Food & Drink

New street food hall and taproom Society MCR opens in Barbirolli Square

Pizzas, burgers, Indian street food and pan-Asian dishes are all on the menu - along with dozens of different beers.

The Manc The Manc - 20th May 2021

A new multipurpose drink and dining venue with a taproom, cocktail bar, street food kitchens and DJ sets will fling open its doors in Manchester city centre this week.

Society MCR – an 8,000 sq ft hub based in Baribrolli Square near Manchester Central Complex – will welcome its first guests today (May 20) from 10am.

The 350-capacity food and drink space will be home to a mouth-watering selection of independent traders including:

  • Dokes Pizzeria: A stone-baked pizza site from the founders of Cutting Room Square favourite Elnecot
  • Slap & Pickle: Banging burgers, vegan patties and loaded fries that first rose to popularity in Leeds (and have resulted in the diner expanding to four locations).
  • Chaat Cart: Authentic South Indian street food named Street Food Vendor of the Year in the Manchester Food and Drink Awards 2017
  • Manzoku Street Food: Pan-Asian specialists whipping up favourites such as Chicken Katsu Curry, Char Sui Pulled Pork Buns, and Korean Fried Chicken Wings
Dokes Pizzeria will be serving stone-baked slices / Image: Society MCR
Slap & Pickle’s wildly popular burgers are coming to Manchester / Image: Society MCR
Pan-Asian dishes will be on the menu at Society MCR courtesy of Manzoku / Image: Society MCR

Also settling into Society MCR is Vocation taproom.

One of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the UK with sites already in Hebden Bridge and Leeds, Vocation’s new site is expectedly diverse – boasting over two-dozen different types of beer to choose from.


As Society MCR turns into a post-work venue when the lights go down, a lineup of resident DJs spearheaded by Manchester party favourites Regal Disco will spin tunes throughout the evening.

Co-founder of Society MCR Nick Gregory stated: “We’re very excited to finally open the doors to this iconic venue and look forward to welcoming guests throughout the day, evenings and weekends at Society.


“We’ve got an incredible line up that will showcase local food operators as well as our 2021 events programme that will be dedicated to highlighting independent artists from Manchester’s thriving music scene. 

“It’s so important to us to create a destination that showcases the very best of Manchester, and Society will be just that.”

Learn more about Manchester’s new multipurpose venue online.