Stockport & South Manchester

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


120-122 Grosvenor Street
M1 7HL
Real AleGardenLunchtime MealsEvening MealsCiderSmokingDog FriendlyWiFi
Opening times: Mon–Wed 12:00-24:00; Thu 12:00-01:00 next day; Fri and Sat 12:00-02:00 next day; Sun 12:00-24:00
Regular beers: Blackjack --varies--, Facer's Clwyd Gold, Phoenix Arizona

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The Sandbar features a real ale selection on seven pumps (including a permanent real cider line and an occasional dark mild line). The vast majority of the beers come from Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas. Locally brewed beer is something which is very important to them and even extends to their keg selection, which includes two lagers and often a stout, plus a Pilsner and fruit beer. Situated in the heart of the university area, Sandbar is an interesting conversion of two Georgian townhouses attracting custom from both lecturers and students. A former loading bay is utilised as a seating area, while some former bus seats form part of the varied furnishings. The atmosphere is bohemian and arty and this is reflected in the excellent beer range both on cask and in bottle (where foreign specialities feature); look too for the large spirits offering. Exhibitions of photographs and paintings usually line the walls while DJs or live music may feature in the evenings; life drawing classes on some Sunday afternoons. The interesting and varied menu of home-made pizzas are available most days. Sandwiches are available too; the entire menu is veggie or vegan. Occasional beer festivals are held. NB: pub is CASHLESS, ie it accepts CARDS ONLY. As of October 2023, a small in-house brewery, Courier Brewing, is in operation, so you may encounter a beer on the bar from it.