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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs
4 out of 5 stars
© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX
© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX
© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX© Sebastian Matthes / MANOX

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A huge range of craft beers on draft plus burgers and meaty beasts abound, but there’s plenty for veggies at this Northern Quarter bar-slash-gallery.

When you've got a winning formula it's a risk to change it but, in marking their tenth year on the bar scene in the Northern Quarter and having seen the place saturated with venues claiming that they are at the centre of all things coofee and creative, a major refurb of space and ideas welcomes Common into its next decade in 2015.

The interior has been designed by Peter Masters and is inspired by textures and colours, bringing the outdoors in with cladding and pebble-dash installed on the inside walls using traditional techniques. He also designed bespoke tables and chairs for the venue, made by craftsmen in Manchester from solid ash and birch plywood.

Reflecting the former use of the space wheer artwork changed regularly are fixtures from ceramicist Joe Hartley, including bespoke beer pump handles, coffee tampers and lampshades, reflecting Common’s aim to make art an essential part of the space.

All of which would mean little if it wasn't still a great place to eat, drink and be merry, which it remains. Whilst lovers of craft beer get only a small selection of regulars, they do have a dedicated Mikkeller tap and there's a huge choice of draft guests - follow them on Twitter to find out what's coming.

It now opens at 9am for coffee and breakfast, with burgers, sandwiches, meat and vegetarian chilli and loads of small plates (3 for £12) all being served from noon to 10pm.

By: Rob Martin



Address: 39-41 Edge Street
Northern Quarter
M4 1HW
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