AREA MAP (see below for pub descriptions)
BIRD I’TH HAND : 102 Gidlow Lane, Wigan, WN6 7DY. (01942)230161.
Known to everyone as the ‘En ‘Ole’. Popular, classic, community pub which suffered from a period in the doldrums followed by closure. Was threatened with conversion to apartments until rescued and re-opened in November 2012 in its current form. Completely refurbished, with a new cellar and a dining/function room extension. It still retains some of its original frosted glass windows, and a splendid tiled mosaic nameplate running the whole width of the original frontage.
Serves 3 changing beers.
Open: 2-11 Mon-Thu; 2-Midnight Fri; 12-Midnight Sat; 12-11 Sun.
BRICKMAKERS ARMS : 49 Woodhouse Lane, Wigan, WN6 7LN. (01942)730476.
Comfortable and very friendly three roomed-local, which has hardly changed in years, except for a few licks of paint. The bar is on the right and there are two separate rooms off to the left, one with a pool table. It has an impressive columned entrance. and a nice beer garden. The pub has its own mens and ladies darts and dominoes teams – they usually play on Mondays (men and Tuesdays (ladies). Can get very busy on match days, being just 15 minutes walk from the DW stadium, just over the canal. There is an array of Wigan Athletic memorabilia on the walls.
Serves 1 regular beer: Thwaites – Original. Serves 1 changing beer.
Open: 7-Midnight Mon-Thu; 1-Midnight Fri; 12-Midnight Sat; 12-11.30 Sun. Opening times can vary on match days.
DOUGLAS BANK : 215 Woodhouse Lane, Wigan, WN6 7NF. (01942)207243.
Named after a local pit, and, until recently, containing many prints from the collection of William Wickham, vicar of nearby St. Andrew’s church a century ago. Pub is split into two, the lounge is large and welcoming with two TVs for watching sport. The walls of the lounge has pictures of sporting events with plenty of seats for TV viewing. The vault is another large room with a pool table and another TV. Smoothflow Dark Mild is available. Toilet and facilities for the disabled.
Serves 2 regular beers: Holts – varies, Holts – Bitter. Serves 1 changing beer.
Open: 12-11.30 Mon-Thu; 12-Midnight Fri-Sun.
SACRED HEART PARISH CENTRE : Throstlenest Avenue, Springfield, Wigan, WN6 7AR. (01942) 519059.
Note: Although a club, no membership is required in order to enter and enjoy the bar and facilities.
A warm, cosy and comfortable club tucked away beside Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Church in Springfield. The current Parish Centre was built in 1904 as the original Sacred Heart Parish Church, and served that purpose until the current Parish Church opened in 1938. The bar is now placed where the altar used to be, and the lancet windows in the upstairs snooker room overlook the original (now closed) entrance facing Stratford Street. The centre hosts local social clubs and activities most afternoons. The evening highlights are The Ronnie Moore 17-piece Big Band every Wednesday and live cabaret on Saturday. The function room is available for hire on Fridays, Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons. There are two full size snooker tables, darts and dominoes. Full wheelchair access is available via ramp and lift, with separate disabled toilet.
Serves 1 changing beer.
Open: Closed Mon; 8-Midnight Tue-Thu; Closed Fri; 7.30-Midnight Sat; 8-11.30 Sun.
SPRINGFIELD HOTEL : 47 Springfield Road, Wigan, WN6 7BB. (01942)201203.
This is a must visit pub in Wigan with one heck of a WOW factor. It has a fantastic exterior, so it’s worth getting there in daylight. It is one of less than 300 pubs nationwide that still retain their Victorian interior, therefore listed as a Real Heritage Pub. Steve and his staff will give you a warm welcome, fine beers and good food over the weekend, served 12 – 8pm, to eat surrounded in a bygone Edwardian opulence. It has a large off-street car park.
Serves 2 changing beers.
Open: 3-midnight; 3-1am Thu; 12-1am Fri – Sun.