This Is It - The Best 10 Places to Drink Craft Beer in Manchester

A few places across the city to wet the palate

1 Marble Arch

10. The Marble Arch

A few minutes’ walk from the Northern Quarter on Rochdale Road, this pub boasts listed building status and the “finest and freshest Marble beer just a stone’s throw from the source.” 

That source is the Marble Brewery which established in 1997 and proudly produces fine pale and hoppy beers.

The Marble Arch is open daily 12-11pm and 11-midnight Friday and Saturday.

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9. 57 Thomas Street

57 Thomas St is a sister pub to the Marble Arch, sourcing its beverages from the same brewery and similarly delighting its customers. Located in Northern Quarter (the name should make it easy to find) this place offers the finest in UK craft beers alongside quizzes and jazz nights  – there are even a few board games knocking around!

57 Thomas Street is open daily 12-11pm and 11 -midnight Friday and Saturday.

8. The Crafty Pig

This quirkily named establishment also in the Northern Quarter provides a varied selection of international and local craft beers. They have a rotational philosophy so there’s always something new on offer – depending on the season – and they also have a beer of the month for you to try at a discounted price.

The Crafty Pig is open daily 12pm-12am.

7. The Knott

Walk to the end of Deansgate just beyond the train station and you’ll come across The Knott – Local CAMRA pub of the year 2010, 2012 and 2015 – nestled underneath the tracks.

The Knott is open daily 12-11.30pm and 12-12.30am Friday and Saturday.

6. The Parlour

Deep in Chorlton, South-West Manchester, The Parlour represents everything that a modern gastropub should. As well as offering a delicious food menu, this pub is passionate about craft beers and ales, sourcing from independent Great Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire breweries.

The Parlour is open daily 12-11.30pm and 12-12.30am Friday and Saturday.

5. Volta Bar

Across the road from The Epicurean beer shop in West Didsbury, Volta eatery and bar provides a chilled-out atmosphere to eat great food and drink great beer. Sometimes you’ll get craft beer taster sessions where local breweries showcase their latest stock – don’t miss out!

Volta Bar is open daily 12pm-12am and 12pm-1am Friday and Saturday.

4. First Chop Brewing Arm

Another venue in a pretty cool post-industrial location to add to Manchester’s many is the First Chop Brewing Arm, tucked underneath railway arches in Salford. Set up in 2012, this unique pub offers live music, and a great selection of regular and gluten-free beers handcrafted in Manchester.

First Chop Brewing Arm is open daily 12-12pm.

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3. Brewdog

The now-nationally known Scottish chain Brewdog really has been a pioneer in championing craft beer and independent breweries, sticking it to the multinational brewing corporations. You can find their Manchester outlet on Peter Street for the best in bottled and draught craft beers.

Brewdog is open daily 12pm-12am and 12pm-12am Sunday

2. Blackjack Brewery and Brewtap

Founded in 2012 by an expert who learnt his trade at Marble Brewery, Blackjack Brewery produces an exciting selection of trusty old favourites and new lines of craft beer. They have a small on-site bar from which you can sample the produce of their Green Quarter brewery.

Blackjack Brewery and Brewtap is open Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.

1. Port Street Beer House

The motto of this place goes “craft beers from here, there and everywhere” and the selection available certainly backs up the catchphrase. This beer house stocks from pretty much any country you can think of. They also host regular brewery “takeovers,” launches and taster events which are worth checking out.

Port Street Beer House is open Monday-Thursday 4pm-12am, Friday 2pm-12am and Saturday and Sunday 12pm-12am.

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Written By

Paul Scott

Hooked on Manchester since uni, always looking to discover the city's best culture, sport, music, food, drink, and anything else it has to offer.