Industrial yet inviting bar that’s picked up honours from CAMRA for its extensive selection of beers and ales.
You can tell by just looking at the place that Knott is a higher breed of bar. Jutting from the side of a railway arch, it seems to have grown organically from its surroundings. There are beer adverts and gig posters in lieu of wallpaper and it’s also handily close to the ring road and Deansgate station, for those who like to work out escape plans.
Once voted CAMRA’s regional pub of the year in Greater Manchester, the Knott’s beer selection has a solid reputation. The website lists their favourite brewers as local lads – Buxton, Thornbridge, Red Willow often feature on the pumps – but you’ll find offerings equally weighted to international fare. It runs the gamut from house ales such as Castle Rock’s Harvest Pale and Marble’s Ginger to German weisse and Belgian blondes. On top of these, there’s a burgeoning American range. The wine list, meanwhile, is less neglected than you’d imagine for somewhere so beer-centric.
The grub is a big draw too. The burgers and sandwiches are safe bets and seem to attract nearby office workers. Sunday roasts are well above average. And don’t forget to pop up to the charming smoking balcony come summer time.
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Has your train ground to a halt at Deansgate? Does one look at Deansgate Locks fill you with fear and dread?
Then head over to Knott Bar. This place is effortlessly cool like the friend of your big sister who watches German movies and smokes French cigarettes.
The beer selection is fantastic, and a seasonally changing menu of superbly cooked food make this a bar that ticks so many boxes.
AND it does it without the Northern Quartery way of looking down their nose at customers if they don't have a beard or a fixie bike outside. Lovely outside smokery with only a couple of tables, so if you want to enjoy a Benson with your beer and burger, get there early.
The Knott is set in a fantastic location near the picturesque canals in Castlefield and right underneath a train track which roars overhead every so often. The décor is a cross between a local pub and a hipster bar with exposed brick and beer mats lining the walls and dimmed light that give a real secluded feel.
The Knott has an impressive selection of bottled beers, though the selection on tap wasn't to my liking and can be quite pricey depending on your preference. The lunch time menu has a fantastic choice but it's the Sunday roast menu that is a winner, even for this vegetarian.