The perfect watering hole

What’s your idea of the perfect beer garden? Is it beside the sea or in the heart of the city or countryside? Help us find the best and you could win a VIP trip for two to Ibiza

With the mercury hitting the heights, what better way to keep cool than with a beer as you sit with friends in your favourite outdoor drinking spot. Pub and beer expert Jane Peyton is in the middle of a tour around Britain searching for the country’s ultimate watering holes and we’re keen to know where your best beer gardens are. Why not add your suggestions to the Summer Shortlist and you’ll be in for a chance to win an unforgettable VIP trip to Ibiza for you and a friend.





This week’s tip for a top al fresco spot to sip a San Miguel, Spain’s leading quality lager, is Dukes 92 bar in Manchester. Perfectly placed overlooking the Castlefield Basin and adjacent to Duke’s Lock on the Rochdale Canal, the bar was originally the stable block of a 19th century warehouse.

Celebrated by Mancunians as a lively social destination, the bar’s extensive courtyard presents a picturesque vista of the city’s commercial heritage, punctuated by canal barges floating languidly past.

No need to move far if you’re hungry – in summer it’s barbeque Friday, Saturday and Sunday out on the terrace, or you can order à la carte from the grill menu.

When the sun is out, lighting up the red brick of the surrounding warehouses, and you are holding a cold glass of San Miguel, there’s no better place to be in Manchester.

Dukes 92

“There is always a great atmosphere with lots going on” - David Tremlett, regular

  • Dukes 92, 18-25 Castle Street, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4LZ
  • Tel: 0161 839 8642
  • www.dukes92.com
  • Mon-Thurs 12pm-11pm; Fri 12pm-2am; Sat 10am-2am; Sun 10am-10.30pm
  • Summer barbeque available all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday (weather dependent)

Win a VIP trip to Ibiza

Summer is here and to celebrate San Miguel is on a mission to find Britain’s best beer gardens. But we also want to hear from you. Simply tell us about your favourite outdoor drinking spot and you could win an unforgettable VIP trip for two to Ibiza. To get involved, join us on Facebook and you can start dreaming about that island in the sun. Visit www.independent.co.uk/sanmiguel to enter.

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