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Observed open on Saturday 17th April, happily confounding rumours it has closed.

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Bar Fringe

(formerly Old White Bear, Polars)

8 Swan Street
City Centre
M4 5JN

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - Midnight
TuesdayMidday - Midnight
WednesdayMidday - Midnight
ThursdayMidday - Midnight
FridayMidday - 12.30 am
SaturdayMidday - 12.30 am
SundayMidday - Midnight

About the Pub

Popular and well established Belgian style bar on the fringe of the Northern Quarter of the city. The bar on the left serves the long narrow room. There is also a partially covered beer garden at the rear. Five real ales from near and far as well as a good range of draught and bottled continental beers. The decor is quite eclectic ranging from cartoons to rats and even a motorbike. North Manchester CAMRA branch 'Cider Pub of the Year 2015'. Ducketts of Burnley urinals worth a leak. Apparently the remnants of the long covered River Tib runs through the cellar.

Regular cask ales

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

6 guest ales.

Source: National

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Bar Fringe, Manchester


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Five changing ciders.


  • Garden Pub Garden

    Partially covered.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Bar Fringe

8 Swan Street
City Centre
M4 5JN

Sat Nav Reference

53.4851, -2.2333


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Metro Close to Metro

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Nearby Station (500m)

Manchester Victoria

Nearby Metro (400m)



Close to jct with Oldham Road.

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