Raise A Glass: Station Hop, Levenshulme
Amidst the plethora of independent bakeries, eateries, bars and cafes that make up one of Greater Manchester’s most hip and upcoming areas, Levenshulme, sits a CAMRA award-winning beerhouse and bottleshop, specialising in only the finest alcoholic tipples from around the globe - Station Hop.
Situated on a busy high street, jammed between an estate agent’s and an all-in-one takeaway, this eye-catching bar oozes character and individuality. In contrast to its modest shopfront, and to those of the businesses on either side, the Station Hop’s interior is swanky and vibrant, embellished with blocks of bold colour, geometric shapes and patterns, all offset by the venue's white gallery-esque walls.
Immaculate chrome pumps behind the bar deliver a variety of both local and international beers, grabbing your attention from the moment you walk through the door and enticing you to taste the numerous refreshments on offer, whilst those who prefer their lagers bottled or canned are spoilt to an equally impressive selection presented lovingly across a handful of shelves.
Littered inside with places to sit and chat over a delicious frothy beverage (including our very own Manchester Union Lager), this cosy outer-city destination also boasts its own sun-trap terrace out the back, just big enough to squeeze in enough bodies to create an atmosphere without taking away its intimate and low-key vibe. And when the weather is not so accommodating or the sun goes down, head back inside to experience the various other forms of entertainment the venue provides alongside its exceptional usual trade.
Throughout the week, punters can get their quiz on at regular quiz nights, with prizes given out to the team with the most points and the team with the best name. We’re all aware how quizzing hard and guzzling beers can work up quite the appetite, and so it seems are the owners of this fine establishment, who frequently invite different street food vendors to run pop-up kitchens offering a smorgasbord of mouthwatering dishes, week in, week out.
Fancy learning more about Levenshulme’s Station Hop? Check out their Facebook page @stationhoplvm.