Just by Deansgate Station, Knott bar has got a great reputation for good, wholesome food, great beer and a wide choice of wines by the glass. Theres always a crowd in here, day and night, huddled around the heavy wooden tables and spacious bar. Proximity to the Castlefield canal basin makes it the ideal stopping off place at the start or end of a stroll, and theres a great smoking balcony too. House beers include Harvest Pale and Ginger Marble, plus guest beers from brewers like Titanic, Pictish and Marble. Food includes an excellent Sunday roast, hearty soups, sandwiches and burgers as well as a good vegetarian provision. Ever so slightly hippyish, Knott has an alternative edge to it but that only makes it that bit more welcoming.