When it comes to hidden gems, Manchester doesn’t do badly. Suffice to say, though, Salford does better. Located a stone’s throw — give or take — from the busy Trinity Way inner ring road, almost on the border of the city centre proper, The Eagle Inn is a heritage site in itself, a traditional Victorian-era pub standing surrounded by the 21st Century’s glass and steel landscape. But, while the place looks like it has gone untouched for a century and then some, once through the door you realise there’s a lot more happening here than first meets the eye.
The Eagle Inn’s main drinking areas are the epitome of a proper northern public house, all cosy corners, close proximity, and the feeling people have been downing pints in the same spot for longer than anyone today could hope to remember. A recent major refurbishment has brought much of the old character back to its original glory. Push beyond this, and next you’ll find out what makes this one of the top-rated live music venues in Greater Manchester. Regularly welcoming international artists alongside more local acts to a back room that’s an ideal small-capacity space for everything from acoustic and folk to cosmic disco and house, people flock here for the intimate atmosphere and instantly welcoming vibe.
The Eagle Inn is also one of the best places to make new musical discoveries, with management operating a policy of platforming as much fresh and emerging talent via the regular Sunday Best showcase event, while the commitment to ensuring crowds always walk away wanting to come back is evident in a refusal to oversell. Even on a busy night, the place always feels comfortable and hassle free. Add to this regular themed events celebrating local heritage, and the boozer’s close proximity to major transport links (Salford Central and Victoria railway stations are minutes away) and it’s hard to find fault.