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Rain Bar November 2, 2006

Filed under: Bar Reviews - R — manchesterbars @ 12:34 pm

Rain Bar ManchesterRain Bar 80 Great Bridgewater Street, Castlefield, Manchester, M1 5JG map

  • Rain Bar is in a wonderful canal side location, a stone’s throw from the Bridgewater Hall. Located half way between Oxford Road and Deansgate Locks, it’s a popular starting location or stop off for reveller’s making their way from one area of town to another. Owned by local brewers JW Lees, it’s named after the umbrella factory that once stood here and the classy photographs on the wall celebrate Manchester’s wet climate. The ground floor is in the style of a dark traditional pub, whilst upstairs is a bright modern bar (often reserved for private functions). There’s loads of tables alongside the canal and it can get very busy during the summer and on concert nights at The Bridgewater (which is accessible along the towpath which directly links the Rain Bar with the Hall).
  • Cask Ales (Manchester beers JW Lees)
  • Food (British)

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2 Responses to “Rain Bar”

  1. Rob Says:

    Use to be my favourite bar but not so much nowadays. I love the food in there and is always a good starting point to meet friends. I think the decor is great too. However, the staff don’t seem to be as friendly as they use to, the beer is naff due to JW Lees ruling the place, and it seems quieter than it use to be. Not sure if there has been a change of management. Still, I will continuing going there for food and a pint of Guinness, but just a little disappointed by its slight decline (in my opinion)!

  2. Jon Says:

    One of the best bars in Manchester. A great meeting point and I can happily stay there all night. The beers are great, with J W Lees producing a variety of very interesting cask ales. 10 out of 10. If you don’t try this one on a night out, you are missing out!

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