The Blue Pig

Bars and pubs, Pubs Central Manchester
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From the crew behind the Odd bars, The Blue Pig offers everything from casual catch ups and a chilled Sunday roast to late night drinks and weekend blowouts.

The Blue Pig may be most popular at weekends with the hyperactive Northern Quarter party crowd (crucially, the crowd that also takes to the now-rowdier west end of the neighbourhood), but your best bet is to head here for an early evening drink when a quieter atmosphere allows you to take in the interesting décor and the skills of a strong bar team.

Its 1920s Parisian aesthetic was what once gave the Pig its theme, and although years of revamping, reworking and plastering over a strong original concept have meant some of its elegant charm has been lost, it still remains a pleasant space to lap up late night drinks or have a beer outside in the sun.

Food takes in crowd pleasing fare like burgers, sandwiches, wraps, steaks and the ubiquitous sharing board (meat, veg, cheese or pig), but whilst this might not be home to write home about, their roast dinners just might be. Despite slightly iffy spuds and the strange, rectangular terracotta serving dish it arrives in, with all the trimmings including a very tasty mini cauliflower cheese bake on the side, Sundays at The Blue Pig are treated well. Go for the lamb if you’re happy to splash an extra few quid; it’s a good’un. 

All in all, whilst it may not excel in areas to the same degree as some of its contemporaries, it decently handles something for everyone - whether fairly priced food, a well-mixed cocktail or a weekend party.

By: Jess Hardiman

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Venue name: The Blue Pig
Address: 69
High Street
Manchester
M4 1FS
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Jess H
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The Blue Pig has changed of late, and mostly for the better. The interior has been flushed of central booth seating and replaced with standard assortments of tables and chairs, meaning they can be moved to the side of the room with ease. The drinks selection (presented cut & stick in a book) is good, with plenty of cocktails and bottles / cans to please everyone, and well priced; £4.70 for a can of Magic Rock Salty Kiss might feel a bit steep, but they make up for it with 50p lime & sodas! 


Their brand has been lost somewhat - the Punk Bingo feels totally at odds with the bohemian surroundings - so it'd be great to see them return to the deli style food and atmosphere they used to have. But hey, things have to change, so at least they're trying something new...

Jamie M
tastemaker

Probably one of the most bohemian like bars in Manchester. The Blue Pig is a quirky cocktail bar with a decent selection of craft beer and cider. The staff are expertly friendly and are always on hand to offer you advice on what drink is best suited to your pallet. The drink’s menu is quite expensive, but that’s expecting for this type of establishment.


To go with the extensive drinks menu they offer a good food menu, their Sunday roast being the standout - has to be one of the best in the area, if not the city.