seven Oaks - been in there a few dozen times now, the first time was because we were walking past and it was raining (a good excuse). Its quite friendly during the day but its super busy at night.
The Airport Tavern is a good place to start, the amount of time I spent in there during my 10 month stay in the area. It's situated next to the airport in a village called "Lulsgate Bottom", a treasure trove of Aviation material too, from the typical props found on the cieling to the not to common cabin mockup model of a British Caledonian DC10 in the window. The pub is the meeting point for everyone in the area and once you have been there a few times you get accepted into the group and have a great laugh. The beer options are excellent as are the choices of Whiskey.
Walkabout - Found in the city centre, its probably just like any other 'Walkabout', still a great place to watch South Africa kick Australia's arse in the tri-nations
The choices of beer are fantastic too, they even have 'Castle'
In the village of Churchill a few miles south of Bristol Airport there is a nice pub called "The Churchill Inn", its a nice place to stop for a beer on your way through. As is the "Star inn" situated a few miles further south, home of the best cavery I have ever had.
Vodka Revolution / Kitchen - back in Bristol is super too, found behind walkabout its a great place to sit outside and have dozens of different beverages brought to you (as long as you are polite and tip generously
). Gosh I remember one day about 3 hours into a very long beer 'sampling' session sitting out there baking in the sunlight trying every beer on the menu, before heading off to the next establishment.
The Slug & Lettuce in Bristol was a fun place to be, even if the only time I was there it was the Excel mid season party and all drinks were on the company.... The staff were very friendly too.
Of all the time we spent in Amsterdam I'm afraid to say most of it was spent in the same two pubs (which I can remember the names)
Tara - was our first port of call that morning we arrived in 30+ degrees (with me dressed in an all black suit), an 'Irish' pub, the styling inside was very nice and unique (loved the cozy sofa corner near the big TV
), the beer choices were great and the food there was good too (I only ate like 6 times on the whole trip and two of those times it was from the vending machine things - which I still go on about how cool they are).
Tetra - A small pub which seems to go into a night club theme at night (depending who is on), the music is also great depending who is behind the bar, my first time there was the best but that was probably because I met 5 Americans who were actually decent guys and laughed at my "F**k the American Dream" scarface / Grand Theft Auto shirt, or maybe because I had the hots for the girl that was on that night or maybe its because I was drunk. Either way, its a great little establishment and if you are passing during the night do call in
London Bridge - A good pub which is fairly big too.
There was also a tiny pub which was in or on the corner of a red light district, it was owned by an old guy who was always friendly whenever we came in. Unfortunatly I can't remember the name of it right now.
Well thats about it from my list for now at least
Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil