Bars and pubs, Breweries Central Manchester
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Cask, Manchester, Door
Cask, Manchester, Front

Despite the name, this bright bar deals more in bottled craft beers than hand-pumped ales. The jukebox is great, and so’s the food.

How many city-centre bars do you know that’ll let you sit at a table and eat a mammoth portion of fried potatoes from the next-door chippy? Not many. What about while supping on a Schneider Weisse Tap 6? Yeah, we thought not. This gesture of civility has, no doubt, played a part in Cask’s enduring success. The day Fish Hut goes under will be a sad one for all involved.

Among these already not insignificant advantages, Cask has the good fortune to be spitting distance from the Museum of Science and Industry and flush with business-heavy Castlefield. Which means you’ll find a good mix of post-work regulars and one-offers, attracted perhaps by the vibrancy of its blue facade. An inspired jukebox, cosy patio area, and affable bartenders round things off nicely.

In spite of the name, however, the number of cask ales on offer is CAMRA-worryingly small, at a mere four. Still, rather that than a place struggling to shift 12 lines’ worth of rapidly staling ale. What you will find is hand-pull appearances from respected brewers like Dark Star, Phoenix and Tickety Brew. And the expansive range of bottles will more than compensate those who prefer their beer with a little carbonation. Think Belgian and German, rather than American: from crisp pilseners like Jever to the exemplary Hefeweizen Maisel’s Weisse; and a couple of Brasserie de La Senne’s output, including the eccentric, bitter Taras Boulba. You might even see Dutch brewing maestros De Molen in the fridge.

Cider drinkers have a better than average choice – opt for the fearsome Gwatkin’s Yarlington Mill or ask the staff for more exotic options. And the backbar ain’t too shabby, either. The only negative in all this (well, apart from some very dingey loos)? You’ll need even steelier resolve to avoid deep-fried naughtiness after a few pints.

By: Jamie Faulkner


Venue name: Cask
Address: 29 Liverpool Road
M3 4NQ
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A little gem that it seems not many people know about, apart from a loyal clientele.

You’d be forgiven in just walking past Cask, even with their bright blue exterior. Is it a cafe, a travel agents or a cover up for an international drug ring. I guess the only tell tale sign is the outside chalkboard saying ‘beer’ and pointing in their direction. 

Their drinks menu is probably one of the most alternative in the city, they offer beers from around the world, on both tap and bottle/can. They have a decent selection of spirits also, even though that isn’t really the selling point of Cask. The staff are extremely knowledgeable on what they serve and would be happy to explain the whole process of brewing, if you wish and if you get the same guy i got, that is.  

The interior is very stripped back and open, and they also have small beer garden (yard) with nice character and quirky european style furniture. 


There's no missing the bright blue front of Cask - it's eye catching and for good reason. It's small but perfectly formed inside, with a really traditional pub feel (think wooden stools, random beer branded items dotted around, and piled up kegs at the bottom of the stairs.) The beer selection is excellent, even for the non-beer drinker, and staff always willing to provide tasters before you have to commit. Even better is that you can take your chippy from The Fish Hut next door in, just remember to take your rubbish with you!