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MicroBar (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dunham Massey - Chocolate Cherry MildExcellent1
Ossett - VoyagerGood1
Monty's - Bubs of MayGood1
Boggart - Rum PorterGood1
Stringers - Dark CountryGood1
Boggart - Extra Rum PorterGood1
Bottle Brook - RoadrunnerGood1
Boggart - Ray of SunshineAcceptable1
Great Orme - Madhatter GoldAcceptable1
Backyard - Prima DonnaAcceptable1
Kissingate - StorytellerAcceptable1
Welbeck Abbey - White CannonAcceptable1
Boggart - I Am BeerNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Beowulf - Folded CrossNot Tried0
Alechemy - StarlawNot Tried0
Picture 1. MicroBar, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Visits Details

27 Nov 2015 (ChrisE)
Around mid day and a about half a dozen gents sitting at the bar.
Boggart - Ray of Sunshine3.90AcceptableNot to my taste.
Boggart - Rum Porter4.60Not TriedMost of the other people in the bar were drinking this.
06 Dec 2014 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon and central Manchester was heaving with people. We had given up trying to enter pubs in the Deansgate area as most were full with queues and door control allowing one customer in when one left. We decided to abandon Deansgate and the Christmas Markets area and head for back streets or relatively unknown pubs and found refuge here, they had obviously had a very busy day as all the beers on the blackboard and others had appeared on the pubs, more beer was being delivered whilst we sat and drank our beer.
Bottle Brook - Roadrunner4.80Good
Beowulf - Folded Cross4.30Not Tried
Alechemy - Starlaw3.50Not Tried
25 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival here with a stillage in the market area.
Dunham Massey - Chocolate Cherry Mild3.80ExcellentCherry dominating in this sample with the chocolate malt taking a back seat. Still a classic though. My score 16/20.
Welbeck Abbey - White Cannon2.80AcceptablePale low strength bitter with a strong bitter hop flavour but little balance leaving a rather one dimensional beer. My score 14/20.
10 Jul 2012 (Mick)
A bit strange drinking in a shopping centre, but why not?
Boggart - Rum Porter4.60GoodNice, very rich and smooth.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
27 Jan 2012 (Stephen Harris)
This quirky little pub has doubled in size since my last visit, expanding into a neighbouring unit in the Food Hall but it is still tiny. A steady trade, and apparently people had been queuing up for the tapping of the Extra Rum Porter cask at 11am the previous morning.
Boggart - Extra Rum Porter6.40GoodBlack and smooth and very alcoholic, the strong rum taste and smell giving an impression of alcohol volume well above the stated 6.4%.
Ossett - Voyager4.20GoodA copper coloured, malty beer with a bitter finish.
Boggart - I Am Beer4.20Not Tried
20 Jan 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
First port of call for a few en route to the national winter fest.
Great Orme - Madhatter Gold3.50AcceptablePale gold with a fairly dry, bitter flavour. Some hop in the finish. My score 14/20.
07 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Stringers - Dark Country3.50GoodFairly sweet and malty dark brown mild with some hop bitterness towards the finish. My score 15/20.
21 Jan 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Kissingate - Storyteller3.50AcceptablePale yellow bitter with a sharp, piney hop flavour that is not really to my taste. My score 13/20.
02 Oct 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Backyard - Prima Donna4.10AcceptablePale and quite bitter but little in the way of hop or malt and little depth of flavour. My score 14/20.
14 May 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Monty's - Bubs of May4.10GoodThat's what the pumpclip said. Sweetish and quite malty golden ale. Good hop character and well balanced. My score 15/20.

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About the MicroBar

The pub sign. MicroBar, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3AQ.

Small bar in the Food Court of the Arndale Centre in the centre of Manchester. A couple of handpumps plus a very good selection of bottled beers. Small, but perfect for a fast drink if shopping. Originally owned by Boggart Hole Clough Brewery until that ceased trading in 2016, now run privately by one of the owners of that concern.

We have visited this pub 16 times, seen 23 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: M4 3AQ