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Rain Bar

80 Great Bridgewater Street
M1 5JG

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Opening Times


MondayNoon - 11.00 pm
TuesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - Midnight
SaturdayNoon - Midnight
SundayNoon - 8.00 pm

About the Pub

One of the largest pubs in the JW Lees Brewery estate, this pub occupies a prime location on the Rochdale canal, close to the Bridgewater Hall, home of the Halle Orchestra. Formerly an umbrealla factory, it was converted into JW Lees' flagship pub in the 90s. The full range of JW Lees cask ales are served.

The ground floor area curves round three sides of the large bar, with a variety of raised and sunken areas helping to break up the room. Dominated by dark wood & leather, can seem cosy or gloomy, depending on time of year. The large patio area alongside the Rochdale Canal is the pub's best feature. One of the largest outdoor drinking areas in Manchester city centre, it can predictably can get very busy during summer. Barbeques are often held on summer weekends.

Pub food including daily specials is served until 8 on weekdays and until 6 at weekends.

Upstairs is a large function room with room for up to 120 while the third floor houses 'The Boardroom' - a second function room suitable for dining functions and meetings with a difference.

The pub can get very busy on Friday & Saturday evenings, unfortunately often reverting to use of plastic glasses to speed service.

The pub often organises additional entertainment for special occassions with live bands and other entertainments.

There is 50p off cask ales on Mondays.

Regular ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • JW Lees --seasonal--
  • JW Lees Bitter
  • JW Lees Founder's
  • JW Lees Manchester Pale Ale

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    12 - 8 Mon - Thurs; 12 - 6 Fri - Sat.

  • Garden Garden

    Canalside Patio.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Outside only.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Capacity 120

  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Canalside Patio.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Rain Bar

80 Great Bridgewater Street
M1 5JG

Sat Nav Reference

53.4747, -2.2451


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

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

33, 63, 84, 105, 255, 256, X50

Adjacent Station

Manchester Oxford Road

Adjacent Metro



Behind the Bridgewater Hall

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Rain Bar

80 Great Bridgewater Street
M1 5JG

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Function Room
  • Real Fire
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Metro

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