The team behind station bar Piccadilly Tap are opening a new bar at Manchester’s other and equally as bustling train station, Victoria.
Set to open at the end of September, Victoria Tap will be located in the former Marks and Spencer’s store that sits in the rear corner of the station. Once open, guests can expect a huge range of craft ales and lagers from breweries around the world, as well as a beer garden with views of the trams entering and leaving the station – the perfect place to perch with a pint before catching the last tram home.
Victoria Tap manager Amie said: “We’re hoping that it will become people’s first stop as they arrive into the station. We’re going to continue what we’ve done at Piccadilly and that’s specialising in good session beers and really great Czech and German lagers all at pretty good prices.”
The bar has explored its rich history with the help of Manchester Locomotive Society and the Railway Heritage Group who provided the owners with photos of the space from as far back as the 1930s. Its keg dispensers are made out of old steel train tracks, and there are additional aesthetic nods to its past in the hope of welcoming punters young and old.
Victoria Tap will join The Beer House, the only other bar at Victoria that sits at the opposite end of the station.
There’s already a bit of rivalry with the two bars, as Victoria Tap took to Instagram to suggest that there would be “no more £7 pints at Victoria station” – a sly dig to its soon to be neighbours.
Bosses plan to open the new bar at the end of September, or early October at the very latest. You can keep an eye on its progress via Instagram here.