Vaguely ponder-some article inspired, in a good and philosophical, way by this page:
A Manchester City Centre wide pub festival – a damn fine idea, when the idea is to encourage pub footfall in what we are told is an annual declining event.
But you can go on a decent enough pub crawl at many ends of the city centre which can replicate a festival.
Examples of which are numerous and every attempt can even be made to avoid the hipster crowd (despite these also having a fine range of ales – but that is another topic) as well as the ‘yoof’ crowd (which is kind of on topic).
My main, worry I suppose you could call it, is if this would create, if not already, a hierarchy of pubs.
I joke about Printworks and Deansgate Locks pubs, but they are much a part of public drinking (and sadly puking and police call-outs) as anywhere else.
I have seldom visited any of the bars in either of these locations, but can a case not be made that these places are the primary target of real ales and craft ales alike?
A place of young minds, old bodies and equally knackered livers which should at least try something different other than deadhead Guinness, detergent infested lagers, artificially flavoured ciders and multi-coloured bottles and buckets of sugary ethanol concoctions.
Or are these place and their inhabitants considered to be a lost cause?
Or is it a case of:
“All pubs are created equal, but some are more equal than others”.