Bar Fringe | Manchester, Greater Manchester
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Bar Fringe
Good based on 25 ratings
Type: Bar

8 Swan St
Manchester, Greater Manchester England M4 5JN [ print map ]
0161 835 3815

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Hours: 11-11 every day.


Mayor: ManVsBeer (14) | Taps: 6HP | Bottles: 50


Bar Fringe

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Beer Available At Bar Fringe (arranged by most recent)
Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold (Cask) 52, Great Heck Simcoe 77, Salopian Disintegration , Brunswick Triple Gold 35, Timothy Taylor Golden Best 43, Brightside Maverick IPA , Lymestone Heart of Stone , Mansfield Riding Traditional Bitter 29, Cottage Southern Bitter 32, Thatchers Katy Cider 25, Thatchers Old Rascal (4.5%) 47, Gwynt y Ddraig Orchard Gold (Bottle) 65, Vedett Extra Blond 15, Krombacher Pils 25, Marstons Oyster Stout (Bottle/Keg) 41, Gouden Carolus NoŽl (Christmas) 99, Leffe Ruby 12, Hoegaarden 90, Vedett Extra White 44, Delirium Red 36
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25 reviews for Bar Fringe
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  71%
 Selection  75%
 Food  73%
 Value  69%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  78%
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72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Fin  (728) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 19, 2015
We visited Bar Fringe on Saturday 18th April 2015. Weíd been here before a number of years ago when attending the CAMRA National Winter Beer Festival when it was held in the city. It was busy on this visit the bar area was swarmed and there was precious few places to perch until we saw a table at the rear which a couple let us sit and join them. Decor and furnishing wise this is busy with lots of Belgian beer signs, mirrors etc on the walls and a good selection of Belgian beers (and correct glassware) on tap and in bottles. Though at the far end of the bar there are 5-6 handpumps with a good selection on offer. The bar staff were really busy but were doing a good job. The clientele was a nice mix with a good number of locals amongst. I like this place, itís quirky, but interesting and bridges the divide nicely between visiting the Marble Arch and pubs/bars in the Northern Quarter.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
hopbomber  (32) Manchester, England | May 20, 2013
Iíve drank in here a couple of times a year for over 10 years, good selection of Belgian and a few on keg. Beer area outside is good decor is quirky. Music/jukebox is always terrible, really terrible Bon jovi style rock guess the camra guys are responsible for that.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
LandladyFringe  (1) manchester, England | April 8, 2013
As landlady I am biased,but thank you to all the lovely people who wrote lovely reviews x We have just won North Mcr cider pub of the year. May 29th come in for free cider tasting x Thank you for all your support x
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Brugmansia  (466) Jylland, Denmark | February 20, 2013
Another great pub to visit when I am in Manchester area. Modern pub, rather small place, so therefore often quit crowded. Funny, cosy deco, such as rats, bats, motorbikes, funny drawings etc. Friendly staff, nice atmosphere and at most times the beers are in a good condition.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer  (1502) Hebden Bridge, England | November 9, 2012| Updated January 4, 2015
Has an interesting eclectic decor and is more of a íbarí than ípubí. Generally a welcoming location and has friendly groups of drinkers on most nights, although donít get on the wrong side of the bar staff as theyíll let you know if you do or say anything they disapprove of. Can get packed in the bar and in the quaint cobbled courtyard area to its rear. Theyíre also happy to have dogs in the courtyard area although given it gets full in the summer itís better to bring them during the daytime. Their ale selection rotates and continental beers and fruit beers are available in bottles and on tap. Since late 2014 the pub now has a small discount for CAMRA members.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
mike_77  (114) Breda, Netherlands | August 31, 2012
6 casks. Beer was kept very well. Interior has lots of posters, signs, empty bottles, celebrating beers from around the region and the resat of the world. A bit pricey - £3.10/pint.
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25  (159) Barnton, England | August 31, 2012
I liked the way the bar looked inside full of beer posters and memorabilia. The music being played on the juke box was good. I went on a thurs afternoon so it was a bit quiet, nice selection of cask ales and decent bottle selection mainly Belgian
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314  (478) Leiden, Netherlands | May 28, 2012
Nice laid back attempt at a continental bar, decent cask beers and a good, if not great selection of bottled beer.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Boudicca  (949) London, England | April 9, 2012
A relaxed, laid back bar with five hand pumps and a reasonable selection of bottles. The Bar Fringe doesnít look too appealing from the outside, perhaps because itís on the wrong side of the busy inner ring road, but inside itís quite nice Ė relaxed, comfortable, cosy even. The decorís interesting Ė thereís a comfy looking armchair and tables in a raised area by the window and high tables wrapped around narrow columns opposite the bar. I was warned before I went in that Iíd see rats, and so I did. Fortunately, they were of the plastic variety. One was suspended in a cage at one end of the bar, staring out a witch hanging at the other end. This was also a model, not a real live witch of course. Thereís also a cuckoo clock, lots of Belgian bottles and a few posters and metal plates sprinkled around. We sat in a small alcove at the back where there are three gargoyle-like masks on the wall and clay pipes on the ceiling. Outside at the back thereís a cobbled alleyway where the barrels are stacked. I didnít think the barman was over-friendly but I saw him later at the Winter Ales Festival and he looked much happier having been released from work. (Visited 18 January 2012).
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii  (63) Edinburgh, Scotland | January 22, 2012
This is a great pub with a massive green man greeting you as you enter. The decor and staff are quirky and fun. A decent choice of cask ale and some Belgian bottles. Well worth stopping in for a laugh.

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