26th November 2014

It’s Christmasssssss

Well, not quite but on Monday it’ll be time to open the number one on your Spiderman advent calendar and devour the sickly sweet chocolate inside.

To celebrate the festivities this Christmas Common have a host of presents in store for you including; festive food specials, hot mulled wine made to our secret recipe, extended opening hours (we’re open on Boxing Day) as well as some very exciting events to celebrate our TEN years on Edge Street.

We’re also giving you a run down of all the festive shenanigans happening at The Beagle and Port Street including news of a Buxton Tap Takeover.

Read on!

Mr W.Badger


Common first opened it’s doors on a cold winter’s morn’ way back in 2004. From December 17th we’re welcoming back our ‘prodigal sons’, not just for Christmas but also for our TENTH birthday as well as showing off what we do best and bringing newcomers to the bar too.

Wednesday 17th // The Common Knowledge 2014 Extra Special – 7:30pm

Imagine a cross between Noel’s Christmas Present and The Generation Game… You’ve just imagined The Common Knowledge 2014 Extra Special (364 days in the making) Xmas Quiz!!! John Ruane and Chris Higson return to Common Knowledge for a one off Xmas Special – a quiz dedicated to supplying you, the Common Knowledge faithful, with the best festive questions, puzzles and games this side of the North Pole.

Thursday 18th // Seasonal Making Sense – 9pm

We couldn’t have a Thursday night party without inviting our bredren Stop Making Sense. They’ll be spinning records aplenty and there’ll be a special guest appearance from the Northern Quarter Boys Choir who will be singing Christmas songs to raise money for The Christie.

Friday 19th // Well Future presents Space Jam – 9pm

John Powell-Jones shows off his Space Jam taking us through slam dunkin’ cosmic jams and heavy riffs in time and space and brings us a super special guest from the Haxan vaults Sean Canty (Demdike Stare).

Saturday 20th // Best Foot Forward – 9pm

Best Foot Forward are as much a part of Common’s ancestry as Jonny’s Veggie Chilli or a Rob Bailey print. Head honcho Kev Maguire will be joined by the ghosts/guests of BFF past and present, so bring your Christmas cheer and dancing shoes.

Sunday 21st // Aficionado at Christmas with Menage A Trois Live – 7pm

Manchester stalwarts host a special live perform from Menage A Trois : “an odd mix of pop and underground influences pervade their sound and influence their arrangements; the Bee Gees, 10cc, Doobie Brothers and even Joy Division can be heard whilst there are also subliminal nods to the oeuvre of pop protagonists Ariel Pink and Dean Blunt”

Accompanied by DJs Moonboots and Jason Boardman

Port Street
Festive times

This year Port Street Beer House will be selling gift vouchers so you can get your significant other the gift of beer this Christmas as well as selling special Christmas hampers of super nice beers ‘Buy 6 bottles and get the cheapest one free’!

They’ll be opening on Monday 22 and Monday 29 December as well as opening on Boxing Day but closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Also they JUST announced : Buxton Tap Takeover – Tuesday 9th December / 7pm

Geoff, Denis, Colin and the whole team from Buxton Brewery are excited to be bringing many of these new beers and collaborations along to Port Street for the Tap Takeover on December 9th. “We are particularly excited to be launching a new beer at Port Street, who have supported us brilliantly over the years; Battle Horse, a Double Black IPA weighing in at 11%. The whole team were involved in making this beer, as a celebration of reaching the 100th brew on the new kit. It will be kegged on the day of the event, and brought up on the train – thus ensuring a super fresh brew for the event!

The FULL list of SIX kegs and SEVEN casks has JUST been announced on the PSBH blog :

The Beagle

For those of you shying away from the bright lights, big city, our sister in the suburbs has got your needs covered in Chorlton.

Running alongside The Beagle‘s much celebrated menu, which recently got them a spot in The Manchester Evening News’ Top Ten Gastropubs in Greater Manchester (fancy!) they’ll be serving up festive food specials throughout December and warming your insides with hot mulled wine and cider.

From Thursday 4 December The Beagle’s sun-trap terrace will be made-over as an enclosed winter haven with cosy seating, heaters, blankets and festive decor featuring weekly performances from local choirs, including Northern Quarter Boys Choir and Manchester She Choir.

The Beagle will also be running extended opening hours over the Christmas period, opening on Christmas Eve and Boxing day as well!


Friday 28th // Well Future with Kickin’ Pigeon
9pm until 1am – free

Saturday 29th // Friends In Common with White Pepper
9pm until 1am – free


Wednesday 3rd // Common Knowledge
7:30pm until 10:30pm – free

Friday 5th // Pumping Iron
9pm until 1am – free

Saturday 6th // Friends In Common with Robert Parkinson
9pm until 1am – free

REMEMBER to use your ‘shiny orange members card’ to get 10% off selected drinks all day every day (t&c apply) – lost your card? drop us an email with your name and address – thanks.

Elsewhere in Manchester

Friday 28th // Curtis Harding at Soup Kitchen – 7:30pm

Sunday 30th // HORRID LP launch at Islington Mill – 4pm

Tuesday 2nd // Omi Palone at Gullivers – 7:30pm

Wednesday 3rd // Bernard + Edith single launch at Eagle Inn – 8pm

Saturday 6th // Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale at The People’s History Museum – 11am