The Temple

Bars and pubs Central Manchester
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The Temple

This converted public toilet is anything but crap. Bring some change for the jukebox and look out for famous regulars

While it may not have the best selection of drinks (think Jack Daniels and Euro- faves by the bottle), the regular haunt of Elbow’s Guy Garvey is the kind of place where all you need is a beer and a whiskey chaser. The kind of place where you could waste a tenner on the jukebox and hide away for days. Much like the owner’s other, equally rock ‘n’ roll venue, Big Hands, it’s the kind of place that cares not for a website and only once you find it will you know whether or not if it’s your kind of place.

They don’t do food, but the aforementioned jukebox is a killer.

By: John Stansfield


Venue name: The Temple
Address: 100 Great Bridgewater Street
M1 5JW
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If you're looking for a place to hide away and escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, The Temple could be the answer. Housed in what used to be a public toilet, this place is fairly small, so can get crowded pretty quickly. But with a decent selection of beers and ales, along with friendly staff and a proper jukebox, the atmosphere makes you less bothered about the lack of space.


One of, if not, the most unique bar in Manchester, with the best jukebox the city has to offer. 

Usually pretty packed anytime after 4pm on the weekdays and anytime after 12pm on the weekend, but saying that, it's not exactly hard for the Temple to get packed. As you would expect for an old Victorian toilet, it isn't that big, which probably adds to the charm of being cramped and forced to engage with the person next to you. 

With an absolutely great selection of world beers you'll never be able to use the excuse of having nothing to drink. If you can't find nothing on the beer list, they have something from the large-ish spirit collection, or their cocktail list. Ask the bartender for recommendations and they will happily steer you in the right direction. 

If you're new to Manchester, or Mancuian born and bred, but have yet visited it the Temple, add it to your todo list, as it is well worth the visit. I promise.