The Temple

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The Temple (formerly the Temple of a Convenience) can be dubbed as one of Manchester smallest and quirkiest bars.  Just a few minutes’ walk from St Peter’s Square, slap bang in the middle of town the curious little underground retreat leads you beneath the hustle and bustle of Oxford Road. The rock 'n' roll drinking den plays host to ten tiny tables with banquettes and chairs running along each end. The shabby chic 70’s NYC aesthetic entails a glossy black floor and jukebox crammed full of Manchester’s best loved bands, many of which are regulars to the Temple.

The renovated public toilet (yep, not kidding!) really makes for a conversation starter.  A calm and sociable atmosphere can always be expected at The Temple with intimate seating arrangements and witty quips styled in graffiti across the walls, this jovial spot attracts a rock-indie loyal crowd of regulars and students. The bar has even more culture tied to its roots with Elbow’s 'Grounds for Divorce' track dedicating the chorus to The Temple.

Affordably priced Strongbow, Guinness and Tetleys is offered to you on draught, but its wide variety of foreign bottled beers from Chimay, Singha to Brooklyn leave you a with mind boggling 30 options to choose from, not just your bog standard bar! The Temple also offers a vast assortment of whiskey and bourbon and a limited mixture of red, white and rose wine on an average £12 a bottle. The Victorian conversion has carved a status for itself as one of Manchester’s favoured watering holes.  So whether you’re a music fanatic looking for a schmoozing hotspot or just in search of an intimate venue to meet, greet and relax with new and old friends, The Temple’s definitely not an opportunity to be missed!


No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Oxford Road


Day Open Close Notes
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The Temple
100 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JW

Central Manchester

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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £2.50
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £2.80
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £3.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £3.00
Bottle of House Wine £12.00

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Always feels like I'm in on a secret when I go here. Great beers, alright prices and avoids the student crowds!
17 May 2013 by

Have to agree with most of the above. Be warned though given that this place is an acquired taste, you may be surprised to know that the beer isn't that cheap. It's definitely only for the open minded, but all that said, I love it! Most 'Out of towners' don't know it's there, so its quite an oasis really.
28 Mar 2013 by

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