Ran by J W Lees, a Manchester brewery which has been in production since 1828; Rain Bar is a great restaurant and bar, situated close to the city centre which is perfect for almost any occasion. Check out their well stocked bar full of real ales, beers and spirits; all washed down with plenty of pub classic food with pizzas and curries thrown in for good measure.
Brewery and Distillery Pubs in Manchester
True beer enthusiasts will love our list of the Best Brew Pubs in Manchester. All of the pubs in this list serve their very own craft beers, meaning each and every pint is fresh and refreshing. Craft and Brew pubs are on the up as more drinkers establish a more acute taste for quality beer and develop a want for a widened knowledge of the brewing process of Beer. Many of these Brew Pubs also offer tours and Beer tasting classes, an ideal learning experience for beer newbies and enthusiasts alike. So check out our great list of Brewery and Distillery Pubs in Manchester to find your favourite.
From a humble Scottish brewery in 2007, Brewdog has grown phenomenally to include a dozen bars throughout the UK, and even one in Sweden, purely off the back of their 'Beer for Punks' ethics. With plenty of craft beers from their brewery on tap, from the ever popular Punk IPA to the downright dangerous Tactical Nuclear Penguin, to some of America's more hoppy offerings, Brewdog always offers something new and daring. With their regular beer crafting masterclasses and tasty food as well, it's not one to be missed.
Marble Brewery is a bit of an institution in Manchester – and The Marble Arch pub on Rochdale Road is where it all began! It is the very first pub in the Marble family, and the listed building was the site of the brewery itself until 2011. The long bar has 11 hand pulls that dispense both their own beers and selected guest ales, and there is a good selection of bottles, too. Plus don't forget to check out the food for some tasty home comforts and hearty portions!
Another venue from Marble Brewery, the Marble Beer House in Chorlton is small but perfectly formed, and refreshingly unfussy for this boho part of South Manchester - and if you hang around long enough to get a seat, it's a great place to chat with mates and put the world to rights over a pint of Pint (their imaginatively-named house ale) or even Bitter (their equally imaginatively named Bitter).
The final addition in the Marble Brewery clan is 57 Thomas Street; a small yet perfectly formed venue with the entire range of the classic brewery, and the cool stylings of the Northern Quarter. Quality beer is the name of the game here, with real ale served straight from four casks that lounge on the bar, as well as four rotating keg lines – but with a chilled fridge of quirky European bottled beer in full view at the back of the room, even the more adventurous tastes are catered for. Great beer, great food and with even the traditional bar games of chess, backgammon and draft, 57 Thomas Street is an ideal venue for after work drinks or chilling and drinking with friends.
A recent J W Lees addition, Duttons is described as a "chameleon bar"; which caters for all crowds - from afternoon shoppers to evening drinkers. Perfect for an after-work drink in Manchester's City Centre, chatting with friends over one of J W Lees traditional and smooth ales, or even partaking in one of their tasty evening meals. Duttons also offers venue hire perfect for birthday celebrations or special events.