Manchester knows its way around beer, with some of the world’s best breweries right here in the north west.
From the tiny spots serving colourful cans of ale to the giants spotted in pubs across the nation, there’s a lot going on.
And if you’re looking to sample some of Manchester’s freshest beer, look no further than the city’s almost intimidatingly high volume of taprooms.
Each attached to a local, independent brewery, here you can experience a whole new way of drinking – separate from the city centre bars. In the promised land of brewery taprooms, beer pretty much flows straight out of the brewery tanks into your awaiting pint glass.
The trade-off? Typically, taprooms offer a slightly more industrial setting – being attached to the breweries and all. Still, if you want to drink straight from the source and try the newest brews, there really is nothing better.
Whether you’re a fan of craft ale on tap, lager or a traditional cask hand pump, there’s plenty to discover in Manchester to suit all beer drinkers tastes.
Keep reading to discover our top Manchester taproom picks.
Track Brewing Co.
Unit 14, Piccadilly Trading Estate
This newer kid on the block has added to the drink-in indie brewery scene springing up near Piccadilly. There are more than 20 beers to choose from here, including three lager taps, 17 draught taps, and 3 cask pumps on offer. An integral part of Track’s 10,000 sq ft new home at Piccadilly Trading Estate, the taproom seats 80 people and also has room for a DJ.
Cloudwater Brew Co.
Unit 9, Piccadilly Trading Estate
Cloudwater is one of Manchester’s most esteemed breweries, having won multiple awards – including the title of the second-best brewery in the world. Its cosy taproom has over 20 draught taps of their own beer to showcase and there is also a shop selling cans and bottles to take away direct from a walk-in cold store.
While not attached to an actual brewery, there’s enough beer flowing at North Brewing Co’s first Manchester bar to keep you occupied. The stylish, Scandi-inspired space at North Taproom is kitted out with plywood and plants, with seating for up to 100 punters at a time plus outside space. Then there are 24 draught lines, flanked by glowing fridges filled with cans to take away.
The original home of GRUB before it moved over to the Green Quarter, ABC’s taproom is one of Manchester’s foremost spots for any lovers of good beer. Serving up to 10 lines of Alphabet beers to drink in or takeaway, there is seating in a sheltered beer yard and they even let you bring your own food.
Microbrewery Runaway has always been based just off Angel Gardens in the Green Quarter – but it’ll be all change this year as it relocates to Stockport. They gave us a little glimpse of things to come with a three-week pop up ahead of an official reopening in Spring 2023, in a spot behind the Pineapple pub. Expect core range beers and regularly changing seasonal beers, plus one-off brews in collaboration with other breweries which are well worth looking out for.
The team behind this new Green Quarter brewery previously worked at Beatnikz Republic, under the very same arches. They’ve created a welcoming space with real New York vibes, with ivy climbing the walls. There’s a great range of flagship ales to nurse your way through.
Wander Beyond Brewing
98, North Western Street
Wander Beyond beers is inspired by the outdoors and the brewery’s love for adventure. Its flavours of beers reflect all things natural, exemplified by beer names like River Monster and Secret Garden. Whilst most of the brewery’s Instagram is showing their beers out in the wild, you’re more than welcome to enjoy them sat down in the taproom too.
Seven Brothers Brewing Co.
Image: Seven Brothers Brewing Co. Manchester taproom
Set up by seven actual brothers their beerhouse in Ancoats offers amazing craft beer and some seriously filling scran. The menu is updated regularly, with a beer for every season and mood. If you’re not sure what to go for, just ask for a sample and the team will happily oblige. They have another taproom attached to their main brewery in Salford, too.
Featured image: ABC Brewery
Burgerism is opening a fifth location in Denton
Legendary Manc burger joint and takeaway Burgerism is opening another brand new location in Denton as they continue to expand their Greater Manchester empire.
Set to be their fifth brick-and-mortar site, including their existing venues in Salford, Gatley, the delivery-only kitchen in Manchester city centre and the pop-up in Freight Island, the new Tameside venue sees them reach further across the region after first launching back in 2018.
Sharing the news last week, the smash-burger experts have revealed will be bringing their signature patties, wings, fries and homemade dips to Denton‘s Stockport Road.
Popping up in place of the former Pizza Hut delivery store, the latest location is due to open in mid-March this year. Absolute scenes.
Burgerism is coming to Denton next month. (Credit: The Manc Eats)
Soon to cover customers living in Denton, Hyde, Stalybridge and beyond, people can rock up to the new adjoined car park space to pick up and collect with ease, and lord knows we love a drive-thru.
To tell the truth, they’ve earned so many accolades in the six years since opening that we’ve lost track, having also been named the eighth most-ordered item on Deliveroo in the UK and the single most-ordered burger in Manchester for 2021. They even scored a collab with the one and only Hawksmoor.
They genuinely might be the best burgers in Greater Manchester.
It still remains the most popular item on Deliveroo in Manchester and this newest venue serves as yet more proof that Burgerism is one if not the best in the game and they are set to make their first moves into Liverpool at the popular Blackstock Market too.
The company’s founder, Mark Murphy, commented: “Burgerism brings restaurant quality smashed burgers straight into people’s homes. Our dream is to be the UK’s go-to delivery burger across the UK, like Domino’s is to pizza. And Denton represents the next piece of the puzzle to do that.
“We’re super excited to launch in the North East of Manchester area. Right from day one, we’ve had loads of die-hard Burgerism fans making the pilgrimage around the M60 to Salford and, while we’ve admired their commitment, we felt it was time to bring Burgerism closer to more of our friends and fans.”
We can’t wait for yet another excuse to try the FreeBird and the Wholly Double only in Tameside.
Kings of Leon announce HUGE Manchester Co-op Live gig on 2024 world tour
Kings of Leon have announced a new run of UK shows as part of their 2024 world tour, and they’ll be coming to visit us here in Manchester.
Following on from the announcement of their brand-new album, as well as a headline performance at BST Hyde Park this summer, the beloved American rock band have now revealed details of their long-awaited Can We Please Have Fun World Tour that’s kicking off later this year, and are set to take to the stage at several major UK cities.
The multi award-winning Tennessee rockers’ UK and Ireland tour will officially open in Leeds on 20 June, all before they head on over to Birmingham, Bristol, London, Glasgow, Dublin, and Nottingham along the way.
Not only that, but alongside these shows, they’re also set to play down at Silverstone for the British F1 Grand Prix on 4 July too.
But what better way to end a show-stopping summer than here in Manchester?
After taking in the sights of the rest of the country, the Followill clan will be stopping off in our city for a major gig at Co-op Live this July, and tickets are set to go on sale this week.
Kings of Leon have announced a huge Manchester Co-op Live gig on their 2024 world tour / Credit: Wikimedia Commons
As Manchester‘s newest – and soon-to-be the UK’s largest – live entertainment arena nears closer to officially opening its doors and welcoming visitors, Co-op Live has been slowly revealing the music acts set to grace the stage as part of its huge launch season jam-packed full of events.
Bolton comedian Peter Kay will open the arena with a special show this April, and countless other major world-renowned artists have all been announced as performing throughout the rest of the year – including Eagles, Olivia Rodrigo, Jonas Brothers, Eric Clapton, Take That, Simply Red, Niall Horan, and so more.
Kings of Leon will be taking to the stage at Co-op Live on Wednesday 10 July as part of the Can We Please Have Fun World Tour tour.
They’ll be joined by British indie rockers The Vaccines as the support act in Manchester.
Kings of Leon – UK and Ireland Tour 2024
20 June: Leeds – First Direct Arena
22 June: Birmingham – Utilita Arena
23 June: Bristol – Ashton Gate Stadium
30 June: London – Hyde Park BST
2 July: Glasgow – OVO Hydro Arena
4 July: Silverstone – British F1 Grand Prix
6 July: Dublin – Marley Park
8 July: Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
10 July: Manchester – Co-op Live Arena
Tickets officially go on sale this week, with fans able to pre-order the album from the band’s store before 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday 27 February) to get early access to tickets, and Co-op members given additional presale access on Wednesday (28 February) at 9am, all before the rest go on general sale this Friday (1 March) at 9am.