A Tale of Two Manchester “Taps”…

…so far

In a rainy Northern town in a galaxy far, far away from Westminster…

Or rather a few months ago, back in September the Manchester beer community (no, I don’t know what that is or if it exists either) was positively buzzing about the news of a Manchester Tap, akin to the Taps up and down the country found in and around major UK railway stations.

Much like the trailer for Disney’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, there was no actual substance…all it was about was generating a self-perpetuating buzz…and much mocking

The twitter account @tapmanchester has been a bit more vigorous as of late as, after dicking around with getting a license, they finally announced that they would open in March 2015 in the old Leather Shop on Piccadilly Station approach.

This tap (which may or may not be referred to as Manchester Piccadilly Tap) is to be operated by Bloomsbury Leisure Group which operates the Euston Tap, along with the soon to open Waterloo Tap and another one to be opened in another “secret” UK city.

Oddly, at the same time it would seem someone had got the other, more logical twitter handle @ManchesterTap but they too were relatively quiet…

It has however, all kicked off recently with the @ManchesterTap, clarifying that they are indeed a separate entity and they will open in the Ancoats area of Manchester towards the end of 2015.

This Manchester Tap (which may or may not be referred to as Manchester Ancoats Tap) is being operated by Pivovar Bars which operate all the other railway taps (Sheffield, York, Harrogate)

…and confusingly, also the Euston Tap (and its Cider Tap sister across the road).

Throughout all of this it seems that neither of these operate The Brewery Tap in Leeds which itself is a different entity to the Pivovar run Tapped Leeds

Who thought getting a beer could be so complicated?

So what we have now is the Manchester Tap Wars:

Choose your own subtitle:

– The Phantom Motueka (The Phantom Sorachi menACE, The Fuggles Menace)

– A New Hop (A Brew Hope)

– The Empire Strikes Taps (The Empires Soured Brett)

– Return of the JedIPA

So hopefully this information is all correct, 2015 looks beerily bright.


For the sake of accuracy and increased confusion, there is indeed a Taps Manchester which has the gimmick of being able to pour your own draught beers from a select range, which to be fair has come on leaps and bounds since they first opened.

Sadly they don’t seem to do Amstel anymore.

Whatever you do, probably best to not arrange to meet anyone in any of them, you’re bound to be at different ends of the city.

Addendum (23/02/15)

As noted by Tyson below and by their own Twitter account as of the 20th of February, the @tapmanchester is now officially @PiccadillyTap

@ManchesterTap is still @ManchesterTap

And Taps Manchester is still not selling Amstel.

Addendum (16/03/15)

Just to make things even more odd @ManchesterTap is now a suspended account!!

Meanwhile @PiccadillyTap (formerly @tapmanchester) opens (softly) this week – Friday 20th March.


7 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Manchester “Taps”…

  1. A positive chuckle fest! I’m still unsure as to the need for these new bars – personally, I think Manchester is well catered for, beer wise. I’ll give em both a go though. (Rude not to I suppose!)

  2. It seems like a proper investigation to crack this case open… I know that there are odd things that go on with franchise chains, like Costa Coffee and Forbidden Planet, and some of the stories you hear make it sound like gang warfare with different factions claiming new territories.

  3. Looks like they overheard me constantly refer to it as the Piccadilly Tap as that is now its, obvious really, official name. The Ancoats one will be the Manchester Tap. So simples really. Or not.

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