At 7.30pm on Sunday 7 February 2016, thousands of pub quizzers, pub regulars, friends and family will be sitting down in their local to answer the first in a series of questions of an identical pub quiz, in an attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for the largest multi venue quiz.
The idea is the brainchild of PubAid, the organisation dedicated to highlighting the great work pubs in the UK do for charity, who have partnered with JustGiving, the world’s leading online fundraising platform to break a World Record.
Co-founder of PubAid, Keith Knowles, commented: “We're sure we can beat the record, but more importantly, our aim is for each pub to use the quiz evening as a great method of raising money for charity and spreading the word about the great work pubs do every year for good causes.”.
Anne-Marie Huby, managing director and co-founder of JustGiving, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with PubAid to help pubs across the UK raise money for great causes. The British Pub is an institution that is perfectly placed to galvanise communities to come together to do good.”
The team are hoping to get more than 1,000 pubs to join forces with them to achieve the World Record.
More details of the World Record breaking bid and information on how to be part of it, can be found here.
Anyone who has been to Cane & Grain’s First Floor Bar will already be aware of it’s distinctively American feel. With sumptuous leather seating, taxidermy-adorned walls and a bar area that looks like it’s been taken straight out of the Old West; it’s the perfect setting for a Thanksgiving celebration.
The bar has teamed up with Wild Turkey bourbon for a very special Thanksgiving Grain Club on the 26th November. They’re inviting Manchester to live out the American dream by indulging in a banquet bursting with fresh ingredients and mouth-watering flavours complete with the opportunity to taste every product from the Wild Turkey range for an immersive and memorable dining experience.
Wild Turkey cocktails will be flowing all night and guests can enjoy smoked turkey breast, roasted yams, roasted squash mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, honey and maple glazed carrots, stuffing, pigs in blankets, rosemary and thyme mac and cheese, gravy and roast potatoes. Dinner will finish with desserts including pumpkin and cinnamon pie, chocolate brownie and key lime pie.
Lyndon Higginson, Executive Director at Cane & Grain says: “Our First Floor Bar oozes classic Americana and makes the perfect backdrop for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Naturally you don’t have to be from the States to join the festivities; we’re excited to open our doors to Manchester’s Americanophiles and play Uncle Sam for the evening.”
The event starts at 7pm on Thursday 26th November. Tickets are £50 - call 0161 839 7033 to secure your place. Advance booking is required, turning up like Manchester’s answer to Bruce Springsteen, optional
Created with cocktail guru Jody Monteith, Oddest's new winter cocktail menu is a feast for the senses! To celebrate, Oddest is also introducing a brand new happy hour (Monday-Saturday, 5-7pm).
Choose from brand new creations including Winter Zombie (three different rums with winter juices and fire!), Miraculous Plum Collins, Peach & Cinnamon Julep, Quentin Crisp Quince Clover Club and many more, or enjoy classic favourites such as Mojito, Espresso Martini or Oddest's ever popular creations Tea Party and Glamour Model.
Cabana, the award winning Brasilian barbecue restaurant group, has officially opened in the newly redeveloped Corn Exchange building. Bringing their unique Brasilian spirit to Manchester, Cabana’s new 6,000 sq ft restaurant has 230 covers along with a dedicated Caipirinha Bar on the first floor, making Cabana the ideal place to inject some South American energy into your life.
Tuesday 28th October saw a VIP tasting evening where Coronation Street starlets Brooke Vincent and Catherine Tyldesley joined friends for a fun evening of Caipirinhas and Skewers, while on Wednesday 29th October, Cabana brought the heat to Manchester with a Latin-inspired party that got people’s taste buds tingling and hips shaking.
With sets from VIVA Ems and Rowetta on vocals, plus critically acclaimed DJ Lewis Robinson, the man behind Mais Um Discos - the Brasilian label representing the NEW sounds of Brasil, the party started early and lasted into the night.
Guests sampled an array of Cabana’s colourful barbecue skewers, including their best-selling Spicy Malagueta Chicken and chilli and cumin Cabana Steak, as well as a selection of Brasilian street food snacks such as Coxinhas (croquettes of shredded chicken and spices) and Bolinhos (crunchy fried rice balls).
But it was the upstairs Caipirinha bar where the party was really at; with jugs of the Brasilian Barbecue’s famous cocktails being served alongside Brasilian craft beers and wine, the hammocks were truly swinging.
Corrie Stars and Celebs Rock at the £500,000 Walrus and Tusk Re-Launch
Thursday the 22nd October seen the Coronation Street stars Catherine Tydlesley, Tina Obrien and Bruno Langley join a host of Manchester’s glitterati to celebrate the half a million pound relaunch of two of the Northern Quarter’s favourite bars.
Walrus and Tusk situated next door to each other on High Street are both owned by MAD LTD who monopolise the Northern Quarter with great venues which include Rosylee, Fitzgerald, Hula and the newly opened Infamous Diner.
Guests were treated to drinks from the new cocktail menu and food from new menus created by award winning head chef Chris Byron.
An excellent evening was had by all with entertainment provided by fire-eaters, a Beatles tribute band (The Cheatles), African musicians and local DJ Gareth Brooks.
Revolution Founders Plan ‘World’s Best Bars’ After Buying 50% Stake In Manchester Operator, Trof Group
Revolution Vodka Bar founders, Roy Ellis and Neil Macleod, have acquired a 50 per cent stake in Manchester bar operator Trof Group, founded by Joel Wilkinson and Adelaide Winter, with a view to opening the “best entertainment venues and bars in the world” under a new company called Mission Mars.
Trof Group has a £6m annual turnover and operates three multi-award winning venues in Manchester, including Gorilla and Deaf Institute. The first project for Mission Mars is the £3.5m opening of Albert’s Schloss on the ground floor of the grade II-listed 3,000 capacity Albert Hall on Peter Street.
Albert Hall, the 2,500 capacity main chapel above Albert’s Schloss has been operated for two years as a live entertainment venue by Trof Group, hosting more than 130 sell-out events, including gigs by Sam Smith, the Manic Street Preachers and The Script.
Wilkinson said: “We operate some of Manchester’s most successful and exciting venues with Gorilla and Deaf Institute firmly established on the live band and club scene. When we acquired the 3,000 capacity Albert Hall on Peter Street we knew of only two people who had the knowledge and experience that could help us achieve our ambitious dreams for this beautiful and iconic Manchester landmark.
“The addition of Albert’s Schloss to Albert Hall completes the vision we had back in 2008 when we opened The Deaf Institute. It was our dream to have beautiful venues, hosting World-class entertainment with hospitality, food and drink to match. We can't wait to open the doors and invite music lovers in to enjoy an incredible experience, the only one of its kind in the UK. We are also going to be offering private parties, corporate events and conferences along with the weddings we launched last year.”
Albert’s Schloss will be a unique food, drink and entertainment venue, described as a Bohemian pleasure palace. Both bohemian in nature and in spirit; Bohemia is in the Czech republic, bound by Bavaria and Schloss means nobles house for recreation.
Albert’s Schloss will be an upmarket addition to the Manchester bar and restaurant scene with attention to detail like nowhere else in the City. For example freshly brewed Pilsner Urquel will be delivered by tanker, direct from the Czech Republic every week, and on- site blended schnapps made in a specially created vault. The food menu, curated by group executive chef director, Dan Mullen, will contain items of Bavarian, Bohemian and Alpine origin with contemporary twists in addition to other modern classics and will have an in-house bakery providing fresh bread, pretzels, pastries and puddings.
Live music and an eclectic mix of performers will feature most nights on the stage and at weekends from 10pm.
Ellis said: “Our new company, Mission Mars, has been formed to create the best entertainment venues and bars in the world. We aim to have the very best venues to work in, be entertained in, and invest in.”
After months of speculation Manchester’s newest venue “Dive” is set to open its shutters to the Northern Quarter scene.
Concealed next to Afflecks Palace, this subspace venue has a lot to bring to the NQ. From live DJ’s, entertainment and sports to cutting edge drinks and bites; they’ve got something to suit everyone in this social hub.
Based around the American dive bar concept; an informal term for a ‘neighbourhood’ bar for local residents to go to drink and socialise, it is set to become the latest addition to the Northern Quarters eclectic mix of venues.
Adam Shepherd, General Manager said: “After spending time analysing the market and experiencing what the Northern Quarter has to offer we decided to create a multi-faceted venue with something to suit everyone”
Situated in the heart of the creative district, combining elements of Manchester old and new this bar is looking to incorporate the industrial and alternative vibe Manchester’s Northern quarter has to offer. With their legendary cocktail ‘Mary’s Smokin’ this venue is set to become a one stop place for liquor, shots and cocktails.
Joanne Barlow, Sales and Marketing Manager said “From day to night Dive will have a laid back, casual philosophy giving you the opportunity to enjoy drinks and bites with friends from midday before taking in the exciting live acts and high quality DJs into the early hours.”
Popular pizza joint enlists the help of local artists to raise money for charity. When you think about art the humble pizza box might not automatically spring to mind. However, Motor Square pizza parlour and cocktail bar Crazy Pedro’s are about to change all that.
To celebrate National Pizza Month throughout October the super-cool late night haunt is throwing down the gauntlet to local artists all in the name of charity. They’ve asked well-known names in the area to design their own pizza boxes which are to be displayed on their walls throughout October.
The month-long instillation will celebrate celebrate Manchester’s creative flair and, while names of the artists are being kept under wraps for now, there promises to be some unique and utterly original offerings. Amongst the contributors are famous Northern Quarter street artists and renowned tattooists.
The project will culminate with a special auction at the end of the month where the pieces will go on sale for charity. All money raised will go to The Christie hospital in Manchester and the team are hoping that people will get into the spirit of things and give generously for a chance to take home one of the unconventional pieces.
Lyndon Higginson, of The Liars Club and Crazy Pedro’s says; “We were looking for something imaginative and a little offbeat for National Pizza Month and that’s how we came up with the idea. The pizza box project really epitomises Crazy Pedro’s rebellious and unconventional attitude and we’re excited so many talented artists have got on board.
We can’t wait to put the creations on display for all our customers to enjoy and we’re sure they’ll make a welcome addition. After all where else would you find graffitied pizza boxes as part of the decor? Plus, raising lots of money for charity at the end of the month is the cherry on top.”
Local artists have until the 23rd October to submit their work which will then go on display throughout October to celebrate National Pizza Month.
Pot Kettle Black Launch Christmas Campaign, #PKBelieve in support of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Members of Manchester’s corporate and food and drink scene got in the festive spirit on Wednesday evening at the Pot Kettle Black Christmas Event. In addition to showcasing the space for holiday parties and private events, owners Mark Flanagan and Jon Wilkin (St Helens RFC) launched #PKBelieve, a campaign in support of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
As guests arrived to the Barton Arcade venue, they were offered a variety of festive cocktails created by international bar consultant, Jamie Jones. After spending time at Alder Hey as a child, Jamie jumped at the opportunity to design a menu for the event. Guests were also able to indulge in a selection of fine wine graciously donated by Rodney Demson Wines.
Founded in 1914, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is now the largest in Europe. Specialising in Oncology and Muscular Dystrophy as well as spinal, heart and brain conditions, the hospital cares for over 270,000 children, young people and their families. #PKBelieve, will officially commence on October 5th and run throughout the holiday season. Residents of Greater Manchester will be able to drop off gifts at several venues across the city centre which will go directly to the children at Alder Hey.
“It can’t be easy spending Christmas in the hospital… Jon and I see the struggles these kids have to overcome year after year and we feel privileged to be able to work with Alder Hey to help put smiles on their faces.” - Mark Flanagan
The highly rated Bourbon and Black situated in Didsbury Village has expanded it's wings taking on the old Velvet Central unit on Mount St Bourbon & Black specialise in unique and rare Bourbons, Rye and Sour Mash Whiskeys. The food has gained much respect also with them using a wood burning flame grill inspired by primitive cooking methods using locally sourced and seasonal products including a selection of meats, fish and bird. Chef’s Specials include slow cooked melt-in-your-mouth dishes as well as specials from our Smoker “Elizabeth” and a Bourbon & Black signature steak._ November 2015
Quill a fine dining restaurant with an exclusive cocktail bar opened its doors in the former Topshop Shoes unit on King Street on the 30th October 2015. Quill is the second venue for the owner On the Wall Group following the launch of Chalk Bar & Grill in Didsbury last year._ November 2015
Walkabout is set to open a second unit within The Printworks in time for Christmas at the old Henry J Beans unit. The venue is due to open on the 10th December._ November 2015
A new Gin Distillery is set to open in Manchester which will produce Thomas Dakin Gin, named after the founder of the world's oldest gin producer. Thomas Dakin Gin will be handcrafted in a new artisanal distillery in the centre of Manchester; the first gin to be distilled in this great northern English city._ October 2015
La Gitane Bar Jazz Bar originally open in the 1990’s has re-opened in a new location within the basement of Turkish restaurant Café Istanbul on Bridge St_ October 2015
The popular West Yorkshire restaurant Prashad and beer cafe The Sparrow in Leeds are planning on joining forces bring you Bundobust offering craft beer and Indian steet food. The venue is set to be in the ever popular Northern Quarter but the actual location is being kept secret (for now) _ October 2015
The planned launch the acclaimed Tapas restaurant El Gato Negro on King Street has been postponed to early 2016 due to delays in renovations. _ October 2015
Albert Schloss opened its doors on 15th October. Albert’s Schloss is Manchester’s first Tankovna, serving the freshest Pilsner and Bavarian culinary delights this side of the Danube. _ October 2015
Bookmaker Fred Done is behind the redevelopment of the former Rendezous venue. The transformation of the new venue has been inspired by Peter Kay’s tv comedy hit Phoenix Nights. _ October 2015
Northern Quarter based creative studio NoChintz, responsible for the £1.5m Banyan within Corn Exchange in Manchester has developed further designs for venues in Leeds and Harrogate. _ October 2015
Former United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville who both co-own the former Stock Exchange, which once played home to a long term Manchester favourite Stock Restaurant. Have agreed to let the Manchester homeless shelter within the building this winter, whilst also offering them hot food and trade work within the construction site. The site is set to be turned into a plush hotel in early 2016. _ October 2015
Lunya has opened within Barton Arcade on Deansgate bringing a taste of the very best of Catalan and Spanish food along with the dining culture, vibe and passion to Manchester. _ October 2015
The former Jackson unit within Jacksons Warehouse on Tarrif Street is to open in January 2016 as the New Way Café. The bar is the brain child of drug campaigner Colin Davies who describes the New way Café as a cannabis social club. The sale of cannabis on the premises will be forbidden. _ October 2015