YOU’RE FREE, FOLKS…
 
…free to to check in with the NHS app, free to request table service, free to use our hand sanitiser and free to wear a mask when moving about – it’s all up to you.
 
We have a webshop so you can click & collect during business hours – M41beerwagon.tk where you can browse our beers, cider, wine and spirits. The beer wagon is cooling its wheels and we’re not offering delivery at present.

All of these arrangements are temporary so please watch for updates on Facebook, Twitter and here on our website.

ABOUT US

Welcome to the Prairie Schooner Taphouse, an independent bar and off-licence in Urmston. We’re named after the wagons covered in sailcloth which crossed the American West in pioneer days.

We specialise in real ale from local brewers on our four hand pumps as well as eight craft kegs. We also have a selection of real cider, fine wine, fizz, single malt whiskies and small-batch spirits sourced from local independent producers as much as possible.

We have a large selection of beer and cider in our fridges to take away, or crack one open for a relaxing tipple in our drinking parlour free from loud music and sports TV. 

Find our calendar of events on Facebook for details about our weekly quiz, tastings, live music nights, DJ sessions and Bring Your Own Vinyl. 

‘One of Manchester’s Ten Great Beer Shops’ Manchester TimeOut

‘One of Manchester’s Best Booze Shops’

‘One of the best beer selections in the whole of Greater Manchester.

If you’re thirsty – this is the best place to come in Urmston by far’ Manchester’s Finest

‘LocAle Pub of the Year 2016 & 2019’  & ‘Pub of the Season 2016’ Trafford & Hulme CAMRA

Awarded CAMRA’s LocAle  and ‘Great Beer Found Here’ accreditations

Good Beer Guide 2018/2019/2020/2021

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What we do

Four hand-pulled real ales. Usually local and ever-changing: we often have casks from Brightside, Cloudwater, Dunham Massey, Marble and many other local breweries from the burgeoning Manchester beer scene. You can find out what’s on tap through our posts on Facebook or Twitter, by downloading the Real Ale Finder app and following us there for live updates, or you can bookmark our live beer board.

Eight craft kegs on tap.  You can rely on us to serve Hogan’s draught cider, local IPAs from the likes of Burton Road, Pomona Island, Shindigger etc plus whatever else takes our fancy. We have a dedicated tap for sours, with frequent Continental and American imports too. Strange Times of Salford make our house lager, Lorelai.

Bottled & canned beers from around the world & from around the corner. We work direct with as many local producers as possible but we also offer many fine Continental and American beers too like Augustiner, Evil Twin and assorted Trappist brews. These are all refrigerated and ready for you to take home, or crack open a cool one in our drinking parlour. At last count we have over 150 beers and ciders in our fridges. We welcome special orders plus sell gift vouchers and gift boxes.

Cider, perry & fruit ciders.  We have Hogan’s Ciders on draught and bottles from the likes of Dunham Press, High Peak and SiDa. All as traditional and natural as possible.

Wine & fizz. A small but choice selection, by the glass or by the bottle. The Argentinian malbec and Marlborough sauvignon blanc are particularly popular.

Whiskies. Only from true independents like Springbank, Kilchoman and Arran, mainly from distilleries we have personally visited ourselves.

Small-batch gin, rum and vodka.  We stock the best gins from many Manchester distilleries including Manchester Gin, Three Rivers & Zymurgorim. All are served in balloon glasses with Fever-Tree tonic as standard. Sapling British vodka, an aged white rum and Admiral J’s spiced rum round out our spirits selection.

Gluten-free and low-alcohol beers. 

Soft drinks.

Nibbles. Traditional bar snacks including Fiddler’s crisps from Lancashire, Mr Filberts’ luxury mixed nuts, bombay mix, chocolates and sweets.

Free Wi-Fi.

Our ‘meet the brewer/distiller’ nights, brewery takeovers and other events are announced on Facebook and Twitter.

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What’s on

COVID DISCLAIMER as of October 2021

Our top priority is to keep our customers and staff members safe, which is why we continue to comply with all public health precautions.
If advised, we may need to move our events online (if practical), restrict numbers at the bar or start asking for proof of vaccinations during the coming months.
Bookings will not open until 2 weeks before our ticketed tasting events during November-February. Deposits will be refundable.
You’re welcome at any time to add your name to the waiting list at the bar to express your interest.

Monday Night Music Quiz with quizmaster Mike. Tunes, lyrics and trivia. Between 7-9pm. A new event starting on November 1st.

Let’s Get Quizzical on Tuesdays with quizmaster Rob.  Risk public humiliation for the chance to win risible prizes. Between 8-10pm. Resumes on October 26th. A charity quiz on December 14th will be our last quiz of 2021. Quizzes will then resume at some point in January 2022.

Every First Wednesday: Urmston Brew Club. Resumes on November 3rd.

Every Second Wednesday: Board game night (18+) with Dale. Resumes on November 10th.

Thirsty Thursdays and Sundays in the Snug. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to hear about tasting events (wine, whisky, beer, rum, gin), often with the makers on hand. Dates will be announced in early November.

Bring Your Own Vinyl on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, hosted by Dave Garland of Music For The Soul. Bring a record to share on our turntable, or take your pick from Dave’s selection. Theme nights are announced on Twitter, but you’re welcome to bring any music you want to share. Postponed until Spring 2022.

DJ nights and live music. Usually for Easter, August bank holiday, Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Hit The North should be returning on NYE.

Meet the brewer/tap takeovers most recently featuring Cloudwater, Magic Rock and Track. Dates TBA.

We’re members of the Urmston Partnership and every so often you’ll find us selling bottles around the corner on the Railway Road market sit alongside other food & drink suppliers. Find us at the Christmas markets on December 11th and 18th.

We also take bottles and cans to Urmston’s Artisan Market on the first Saturday of every month. The Artisan Market has resumed; we will have Christmas stock on for sale on December 4th. There is no market in January.

Do you belong to a book club or other group looking for somewhere to meet? Planning a birthday or other celebration? Contact us in order to reserve tables for group bookings. We are no longer able to hire out the entire premises.

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Where

We’re at 33 Flixton Road (on Urmston’s high street) between 72 Tattoo and Urmston Carpets (what3words///snail.sounds.drop). We hope all of our customers will walk, cycle or take public transport to reach us. Plan your journey using the travel tools at Transport for Greater Manchester.

We are a few doors down from Urmston train station which is on the stopping service that links Manchester Oxford Road & Deansgate stations with Liverpool Lime Street. To reach us by train from Manchester Piccadilly, you’ll need to take a connecting train to Oxford Road station.

Buses on routes 15, 22, 23, 245, 255, 268, 276 and 278 all stop nearby.

We have no car parking spaces at our premises. On-street parking along Flixton Road is limited to 2 hours until 6pm Monday-Saturday. There is a large multi-storey car park behind the Eden Square Sainsbury’s off Croft Bank’s Road which offers three hours of free parking during the day and is free after 6pm.

Accessibility. There is one 6-inch step into our premises (no handrail). We have a portable ramp we can bring out for wheelchair users. There is a fully accessible WC on the ground floor.

To get in touch, send an email using the form below. Be prepared to dig out our reply from your spam folder.

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Press

We’ve had a few mentions by Manchester’s Finest in print and online, praising us for both our bar element and burgeoning bottle shelves. They rate us as one of Manchester’s Best Booze Shops and also say ‘If you’re thirsty – this is the best place to come in Urmston by far.’ We’ve been named one of TimeOut’s Ten Great Manchester Beer Shops.

After hosting a meeting of the local Trafford & Hulme CAMRA branch, we were featured in the December 2015 edition of the Opening Times.

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The local Trafford & Hulme branch of CAMRA voted us runner-up best newcomer for 2015.

We were mentioned by Tony Naylor in his blog for The Guardian in July 2015 in an assessment of pubs that don’t do food. He pointed out how Manchester in particular has seen “a remarkable recent growth in suburban bars that exclusively specialise in great beer.” His verdict on the micropub trend? “Stock high-quality, unusual drinks and that, in itself, can turn a pub into a destination.”

Tony Naylor also mentioned us in his 2015 piece for Olive Magazine titled Why We Love Craft Beer, in which he encouraged readers to ‘treasure the distinctive atmosphere of food-free bars…try Urmston’s Prairie Schooner.’

We’ve also been featured on the Urmston Independents blog and have been profiled by the Manchester Evening News along with several other independent businesses in the neighbourhood.

Here’s our press release for the September 2014 edition of the local CAMRA Opening Times.

Another preview piece appeared in Manchester Confidential in October 2014, again before we opened and still had a prototype of our logo floating around on the interwebs.

For all the media coverage, we’re most interested in hearing what our customers have to say which is why we’re on TripAdvisor. We welcome your reviews there and on Facebook as well, along with the Micropub AssociationBeer In The Evening and Pubs Galore.