I lived in Manchester for six years and I still visit a couple of times a month. So, why is it just now I’m delving into the world of phenomenal microbreweries and craft beer in Manchester?!
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When asked if I could spend a day in Manchester doing something completely new that I’d never done before, I knew exactly what to pick! Granted, I’m not the biggest nor most knowledgable craft beer aficionado. But, I do love craft beer (IPAs are my fave) and I find the brewing process fascinating. So, I decided to spend the day drinking as much of the local craft beer in Manchester as possible without getting absolutely hammered.
The choice of craft beer in Manchester almost paralysed me. Did you know there are, like, 20 breweries in Manchester?! How could I possibly choose? Luckily, only a handful of Manchester breweries also own their own bars. This seemed like a good place to start! Let’s have a look at the best bars to find local craft beer in Manchester.
The Best Local Craft Beer in Manchester
Breweries with Bars/Taphouses in Manchester
1. Seven Bro7hers Brewery
Where: Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse, The Ice Plant, 39 Blossom Street, M4 5AF
After lunch at the ever enjoyable Mackie Mayor, I headed over to the first of three brewery-owned bars.
The Seven Bro7hers Brewery is based in Salford and is literally ran by seven brothers. Their dad was really into home brewing and the brothers decided to open a brewery themselves. They also own a pub/taphouse or whatever you want to call it in Ancoats, Manchester.
I hate to phrase it this way but I really loved the *vibe* in the Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse. They had a huge selection of their own beers as well as local gins to appease any non-beer drinking patrons. I felt really welcome because it wasn’t an old-man pub (you know what I mean) but was quite modern. I ordered their IPA which was very standard IPA, but delicious nonetheless.
2. Marble Brewery (& Wander Beyond Brewery)
Where: 57 Thomas Street, M4 1NA & The Marble Arch Inn, 73 Rochdale Road, M4 4HY
The atmosphere of this bar was probably the lesser of all three I visited. It almost seemed like a pop-up bar where you can’t hang around for too long. Like, you would go to this bar as part of a pub crawl, you couldn’t spend all night here.
And unfortunately, not my favourite beer either! I chose a cask beer called Grande Petite mashup which I don’t think is what I would normally go for. It was still a really nice bar, lovely staff, just situational stuff so it definitely deserves a repeat visit. Maybe in summer would be better actually…
There is another bar in Manchester called The Marble Arch Inn which is purely owned by Marble Brewery. It’s supposed to be one of the best bars for craft beer in Manchester so I reckon I’ll have a better experience there!
3. Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co.
Where: Beatnikz Republic Bar, 35 Dale Street, M1 2HF
The final stop of the night was Beatnikz Republic Bar ran by Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co. All drinks were served in 2/3rds of a pint, which I know might sound odd, but the drinks were also under a fiver. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a slightly smaller, cheaper beer so I can try more beers. And let’s face it, did I really miss that extra third? Of course, I didn’t.
I tried a Riding East New England IPA and I really, really enjoyed it. It was a really smooth IPA and I’d definitely order it again. Beatnikz have barely been operating two years and the bar is less than one year old, but you wouldn’t know it. I’m really looking forward to going back to Beatnikz Republic and trying more of what they’ve got on offer!
I sampled all IPAs this time around, a firm favourite of mine. But, in future, I think I need to be more adventurous with stouts because I liked the one I tried at The Runaway Brewery. Maybe next time I want to sample more of the fantastic craft beer in Manchester it will be a wider selection!
Breweries with Bars/Taphouses I haven’t visited yet…
- Blackjack Brewery/Beers – This Manchester brewery has two different establishments outside of their own brewery/taproom. The Smithfield Market Tavern is situated in the Northern Quarter and Jack in the Box is a bottle shop and bar in Altrincham Market.
- Öl Nano Brewery & Bar – These guys have a microbrewery and a fully-functioning bar slightly out of the city centre on Oxford Road.
- The Gas Works Brewbar – As above, I believe this place is a bar first and brewery second. Based on First Street, the carbon footprint on the beer served here will be next to nothing!
Other Bars & Pubs serving local craft beer in Manchester
These bars and pubs aren’t associated with any one brewery, they’re just super at stocking and supporting local craft beer in Manchester. There are tonnes of other great bars in Manchester with HUGE beer selections, but these are the ones that support the home teams. Brownie points all round, guys!
- The Pilcrow Pub, Hanover Street – Really close to Manchester Arena, this pub is known to serve craft beer from Track Brewing Co., Cloudwater Brew Co. and Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co.
- The Knott, Deansgate – Used to be one of my favourite after-work bars! The Knott serves a variety of beers from Wander Beyond Brewing, Marble Brewery and Cloudwater Brew Co.
- Cask bar, Liverpool Road – I also used to frequent this pub with workmates. Usually a Friday lunchtime with chippy chips! Cask serves beers from Squawk Brewery, Cloudwater Brew Co. and Blackjack Beers.
- The Brink, Bridge Street – This bar serves pretty much all local beer, as well a few others from nearby towns like Stockport and Huddersfield. The Brink serves Manchester Brewing Co., The Runaway Brewery, Cloudwater Brew Co. and Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co.
- Piccadilly Tap, Station Approach – Literally right next to Piccadilly Station, Piccadilly Tap is a surprisingly quality beer bar in an unexpected area. Always heaving after work and on weekends but worth it if you can find a free table. They serve Manchester Brewing Co. and Marble Brewery craft beers but probably others too.
- Café Beermoth, Brown Street – Ran by the same people who own Beermoth Bottle Shop, Café Beermoth is definitely one of the more upmarket bars on this list. They serve Cloudwater Brew Co. and Pomona Island Brew Co.
Have you tried any local craft beers in Manchester? Do you have any favourite breweries? Let me know in the comments below!