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 as much as possible from local independent producers.

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 quizzes, 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 other 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 plus 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 ales. 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.

Whiskies. Only from true independents like Arran, Kilchoman or Lindores and mainly from distilleries we have 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, aged rums 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

Monday Night Music Quiz with quizmaster Mike. Tunes, lyrics and trivia. Between 7-9pm.

Let’s Get Quizzical on Tuesdays with quizmaster Rob.  Risk public humiliation for the chance to win risible prizes. Between 8-10pm.

Every First Wednesday: Urmston Brew Club.

Every Second Wednesday: Board game night (18+) with Dale.

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.

Bring Your Own Vinyl on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, sponsored by 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 the bank holidays, Halloween and New Year’s Eve.

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

A grand day out. We take bottles and cans to Urmston’s Artisan Market on the first Saturday of every month.

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 no longer 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.