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The Vine Inn, Manchester Central, Manchester

42-44 Kennedy Street
M2 4BQ
Phone: 01612379740
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Vine Inn

This is a fairly simple, split level pub, tucked away down a fairly quiet city centre backstreet. You enter to the lower level which forms the main bar area. This is a bare boarded space with an L-shaped servery down the right hand side, broken along its length by large pillars. The bar has a nice dark wood counter with brass hand and foot rails and a fairly by-the-number bar back of no great note. For some reason, the area opposite the bar has been left empty – perhaps a good deal of standing room is required during peak hours, but on a quiet evening, it made the place feel a little sad and empty, with just a single L-shaped banquette around the front corner offering the lone seating option. The Spartan nature of the room lends it the feel of a traditional public bar and the presence of a dartboard and jukebox only enhanced this feeling. Stairs to the right of the entrance lead you up to a lounge area which is divided into two roughly equal sized sections by a partitioning wall. The first part is a fairly bland, part-carpeted, part-bare boarded space with comfy banquettes to the front and a mix of high stools and chunky chairs through the rest of the area. A kitchen is visible to the rear and there was a TV screen showing muted news coverage, whilst the walls were decorated with a few whiskey mirrors and not much else. Moving through to the second section of the room, you find more seating arranged under bookcases, various bits of breweriana including a nice old wooden beer sign and some random pictures. Stairs lead down to a cellar bar which I didn’t explore as it appeared to be shut and there was a decent soul and Motown soundtrack playing in the background.
Just the two ales available at the bar and these were Taylor Landlord and Robinsons Dizzy Blonde on this occasion. The barmaid gave me a very friendly welcome and poured a pretty good pint of the Dizzy Blonde before calling time at the bar on this quiet, New Years Eve early evening.
This is a pretty basic feeling pub with some comfortable seating in the lounge but very little in the way of character or ambiance. I found the staff very welcoming and the beer in good shape but can’t imagine wanting to settle down here for much of a session and would probably only return if tied in with a visit to the superior City Arms next door.

On 7th February 2019 - rating: 6
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Vine Inn

Not been in here for a few years but passed by on Saturday night. The main bar only ever used to have a couple of safe national ales on but when the Malt & Cask cellar bar opened it made this pub worth a visit. I found there were usually a couple of safe options on downstairs but the rest were more interesting. As you can guess from the name of the downstairs bar, there is also a fairly extensive whisky menu. It is strange how it feels completely separate to the rest of the pub; it really is a separate place with separate bar, toilets etc.

Peeking through the window into the cellar bar last Saturday we noticed Dizzy Blonde, a few unclipped and only one that had a pump clip we didn't recognise. Only had time for a swift one before my train home so decided to skip it this time in favour of the City Arms next door. I am sure I will be back at some point though.

On 16th August 2018 - no rating submitted
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Jon B left this review about The Vine Inn

nice traditional pub with two bars and several different areas. pub games available at the bar, and a darts board. it was quiet on this Tuesday afternoon and a pleasant place to pass some time. unfortunately it was a dull choice of Landlord and Dizzy Blonde on the bar and not cheap.

On 10th July 2018 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Manchester Oxford Road, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Deansgate, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Manchester Piccadilly, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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7th Feb 2019, 18:54
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
6th Jan 2019, 15:24
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 06 September 2018 by Jon B
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 20 March 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 February 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 10 November 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 07 February 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 31 August 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 10 November 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 September 2018 by Jon B
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 February 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 07 February 2019 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Monday12noon - 11:30pm
Tuesday12noon - 11:30pm
Wednesday12noon - 11:30pm
Thursday12noon - 11:30pm
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
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