The Knott Bar
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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.