Cask is tucked away just outside of Manchester’s busy shopping epicentre and while this may not attract maximum footfall, it ensures that the cozy hideout remains something of a hidden gem.
This modest craft beer bar is worth paying a visit to while exploring neighbouring Castlefield, visiting the nearby Museum of Science and Industry or ahead of dinner at the city’s best curry house Akbar’s a few doors down.
Sitting on the corner, painted in its distinctive teal, Cask is a paradise for the discerning drinker, European ale lovers and generally anyone who appreciates a great selection. Bottled Belgian brews such as Chimay (£ 3.20 – £ 3.60), my favourite Westmalle Tripel (£ 3.70) and fruit beers such as Kriek and Framboise sit next to German ales Schneider Weisse, Veltins, Krombacher, draft and stouts.
Cask is an ideal pit stop when wandering around the city, with the atmosphere revving up after dark.
The jukebox is of legendary quality and you may find yourself swaying along to your favourite indie/rock tunes after two or three high-percentage brews. Strap yourself into your bar stool and go with it.