Le Social Wine Bar

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Le Social

Le Social Wine Bar, Pollar Yard, Contain 88 & 147, 15 Pollard Street East, Manchester, M40 7SL – Visit Now

Le Social, will be celebrating its two year anniversary next month on the 6th August. To celebrate in true Le Social style, there’ll be an epic party for all at Nell’s Kampus. Some of Manchester’s best selectors will be taking over the decks, NYC pizza by Nell’s will be served up, and, of course, there’ll be incredible natural wine from Le Social’s pop-up bar. Free tickets are available here and it all kicks off at 4pm.

Food & drink review: Tucked out on the edge of the city centre, just beyond New Islington, you’ll find Manchester’s best-kept secret, for grape-lovers at least. This is a stylish wine bar and tasting room, hosted by the charming Jérôme Boullier, a man with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things fermented who manages to make it accessible and fun.

It’s all held in a tiny shipping container, with around a dozen seats, and – advance warning – bring your Google Maps app as it’s not easy to find. But fear not, it’s worth it. It’s the kind of place you treat a mate or date to a special evening out, kind of like a high-end treasure hunt but with some of the world’s best-quality natural wine at the end, rather than doubloons.

Like a high-end treasure hunt, it’s not easy to find

As space is tight, you’ll need to book in advance and it’s worth doing soon as these spots get snapped up quick. The soundtrack is lowkey but delightful, with a radio tuned into a French disco station. Think of it as the elegant older sister to Homoelectric’s rowdy young sibling – and indeed, Jérôme’s friend, a Homoelectric regular, has designed some of the eye-openingly racey bottle labels on display here.

Le Social

There’s food on offer too, all prepared in the tiny back room of the venue. Don’t expect a hearty slap-up feast, it’s more snacks and nibbles like Spanish green olives (smothered in some kind of magical seasoning), slices of aubergine, grilled artichokes, tuna fillets and a selection of cheeses from the Butcher’s Quarter.

Judging from tonight’s showing, Le Social is set to become a major force on Manchester’s natural wine scene. There’s a phenomenal range and quality on display and host Jérôme is a joy to engage with. Best of all, it’s priced extremely well compared to other venues in the city centre. Make an advance booking now and thank me later.

  • Pollar Yard, Contain 88 & 147, 15 Pollard Street East
  • Manchester
  • M40 7SL
  • View map

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Gecko: Kin at HOME
Theatre Until 1 October 2022, from £10.00

Gecko: Kin at HOME

Families Until 1 October 2022, from £13.00

Mrs Doubtfire at Manchester Opera House

MFDF 2022
Festivals Until 2 October 2022,

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2022

Cinema Until 3 October 2022, from £9.95

Not Just Bollywood at HOME

Music Until 5 October 2022, from £5.50

Sounds of Nature at The Stoller Hall

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange
Theatre Until 8 October 2022, from £10.00

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange

Electric Gamebox at the arndale
Childrens Until 22 October 2022, from £5.00

Electric Gamebox at The Arndale

Victoria Baths Guided Tour
Activity Until 26 October 2022, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Illustration entitled ‘Because you cannot tame something so happily wild’ by Emily Hughes showing painted animals in a woodland setting
Exhibitions Until 30 October 2022, FREE

Picture This at The Lowry

vegan super club
Activity Until 25 November 2022, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House