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Whilst it's possible to read too much into an architect's CGI mock up, an amended image of the new Manchester Hall project, which will be located in the 1920's Freemason's Hall opposite Mojo and Crazy Pedro's, indicates that the popular Pintura Basque Kitchen & Gin Bar will be bringing their delicious pintxos across the Pennines from Leeds. The original image previously featured the signage of Cielo Blanco, a Mexican tequila bar and restaurant also from the same Leeds operator, who are celebrated for the city's famous Jake's Bar, Oporto, and Neon Cactus as well as the Portobello Star in London which is home to their Ginstitute gin hotel and Portobello Road gin distillery. Closely related to Mojo, another Leeds export, it looks like they're going to make great neighbours, although opening (if it does indeed happen) should be at least a year off with work still taking place to convert the building to house two other top restaurants, a rooftop bar and boutique hotel, with the Freemasons keeping a floor for functions and conferences. ~ 17 January 2017

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Two armed gunmen have held up the Expo Lounge bar in Didsbury, forcing a female member of staff to open the safe. ~ 21 Jan 2017
The team behind the Vine Inn pub are set to open The Directors Box sports bar, across the road in the failed Beef & Pudding unit, in time for the Six Nations England v France rugby match on the 4th February. ~ 19 Jan 2017
Iain Hoskins, the owner of the Ma Boyle’s and Ma Egerton’s pubs in Liverpool, has opened Bock, a Belgian beer cafe, in the old Lounge 10 unit on Tib Lane, taking over the short-lived Filthy Cow burgers. ~ 19 Dec 2016
Salford craft brewery, Seven Bro7hers, owned by the seven McAvoy brothers, Greg, Keith, Nathan, Kit, Guy, Daniel and Luke, which was inspired by their time living in Oslo, has opened their £250,000 crowdfunded Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse in Ancoats, serving up their delicious brews alongside Italian food. Despite barely being open for a few weeks, they already have plans to open seven bars (naturally). ~ 15 Dec 2016
Yet another export from Leeds to Manchester is the wonderful Bundobust, which has taken the rather unfashionable basement unit vacated by Buffet Metro on Piccadilly Gardens. The multi-award winning craft beer bar and vegetarian Indian street food kitchen opened on 14th December. ~ 14 Dec 2016
One Night Only bandmates and brothers Jimmy and George Craig, who had a Top 10 hit with "Just For Tonight" in 2007, have opened live music bar Jimmy's NQ in the Newton Street venue vacated by Photo Lounge, next to the former Roadhouse. ~ 9 Dec 2016
Chorlton's The Laundrette (who are also behind the secret Washhouse speakeasy at Shudehill) have brought their combination of cocktails and carbs to the city centre with The Laundrette First Street, found next to HOME, which boasts a huge pizza oven, charcoal grill and all weather terrace. ~ 5 Dec 2016
A motoring themed pop-up has opened in the former car park of the Freemason's Hall, opposite Mojo and Crazy Pedro's on Bridge Street. Garage will operate until April 2017 whilst the building is converted to the new Manchester Hall development of restaurants and bars (see above). ~ 3 Dec 2016
The former Copacabana basement bar in the Northern Quarter has been turned into Cooper Hall, a huge beer hall by the team behind next door neighbours NoHo and Dusk Til Pawn. ~ 1 Dec 2016
London operator Drake and Morgan have opened their plush Scandinavian design bar The Refinery by Drake & Morgan in Spinnigfields. It has no relation to the popular The Refinery restaurant in Liverpool. ~ 28 Nov 2016
The council have given the go ahead to plans to convert the historic Mackie Mayor meat market on Swan Street in the Northern Quarter to a food hall ran by the team behind Market House in Altrincham. Confirmed artisan food and drink outlets include Atkinsons of Lancaster, Bao House, Blackjack Brewery, Fin, Honest Crust wood fired pizza, Katie's Cakes, Nationale 7, Reserve Wines, and Tender Cow rare breed steaks. ~ 1 November 2016

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Real Ale Bar Jamboree Foodfest & Bar ~ New vintage-style bar opposite Piccadilly Gardens ~ Nov 2016
Cocktail Bar Junkyard Golf Club ~ Crazy golf bar next to Piccadilly Station ~ Sep 2016
Cocktail Bar Liquor Store First Street ~ Second branch from the Mancunian celebration bar ~ Sep 2016
Cocktail Bar Menagerie ~ Upmarket cocktail bar centred around a catwalk showcasing dancers and acrobats ~ Aug 2016
Cocktail Bar Grafene ~ Experimental cocktail bar influenced by Manchester's scientific breakthroughs ~ July 2016
Cocktail Bar B.Eat Street ~ Collection of cool independent bars and restaurants at Great Northern ~ July 2016
Wine Bar Tapeo & Wine ~ A simple yet sophisticated independent Spanish wine bar on Deansgate ~ May 2016
Cocktail Bar Arcane ~ Hidden basement cocktail bar just off Deansgate from ex-Apotheca team ~ May 2016
  Other new bars in Manchester include: ~ Mahiki Manchester (Spring 2017) ~ Bundobust (December 2016) ~ Mexica (Dec 2016) ~ Jimmy's NQ (9 Dec 2016) ~ Cooper Hall (1 Dec 2016) ~ Crazy Pedro's Northern Quarter (November 2016) ~ The Pilcrow (Sep 2016) ~ The Loading Bay (Autumn 2016) ~ Hispi Didsbury (Oct 2016) ~ The Refuge by Volta (Sep 2016) ~ Squid Ink (Jul 2016) ~ Stage & Radio (June 2016) ~ Chilango (Apr 2016)

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