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~ 2016 News ~

Black Dog Ballroom Black Dog Ballroom NQ

Mrs Boon’s Tea Party and Reform Radio are set to take over Black Dog Ballroom NQ’s new dance and live space. This Summer Black Dog Ballroom is proud to announce the launch of two new and exciting regular weekend events in its brand new dance and live space, The Bunker.

Following the success of the Northern Quarter bar’s Fizz Face Fridays with BBC Manchester and Radio X DJ Clint Boon, the Black Dog team has decided to invite his wife to venue for a Sunday afternoon tea party takeover. Mrs Boon’s Tea party is set to launch on Saturday 21st May.

Every Saturday from 1pm – 4pm, the Boon family will be setting up home in The Bunker. Mrs Boon will be baking up a storm with her fabulous homemade cakes, Mr Clint Boon will be spinning the records and Black Dog Ballroom regulars can expect a varied amount of special guests over the coming weeks. In the past guests have included the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park and The Enemy so the bar team can’t wait to see who will be gracing the stage this time round. All the family are welcome too.

As if that wasn’t good enough, the party doesn’t stop there. Sundays in The Bunker are set to be equally exciting as the fun continues with a Reform Radio DJ takeover taking place every Sunday from 5pm – 10pm.  Launching on Sunday 22nd May, each week during the takeover different DJs from Reform Radio will be showcasing exclusive sets and shows across various genres from some of Manchester’s most respected talents.

Station owner at Reform Radio, Sam Oliveira, commented: “We're really pleased that the team behind The Bunker has recognised the talents of our amazing DJs and will be choosing from them on a weekly basis to provide the perfect Sunday soundtrack.”

Currently broadcasting the best in music, arts and culture live from the historic Old Granada Studios in Manchester, with 24/7 radio playing out on Reform Radio, the Reform DJs will be providing the same sort of eclectic sounds you'll find on the station.

Ticket entry to Mrs Boon’s Tea Party will cost £4 for adults and will be free for under 14s, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Entry to the Reform Radio takeover will be free and all are welcome. For more information visit Black Dog Ballroom NQ!
~ May 2016 ~

Tim Bacon
Tim Bacon Loses Battle With Cancer

Tim Bacon; chairman and co-founder of Living Ventures died on Saturday April 30th, 2016  at the age of 52 following more than a decade long battle with cancer.  Tim had been fighting lymphoma for 14 years, and more recently in 2014 was diagnosed with advanced melanoma.

The Australian born businessman, who started his working life at a young age as a child actor in the popular Australian soap Sons & Daughters, came to the UK in 1986 and started working in the Hospitality industry as a TGI Fridays employee.  After rising through the ranks he left to set up on his own, with his knowledge and experience culminating in him becoming the co-founder of popular and cutting edge casual restaurant and bar group Living Ventures.

Living Ventures operates a number of venues throughout the North West including The Alchemist, Artisan, Australasia, Black House Grill, The Botanist, Gusto, Manchester House and The Oast House.

An open memorial service is being held at The Albert Hall on Peter Street in Manchester on Monday, 16 May at 1pm.
~ May 2016 ~

Emprorio Brands - Cinco De Mayo Emprorio Brands - Cinco De Mayo
Cinco de Mayo Celebrated Across the UK with Tequila Casco Viejo and El Ron Prohibido

The annual Cinco de Mayo is upon us once again, and here at Emporia Brands, they’ve put together a series of events across the UK involving the award-winning Tequila Casco Viejo, and the unique El Ron Prohibido rum. Get ready for an action-packed 5th of May!

In Nottingham, Four Hundred Rabbits will be hosting a Tequila Masterclass with Samuel David Boulton from Emporia Brands at 3pm. Enjoy not only Casco Viejo, but also Don Agustin and Maracame, making it three superb brands from the famous Camarena Brothers! In the evening we'll be partying the night away with live music from the awesome Blue Brazil providing amazing Samba & Bosa Nova Latin grooves, plus special Tequila Casco Viejo cocktails.

If you’re in Manchester, Lust, Luck, Liquor and Burn will be the venue for a similar Casco Viejo masterclass, this time hosted by Tom Gedney-Higham of Emporia Brands from 2pm. In Leeds though, you’d need to head down to premier tequila bar Neon Cactus where you can find some Margarita Madness with Casco Viejo fresh fruit Margarita’s! Backroom are also hosting a Casco Viejo cocktail special, with your chance to win a tequila masterclass!

Cardiff is the home of our 2016 UK cocktail competition winner from earlier in the year, Alexander Taylor of 10 Feet Tall. His winning cocktail, Don Agustin’s Daisy, combines Casco Viejo Reposado with Amaretto, Gentian Wine, Yellow Bell Pepper and Citrus and will be on special for the duration of Cinco de Mayo.

Newcastle upon Tyne are also getting in on the action as Alvino’s are showing off the Mexican rum styles of El Ron Prohibido and Casco Viejo with some specially made cocktail serves, plus Popolo have for you a Casco Viejo Margarita ready and waiting for you!

If rum is your tipple, El Ron Prohibido can be found to be the go-to spirit at Riddles in Altrincham for a twist on an Old Fashioned, whilst Topolabamba in Glasgow are on hand to show off their Strawberry Daiquiri using this ‘forbidden’ Mexican brand.

Speaking of Scotland, Treacle in Edinburgh is the perfect venue to enjoy an El Ron Prohibido cocktail, whilst London offer to you the likes of Old Bengal Bar and Blessings Bar for their take on some Mexican cocktail classics!
If you fancy picking a bottle up yourself, you can purchase El Ron Prohibido at Astons of Manchester, The Dram Shop in Sheffield, John’s Wine and Spirits in Cornwall and Gerry’s in London. Similarly, Casco Viejo can also be found at Gerry’s as well as all Wine Rack stores across the UK.
~ May 2016 ~

Crazy Pedros Crazy Pedro's Manchester

Crazy Pedro’s Announces New Pizza Topping - It’s How They Sausage Roll!

This is not a drill. Crazy Pedro’s has created a sausage roll pizza and it’s all you’ve ever wanted and more. The popular pizza joint has gained a cult following for its seeing-is-believing bonkers creations but its latest one might just top the lot. Taking inspiration from a northern delicacy, the sausage roll, the new addition is like a Greggs lunch has exploded on a pizza and we like it. A lot.

The ‘Dirty Northerner’ pizza hit headlines earlier in the year with its outrageous chips, cheese and gravy topping and the newest recruit is a worthy successor. Dreggs is a cheeky concoction of sausage rolls, mozzarella, baked beans and brown sauce.

Available as a special throughout May, it is priced at £3 a slice or £15 for a whole 16-inch pizza. Of course the pizza joint also be continuing to offer its infamous Happy Hour deal. From 5pm to 9pm customers can enjoy two-for-one cocktails, 16” pizzas for £10 and single slices for just £2 (Sunday-Friday).

Lyndon Higginson, Executive Director of Crazy Pedro’s, The Liars Club and Cane & Grain says: “Manchester loves its sausage rolls so we thought let’s put them on a pizza and smother it in baked beans and brown sauce?! Dreggs is like the Dirty Northerner’s Manc cousin - we’re hoping everyone comes in to grab a slice!”

The Dreggs pizza is available now and throughout May at Crazy Pedro’s.

Crazy Pedro’s Part Time Pizza Parlour is open daily from Midday ’til 4am.
~ May 2016 ~

Arcane - Manchester
Arcane Cocktail Bar Opening April 2016

After much deliberation and renovation work, ARCANE Cocktail Bar is set to open its doors to the public in mid to late April 2016.

The venue is located at 2 South King Street, a bustling, up and coming area of bars & restaurants, and is the brainchild of owners Mark Taylor and Gary Kilroy.

The word ARCANE is defined as meaning “hidden, mysterious and understood by few”. The location and design of the venue goes a long way in describing what the owners were looking for and it takes a bold step away from the areas many concept bars.

The demise is found in the basement of the historic Queens Chambers building and boasts Grade II Listed features throughout, which the owners wanted to retain wherever possible. “The building is very old and the brickwork needed an awful lot of restoration to bring it back to life,” said co owner Mark, “this was key for us in our idea to develop a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere where we can concentrate on our concoctions, products and service, and allow our guests to really enjoy themselves."
Work began in the former bookmaker’s in late December 2015 and the first job was to rip out the old MDF panelling that completely covered the walls throughout the venue. This revealed walls and tiles that date back to Victorian times and were in desperate need of some extensive TLC. Almost 5 months later, ARCANE is ready to open its doors.
For the owners, who have been friends for nigh on 30 years, this has been a lifelong ambition in the making. “It’s something Mark and I have talked about since I can remember,” said co owner Gary “so for us to be doing this is literally a dream come true! We’ve both worked in and around Manchester City Centre for about 15 years, so we know the area very well and feel that we can offer some extra qualities to Manchester’s bar frequenters. Great products and fantastic service go a long way and in an age where concept bars are rife, what’s wrong with just being a great bar?”
~ April 2016 ~

The Pen & Pencil - Manchester

Lazy Sundays in Manchester’s Northern Quarter just got hip hop, thanks to the new weekly Hip Hop Swap Shop launching at The Liars Lounge in Cane & Grain on Sunday 1st May.

Every Sunday from 2 ’til 7pm the top floor Tiki lounge of Cane & Grain is set to be transformed into a hip hop emporium with a variety of goodies available for Manchester’s most fashionable residents to buy from some of the city’s best second hand and artisan traders. Plus shoppers can enjoy great music, workshops and treats from Cane & Grain’s meaty menu.

Each weekly event will have a different theme and for the first event on 1 May there will be a special ‘Clothes Swap’ session as The Liars Lounge becomes a trading ground for Manchester locals to swap their threads for some fresh swag.

The process is simple, shoppers are urged to dig out their unwanted clothes and accessories and bring them along to the bar from 2-3pm. All items must be in a clean and wearable condition and there can be no more than 15 items per person. Entry to the bar is free, but there will be a £2 door tax for those who wish to participate in the swap shop. Assistants will be on hand to sort through items for viewing purpose and shoppers will be given tokens for each item of clothing they bring. The clothes swapping will then begin at 3pm and shoppers can exchange their tokens for the items they want to take home.
Anyone who doesn’t have clothes to offer is still welcome to come and grab something to take home: tokens will be available to purchase from the Clothes Swap Assistants at a price of £1 per token, and each token can be swapped for one item.  Items accepted include: ladies & mens clothing, as well as shoes and accessories.
Hip Hop Swap Shoppers can - of course - enjoy a bit of hip hop whilst they browse alongside some cracking food and drinks offers. The bar will be serving a special ‘Hip Hop Swap Shop £5 Menu’, with a choice of  1/2 Baby Back Ribs,  a Boneless Roll, Single Bacon Cheeseburger or a Mexican Bean Burger (v) - all served with fries or salad.
Lyndon Higginson, co-owner of Cane & Grain said: “The Northern Quarter is undoubtedly the city’s creative hub and we love hip hop so it made sense to throw all of this together and show our support to the independent retailers in the area. We hope the Hip Hop Shop will give Manchester locals something fun and different to do on a Sunday afternoon.”
The Hip Hop Swap Shop with music, fashion, gifts & workshops will take place in The Liars Lounge on the top floor at Cane & Grain, every Sunday from 2pm ’til late, starting on Sunday 1 May with the Clothes Swap Special.
~ April 2016 ~

The Red Door - Manchester The Red Door - Manchester

Property Developers Call Time at Elixir Tonics & Treats. Popular deansgate Cocktail Bar Elixir released the below statment confrimg the venue is set to close.

To all our valued, loyal and supportive customers… "Everything for a reason, a time and a season”.

It's with a little heartache that we share our news with you today. It seems the inevitable has happened and our story at the little house on Deansgate is coming to an abrupt end. Very recently we received news that our red brick building is to be flattened to make way for a new development, something modern, something befitting of the location. We’ve never argued the fact that we are an ugly duckling architecturally. And so it’s come to light that our lease won’t be renewed, in fact we have a few short months to vacate our beloved home at 123 Deansgate. The building will be quashed and with it goes Elixir, one of the last remaining independent businesses on Deansgate. The corporate jungle is relentless and we are powerless to its brute force.

The news came as a shock to our team and with much sadness, a little panic, disbelief and confusion but quite quickly followed with a quiet understanding that everything has to end, nothing lasts forever, change is inevitable and evolution takes many forms. We shouldn’t fight it when it’s beyond our control, we will ride the wave and hope there’s something great for us on the horizon. We will, in the meantime of course, suck the marrow dry and leave no thirst unquenched.
Our vison just over two years ago was to bring something soulful to Manchester, a sanctuary away from pretence, something real. A place where cocktails were the key to unlocking a door in ourselves and our customers, all we had to do was push. Behind the door we hoped there was a room, without inhibition or exclusion, somewhere that ignited fun, imagination and conversation. What a joy it’s been for us to watch magical nights unfold, faces light up, memories made and troubles forgotten.
It has been a pleasure to be embraced by this great city, a place where an independent, owner operated, small and indistinct cocktail bar can seemingly appear so big and shine so bright, only in Manchester!
To all those customers who’ve joined us for drinks, to the people who voted us “Best Cocktail Bar” in Manchester to the unique and wonderful staff who’ve passed through our doors and shared in the magic, we thank you!
There are many practical questions that we welcome in the coming days and safe to say we’ll be having one big-ass closing party. We are open as usual, we hope to remain open up to and including the 25th June 2016 so please join us for Tonics and Treats and help send us off with a bang! Any questions relating to our closure or bookings that post date 25th June please contact elixir and we can discuss with you personally and assist where possible
At this time we don’t have any new premises to move to, we aren’t sure what the future holds. Words cannot begin to express what Elixir means to our team
We are authentic, we have heart… we hope you could taste it. Elixir.
~ April 2016 ~

The Pen & Pencil - Manchester

The Pen and Pencil has joined forces with Mad Men artist Dyna Moe to launch its new drinks menu.

Manchester folk can now enjoy a taste of the Manhattan spirit as Northern Quarter bar and eatery, The Pen and Pencil, launches its new drinks list, with cocktails served with a ‘Mad Men’ twist.

Taking its name and inspiration from the infamous mid-twentieth century New York bar which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men (the original ‘Mad Men’), The Pen and Pencil has decided to make this legacy the focal point for its new drinks menu.  As a result, tipplers can play ‘spot the Mad Men reference’ as they pick a drink from the new cocktail list which includes a choice of ‘Benton’s Old Fashioned’ and ‘Next Stop Smalls’, amongst many more.

Mancunians will still have a cheeky reminder of where they are though, thanks to one particular cocktail: ‘A Manchester Minute’. Set to be a favourite of Northern Quarter regulars, it’s made with Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Cocchi Torino vermouth, maraschino liqueur, bubblegum syrup and orange bitters. Be warned, this one is not for the faint-hearted and has a real Mancunian kick to it.
Other favourites include the ‘Tomorrowland’, made with Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Licor 43, Mozart Gold Chocolate Liqueur and mint chocolate chip ice cream, The Long Pink Stick, with Portobello Road gin, elderflower cordial, raspberry syrup and Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade, and ‘The Fixer Upper’ made with Pistachio shell infused Aylesbury Duck vodka, Amandine liqueur, cardamom syrup and espresso
The bar invited the public to get involved in the design of the new drinks menu by launching a Twitter poll so people could vote for their favourite iconic Manchester advert to be featured in the menu. New York based artist Dyna Moe was then tasked with putting her expert, Mad Men spin on the adverts. Specialising in all things Mad Men, Dyna Moe is the the creator of the AMC’s very own Mad Men Yourself avatar app and Mad Men: The Illustrated World book, so she was the perfect person to help with the new menu look. Designs featured in the new menu include famous ads from Boddingtons, Harvey Nichols, Manchester Art Gallery and Johnnie Walker, all done in a slick 1950’s Mad Men style
Open seven days a week, The Pen & Pencil offers the perfect place for the NQ’s creative locals to chill, think, meet and enjoy great food and drink.
~ April 2016 ~

Vermilion Manchester

Vermilion is proud to announce their most exciting news since they opened their doors in 2007.

Over the last few years Vermilion has been busy creating a vast space for grand weddings and corporate events of Manchester. This new space will be located on same premises and will be able to accommodate up to 800 guests. As always with the Vermilion team, it will not be any ordinary Event Hall, this will be one of the North West's most opulent halls, with eye to detail and luxurious atmosphere. Coupled with Vermilion's renowned service, management and food, set to be one of the most exciting projects from Vermilion.

They are very excited to announce the first phase of the Hall will be complete this July and accommodate 200 guests. The second and final phase (600 guest accommodation) will be completed in December. Altogether a massive 800 people capacity.

For more information or reservations please contact 0161 202 0055.

~ April 2016 ~

The Red Door - Manchester The Red Door - Manchester
Find Out What’s Behind The Red Door In Manchester….

The team who brought legendary split-level venue JW Johnsons to Manchester have reunited to bring Red Door to the exact location on Deansgate in Manchester, underneath The Botanist.  Leisure icon Tim Bacon has joined forces once again, with Chester based entrepreneur Dave Hinds and former Living Ventures bar expert, Lee Lynch, to bring this stylish and fun bar to the heart of the city.

A return to this site will trigger a lot of reminiscing for anyone involved with JW Johnsons.  The vibrant restaurant and bar was located on the ground floor, but it was the basement club where the happiest and possibly haziest memories were formed.  It was a melting pot of people from all walks of life (TV personalities, musicians, sports stars, journalists and office-workers) who all had a common bond, a love of good music, live music, and a zest for dancing and forming lasting friendships.

Tim and Dave’s business relationship stretches back to the early 90’s when they set up JW Johnsons, followed  by Via Vita and Life Café across the UK, at which time they were joined by business partner Jeremy Roberts.  Together, the trio spearheaded a revival of the dining scene in Manchester city centre.  Those venues were sold to Whitbread in 1999 after which Dave Hinds decided to concentrate on his property interests, leaving Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts to establish Living Ventures.

The subterranean Red Door will undergo a major overhaul costing £350k and is set to open in June 2016.   Occupying 2800 sq ft with a capacity of 250,  it will create 20 jobs.  Opening times will be 8pm-2am 7 days a week.  Red Door, 78 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2FW.
 Managing Director, Lee Lynch, who has worked with Tim Bacon and Dave Hinds since 1998 and is a partner in Red Door said “Following the huge success of our venues in Chester and Liverpool, we are delighted to bring Red Door to Manchester, our intention is to make it one of the best bars around, with highly trained bar-tenders and live music.   It will hopefully make a significant contribution to the return of a positive and thriving bar scene at that end of Deansgate".
~ April 2016 ~

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