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Swan & Barristers Bar

7, Bradshawgate

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Opening Times

Monday10.00 am - 2.00 am
Tuesday10.00 am - 2.00 am
Wednesday10.00 am - 2.00 am
Thursday10.00 am - 4.00 am
Friday10.00 am - 6.00 am
Saturday10.00 am - 6.00 am
Sunday10.00 am - 4.00 am

About the Pub

A prominent pub at the heart of the town centre nightlife is a Grade II listed building dating from 1845. There are two distinct bars with shared cellar and bar staff. On the corner is the Swan which is open from 12 noon-7pm Monday to Thursday and 12 noon until late which may be 6am on Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon until 9pm. On weekend evenings it becomes a nightclub with DJ and dancefloor. At other times it is a quieter and spacious bar with TV showing racing or news, often without sound. Barristers is open the longer hours shown. It has a wood-paneled interior and is tastefully decorated to successfully recreate the traditional relaxed atmosphere of a local. There is a small TV near the bar and a larger screen around the corner. Both usually show news or sports news without sound. In the evenings, especially at weekends, the atmosphere is livelier, boosted by karaoke nights. With a mix of different atmospheres, the bars provide a welcoming and popular venue for all those who enjoy enjoy quality well-kept real ale in the town centre. It was awarded Bolton Branch Community Pub of the Year in 2019, recognising the way it actively welcomes all visitors and drinkers in the Bolton community with student nights and LGBT+ nights during the week and local music promoted at weekends. The range of cask beers varies, sometimes with more beers at weekends. Those available are usually listed on their Facebook, twitter or instagram pages. Both bars share the same cellar. There are up to 8 beers on handpump in Barristers and usually 1 or 2 ciders, although these can be ones with fruit concentrate. The Swan has a four handpumps serving a selection of the ones available in Barristers. Beers usually comprise ones from local breweries such as Bank Top, Blackedge and Moorhouses supplemented by interesting beers from further afield such as Fyne, Coniston and St Austell. There is usually at least one dark beer. A heated courtyard with tables is used as a smoking area and through which the shared toilets are accessed. Disabled toilet facilities are available. See website for details of listing -

Historic Interest


Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Bank Top Flat Cap
  • Moorhouse's Blond Witch

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 5 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Abbeydale --varies--
  • Blackedge --varies--
  • Wainwright

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Swan & Barristers Bar, Bolton


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Up to three ciders on handpump for most of the year but not always in the winter months. These often are flavoured with fruit concentrate.

  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    Camra Members 20p Discount per pint with current membership card.

  • BeerFestival Beer Festivals

    Last week in August.


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden

    Courtyard at the rear.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    In the Courtyard area.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Karaoke 7 nights a week in Barristers (from around 9pm)

  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV

    The Swan shows BT Sports, boxing and horse racing. Usually during the day only.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Swan & Barristers Bar

7, Bradshawgate

Sat Nav Reference

53.579434, -2.426749


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (30m)

Many outgoing services pass close to the pub, the interchange is 500M away.

Nearby Station (550m)



Entrance to both bars is in the passageway between them

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