Manchester Beer Guide: Your Manchester guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Manchester

80 /100 ST JAMES BUILDING, OXFORD STREET
“What's not to like, craft beer and curry same concept as their other places with the welcome addition of an in-house brewery“
redders1974 12 days ago
78 /100 18-20 FOUNTAIN STREET
“New Brewdog bar & hotel close to Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre. The ground floor is a decent sized bar, there are two floors of hotel rooms and a rooftop bar on the 3rd floor. The beer list is unsurprisingly Brewdog dominated, with around 20% of the taps pouring guest beers. The beer fridges offers a few more options. The food was excellent. We stayed in the hotel - the rooms are well laid out with some nice touches“
Cheeseboard 18 days ago
78 /100 SMITHFIELD MARKET, 1 EAGLE STREET
“Jack in the Box is situated in the Mackie Mayor food hall, which I visited for dinner with my wife and teenage daughter in August 2021. It's your typical modern "street" food set up, with communal tables in the middle and various artisan food venues around the outside (eg pizza, Mexican, posh meat, noodles etc - maybe 8 different fooderies). There's also Jack in the Box for beer (hidden away up the side behind a staircase), and (if I remember correctly) a wine place and a cocktail bar. You order your food from whichever one(s) you want and it's brought to your table when ready. We tried food from three different stands and it was all excellent and served by friendly and enthusiastic staff, if perhaps a quid or two more than other such venues I've been to. The chap at Jack in the Box was really friendly too and new his stuff - plus he remembered me when I went back a second time which was nice. The beers on tap were all Blackjack (it's a Blackjack-owned bar) with no guests on my visit - although apparently there are normally several guests. Beer choice was apparently reduced a little due to Covid, but will increase again depending on demand. Overall I quite liked Mackie Mayor; although it didn't quite have the lively vibe of some streetfood venues it was still friendly and the food was good. I would return if I was in Manchester again.“
wheresthepath 22 days ago
62 /100
Beermoth (Beer Store)
70 TIB STREET
“It's possibly a case of high expectations, but after the great reviews on this site I was a bit disappointed with this one. It's a smallish shop down a back street in Manchester's bohemian Northern Quarter. Maybe the giant Covid screen in front of the till didn't help, but the proprietor didn't come across as particularly friendly, enthusiastic or even interested in his sole customer. The number of different beers in the shop seemed low compared to other equivalent-sized shops, and there weren't many local breweries represented. Prices seemed on the high side (although maybe this is just the city-centre effect). On the plus side, if you're willing to pay for them (I wasn't, I don't want to encourage the £10+ per beer trend) there were a higher proportion of top-end rarities than you'd get in your average beer shop. But on my visit I felt that for me personally, other beer shops I've been to have been far friendlier, more attractive and had more varied stock. Shame.“
wheresthepath 23 days ago
44 /100 CO-OP GROUP
“A variable range according to area and size of shop. Most of the stores I have visited haven't had much worth making a journey for.“
Cheeseboard 27 days ago
68 /100 55 SPRING GARDENS
“Bang in the middle of the city on the other side of the tram lines where they pass Chinatown this is a light and airy ground floor corner unit with the bar against the back wall, serving a mix of Scandinavian keg guests and four Beatnikz Republic brewed regulars all named Lättsam then the style.“
ManVsBeer 38 days ago
74 /100 HANOVER STREET, SADLER'S YARD
“Basically the same as The Pilcrow pub but with a new name. The set-up is the same as the previous incarnation with the bar in the middle of the backroom and seating against all its square facing windows, with quite a few picnic tables outside in the quiet pedestrian area at the back of the old Cooperative buildings.“
ManVsBeer 38 days ago
48 /100 CO-OP GROUP
“As with all the supermarkets, the beer choice varies considerably depending on the size of the store. Their little and sometimes grubby) corner shops tend to have an abysmal beer range, worse than the other supermarkets' corner shops. However, their larger stores can sometimes carry a decent range of local brews (and other local products) in addition to their rather dull national range. This review's based on my most recent visit to a Co-op, which was the medium-sized one in Hebden Bridge. It felt quite nice, clean, modern and spacious compared to some Co-ops I've been to. There was quite a decent range of Yorkshire beers here, although they were all from medium-sized or larger traditional Yorkshire breweries - you're certainly not going to get any rarities here, but if you're new to the region it may be a decent place to pick up some new rates for the area. Prices tend to be cheaper than specialist beer shops or farm shops, but a tad more expensive than the bigger supermarket chains. Service is usually decent, but as with any chain obviously varies between stores. Overall it's never going to be my first choice of supermarket (either for food or beer), but if you're in a new region and find one of their larger stores it's always worth sticking your head in to see what local brews they do.“
wheresthepath 38 days ago
70 /100 57 THOMAS STREET
“Pretty much the same layout and design as the previous Marble Brewery, but the beers are now from Fierce, keg, can or takeout can - some guests exist.“
ManVsBeer 56 days ago
86 /100 BROWN STREET
“Finally managed to get into here, the late opening times midweek and non opening on a Monday made it difficult. I liked the set up, modern without the feeling that you are in a half built factory, much more comfortable. Lot's of beers on offer and you can see the cask set up in a chilled room behind the long bar. The beer boards give you a bit of a stiff neck if you are stood at the bar. Good, prompt service, feels efficient a little more than welcoming but that's okay, I like efficiency. Well worth hanging on for and getting a later tram.“
imdownthepub 83 days ago
74 /100 35 DALE STREET
“This is rather an imposing building on a corner in Dale Street with a grand entranceway however the decor is somewhat more down to earth indoors. It's still bright and airy with a variety of places to sit. Still maintaining table service only in here which rather retracts from any atmosphere, it's all rather hushed and serious. There is an excellent selection of beers to be had on the colourful beer board.“
imdownthepub 84 days ago
72 /100 10 TARRIF STREET
“This is a large bar in what seems like old warehousing, but I may be wrong on that front. Just Northern Monk beers available on our visit. Stands high off the road with steps to get in. There were about 10 beers available, all on draught. It lacks some atmosphere in there, quite quiet. It's worth revisiting on another occasion but I wasn't blown away.“
imdownthepub 85 days ago
72 /100
Pie & Ale (Bar)
1 & 2, THE HIVE, LEVER STREET,
“Opposite the Ply more or less this is an odd set up seemingly sharing a place with another establishment. Split into 3 long narrow rooms with benches. The bar is in the furthest room from the door. Decent range of cask ales plus a few draught beers and packaged beers too. Interesting range, well worth a look, the pies look good too but we didn't partake.“
imdownthepub 85 days ago
40 /100
Ply (Bar)
26 LEVER STREET
“Large foody place a short walk from the Arndale Centre, quite bar like. Wooden benches, a bit of a buzz, helpful staff, but the beer range was very poor on the day, absolutely nothing to grab the interest. Nothing to keep us there so didn't linger.“
imdownthepub 85 days ago
78 /100 100 BARBIROLLI SQUARE
“Below the Bridgewater Hall next to one of the canal basins of the Rochdale Canal, this is a large open plan room with a central doorway. The long bar is against the back wall sporting many keg beers. Went in here during the easing period of lockdown, so perhaps not the best experience given all the draconian rules at the time. Cashless and ordering only by smartphone at that time.“
ManVsBeer 86 days ago
68 /100 GATEWAY HOUSE, STATION APPROACH
“Shop type unit close to the Picadilly Station and the tram stop for me. Some seating to the front, nice and peaceful indoors. Both cask beers and draught on offer, the bar tender currently giving out a list of what is on offer. Lacks a bit of atmosphere but well worth visiting for the range of beers.“
imdownthepub 86 days ago
62 /100 66 OLDHAM STREET
“This is a very traditional type Robboe's pub in the centre of Manchester. Only found out about its past afterwards, so no bearing on this. Clean and tidy place, multi roomed. The bar is on the left as you walk in, some Robinsons beers plus a few guests. Nice relaxed vibe to it but with a decent music mix. It's worth popping in if passing.“
imdownthepub 86 days ago
86 /100 2, OLDHAM STREET
“My 4th pub on my Manchester crawl and how much has this one improved! Lots of local beers on hand pum in a large collection of keg beers all displayed on a useful board. Multi roomed place with a quiet buzz about it, certainly attracts the beer hunters. Very helpful bar keep on my visit. Will certainly return to this one.“
imdownthepub 87 days ago
54 /100 8 SWAN ST
“The third pub on my Manchester soiree and one of the few bars I had visited many years ago in the city. Then it was one of the leading lights along with the Smithfield, now it has been well and truly overtaken. It retains a lived in pubby feel with all manner of items on the walls and even a motor bike above the entrance way. The beer range is very limited these days, by the looks but with a few Belgian oddities. It's quirky but tired. Didn't manage to find any new beers myself.“
imdownthepub 87 days ago
70 /100 57 THOMAS STREET
“The second pub on my tour of Manchester, just a short walk from the Microbar down a street full of bars and restaurants. It's a stripped out room with all the pipework and wiring on show as is the current trend, concrete floor, basic but really friendly. Indoor and outdoor seating to be had. All keg, all Fierce beers, flights available. Well worth a visit.“
imdownthepub 87 days ago
76 /100
Microbar (Bar)
MARKET HALL, ARNDALE CENTRE
“Tiny microbar indeed on the edge of the massive Arndale centre from an entrance off High Street. Really helpful lady running the place, nothing was too much trouble for her and I was really grateful for her help. Just 3 beers on hand pull on my visit but lots of cans and bottles to look through and a handy list. Small but comfortable away from the hustle of the shopping centre, a good place to start the day, particularly with all the food stalls nearby.“
imdownthepub 87 days ago
80 /100 100 BARBIROLLI SQUARE
“Very much in the same style as their Leeds location but this site is larger and better laid out. It's situated close by to Manchester Central, where the Camra beer festival is usually held. A large space inside with bench tables. Two or three tables outside also. Around 25 taps, a variety of the brewery's own plus a good range of guest beers. A decent variety of street food vendors in units around the edge of the venue. It's a nice space.“
Cheeseboard 111 days ago
68 /100 UNIT 15 RED BANK COURT
“Railway arch taproom near Manchester Victoria, decent amount of seating inside plus a little outside also. All the recent releases on tap or in the can fridge “
Cheeseboard 132 days ago
70 /100
Pie & Ale (Bar)
1 & 2, THE HIVE, LEVER STREET,
“Visited January 2019.“
fonefan 144 days ago
62 /100 67-71 PRINCESS STREET
“Visited several times. (Often our usual breakfast venue in Manchester)“
fonefan 144 days ago
66 /100 1-3 SWAN STREET
“Visited January 2020.“
fonefan 144 days ago
64 /100
Common (Bar)
39-41 EDGE STREET
“Visited 27/1-2013.“
fonefan 144 days ago
66 /100 2 NEW UNION ST, COTTON FIELD WHARF
“Visited January 2020.“
fonefan 144 days ago
68 /100
Ply (Bar)
26 LEVER STREET
“Visited January 2017.“
fonefan 144 days ago
72 /100 26 RICHMOND STREET
“Visited January 2020.“
fonefan 144 days ago
76 /100 50 GREAT BRIDGEWATER STREET
“Visited January 2019.“
fonefan 144 days ago
80 /100 36 CHARLES STREET
“Visited January 2020.“
fonefan 144 days ago
72 /100
Wharf (Bar)
6 SLATE WHARF
“Visited January 2020.“
fonefan 144 days ago
72 /100 CRUSADER MILL, 64 CHAPEL TOWN STREET
“Visited January 2019.“
fonefan 144 days ago
72 /100 75 NORTH WESTERN ST
“Visited a couple of times.“
fonefan 144 days ago
76 /100
Sandbar (Bar)
120 GROSVENOR STREET
“Visited January 2020.“
fonefan 144 days ago
76 /100 ICE PLANT, 39 BLOSSOM STREET
“Visited January 2018.“
fonefan 144 days ago
70 /100
Cask (Bar)
29 LIVERPOOL ROAD
“Visited January 2020.“
fonefan 144 days ago
78 /100 35 PETER ST
“Visited January 2020.“
fonefan 144 days ago
74 /100 61 PICCADILLY
“Visited January 2018.“
fonefan 144 days ago
72 /100 UNIT 9, PICCADILLY TRADING ESTATE
“Visited January 2019.“
fonefan 144 days ago
72 /100 UNITS 7-8, PICCADILLY TRADING ESTATE
“Visited January 2017.“
fonefan 144 days ago
82 /100 BROWN STREET
“Visited many times.“
fonefan 144 days ago
76 /100 35 DALE STREET
“Visit January 2019.“
fonefan 144 days ago
76 /100 GATEWAY HOUSE, STATION APPROACH
“Visited a few times. Most times as first or last stop to / from Piccadilly station.“
fonefan 146 days ago
66 /100 FIRST STREET
“Large plan brewbar in the City“
Wirralbeerveg 185 days ago