On the face of it the RA!N BA... sod it, Rain Bar, is much like any other large Manchester bar aimed at the well-to-do weekend transient crowds; large, open, air of opulence and smelling of rich mahogany and many leather bound books. It sticks to the master plan well, quirky leather chairs, large bench seats, wooden floors, cast iron radiators and pictures of days of yore yet, like most of the clientele, this pub is just a local lad doing good. The pub is owned by J. W. Lees brewery from nearby Oldham and hence stocks mostly the brewery's own beers, and a fine range they are too including many real ales and special brews. The pub might have Rolex looks but it has Casio prices with the beer being competitively priced. Another outstanding feature of the Rain Bar is the outside terrace lapped by the murky waters of the Rochdale Canal. Like your mate that moved to the big smoke, this pub is flash yet familiar and warm.
Reviewed by peahead99
25 Apr 2009