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What sup? Best bars for craft beer in Manchester

8 months ago

You could spend a whole week exploring Manchester’s craft beer spots and still have dozens to tick off your checklist. The city’s brewing scene is thriving with micro and nano breweries popping up all over the place – on industrial estates, under railway arches, in the backyards of bars.

Manchester’s list of renowned ales keeps growing too, with names like Cloudwater and Seven Bro7hers distributed way beyond the city’s borders. Here’s where to get them as fresh as they come – plus ideas for where to discover a new craft beer favourite.

  • Taps at Heaton Hops, a bar and bottle shop in Stockport
    Heaton Moor

    Heaton Hops

    Bottle Shop

    Heaton Hops is a bar and bottle shop in Heaton Moor. The fridges are packed with bottles and cans from breweries across the North and further afield. Despite its relatively small size, you’ll also find eight keg lines and two traditional cask pumps.

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  • The Marble Arch - a cosy pub in Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    The Marble Arch


    George Orwell may have named his ideal (and imaginary) pub The Moon Under Water but Wetherspoons on Deansgate was not what he had in mind. It’s The Marble Arch which has all the qualities that mark it out as the perfect boozer.

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  • Bar at North Taproom: Circle Square in Manchester
    Oxford Road

    North Taproom: Circle Square

    Bottle Shop

    North Taproom: Circle Square is the Manchester outpost of the beloved North Bar in Leeds. It specialises in craft beer with cold beers in fancy cans, perfectly conditioned cask and even Negroni on tap.

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  • Coffee and pastel de nata at the Old Fire Station, Salford.

    The Old Fire Station


    The Old Fire Station is a café, bar, bakery and brewery tap with a real community feel. It’s a part of the University of Salford but it’s open to everyone.

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  • Taps at Pelican, a craft beer bar in Manchester
    Northern Quarter



    Pelican is a bar from the team behind Squawk Brewing Company, they of the beautiful ornithological cans of craft ale. It’s situated in Grade II Listed building on Dale Street with tall handsome windows, but you’re here for the beer, right?

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  • Beer at Track Taproom, a bar in Manchester

    Track Brewing Co


    Track Brewing Co may be a bit off the beaten track but it’s worth the trek for craft beer aficionados.

    You’ll find three cask ales as well as 20 keg lines showcasing the finest efforts of Track Brewing Co, plus guest beers and collaborations.

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  • Book Now Media City

    Seven Bro7hers Media City


    A stone’s throw from their brewery and taproom, Salford alemeisters Seven Bro7hers have a beerhouse and kitchen with outside space right in the heart of MediaCity, where they’re serving up “the best pints in town” alongside a choice of hand food with which to mop up the hop.

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  • Bar Area at Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom in Manchester

    Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom


    Unit 9 Cloudwater Taproom is right next to the brewery which, incidentally, takes up units seven and eight.

    Despite the slightly unprepossessing location, the Cloudwater taproom is industrial in a good way. Large, light and spacious but with blonde wood, greenery and pretty artwork on the walls. Trading estate chic never looked so good.

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  • Window seating at Wolf At The Door - a bar serving taco and bao buns in Manchester's NQ
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Wolf At The Door


    The team behind Wolf At The Door know a thing or two about adaptation. They launched as a highly stylised restaurant and cocktail bar serving NOMA-influenced small plates. Then changed their name (they were formerly known as Wilderness) and completely overhauled their menu. Nowadays they serve tacos and bao buns that keep the playful feel of the original offering, but with much more accessible prices. 

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