Never ones to say no to a drop or two of Rum, we excitedly headed down to Manchester city centre's favourite new rum bar; Turtle Bay, to test drive their rum offerings, at an evening tasting session guided by Oli, Turtle Bay's resident maestro mixologist. Oli enthusiastically talked us through 7 of his favourite Rums with everything from the history of rum, to light hearted anecdotes about ‘Nelsons Blood’ whilst we sipped on old and new favourites alike, learning to savour this complex drink, without a mixer, in its neat form.
They offer one of the best selections you'll find anywhere, from the light and delicate Chairman's Reserve, to the incredibly vibrant Orange Santa Teresa, to the robust and bold Pusser's Navy Rum. There's a rum for all tastes. Best of all, no matter which rum you pick, the cost is exactly the same!
For added spice and punch, its 2-4-1 cocktails during happy 'hour', which actually runs from 12 noon to 7pm, and then again from 10pm until close. You could even call 7pm-10pm the unhappy hours!
There's no better place in town than Turtle Bay to enjoy a rum, wine, beer, cocktail, all in a great friendly, laid back, Caribbean environment.
Around the World in 80 Beers already offers an impressive array of more than 80 beers – from popular choices to obscure gems – and with the launch of their comprehensive new cocktail menu served up by world-class cocktail flairers, there’ll be something for everyone at this perennially popular bar.
Traditionalists will find plenty of classic cocktails, such as Cosmopolitans, Martinis and Mojitos. However, if you want something out of the ordinary, you’ll find signature cocktails, such as the Weisse Beer Sour, featuring a beautifully blended combination of beer and Buffalo Trace.
Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy the ultimate sugary treat in the form of the whipped cream and popping candy topped Bubblegum Shake. However, for those seeking a guilt-free treat, there are a range of Skinny Cocktails, made with calorie-free mixers, and mocktails, offering a refreshing summer treat without the hangover.
Groups can dive in to sharing cocktails, like the JD Barrel and the Treasure Chest or why not enjoy a cocktail like the Flaming Lamborghini which will get every head at the bar swivelling in your direction.
Last night, in the glorious Manchester sunshine, guests flocked to the launch of the Appleton Estate Rum Bus at Great Northern Square.
Sampling the amazing cocktails served up by the team behind West Didsbury’s The Violet Hour, Rum lovers were treated to classic Appleton serves the Rum Punch, Mai Tai and Jamaican Mule, plus the specially created Rum & Raisin Nice Dream.
The fully functioning mobile rum bus has taken up residence outside the entrance to the Great Northern for the next four weeks and hosts an 80 capacity pop-up outdoor seating area with parasols and benches and side opening bar, plus an inside seating area meaning the Bus can serve its delicious Appleton Estate cocktails inside and out, come rain or shine.
Dan Pollard, owner of the Violet Hour, comments: “The launch was a huge success and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The cocktails went down a treat and we’re hugely looking forward to bringing a taste of Jamaica to Manchester for the next four weeks. See you at the bar!”
Fresh Flair Competition is Manchester's newest and freshest flair bartending competition hosting some of the city's, and indeed the country's, most talented flair bartenders for a night of entertainment the likes of which Manchester has never seen.
Fresh Flair Competitions are proud to be teaming up with Joining Jack a charity set up by parents Alex and Andrew Johnson in aid of their son Jack who was diagnosed with DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) in 2012. There is currently little awareness and research into possible treatments is very underfunded.
Joining Jack was first brought to my attention in 2013 with great help from the Rugby Community and the trademark Joining Jack symbol players would show after scoring a try. Every TV interview I have seen featuring Jack and his parents has always touched my heart and his ability to keep smiling through everything and live just as every 5 year old child should.
The Event itself will be featuring around 15 of the city and country's best flair bartenders, fighting it out for a top prize of £300 (overall winner) sub-categories
- Best Manchester based bartender
- Runner up
- 3rd place
- Most Entertaining Routine
- Best Cocktail (sponsored by Stoli Vodka)
- Best Working Flair Bartender.
Each competitor will get 5 minutes to perform their best flair routine in front of professional judges, including TGI Fridays Master bartender Andy "Hero" Duckworth. Old school flair enthusiast and cave direct owner Will Evans & event organiser Ryan Clayton
The event itself will include many sponsors such as Stoli Vodka, Moritz Beer, Escapade bars and more TBA. Besides the competition itself we will also be featuring Manchester DJ's ; Dj MegaTune (Isle of Wight festival / Apotheca / Les Fleuers) & Daniel Deighan (Sound Control / Apotheca) as well as crowd involvement competitions such as Speed Bottle Opening and give-aways such as flair bottles and t-shirts.
Advance tickets will be available for £3(not including booking fee of £1) Available on Skiddle
Price on the door will be £6 with all ticket sales going towards Joining Jack. Click here for more details.
Alighting Thursday 17th July, the Appleton Estate Rum Bus is coming to Manchester for an extended four-week stopover, with the team from West Didsbury’sThe Violet Hour serving up a selection of classic Rum cocktails from its summer home in Great Northern Square. .
The fully functioning mobile rum bus, with side opening bar and inside seating area, serves a selection of four Appleton Estate cocktails inside and out, come rain or shine. The bus will take up residence outside the entrance to the Great Northern and will host an 80 capacity pop-up outdoor seating area, with benches and parasols for rum lovers to take advantage of the sunshine.
The cocktail experts at The Violet Hour have curated the cocktail list and will be serving Appleton classic Rum Punch, Mai Tai and Jamaican Mule, plus the specially created Rum & Raisin Nice Dream. In addition rum lovers can expect limited edition weekly specials, with details announced via Twitter.
The Appleton Estate Rum Bus is a sophisticated drinking experience, inspired by the Jamaican Omnibus series bus, which operated in Kingston from 1948 until the late 70’s. The whole experience takes you on a journey to Jamaica, to an age of heritage and tradition, and to the place where Appleton Estate started to make some of the finest rum in the world back in 1749.
The bar is hand made in the same coach-building style as the bus itself - featuring hand riveted joints and rolled aluminium top with the Interior maintaining all of the original features - from luggage racks to skylights and seats. The removed seats have been adapted to create an outdoor seating area and an interior furnished with vintage luggage and props.
Dan Pollard, owner of the Violet Hour, comments: “From the moment we saw the Appleton Estate Rum Bus we knew it would be perfect for a summer of Rum in Manchester. The quality, attention to detail is second to none, as of course is the Rum.
Following the huge success of The Violet Hour in Didsbury, this is our first project in the city centre and we can’t wait for everyone to get on board.”Follow the Appleton Estate Rum Bus’s Manchester journey at @RumSummer2014
This summer, a host of the region’s cycling greats will be joining forces with The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex situated at The Printworks and Virgin Active to celebrate the start of the Tour de France. Cycling legends will join the members of 47 cycling clubs to participate in a charity indoor bike ride to promote the importance of staying active and to raise much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation.
The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex, Manchester, (one of the city’s most popular venues, featuring the Shooters Sports Bar with its big screens and pool tables) is well known for supporting sporting events in the city, sponsoring a variety of sports teams and events in the area. Teaming up with leading health club chain, Virgin Active, for the charity indoor bike ride underlines the commitment of the team at The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex to promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.
Participants in the charity indoor bike ride will be trading their usual bikes for a ‘Group Cycle’, a high-tech stationary exercise bike which is the choice of the professionals when training for competitive events such as the Tour de France indoors. The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex and Virgin Active’s charity indoor bike ride will be Manchester’s only big celebration of the Tour de France, the world’s most famous bike race, so is likely to attract fans of the sports as well as a host of world class cyclists.
James Hodgson, General Manager of the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex, said:“Although many of our customers like to indulge in a beer or two, the Shooters Sports Bar within the complex (which shows all live sporting events) attracts huge numbers of sports lovers as well as plenty of sporting professionals. We recognise that a lot of these customers are interested in a wide variety of sports, so we aim to reflect this by promoting a healthy lifestyle. We’re proud to be joining forces with Virgin Active on our charity indoor bike ride and have also been adding healthier options to our summer menu.”
Hayley Cooper, General Manager of Virgin Active, added:“We’re always looking for fresh and innovative ways to promote an active lifestyle and by joining forces with The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex, we’ve been able to reach a new audience, while supporting our cyclists in raising money for The British Heart Foundation, a fantastic charity. We couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate the Tour de France!”
The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex is one of Manchester’s most successful venues, featuring four bars over three floors, and more screens showing live sports than any other bar in the area. For fans of cycling, there will be nowhere better in the UK to get into the Tour de France spirit this summer!
Granada studios are setting up a football World Cup 'beach' stadium in their formert car park, where fans can enjoy the games live on a big screen, complete with sand beach, grandstands. Tickets are free but in limited numbers. Let's hope that the Manchester weather plays ball too?
~ 21 May 2014