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  • 2 Portsmouth Street
    Manchester M13 9GB
    Oxford Road Corridor
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  • Phone number 0161 272 8612
  • “It was because of musician friends that I found myself in this here venue.” in 4 reviews

    Music: Live

  • “If you're a student at the uni you should definitely hit the Bop at some point.” in 8 reviews

  • “This pub slash club dances to every tune known to man with gigs, comedy nights and the infamous amongst student circles bop.” in 4 reviews

    Good For Dancing: Yes

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  • 4.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    I love the hall scenery, atmosphere and those wooden beams! This place has some serious aesthetic quality! I literally sat there for a good ten minutes on the ground floor bar examining the structure, the carvings and brickwork. My friends thought I was a bit weird after that...

    Regardless, the bar has more than enough liquor and ranges of beer to offer and PLENTY of ciders.

    The venue has a great downstairs pub area to offer with comfy couches, bar stools and booths to sit in. I've not tried the food here yet (action point noted...).

    Upstairs is where Jabez hold their band/club/DJ nights and they're great. With a big hall room as the main room and a smaller room too, there's a choice of music for the club nights that are put on with a bar upstairs too. The staff have always been nice to me and even remembered my drink by the end of the night! A smile goes a long way :)

    I've used this place as a venue for a gig a while back and the staff were more than helpful, even connecting us with a PA guy and equipment and door staff too. Fairly decent price for hiring compared to other venues near Picadilly!

    Keep up to date with their facebook page for upcoming events and pub quizzes.

  • 2.0 star rating


    The Jabez Clegg is one of the places I avoid if I can.  I've been here a fair few times for different types of events and I've never been impressed, and I'll do my best to explain why.

    It is true that drinks here are reasonably priced, and you can even get your hands on Manchester's infamous student drink: the Green Monster.  However bar service is terrible.  As soon as the place gets even a little busy it takes forever to get served, and the staff are rude.  I mean I'm not sure I would be that perky either if I was being rushed off my feet in a busy bar either, but whether it's a management issue or all-round bad attitude it doesn't make for a fun evening when you spend half of it queuing for a single drink.

    I'm trying to think of a better word than 'icky' but icky really does seem the most appropriate.  Half of the time the floors are sticky.  The other half of the time they're covered in a thin film of spilled drinks.  Therefore heels are NOT recommend as suitable footwear or disaster will ensue, along with a very bruised bottom.

    However I will mention that I seem to be in the minority.  It appears to be one of the most popular venues amongst my peers, especially on a Friday night for the notorious BOP.  But it's really not my cup of tea, which is why tonight, as many of my friends 'bop' into the early hours, I am quite happy to sit here with an actual cup of tea instead.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Crawling out of bed on a Sunday morning, only a few hours of sleep separating last night's exploits in some debaucherous, liquor dispensing establishment from an inevitable state of nausea, the prospect of a full roast dinner at Jabez Clegg definitely provides comfort.

    Located in the centre of the University of Manchester campus in a converted chapel, this welcoming pub certainly offers a brilliant value-for-money Sunday roast with all the trimmings (including two types of potato, Yorkshire puds, stuffing AND gravy - an obvious essential for us Northerners). For only £4 (!!) you can tuck in to a hearty meal that will leave you more than satisfied and you may even be tempted to indulge in one of the many cask ales on offer as it is Happy Hour all day! Hooray!

    If a roast isn't your style then there is a whole new menu offering traditional pub grub for just £3.50 a pop; think along the lines of burgers, curries, jacket potatoes and, of course,  a number of vegetarian options. At such tiny prices clearly don't be expecting Michelin star quality but do expect a happy and bulging belly!

    From my experience, the pub welcomes absolutely anyone; students, families and groups of all ages (including the oldies playing pool in the corner). Sport fans will appreciate the huge screen playing football and rugby although for anyone else, the blasting of Sky Sports at an almost deafening volume can be a nuisance, especially if nursing a booze-battered body.

    Cheap dining does come with its downsides which here include slow service (which is slightly reconciled by the sweet smiles of the staff) and a tremendously difficult gap between the benches and the tables; most inconvenient for eating at!
    Forgiving these slight discrepancies, I would say that Jabez offers the perfect solution to the dilemma of finding a decent Sunday lunch on a budget - this particularly applies if you have spent several hours the night before investing money in an indecent number of vodka red-bulls.

  • 3.0 star rating

    I have been here for every type of night.

    I've been to gigs, been to comedy nights, been for a drink and of course been to the infamous club night, the Bop.

    It's what you expect, it's a bar/club, close to the university so full of a university crowd so cheap booze. It's OK. It's nothing to rave about, I've had some good nights here but I had that much to drink I think I'd of had a good night anywhere!

    If you're a student at the uni you should definitely hit the Bop at some point. It's a right of passage.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Ah Jabez Clegg, named after Jabez Clegg this is pub that sells beer wine and spirits.
    My apologies if I'm stating the obvious but there really isn't a hell of a lot to say about this cavernous but altogether average bar.
    Looking like a slightly seedier Wetherspoons, it is I suppose a comfortable and fairly inviting space to be in- but I suspect this has more to do with its university campus location than anything old Jabez has been up to.
    As you would expect the food and drink is pretty standard but makes up for it with its affordability. Free wi-fi is available for anyone wanting to participate in some public masturbation, you can also enjoy a game of pool or some darts whilst you're there.
    All of the major sporting events are screened and should you ever find the second to last bar on earth fully booked, a private room is available for hire.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Hidden away on the dusty trail heading to upper brook street is the Cleg. This pub slash club dances to every tune known to man with gigs, comedy nights and the infamous amongst student circles bop. The bop sees many a person through embarrassing I can't remember events with shots at a £1.50.
    Apart from these the Clegg is an average guy kinda bar to be honest. Wi fi and food throughout the day can make it a bolt hole for someone looking to incarcerate themselves with a much needed work session and the grub can be picked up for the reasonable side of fiver.

  • 3.0 star rating

    It seems that something as ancient as the Bop cannot die; like Bram Stoker's Dracula, drive a stake through its wretched heart and it will simply rise once again from the grave to terrorise the young virgins of the surrounding lands. After someone finally had the balls to take it out back and give the old boy a two-barrel salute, someone else just went outside later, scraped up the remains and stitched them back together with the threads of decadence and sin.

    Opening the Bop back up at Jabez though was a move of sheer genius, as it  has probably more than doubled their normal business on a Friday night. It's certainly worth trekking along to that, though not so much for the rest of the bar.

    Despite my tone, I did kind of like the Bop at Owen's Park and I was secretly pleased for its revival, but if I say it too loudly the cool, bohemian, arty kids will alienate me from the group, get me drunk, then paint crude murals of metaphorical rejection on me whilst I sleep.

  • 3.0 star rating

    A step up from the Scream Bars and a step down from Kro Bar, Jabez Clegg is a decent and reasonably priced student pub with sofas and comfy chairs a-plenty.

    They show the football, have table football and pool tables along with permanent 2-4-1 offers and put on band and clubnights at the weekends. I've never eaten here but my friend and his chemistry mates often go down to get the £1 burger deals at lunchtimes. Unusually for a student pub their drinks selection isn't limited to Carling and apple sourz; instead (OK, as well) they stock around 6 ales at any given time.

    They also have a 100 person function room, which would be a good place to hire for any university socials.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Pear cider.

    They sell pear cider here.

    True. Oh, too true, too true. Yes. A lot of places do these days.

    Jabez Clegg, though, seemed to sell pear cider long in advance of most everybody else.

    This is a good thing.

    They have guest ales on rotation. For me, this is the marker of a good institution.

    Lots of information on the walls concerning famous Mancunian endeavours - if civic pride is your thing, you'll find much to smile about here.

    Nice big booths to sit in - so it's great for groups - and big screens...

    ...I tend not to leave the house at all when there's a match on, so all I've ever seen projected here is that gross curiosity of an individual they call Timbaland.

    No. Every time I've been here it's been off-peak - for a quiet drink, then. And every time it's been nothing short of lovely.

    No problem.

  • 3.0 star rating
    4 check-ins

    A lot of people on campus seem to favour this joint.  For me, it's like JB's, but one's closer to campus and the other is closer to the city centre.  Both are A-OK, but nothing great or horrible about them.

    Good for a couple beers, this pub is usually relatively empty if you go on non-event evenings so finding a seat won't be an issue.  They have a couple pool tables and a table football setup, along with some darts I think.  A good way to pass the time.

    They sit next door to Shake That! so if you're craving a pizza with your pint, they'll deliver it free.  The tastiness of the pizza is more of a review of Shake That! though, so it won't help JC's rating at all.

    • Qype User mofgim…
    • Manchester
    • 60 friends
    • 248 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Jabez Clegg is a huge pub filled with students who can't face the student union bar or afford the prices at Kro.

    It sells safe, basic food with little impact on your purse and the beer is... well... it's beer. There won't be a pint served in there that will make you jerk in astonishment.

    But really, it's not that kind of haunt.

    It's a no-frills, rough and ready night in which is soundtracked by chattering and, usually, football shown on the big screens.

    Jabez also has gigs on now and again, sometimes branching out into all day festivals and the like, which is fun.

    Rumour has it that The Bop has left the joint, which is staggeringly good news because really, that place was a fetid sick pot in the area, filled with dreary traffic light parties and people awkwardly hugging each other hoping that the other wouldn't lean in for the drunken neck kiss.

    So yeah, if that's not there anymore, I'd suggest popping in for one.

    • Qype User camiee…
    • Brighton
    • 55 friends
    • 72 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Jabez Clegg is okay. It's solid. It's a bar of choice for many a student too lazy to venture further into the world but who doesn't fancy the likes of Varsity. As a bar, it's okay. The booths provide a bit of intimacy and the couches, which are almost always filled, are comfortable and cozy, particularly in winter.

    The food is not bad either. It used to be great, but somehow, like Kro Bar, it has slowly deteriorated, so that the burgers really do taste pre-made rather than fresh to order. However, it is cheap and studenty, and you could definitely do worse.

    • Qype User Hannah…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 91 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Jabez Clegg is cheap and cheerful as per many student venues around the Oxford Road area. The Bop night seems to have disappeared now which is a shame, as it was a good cheesy night out. The bar on the ground floor is a nice enough area for a social drink and boasts a good range of drinks and student-pleasing prices. During the week it plays host to many unsigned band nights which is always a good thing to have around us, and the simple bar and upstairs rooms are all you need for such nights.
    On the last weekend visit I had the bouncers had suddenly developed an attitude and its unlikely i'll go back again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3 check-ins

    Sometimes the best places are the ones you discover by accident, and this happened to me with Jabez Clegg. It was because of musician friends that I found myself in this here venue. University of Salford music students on the performing and recording course were required to put on live shows here to contribute to their final mark (as well as those at the Pint Pot, which I've mentioned before), and in going to see some of my chums do what they do best, I was introduced to the Clegg.

    Sharing a family with the prestigious likes of Joshua Brooks and Thirsty Scholar, this is a location that encompasses both pub and Friday night club, open from 11am for extensive food and drink. The club night itself, Manchester's infamous 'The Bop', is a notoriously cheap and fun night out playing a ludicrously cheesy range of music from the likes of Queen to S Club 7. To fuel that desire to dance like no one's watching, beers and double shots are bargainous. And there's even Cheeky V on the go. We've not suddenly found ourselves in Bon Temps amongst the Stackhouses, Bill Compton and Sam Merlotte, scoring vampire blood from underhand dealers, oh no. (And if you don't watch True Blood you probably think I'm totally loopy right now... not that you didn't anyway.) Cheeky V's full name is Cheeky Vimto, and it's that deadly cocktail of Blue WKD and port wine which tastes precisely like vimto without a trace of alcohol. I'm pained to admit this, but I do like a spot of that, I won't lie.

    Pub-wise, the menu offers some great deals, including two meals for £6. And you'll often find it bustling and packed pre-gig times (proximity to the Academy, see), and tranquil and quiet during the hours bands are performing nearby. The Clegg certainly knows its market, and its location in the heart of Manchester's redbrick campus has not gone ignored. Free wifi means that you can sit and work to your heart's content, great for students and creatives. Add to this a ton of two for one offers on bottled beers, a big screen for sports matches and a function room for hire, and it's got lots on offer. Look out for the speciality cask ales too, they're a big selling point. The Clegg beckons you! I implore you to try it out.

  • 2.0 star rating
    Listed in Mancy Manc

    Came here a couple times from uni and was always unimpressed. It's a pub, I'm not expecting a purple unicorn to serve me; however, there was never anything "wow" about it or cozy enough to make me want to come back. I tried so hard to look for a redeeming factor, anything, maybe the pints were 2p cheaper than elsewhere, or the chips a smidge crispier .... nope.

  • 2.0 star rating

    This bar happens to be located in the heart of Manchesters University district and therefore could make the most of the apparent opportunity; my recent visit however was in the guise of looking for a few drinks before going to a gig at the Academy (only a few minutes away from here)... It's a well known bar and gig venue with lots of beers on tap, lots of places to sit and not much more to set it apart from your average sticky-floored bar/pub. I met some friends there (a diverse group of blokes and girls) and whilst there were a range of locally brewed beers for the guys (brewed at the Dunham Massey brewery, out in cheshire), the ladies among us looking for a cocktail from the 'happy hour' menu were sorely disappointed... once the barman had stopped looking blankly at the menu, we were then presented with a few glasses of mildly alcoholic concoctions, without ice, slice, or a smile from the barman... not a very rewarding experience! prices are reasonable.

    Anyway, it is what it is, but I won't be rushing back anytime soon... there are plenty of other places that do the same thing, but a lot better.

  • 2.0 star rating

    There is, for me, something inherently depressing about Jabez Clegg. I can't put my finger on it. I think it might be the music, which is just loud enough to hear but just faint, just ghostly enough, that you can't tell what is being played. Or maybe it's the distance between the majority of the seating and the pool tables, placed up some steps to the rear of the main hall. If you go for a game of pool (already a depressing enough experience for me) you feel as though you are separated by time zones from where everyone else is sat. Which brings me on to how empty it always seems in here - frequently Jabez has been chosen by course-mates as the destination for a post-exam drink. Just after a huge final exam, exactly the sort of time when you might expect a bar located just moments from the main campus of one of Europe's largest universities would be particularly busy. But inside Jabez Clegg you could hear a minstrel drop from the small machine next to the bar (which incidentally is the best thing about this place).

    The drinks are more expensive than those at the union but less expensive than other post-lecture favourite Kro Bar which should seemingly make it a nice middle ground between budget and expensive but this really is my last option for drinking on campus.

  • 3.0 star rating
    First to Review

    Jabez Clegg - what to say? It's kinda rubbish, but it's a cheerful student pub. That's about it from me, really.

    • Qype User KevCam…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 359 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Jabez Clegg is normally associated with its well-renowned Friday night-out BOP. During the rest of the week, this is a slightly dingy cheerful student pub that offers alright food for the price and a range of alcohol for those thirsty students.
    Regarding nights out, everyone at the Manchester universities knows about BOP. It's cheesy-music, drunken antics, dingy upstairs club, all adds to the experience of the night. You have to experience all the 18/19/20 year olds dancing along drunkenly to Barbie Girl by Aqua to fully understand the magic of BOP.

    • Qype User anna_…
    • Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
    • 2 friends
    • 40 reviews
    2.0 star rating

    The bar downstairs is comfortable and cosy. They show live football matches and also have a pool table. Upstairs there are two dance floors. The larger of the two reminds me very much of school disco's. It is a perfect rectangle with chairs pushed around the outside. The DJ is positioned in a box high above the dance floor, almost out of site. The other room is very small and is used purely to offer a second choice in music. Both areas have a bar. I went to Jabez Clegg on a popular student night called The Bop and being a student night I was expecting cheap drinks but found them to be pretty expensive. Having said all of this, the atmosphere is friendly and I did have a great night. However, I put it down to the company rather than the venue and I certainly won't rush back.

    • Qype User nomis…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 108 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Located in the midst of the university of manchester, this venue hosts a different number of nights. The play various music saturday night being the most popular with locals. It's a convenient place to pop in for a drink or lunch with friends. The food and drinks are relatively cheap and they have various rooms which can be hired out for private parties. Highly recommended.

    • Qype User dirtyp…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 47 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    This place is a bar/restaurant/nightclub. The bar bit ranks really well, as it has massive leather seats and large screens to watch sky sports. Its located in the middle of the University of Manchester, so for students its ideal to pop in and have lunch or drown your sorrows after completing your exams. This place serves huge burgers, guaranteed to fill you up. In the night, it is mainly used as a live venue for gigs and club. The nights that are run vary from metallic rock to karoake and jazz. The place is really massive and has a good number of rooms which you can rent out for a private party or meetings. Many university societies tend to hold their event here. Highly recommended for the food

    • Qype User duckma…
    • Manchester
    • 10 friends
    • 108 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    grew up Jabez in my teensgreat for good studant night out and big barr downstairs..good place to chill on sunday to read papers.couple of pool tables too and big screen for footy, good price on beers to..what more can you ask for

    • Qype User essie8…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 70 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    This place gives off an air of a school disco, but it's a firendly enough pub, definitely better suited to students and they have some decents dj's on now and again!

    • Qype User Adi_Ev…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    1.0 star rating

    Unfortunate enuf to have had to go twice. First time round we went to wtch my mates band play upstairs in a room that looks like a kinda bdsm dungeon. downstairs looked nice enuf and i fancied a game of pool untill i learnt i had to pay a stupid deposit price for the white ball and another for the cues i understand that it is common practice in many city centre bars but, the staff were that lazy i didnt fancy standing at the bar for twenty minutes with cues and cue ball in hand waiting for them to aknowlegde me and give me my grans wedding ring back when id finished playing. the toilets were clean enough and i was rather impressed when i saw a member of staff actually wash his hands after using the facilities obviously lazy but clean. upstairs i had been drinking the cheapest supermarket bought lager in bottles on a buy one get one free basis however i was soon bored of sainsbury's own brand that i decided to go back down to the main bar and was impressed to see on tap, Kirin Ichiban so once the barstaff had stopped talking to eachother i excitedly ordered it. i must admit this pint could hav save jabez clegg for me, if a lot was riding on it if it was nice it would have been the best place in Manchester purely on its product selection esp as next to the kirin ichiban font stood a red stripe font. However as soon as i brought it to my lips i could smell it, and sharply demanded something else it was at this point i decided to go with the red stripe, however after one sip i realised it tasted more like american cream soda than the lovely jamacian fresh beer i was looking forward to. at this point i was just happy to drink something so i opted for a gin and tonic and thankfully they seemed to be able to manage this without killing me although fresh lime would have been nice. My second visit to jabez was short we met up with another of my mates bands before they played at the accademy. needless to say i advised my friends that the sainsburys own bottles were excellent and that maybe time was running away with us and that we should make our way up there as we dont want to miss sound check. we left after one bottle and then went to the accademy where the beer was .......... WORSE!

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