The city’s bar scene was dealt another blow yesterday, when Spring Gardens based Roc and Rye announced its closure, less than two years after launch.
Challenging economic climates and rising rents have been citied as contributory factors. We wish everybody concerned all the best.
Wednesday 17th April 2019
It saddens us to report that NQ favourite Fika closed its doors last night due to undisclosed circumstances, only 2 weeks after advertising for staff.
We wish everybody well, and are pleased to see that many staff have already been offered roles at other bars in the city. Its amazing to see our hospitality industry being such a tight knit group, especially in tough times.
Thursday 11th April 2019
Bluedot Brings Lunar Landings To The Refuge
This Easter weekend, The Refuge will celebrate with a spectacular line-up of events and entertainment, launching with a lunar landings showcase on Thursday 18th April.
Manchester’s iconic hangout, The Refuge will combine wellness activities, a stellar line-up of DJ sets, and a collaboration with one of the UK’s leading festivals, Bluedot.
Wednesday 10th April 2019
Wilderness Record Store, located at 9 Egerton Crescent, just off Withington High Street has chosen Record Store Day to officially open.
The store will incorporate a café serving freshly made toasties, cakes, pastries, a range of interesting beers and wines, along with the venue's very own Wilderness Gin and Tonics.
The Wilderness team will be at the store all day, choosing tunes and meeting all the locals.
Thursday 4th April 2019
Folk & Soul
Less than a year after opening in the former Odd site in the Northern Quarter, Vegan restaurant & bar Folk & Soul have announced their closure on social media.
Fans of Folk & Soul all may not be lost, as they have said to expect the back soon in unexpected places! Could this mean a street food pop up?
Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Hatch Phase 2
Manchester’s award-winning food, drink and retail pop up destination; Hatch at Circle Square has revealed plans to treble in size this June, which will see it evolve into a multipurpose, creative village of food, drink, retail, entertainment, roof terraces, creative workspace, public use and event spaces.
Food and drink wise, where will be a bigger range of indie food and drink brands, underneath the Mancunian Way, as well as more permanent restaurant and bar operations. Backing this up, there will be a new shopping zone, featuring 10 new containers operated by independent retailers and designers..
And to top it all off, Hatch phase 2 will include new workspace and studio areas, which will be made available to creative businesses, makers, and designers who are in need of flexible and affordable workspaces.
Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Therapy Session Hatching
Award-winning food, drink and retail concept Hatch is bringing a brand new, free live art night to Manchester in the shape of Therapy Session on Friday 5th April.
Curated by local wall mural artist Lee Hartley of Manchester urban art collective, Paint Sayers, Hatch will be hosting a night of live art, spoken word, music alongside an art market.
Tabletop dancing joint Coyote Ugly have closed their doors for business, for an 'unspecified time'.
Water damage forced the venue to close a couple of weeks ago, but this has now led to a full investigation and repairs being carried out, during which time the premesis will be unfit for use. We hope to see them launch again in the near future.
Thursday 28th March 2019
Presenting ‘The Ivy Circus’
To celebrate the re-opening of the Roof Garden this April and to thank the people of Manchester, The IvySpinningfields presents ‘The Ivy Circus' – a spectacular extravaganza, hosted for one night only in collaboration with Allied London.
Visually incredible, a huge ‘Big Top Tent’ will be popping up in Hardman Square. The show-stopping event will begin from 7.30pm and play host to a breath-taking evening of live performances and music, including high-octane acts, flying aerial performers, perfectly skilled tight rope walkers, hand balancing jugglers and of course, the restaurant’s very own Ringmaster.
From 10pm the tent will be transformed into a nightclub, raising the roof until 1am. Whilst party goers are entertained by exceptional acts and performances they will be treated to flowing Champagne, wine, delicious cocktails and sumptuous canapés.
Tickets to this invitation-only event (friends of the restaurant and those who signed up to the Super Party are invited) are £100 per person inclusive of all food, drinks and entertainment, with all proceeds donated to the Fire Fighters Charity following their heroic management of the rooftop fire in January. The Fire Fighters Charity helps to rescue the rescuers, supporting them to recover their lives when they need it most.
We Are Lager Final Lineup
We Are Lager today announces the final lineup of international craft breweries for the UK’s biggest lager festival in Manchester this April, plus local food traders with lager matched menus, and a stellar lineup of DJs.
22 of the world’s finest craft lager breweries will descend on Manchester from 4th-7th April, bringing with them over 50 styles of lager to create the UK’s biggest lager festival. The four day celebration will be held in one of Manchester’s most iconic victorian buildings - Upper Campfield Market, with tickets for the eight sessions available in advance.
The final two breweries now confirmed to showcase their lager at the festival are Swedish brewers Omnipollo, and Mahrs Brau from Germany, adding to the truly international lager lineup.
They will joining UK based Pillars Brewery, Mondo Brewing Company and Moor Beer, and from the Czech Republic Budvar - most famous for the long standing lager favourite, Budweiser. Plus there will be lager from Pyynikin Craft Brewery, an up and coming craft producer in Finland, Canadian grassroots craft brewery Collective Arts Brewing and Lucky Saint, producers of “an alcohol-free beer worth drinking”, along with Lost & Grounded, Hacker Pschorr, Kona Brewing Co, Lervig, Paulaner, Donzoko, Giepel Brewing, Braybrooke Beer Co, 71 Brewing and Manchester's own Cloudwater.
Thursday 21st March 2019
This weekend Manchester’s favourite gin will celebrate one year of trading with free G&Ts for fans at Innside MANCHESTER.
From 6pm on Saturday 23rd March, Didsbury Gin and INNSIDE Manchester will be teaming up to offer free gin and tonics for the first thirty people to the bar.
Guests staying at INNSIDE will have a further chance to win, as Didsbury Gin will be hiding fifty gin and tonic vouchers in random rooms across the hotel for guests to redeem at the hotel bar.
Didsbury Gin has had a bumper first year, and has recently announced a huge partnership with JD Wetherspoon Pubs, where the gin will be stocked as the chain’s new premium flavoured gin in venues across the UK. Within the first year of making gin, the team secured listings across the city and beyond before owners Mark and Liam made their first TV appearance on Dragons’ Den this January.
Wednesday 20th March 2019
A large fire has broken out at Hula in the Northern Quarter.
The fire was reported to emergency serviced at 7am today, and 4 fire engines are currently battling the blaze. We will report further news as it becomes available.
The last time such a thing happened, the council ordered them to close temporarily, and were only allowed to reopen following a series of strict security upgrades. It seems likely that a similar outcome will follow.
Manchester’s iconic hangout, The Refuge will combine wellness activities; a stellar line-up of DJ sets; a collaboration with one of the UK’s leading festivals, Bluedot, Manchester’s iconic symphony orchestra The Hallé and The Whitworth Art Gallery; plus the return of its annual takeover with Ibiza’s legendary Pikes hotel – and much more!
Wednesday 6th March 2019
Daring to deviate from the uniformity of their Stevenson Sq. cohorts, ZigZag rocks up to proceedings in their civvies boasting the ultimate anything goes, pass the aux cord, “the DJ’s lost it”, mixtape party!.
Now every Saturday at HTC (AKA Honey Trap Club), expect every genre, every era, every banger ever as the ZigZag crew white-knuckle it through their record box of certified dancefloor WMDs, slaloming from Cardi to Candi, Aretha to Amy, and 2Pac to Toto (well Africa)…[click here for more information ]
The Liars Club has teamed with Red Eye Hifi to bring you the best in Dancehall, Soca and Bashment every Thursday. Chaka Chaka is launching on 7th March; you can get whining from 9pm to the early hours of the morning.
The Red Eye Hifi crew have been maintaining their reputation as the tastemakers of Manchester’s underground music scene by throwing mad parties across the city for the past decade. Spanning a wide range of underground sounds, they have been curating club nights at some of Manchester’s legendary venues and are now coming down to The Liars Club for a brand new residency.
Didsbury Gin today announces a partnership with JD Wetherspoon Pubs, where they will be stocked as their new premium flavoured gin in their venues across the UK.
With over two million customers visiting the pub chain each week, the deal with the chain enables the team at Didsbury Gin to get their growing brand in the hands of even more gin lovers across the UK.
JD Wetherspoon’s buying team chose Didsbury Gin’s Raspberry and Elderflower Gin to become their newest premium flavoured gin to be sold at 775 of their venues.
The team at Didsbury Gin were originally approached by Wetherspoons to take part in their gin festival, which is currently running at selected sites across Britain. The team tasked with sourcing the gin for the 18 day event, blind tasted one hundred gins to be included in their gin festival, with ten brands being invited in to pitch for just five spaces at the festival.
On pitching for their space at the festival, the team at JD Wetherspoons were so impressed that Liam and Mark of Didsbury Gin walked away with a deal to become their newest premium flavoured gin to be stocked at 775 JD Wetherspoon pubs across the UK.
The deal comes soon after Didsbury Gin’s appearance on hit BBC Two show Dragons’ Den.
The move won’t affect the Hotel Football branch, which as reported a few days ago, will soon be entering a partnership with the Marriott hotel group.
Friday 1st March 2019
Cottonopolis join forces with best-selling rum brand, Bacardi on Wednesday 6th March to bring a night of Cuban vibes and an exclusive five course menu.
For just £30 a head you can expect a quality, Cuban inspired menu of refined plates including Caribbean fish, meat and finishing off the evening with churros for dessert. As if that wasn’t enough to look forward to, a complimentary cocktail is to be expected upon arrival and a live DJ throughout the night, playing an authentic mix of Cuban rhythms
It may not be a hot beach or pool-side setting, but this night will put you in the Carribbean spirit and £5 Bacardi cocktails will be available throughout the evening. For those that love the brand or simply want to find out more, a Bacardi representative will also be on hand to chat all things rum!
Bacardi cocktails, snacks and specials will be available on the night too fo anyone who wants to drop by.
Deansgate based Point Blank Shooting have announced that they are set to open the doors on Friday March 22nd. After a successful test venture in Trafford Park, their special brand of shooting, food and cocktails is branching out to the city centre.
Wednesday 27th February 2019
Collective Arts Brewery X Cottonopolis Takeover
Calling all craft beer fanatics, this Thursday 28th February, marks the launch of Collective Arts ‘Saint of Circumstance’ beer on draught at Cottonopolis. Come down to celebrate the arrival of ‘Saint of Circumstance’ Citrus Blond created by the Collective Arts Brewery from Hamilton, Canada and get a taste of the pale ale brand that promotes diversity and creativity with every sip.
The Collective Arts Brewery aims to combine the talents of emerging artists with the creativity of craft beer by designing limited edition bottles and making each drink as unique as the collaborating artist or musician. For one night, Cottonopolis in Manchester’s beloved Northern Quarter will play host to exposing new and emerging artists, showcasing artistic talents and raising creative consciousness though the sociability of craft beer.
For this exclusive event, they are fusing together craft with creativity and have invited artists Emma Evans and Pete Obsolete to join in the celebration of the pale ale launch. Both artists will be bringing unique pieces of art work, with opportunities for you to purchase on the night.
Albert’s restaurant in West Didsbury has revealed its re-opening date as 15th March, when they’ll throw open the doors with a brand-new look. The restaurant has been closed since the beginning of January for the transformation.
The interior, designed by Space Invader Design, will feature eye-catching colourways of dark green, blue, gold and brown with lush materials such as velvet used in the seating area. The look is complemented with a wall of living plants separating the restaurant and bar area.
The expansion of the bar area promises a fabulous new bar experience with a big revamped range of local craft beers, cocktails, fizz and wines. This warm, welcoming new neighbourhood bar experience will host pre-bookable party tables too, making it an exciting addition to the Didsbury social scene. It is going to be home to the full Didsbury Gin range which will be on show in a gorgeous botanical themed back bar serving bespoke Gin and Tonics, all created with the collection.
The popular outside area will also boast a brand-new look including chairs and tables for 76 people on the terrace and up to 120 people on the lower terrace.
The Albert’s food menu will remain the same and customers will be able to still enjoy their firm favourites.
And for the first time Albert’s will be serving a traditional afternoon tea, all created in the Albert’s style.
SHE PWR is back for this year’s International Women’s Day and there’s nowhere better to celebrate true female power. With this year seeing a collaboration between Gorilla and the Deaf Institute on Friday 8th March starting from 4pm and leading us through to the early hours.
An awesome International Women’s Day celebration with an all female fronted line up across the sister venues will be an evening welcoming those of all genders, orientations and disabilities.
Monday 25th February 2019
Help FAIR raise funds for Women in Bolivia.
Cottonopolis have created a special cocktail menu for Fair-trade Fotrnight where £1 per cocktail will be donated to ASOMART – a women association in Bolivia.
For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid.
NQ64, Located on Short Street, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, will soon be home to an underground drinking den where you can also expect to find the best of retro arcade games and classic consoles. Alongside the games is a drinks list with specially selected beer and themed cocktails.
Inside the arcade, is a game for everyone- retro 80’s lovers can try their luck on Pac-Man, Space Invaders and the classic Golden Axe. For the 90’s cool kids, consoles such as the N64, Megadrive and SNES come with a range of old school games to take you on a trip down memory lane.
Lock in on the game that your parents would never give you enough pocket money to play at the arcades!
Make sure to mark the 22nd February in your diary as NQ64 opens it’s doors to the general public. Free drinks for the first 50 people through the doors every day over the opening weekend. All you need to do is follow @NQ64mcr on instagram and turn up!
Wednesday 13th February 2019
International Women’s Day At Edwardian Hotels
Edwardian Hotels London is giving back to women in the UK this International Women’s Day by donating 50p of every cocktail sold in each of its restaurants and bars to the social enterprise, Hey Girls.
One in 10 women in the UK have reported struggling to pay for sanitary protection. Hey Girls aims to eradicate period poverty in the UK through a ‘buy one give one’ model on period products. For every pack you buy, they donate one to girls and women in need in the UK. Simple.
Visit Peter Street Kitchen in Manchester or any of the following restaurants around the country: May Fair Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen, Leicester Square Kitchen, May Fair Bar, Scoff & Banter, Steak & Lobster on 8th March to support this cause
To celebrate the launch of Campari's Red Diaries 2019 film "Entering Red", two of the best cocktail bars in Manchester are giving away 200 limited edition Negroni Segreto cocktails on Friday 8th - Sunday 10th February.
The limited-edition Negroni Segreto – or ‘The Secret Negroni’ – was created by Manchester's very own award-winning bartender Joe Schofield, exclusively for the film to celebrate the Negroni’s 100th birthday. A twist on the iconic Negroni, it is a perfectly balanced mix of Campari, Bulldog gin (which is made just 15 minutes from Manchester, in Birchwood), Cinzano Rosso 1757, Vermouth Rosso, rosewater and fresh raspberries.
Joe, who is set to to open a bar in Manchester this year with his brother, Daniel, is widely recognised as the best bartender in the world, having become the only person in history to be simultaneously crowned ‘Bartender’s Bartender’ at The World’s 50 Best Bars and ‘International Bartender’ of the Year at The Tales of The Cocktail's Spirited Awards (the industry's two biggest prizes). He appears in the film, below, serving his drink to leading Hollywood actress Ana de Armas.
To claim one of the 200 free Negronis, simply quote the phrase Ana mutters to the barman (the second time she visits the Campari bar), in either Arcane or Science & Industry, and tell them ManchesterBars.com sent you.
Offer valid after 6pm Friday 8th, Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th February 2019 One per person. First come first served. Please drink responsibly.
Thursday 7th February 2019
We Are Lager Festival Weekend
We Are Lager today announces even more international craft breweries for the UK’s biggest lager festival in Manchester this April, plus local food traders with lager matched menus, and a stellar lineup of DJs.
20 of the world’s finest craft lager breweries will descend on Manchester from 4th-7th April, bringing with them over 50 styles of lager to create the UK’s biggest lager festival. The four day celebration will be held in one of Manchester’s most iconic victorian buildings - Upper Campfield Market, with tickets available in advance.
Tuesday 5th February 2019
The Levenshulme food and drink scene is about to get a further boost via the launch of The Committee Room at The Klondyke Club. The Committee Room will be available for private events, suppers clubs, and is newly refurbished with décor featuring an original 100 year old parquet floor, exposed brick walls, a log burner, and stunning feature lighting to accompany the selection of whiskey and Bourbon along with small plate dining.
Launch is on Friday 22nd Feb at 19:00, and will be accompanied with complementary a whiskey sample on arrival, so get yourself down to take a look.
Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Andy Burnham Gets Electrik
The Wednesday ‘One Deck’ returns to Electrik Bar for 2019 with an incredible line up, bringing you a weekly night of the best musical playlists and selections from the people in the biz. Forget the mixing and turntable scratching, this is about relaxing into your Wednesday evening with musical artists and influencers sharing their favourite vinyl records.
Kicking off the series is none other than the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham (30th Janurary). Known for his strong interest and contribution to the Manchester music scene, expect to hear the best Mancunian hits and support acts from the Unabombers and Chris Massey.
Sunday 20th January 2019
It saddens us to announce that over the weekend, we learned that Grafene are set to close their doors for business after service on Saturday January 26th.
They’ve been consistently one of the best dining experiences in the city since launch, with some outstanding talent passing through the kitchen. We wish everybody involved with Grafene all the best for the future. [click here for more information on grafene]
Wednesday 9th January 2019
Didsbury Gin Enters Dragons’ Den
Can A Mancunian Craft Gin Make It Big This Ginuary And Win Investment From The UK’s Toughest Investors?
Manchester gin-thusiasts Mark Smallwood and Liam Manton created Didsbury Gin in 2017 and the tipple has already been hailed by Vogue Magazine as ‘one of the most exciting new British gins’.
Hot off the heels of redundancy, and a bumper year making gin, Mark from Middlesbrough and Liam from Manchester are set for their biggest challenge yet as they enter the Dragons’ Den.
The craft gin makers bagged themselves three minutes to pitch their plans for world domination to the BBC show’s five resident multi-millionaires in a bid to convince them to invest their own cash in the craft gin company.
Corporate social responsibility manager for a construction firm Liam and partner in gin ex-bar manager Mark, were spookily both made redundant from their respective jobs at the beginning of 2018 just as the gin business was starting to take off.
So thinking that they’d best make the year count they snapped up the BBC’s opportunity to appear on Dragons’ Den and… you will have to wait to hear the rest of the story when the show airs at 8pm on BBC Two on Sunday 13 January, 2019
Monday 17th December 2018
Peaky Blinders Open
After a warm welcome from Tommy Shelby and his gang, Peaky Blinders Bar and Restaurant is now open!
After a stunning renovation, the old Sakana site on Peter Street, has been completely transformed into a grand, 1920s, speak-easy style drinking hall complete with a huge bar, plush leather booths, beautiful wall murals depicting characters from the show, art deco light fittings and a big balcony live music stage overlooking the whole venue.
The bar, restaurant and live music venue is, of course, inspired by the Peaky Blinders TV series and the whole era from which the show takes its name - ‘Peaky Blinders’ were in fact a real urban youth gang active in Birmingham around the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Peaky Blinders Manchester incorporates plenty of key elements from the show including character stills, and décor – fans can expect to feel like they’re immersed in the Peaky Blinders experience – above all though; Peaky Blinders sets out to be a warm, welcoming, enjoyable place to be.
The venue is carefully designed and inspired by the whole period. Fuss free and atmospheric –guests will be greeted by hosts in Peaky Blinders period uniform, who will ensure that they feel part of the experience from the off. Beer will be served in tankards and gorgeous, expertly created cocktails inspired by the show will be served in vintage glassware, alongside contemporary favourites too.
Food comes courtesy of Ocean Treasure owner Simon Yip (part of the established Chi Yip supermarket and wholesale group). Ocean Treasure, who were operating in the Sakana building before the transformation, have partnered with the new owners and are serving their acclaimed Chinese cuisine upstairs in the restaurant as usual. Simon and his renowned team have curated a beautiful menu of small plate Dim Sum for customers who wish to dine downstairs in the bar.
Christmas came early at Cottonopolis with their 3rd Edition Cocktail Menu heavily in the spotlight this year, winning awards including 'Avant Garde Drinks Menu Of The Year' and 'Drinks Menu Of The Year' at the industry acclaimed Imbibe Awards.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a Cottonopolis Christmas cocktail, so Head Bartender Gethin Jones has been working with his team to create a cocktail menu which will add that extra special touch to celebrations this festive season.
“Creating our Christmas Cocktail Menu is something which we really enjoy developing together at the end of the year. Not only does it allow us to give a nod of thanks to the drinks brands that have supported us over the last twelve months, but it gives us the chance to celebrate those richer, heavier flavour notes that Christmas embodies.” – Gethin Jones, Head Bartender. [more information]
NQ favourites Hula, The Fitzgerald and Rosylee have been reopened following their purchase by HNQ Ltd, only a matter of weeks following the MAD group being forced into liquidation. It comes as a well needed pre-Christmas boost for the Northern Quarter and city centre as a whole, following several high profile closures.
Wednesday 5th December 2018
Despite sounding very Summery, a pop up bar named The Conservatory Bar has, well, popped up in the Whitworth Locke Hotel, on the corner of Whitworth Street and Princess Street. There will be an emphasis on high level mixology, along with a host of events over the next circa 3 months. The venue features a striking glass roof via the open hotel atrium.
Tuesday 4th December 2018
New Berlin Style Basement Bar In The Nq
New to the Northern Quarter this December is Manchester’s new favourite hangout, The Honey Trap Club. Made with Northern Quarter regulars in mind, the Berlin style bar has been designed for uncomplicated fun, with no airs and graces. Situated just off Stevenson Square, there will be good European beers, reinvented classic cocktails and dancing until the early hours.
The team behind NQ brunch favourite The Pen & Pencil, have announced the launch for the Berlin style bar. The Berlin bar scene is filled with derelict buildings that have been transformed into the latest clandestine hot spot, and Honey Trap Club will be no different. There will be no bells and whistles, and no dress code, making it the perfect venue for an impromptu night out, a little slice of Berlin in Manchester.
The venue will be rough around the edges, with the main focus being the party itself. Paying homage to the famous Berlin club scene with reclaimed furniture, graffiti in the bathrooms, with exposed brick and LED lights. The team will be looking to revive classic cocktail gems, re-imagined retro classics with no fluffy garnishes. Think Vesper Martinis, and Between the Sheets. The well-trained bar team will be breathing life back into long-life classics with a bit of HTC magic.
Honey Trap Club is, after a busy day at work, the perfect hideout to wind-down with friends for a chilled drink or a game of table football, but as the weekend arrives the tempo rises and Manchester’s top hip-hop DJs will be on the decks until the early hours.
As previously reported, albeit with less meat on the bones; the former Sakana unit is being relaunched as Peeky Blinders bar on Fri Dec 7th. So, lots of activity with launches at a time of year where everybody has a rammed bookings list.
Monday 26th November 2018
20 Stories Snow Globes
On Wednesday 28th November, Manchester’s highest restaurant and bar, 20 Stories, will be opening its Winter Terrace to the public in partnership with Talisker, the award-winning single malt Scotch Whisky from the Isle of Skye. The terrace holds two giant snow globes to ensure you’re warm and cosy to enjoy of views of the city throughout the winter season.
Not just for Christmas, the restaurant and bar plans to keep the snow globes on the outside terrace until the end of March 2019, so there will be plenty of chances to enjoy one of the special seasonal cocktails.
There will be an array of winter warming cocktails on the menu including: Talisker Toddy, Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate, Nolet Mulled Wine and Cranberry & Ginger Spritzer priced from £11. Famed for its sea-salty nose, smoky character and peppery finish, Talisker Whisky is a firm favourite with whisky lovers. It’s maritime flavour and rich, deep character, Talisker 10 Year Old is the stalwart of the product range and makes the perfect addition to festive drinks.
The two giant snow globes will both span 9.5 metres across and can be booked out for private parties accommodating groups from 8-70 guests. When they are not booked out, guests will be able to access them on a first come, first served basis. The snow globes will be kitted out with cosy faux fur rugs, blankets, candles and heaters; creating a picture-perfect winter warming atmosphere. One of the globes will feature its own fire pit, creating the perfect location to enjoy a Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate, which was specially created to be enjoyed around a fire with friends to warm up a cold day. [more information]
Tuesday 20th November 2018
The ever improving Manchester Hall has another destination in the form of Vanitas; a late night bar featuring entertainment such as DJs, live musicians and performers. Vanitas opened quietly without any media fanfare on Nov 15th and the space which it now calls home was once touted as being the location for another £3m venture from the team behind Panacea, before plans were shelved.
Tuesday 13th November 2018
Fac 51 The Haçienda Eight Iconic Club Nights 1987 - 1991
The Refuge are proud to present a special preview event in The Den, taking place on Thursday 22nd November from 6pm onwards. Fac 51 The Haçienda E I G H T- Trevor Johnson Artwork Pop Up Shop.
The event will feature eight designs printed posters, limited signed prints, greeting cards and exclusive pieces available only on the night all for sale to raise funds for Forever Manchester, the only charity that raises money to fund and support a huge range of activities in Greater Manchester that help young people, older people and disabled people, as well as homelessness, sports, environmental, education, and cancer support projects, plus everything in between.
Thursday 15th November sees the launch of the most extraordinary of Christmas experiences Urban Narnia. A winter wonderland with urban attitude, a place where the surreal meets the sublime, Christmas cheer meets nano-brewed beer, and the darkest of spaces are given the brightest of touches all under the moody Mancunian Way…welcome to Urban Narnia at Hatch.
Wednesday 7th November 2018
High Flying Ales
High Flyer; the UK's first cannabis craft beer is set to hit the shelves of stockists across the country. Before this happens, the beer launches exclusively at The Whisky Jar, on 14th November.
The product is brewed by Green Times Brewing, who specialise in producing craft beers infused with Cannabis oil extract, to create unique and flavoursome beers with relaxing after effects. Brewed in the UK, High Flyer is loaded with CBD (Cannabidiol), a health supplement derived from cannabis that's become hugely popular with people suffering from anxiety, depression, joint pain and muscle pains.
Green Times Brewing is the brainchild of partners Thierry Florit and Carl Boom, who wanted to produce a unique product, infused with cannabis oil extract. Carl owns the well-established CBD supplement company CBD Ultra Ltd, which sells a range of health and wellbeing products.
High Flyer is now available to order with the wholesale prices starting from £2.80. 100 bottles will be given out to the public from 7pm onwards at the launch event at The Whiskey Jar.
Friday 2nd November 2018
Change At The Top
Chef Aiden Byrne has parted ways with D&D London, and his position of Northern Chef Director, leading to his role at 20 Stories also coming to an end. A reason or this hasn’t been cited, although 20 Stories have reported earnings as being beyond expectations, an stated Aiden's input as being a key factor in this early success. Rumours are now circulating that he may be looking to acquire the former Manchester House unit for his own venture.
Wednesday 31st October 2018
Last night we held back on naming the group, as there had been no official word at that time. We are still unsure as to what will happen to individual units - likewise, it wouldn't have been fair to members of staff learning of their job loss through press speculation, if they hadn't been contacted already.
However, from what we understand, based on a comment from Director of the M.A.D group Jonathan Hawkins, all units of the M.A.D. group - a Manchester institution - have entered into liquidation. That's Hula, Walrus, Tusk, The Fitzgerald, Rosylee, The Blue Pig (all Northern Quarter), Hula West Didsbury, and Heaton Moor's Tusk, Fitzgerald and Hula, as well as their printing company, which is a key part of Manchester bar life. Their Printworks super club, Lazy Lizard, closed down recently after only a few months along Infamous Dinner, which was previously part of the M.A.D portfolio before its sale last year.
They will be sadly missed and sees over 125 people seeking new employment hopefully their staff can find alternative jobs as we cross our fingers for the units being acquired before long in what is a very dark time in Manchester city centre.
Tuesday 30th October 2018
We are hearing unfortunate rumours from a reliable source that a large bar & restaurant operator, mainly based in the Northern Quarter, has today gone into liquidation. If confirmed, a large number of jobs would be at stake, along with a massive part of the Northern Quarter’s bar scene taking a huge hit. We will report more as things unfold!
The Ivy Collection Comes To Manchester
The Ivy Spinningfields will open in Manchester this winter, offering Mancunians a totally new dining experience set across four fabulous floors in the city’s financial district. The restaurant will feature a ground floor brasserie, first floor private dining room, an opulent Asian bar and restaurant on the second floor and a sumptuous Roof Garden featuring fire pits and lush foliage on the top floor. The Ivy Spinningfields will occupy an impressive, timber framed space within a new development, The Pavilion, surrounded by greenery yet located in the heart of the city.
Situated on the ground floor will be a traditional Ivy brasserie, open all day, seven days a week, serving modern British classics to suit all occasions. All-encompassing menus will feature a variety of dishes including truffled orzo pasta, lobster linguine and slow-cooked lamb shoulder.
On the first floor, The Dalton Room will be available for those seeking a more exclusive experience, accommodating parties of up to twenty seated guests.
The second floor of The Ivy Spinningfields will be the first ever “The Ivy Asian” – a glamourous bar and restaurant, serving Asian-inspired cocktails alongside dishes such as Wagyu beef with truffle sauce, salmon fillet teriyaki, and avocado, crispy tofu, lime and ginger dressing.
On the top floor will be Manchester’s first Roof Garden. With a fully retractable roof, the spectacular space will be open all year round. Guests will enjoy food and cocktails alongside an abundance of planting, greenery and foliage, roaring fire pits and colourful fabrics, all creating an enchanting oasis in the heart of Manchester.
Once open, the restaurant will host an exciting mix of yet to be announced guest DJs, events and entertainment on each of its four floors. Reservations can be made for all floors, whilst walk-ins will be welcomed for those wishing to experience either the Ivy brasserie, “The Ivy Asian” or Roof Garden.
West Corner in the NQ has undergone a transformation to become The Corner Boy; which as far as our memory serves, is the first Irish bar in the NQ. Selling Irish tipples and also traditional Gaelic food, The Corner Boy is open now!
Monday 29th October 2018
Dishing Up In Dec
Dishoom Manchester will open on Thursday 6th December, in the historic former Freemasons’ Hall on Bridge Street.
The newest Dishoom will take up residence on the ground floor of Manchester Hall, a 1920s Grade II listed building, originally used as a Freemasons’ Hall. The space is – as ever – a loving homage to the old Irani cafés of Bombay and will accommodate 231 covers between the two dining rooms and the Permit Room cocktail bar.
The Permit Room bar – named after the official term for all Bombay drinking establishments, in which, according to the Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949, only permit-holders may consume alcohol – will serve Dishoom ‘Daru-walla’ Carl Brown’s lovingly curated list of cocktails.
As well as old favourites such as the East India Gimlet, Hoppy Butter Paanch and Monsoon Martini, the Permit Room will also serve a range of Dry Cocktails, which earned recognition from Spirits Business: best non-alcoholic cocktail list in 2016. These include the Sober Martini, Dry Old Fashioned and Virtuous Tulsi Sour. Each one is a clever drink with a top-secret spirit base that looks and tastes like alcohol, but does not contain a single drop.
Carl has also dreamt up some entirely new tipples, just for Dishoom Manchester. They include:-
Beram’s Cobbler Named in honour of the dapper Parsi vigilante, master of disguise, and one of the stars of the Dishoom Manchester story. Sultry tropicality of mango and pineapple meets dry manzanilla in a transcontinental crossing.
Chevalier’s Sour Chevalier, or Chaiwala? Mysterious author of The Tower of Silence. Spicy and intricate, with raspberries, tamarind and Rangpur gin.
Fans of Dishoom are invited to help them prepare for the opening by attending their soft launch. Guests will receive 50% off food at breakfast, lunch and dinner during soft launch, which will run from 9am on Sunday 25th November – 4pm on Wednesday 5th December. Walk-ins only.
Firstly they were given the ‘Avant Garde award’ for their Japanese inspired cocktail menu. And more impressively, they took home for gong for ‘Best Overall Drinks List’. Well done to everybody at Cottonopolis!
Friday 19th October 2018
London bar and club icon Chinawhite are to open in Manchester. Famed for its celebrity customer base, glam interiors and big hitting DJ lineups, Chinawhite will open in the former Milton Club building on Deansgate. A launch date is pending, but recruitment has begun already.
Thursday 11th October 2018
33 Oldham Street Opening late October
We've just been made aware of a pending new launch in the NQ, at the end of October. 33 Oldham Street will driven by Andy Smith, one of the founders of the award-winning Kendal Calling, Off the Record and Bluedot festivals, alongside partner Jason McGuire of Manchester Coffee.
Layout wise, 33 Oldham Street's ground floor is accessible by imposing double doors, leading to a coffee shop in the day time, which transitions to a slick cocktail space of an evening. Upstairs on the 1st floor, there will be a theme inspired by Japan’s famed Omakase joints, paying homage to the intimate jazz cafés and vinyl bars found in Tokyo since the 1950s. The stylish but comfortable lounge will be a workspace by day, and chic bar by night. The second floor features a newly restored arch window overlooking Oldham Street, and is home to a comfortable, stylish creative space and lounge, echoing that of a members club, without the membership fee. And finally, the fourth floor, opening in 2019, will be the largest roof terrace in the Northern Quarter, and looks set to be 'a sun trap all year round', when the sun makes an appearance that is. Providing a club vibe, table service across all floors will be available via the use of a downloadable phone app, enabling customers to both order and pay for food and drink service at their tables.
Wednesday 10th October 2018
Manchester House & Artisan Enter Administration
It saddens us to report that Manchester House and Artisan have both gone into administration and ceased trading as of yesterday afternoon, leaving around 130 people out of work, although it is thought that Living Ventures will do all possible to find people alternative employment elsewhere in the group's portfolio of restaurants, with some staff already relocating to other businesses in the city. Living Ventures’ CEO Jeremy Roberts cited a tough Summer of trading, compounded by rising costs and high rent, as main drivers for the closures.
Manchester House was launched by Chef Aiden Byrne in early 2013, and consistently delivered some of the best dining experiences anywhere in the city, as well as hosting a rather nice sky bar, and was once mentioned as a potential Michelin Star contender. Recently, the Head Chef role was taken over by Nate Tofan, who retained the same high standards of cooking. The closure is without question a massive blow for the city’s food portfolio and reputation.
Tuesday 9th October 2018
Didsbury Gin Go Festive
Deck the cupboards with Didsbury Gin Christmas Liqueur. This year Didsbury Gin have created the ultimate Christmas tipple for gin lovers across the UK with their limited edition Christmas special liqueur, available in stores and online over the festive period.
A heady combination of everyone’s favourite festive flavours; cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice, plus a couple of seasonal secrets, infusing their original Didsbury Gin to create a warming wintery drink which can only be described as total festive indulgence.
The sweet liqueur, can be served straight up on ice, as a warm and wintery treat embodies everyone’s favourite yuletide treats, mince pies and Christmas pudding.
With Brits spending more than ever on their alcohol collections, many choosing artisanal products over cheaper own brands, the focus this year remains on gin. A record 47M bottles of gin were sold in 2017, with this year set to be no different. As the popularity of gin increases, Didsbury Gin have created the liqueur as the perfect people pleasing addition to any table or home bar across the festive season, the ideal gift for any gin connoisseur or the ideal base to every Christmas cocktail menu.
Created by two Manchester gin enthusiasts Mark Smallwood and Liam Manton, Didsbury Gin, has been hailed by Vogue Magazine as ‘one of the most exciting new British gins’. Having only launched in 2017, Didsbury Gin is already stocking in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
The craft Didsbury Gin combines traditional artisan methods and infusing modern botanicals using a blend of hand peeled fresh citrus, British roots and hand cracked juniper berries. The result is clean, crisp & zesty - good enough to drink neat, perfect with tonic and delightful in cocktails.
Taking inspiration from the vibrancy and colourful nature of Parsonage and Fletcher Moss botanical Gardens in south Manchester, Didsbury Gin is a refreshing citrus twist on a classic London dry gin, with a Mancunian background.
A Refuge For The Family
The Refuge is proud to announce a series of creative events and collaborations throughout the end of the year. Continuing its commitment to curating a wide array of enigmatic and engaging gatherings that combine all matter of arts, music and well-being activities for a friends and family alike.
As part of their official European Pop-Up Tour, The Refuge will welcome Chicago-based archival record label “Numero Group” this Saturday who are hosting their very own pop up record fair extravaganza.
A host of Sunday sessions dedicated to families will also be happening over the coming months with the ultimate family party-makers “Our Kids Social” (OKS) joining forces with The Refuge, to bring family delights to their Sunday afternoons.
Friday 28th September 2018
Forever Manchester Announces Annual Celebrity Packed Bash - But You Won’t Know Who’s Who!
From the team behind The Mirror Ball comes the Halloween Spooktacular - the ultimate glamorous Halloween party where fancy dress is compulsory. To be held on Wednesday 31 October 2018, the spine tingling event will be housed deep in the basement of the newly refurbished - but not exorcised - Abode Hotel.
Fancy dress is a must, but guests don’t have to limit themselves to ghoulish creatures, anything goes! With masks and make-up galore guests won’t know who they are brushing shoulders with but previous events have seen a celebrity guest list bring their best from Helen Flanagan as Tinkerbell to Faye Brookes as a zombie and Gareth Gates as a pumpkin!
Every penny raised from the event will go to Forever Manchester, supporting communities across Greater Manchester.
Tuesday 25th September 2018
We can confirm that the former La Tasca unit on Deansgate will be converted into a night club titled Space, and also a cocktail bar named DGS. La Tasca ceased trading several weeks ago, and lease of the property was hastily snapped up by In The Pink Ltd, who have ties with budget retailer Poundworld. £1 entry and drinks promos perhaps?.
Monday 24th September 2018
Pre Mixed Success
Happy Down, the low ABV pre mixed canned cocktail maker are seeing their product go from strength to strength, with discussions taking place to have the drink sold in more major supermarkets. Already in Morrisons, Tesco, Ocado and even on Amazon, the rise has been meteoric, with a start-up of just 1 year into its life being on the shelves of such major players, being unheard of until now. The product was joint founded by Paritosh Bhandari, who spearheaded the launch and marketing of brands such as Peroni and Fosters in India.
Thursday 20th September 2018
Taste On Two
Don't miss this autumn's most appetising event.
The Manchester Food and Drink Festival returns to celebrate its 21st year, with events happening all over the city centre, so naturally Harvey Nichols had to pull out all the stops for their Taste on Two night.
With complimentary drinks to welcome you to their feast for foodies, travel around Harvey Nichols culinary map of tasting stations to taste the new Harvey Nichols food range. Enjoy food and wine tasting stations, live cooking demonstrations, food workshops and virtual experiences, with plenty of samples too.
There’s even a sneak peek of Christmas gifting at Harvey Nichols, with a chance to place the first orders for Christmas hampers that evening.
And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, in celebration of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, head to the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie to enjoy three courses and a glass of Prosecco, red or white wine, or Peroni beer for £25 [more information]
Wednesday 19th September 2018
A Rum Revolution?
With the launch of The Salford Rum Company, Salford based duo, Tommy Gaughan and James Harrison, are challenging the gin saturated spirits market whilst proudly recognising the heritage and history of their hometown. Since launching the business only eight weeks ago, the Manchester and Salford communities have well and truly embraced this local start-up with multiple sell out days at local makers markets and through social media.
Salford Rum takes inspiration from the Caribbean rum and spice imports received into Salford Docks during the 18 and 1900's, and is a tribute to the dock-workers who were the beating heart of the city during the era. Care was taken with selection of the packaging, with the pair choosing a ceramic push top bottle as another nod back this industrious historical period. The bottle design is hand drawn by local and well-known artist, Dave Draws. In his own inimitable style, Dave has reimagined Salford Docks for the brand, including a few local landmarks and the instantly recognisable docks 6,7, 8 and 9.
Column distilled and currently only produced in batches of 200, the rum is golden in colour and expertly infused with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and dried fruits. It's smooth and delicious served simply over ice, and mixes well with ginger beer and coke.
In commenting on its success so far, James and Tommy said, "We're so pleased that Salfordians and Mancunians alike have really embraced Salford Rum. The brand is steeped in local history and so many people have bought it because of personal links back to the city. We've heard some brilliant stories of dock life! Keeping things close to home is important to us too, our distillery, designer, photographer and artist are all based within a few miles of the docks. We're proud to be able to work with great local talent to launch a brand with heart to the people of the city."
Friday 14th September 2018
Social Darts Experience, Flight Club, To Open In Manchester
Flight Club, the world’s first ‘Social Darts’ venue, has officially announced it is to open in Manchester this October.
Reinventing darts for the 21st century, the ‘Social Darts’ experience will launch in the heart of the city on King Street.
The venue, which will be one of the biggest in the UK, will include Flight Club’s feature bar and 14 oches (the darts playing area) - each with its own seating area and table service, and a private room for birthdays, special events and office team-building.
Since launching in 2015, Flight Club has become a key player in the ‘experiential nightlife’ scene, credited with taking the best bits of the sport and turning it into a social experience and night out with friends or colleagues.
The venue's supercharged version of the traditional game involves multiple players (each oche will allow 12 people to play at once with tournament tech than can connect up to 150 players at once), patented dart tracking technology (designed specifically by Flight Club’s own astrophysicist), instant scoring, and a 'slick' user interface, reimagining matches into supercharged and exciting social experiences.
Already situated in London and Chicago, over half a million players have, to date, thrown over 41 million darts in Flight Club venues across the world.
Combining the heritage of darts - the pub and the fairground, in its décor, Flight Club’s bar will serve a selection of craft beers and cocktails, alongside a seasonally inspired menu including light sharing plates and show-stopping pizza paddles.
The UK’s leading cocktail festival is back to deliver a double header of cocktail creativity in Manchester’s New Century Hall, this November.
Perfect for cocktail aficionados and the cocktail curious, Cocktails in the City invites guests to discover 20 of the city’s most exciting, exclusive and famous bars, the finest drinks and the most creative bartenders, all under one roof.
The former music venue which played host to Jimi Hendrix, The Bee Gees and more, will be transformed to deliver two decadent floors of Manchester's most illustrious bars in pop-up form, for one unmissable weekend of cocktail discovery.
The annual sell-out event will see Manchester’s leading bars all within short sipping distance of each other, including the likes ofArcane, Cottonopolis, Harvey Nichols and Science and Industry. The bars will be turning out in force to deliver showstopping cocktails, the latest innovations in taste and flavour, and one off signature serves, all in an attempt to win the hearts and votes of festival-goers, as they compete to be crowned best cocktail bar.
As glamorous ballroom and industrial warehouse collide in this iconic venue, guests will be taken on a tour of cocktail evolution across two floors, as the city’s most talented bartenders serve up cocktails throughout the ages. Drawing from the four distinct eras of cocktail development, bars will be taking inspiration from either the decadent Belle Epoque period of the late 1800’s, the speakeasy cocktails of prohibition, retro and disco drinks of the 1960’s to 80’s and finishing with very modern and futuristic style concoctions.
On September 20th, the El Gato Negro stable will grow, when Canto launches as central Manchester's first bona fide Portuguese restaurant. Retaining the locally beloved El Gato format of communal tapas style eating, Canto will serve traditionally inspired food, driven by current El Gato Head Carlos Gomez; previously of London Spanish tapas Barrafina.
Carlos stated “It’s been a real labour of love. Many of the dishes we’ll be serving have a real personal connection for me. It will be typically Portuguese and see a good selection of specials that rotate with every season”. The menu is now available on Canto's website, and seeing the iconic Pastel de Nata on there certainly made us smile when we read the news!
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Freshers Fest At Lazy Lizard
Lazy Lizard fresher's fest kicks off with traffic light party & love island tv stars’ wes & charlie
Lazy Lizard has teamed up with Smirnoff Vodka to bring Manchester Fresher’s a fun packed week of nine massive parties, and booze from £2.50.
Kicking off the weeks’ entertainment is a Traffic Light Party and a meet and greet with Wes and Charlie; two stars from everyone’s favourite summer show, Love Island.
A VIP ticket will guarantee you getting up close and personal with the pair, plus a professional photo. [more info]
Monday 10th September 2018
The Refuge Is Two!
Over the last two years, The Refuge has not only established itself as a revered Manchester restaurant, but also as a destination for lovers of truly great music, art and performance. From Friday 28th through to Sunday 30th of September, this 2nd year celebration will feature the finest entertainment that has become synonymous with The Refuge since its launch.
The Refuge has carefully curated a selection of drinkable delights from the best of Manchester's local craft breweries, under the guise of – King Of The Beers by Volta and West Didsbury’s finest craft beer emporium The Epicurean; alongside pop-up food throughout the day and night. The Refuge would love to see all of our friends, family and newcomers to help celebrate and say thank you for the last two years, as it is YOU that makes the community what it is.
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Action Against Hunger’s Moveable Feast Returns to Manchester
After the success of 2017’s sell-out event, international development organisation Action Against Hunger will once again bring its Moveable Feast to Manchester to coincide with the city’s Food and Drink Festival.
On Thursday 4th October, 60 lucky diners will have the opportunity to experience a dynamic menu from some of Manchester’s top chefs and restaurants in some of the city’s most exclusive private spaces.
Guests will enjoy a drinks reception at the newly-opened Sunset by Australasia before rotating between four renowned restaurants, enjoying a different course at each venue.
It will offer diners an exclusive chance to sample a unique menu across different restaurants, whilst enjoying access to the amazing private spaces and dining rooms involved.
There are a maximum of 60 spaces available. Tickets are £80, including entry to the event, a drinks reception, and a 4-course dinner with drink pairings. [more info]
Monday 3rd September 2018
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester To Host “Freddie For A Day” Celebration
In honour of the 72nd birthday of legendary rock icon, Freddie Mercury, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will host a “Freddie for a Day” celebration. The one-day event brings Freddie fans and staff together to honour the musician’s life and legacy, while raising awareness and funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust. On Wednesday 5 September, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will sell wearable moustaches and pins inspired by the legendary rocker to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
For one day only, customers and staff at Hard Rock Cafe Manchesterare invited to join a day full of Queen music, moustaches, and birthday celebrations. There’ll be “pop-a-balloon” giveaways with Hard Rock prizes up for grabs, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester’s very own house band will be playing an acoustic set of Queen’s biggest hits from 5pm onwards and guests can also enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails from 4pm-7pm.
Customers at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will have the opportunity to purchase wearable moustaches (£2) and a “Freddie for a Day” pin (£11.95) with proceeds benefiting the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Guests and staff will also join in on the fun with a full day of Queen music and are encouraged to wear their best Freddie Mercury-inspired gear. [more info]
Friday 31st August 2018
American beverage giant Coca-Cola have purchased the Costa Coffee brand from Whitbread in a deal worth just under £4 billion. The UK's now favourite coffee chain was purchased for a relatively small £19m in 1995, and at the time had just 39 outlets. The company now has more than 2400 UK coffee shops, and another 1400 overseas. The deal with Coca-Cola is certain to see Costa increase that overseas presence significantly, with Coca-Cola citing the main reason for their acquisition as being due to a lack of coffee product in their portfolio.
Tuesday 21st August 2018
Has Bunny Jackson finally lost it?
Bunnys have been knocking out out 10p wings every Wednesday since they opened on First Street back in November last year. In fact they’ve sold over 165,000 since then! They’ve only gone and decided to do 10p wings 7 days a week. TEN PENCE WINGS EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!
This will coincide with their new opening times from Monday 27th August. The Bar will now be open every day from 4:30pm until 3am and the kitchen will be open from 5pm until 10pm.
I know what you’re thinking; there must be a catch right? Wrong! The only thing they ask you to do is buy a drink if you’re eating wings and who doesn’t want an ice cold beer with a huge amount of 10p wings.
If ice cold beer and pretty much free food doesn’t temp you then you can pass the time playing Beer Pong, American pool, Big Buck Hunter, Air Hockey (coming soon) or Darts. Add to that, the amazing Juke Joint house band who play every Sunday and one of the best Bourbon collections in town, you’re gonna end up having to drag yourself away.
The legendary Come As You Are Weekender returns to The Refuge this weekend for more bank holiday mayhem. Following on from his triumphant ‘Summer In The City’ BBQ & beats takeover, Alex Big Grillie is back once again providing a naughty weekend feast in the courtyard of The Refuge. Taking place on Saturday & Sunday!
As well as incredible food, the party continues straight into the basement of The Refuge, kicking off with Horse Meat Disco on Friday night, Joey Negro on Saturday night – both being ticketed events.
The Come As You Are Weekender will then be closed by Homoelectric, bringing a love-intensity to the Courtyard that has to be seen to be believed; and local label Sprechen Music in the basement with a phenomenal party open to everyone, free entrance.
Monday 20th August 2018
Bolton Food and Drink Festival
Bolton Food and Drink Festival returns next weekend with a culinary celebration set to take over the town centre. The event, organised by Bolton Council in association with Aldi, is back for its 13th year from August 24 to 27.
With almost 200 stalls to choose from, the town centre will be jam-packed with great food, free fantastic street entertainment and live music on two stages. From street food to Instagrammable trends, the festival will have it all covered.
Celebrity chef James Martin will once again star at the festival, notching up his tenth appearance. Martin will be joined by popular TV chef Ainsley Harriott, baking queen Nadiya Hussain, and Michelin-starred Michael Caines
Markets open from 10am to 6pm daily, and some stalls near the Festival stage on Le Mans Crescent, will close later. Seating areas will be spread around the site.
Five-Star Lowry Hotel Negotiates Deal With Manchester Tea Merchant
The five-star Lowry Hotel has announced an exclusive collaboration with Denton based tea supplier, Tea from The Manor, to add to the hotel’s extensive list of local suppliers.
The partnership which follows the announcement of a long-term collaboration with Salford based gin distillery FOUR SIS4ERS, is a testament to The Lowry Hotel’s aim to use only locally sourced ingredients.
James Green, founder of Tea from The Manor, past career in the military gave him the inspiration to set up the company after being based in Hong Kong with the Ghurkha army. The exclusion of alcohol in the Ghurkha army led James to sample a vast amount of teas, which contributed to a long-term passion for tea brewing.
After leaving the military James’ interest in tea stayed and several years later Tea from the Manor was born.
Tea from the Manor brings the finest full leaf teas from the best tea gardens around the world to delight the palates of its customers, which now includes ‘The Lowry’ blend tea.
The interesting history of the origin of the company sparked the interest of The Lowry Hotel’s General Manager Adrian Ellis, who after visiting the tea tasting room in Denton resulted in a flourishing collaboration between the two.
As well as Tea from the Manor introducing an exquisite range of teas into the River Bar and Restaurant to compliment the bespoke range of limited-edition afternoon teas, The Lowry Hotel and Tea from The Manor are in talks to open a tea emporium within the hotel, making it one of the first hotels in Manchester to do so. [more info]
Friday 17th August 2018
Peter Street Kitchen Launches In October
It’s already blazed a trail through the capital’s dining scene. Now as Edwardian Hotels London announces the October launch of Peter Street Kitchen, Manchester is all set to get its first taste of a dynamic new concept that skilfully embraces the art of shared dining.
Part of a multi-million-pound investment, this vibrant new space will spearhead the F&B offering at the revitalised Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel, one of only two five-star hotels in central Manchester. Guests here will be able to choose from an array of small plates from two different cuisines, in this instance contemporary Japanese and Mexican, within a sophisticated yet unassuming setting.
Whether large groups or those wanting an intimate dinner for two, all will be seduced by an array of exquisitely prepared small plates. Showcasing flavours and ingredients from both nations, the venue will also cater for private dinners for which the staff will especially use the traditional hibachi, the iconic Japanese charcoal brazier.
Complementing the restaurant offering is the equally stylish Bar and Rikyu Lounge located in the building's stunning original brick colonnades. [more info]
Situated at the site of The Laundrette, School For Scandal is a new neighbourhood Brasserie the perfect location for everyday dining. Created by Danny Fox, formerly Living Ventures, School For Scandal is a modern contemporary stylish city-centre eatery, providing a home away from home with quality food and drink.
The 100 cover restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor dining, with a stylish terrace for alfresco dining during the summer months and sociable dining booths inside.
Based on the scandal of love, the walls are adorned with tattoo imagery, whilst the decor evokes a sense of Manhattan cool alongside hints of traditional British interiors with wood panelling finishings reminiscent of an English boarding school.
The tempting food menu sees flavours from all over the world to satisfy all cravings, providing an abundance of healthy options, alongside some naughty home comforts. The drinks offering sees an extensive list of cocktails, beers and spirits.
A stylish new haven for morning coffee and crullers, alfresco lunches, weekend brunches, chilled out dinners and post-work drinks, School For Scandal is the new neighbourhood school to enrol in this August. [more info]
Favourite NQ drinking haunt Kosmonaut has ceased trading from immediate notice. Famed for their take- over nights, amazing beer menu and NQ-pioneering dog friendly policy, Kosmonaut will be sadly missed. The rumoured and highly likely follow up tenant is Leeds based brewery, Northern Monk, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, as reported earlier this year.
Wednesday 1st August 2018
The Lowry shopping mall on Salford Quays is set to undergo a massive £25m renovation, which will see much of the centre's waterfront become a new dining destination. The side/corner of the centre facing Old Trafford, near the Millennium Bridge, has been chosen for the work, and in the words of the operator, will transform The Lowry into 'a unique shopping and leisure destination that will draw people from across the region to Salford Quays and MediaCityUK'.
Monday 30th July 2018
Sunset by Australasia
As summertime arrives, Manchester’s coolest bar will be taking its very own mini vacay, as the team at Australasia prepare to launch their brand new haven in the heart of Spinningfields, ‘Sunset by Australasia’ on the 2nd of August. ‘Sunset by Australasia’ will offer a pleasure-seekers' hideaway, with a décor that oozes Miami-cool and laid-back Ibizan vibes, located right in the heart of the city.
Friday 27th July 2018
Cloudwater Tap Brewery
After much anticipation, Manchester's premier craft ale brewery has opened a Tap Room, on the same site as the brewery itself. 20 on tap ales will be available, along with other boozy delights, and possibly some food in the pipeline if a licence application is successful. Cloudwater Tap Room is located at Unit 9 on the Piccadilly Trading Estate.
Treetop Golf is almost ready for take-off. Located in The Printworks, Treetop golf is set to be an Amazonian themed crazy golf course, featuring moving props, along with a bar and café. The opening date is currently scheduled for some time before August Bank Holiday.
Thursday 26th July 2018
Gin, Beer and Food
The weekend of Aug 11 and 12 will see the annual Levenshulme Beer, Gin and Food Festival take place at The Klondyke in Levenshulme. On offer will be an vast array of beers, a plethora of gins including local favourite, Manchester Three Rivers, along with great street food, gin inspired baked goods, topped off with fun for all the family, stalls hosted by local artists, and live music over 3 stages. Tickets are £5 on the door.
Peggy’s Secret Is Out
Secret cocktail bar Peggy's in Salford has announced that it will be ceasing trading, which comes as a massive blow as one of the region's most unique drinking destinations, serving some of the most complex and innovative cocktails around. Owners Adam and Shane state that the decision didn’t come lightly, but that it as for the best. We are sure however, that we've not seen the last of these guys on the Mcr bar scene.
Tuesday 24th July 2018
Bee Involved With Manchester’s Most Ambitious Art Project
What could be more Manchester than creating a city-wide art project based around the Bee emblem? Symbolising the resilient spirit of the city’s people, the City Council and Wild in Art have created a public art trail of over 80 individually designed giant Bee sculptures and, naturally, Harvey Nichols had to get involved.
The Bee trail is created for and by Manchester. Regional artists have designed the sculptures and local communities have sponsored them – including Harvey Nichols. They decided to sponsor ‘Bee a Rainbow’ created by Rachel A Blackwell, who describes her Bee as “a symbol of hope perched upon a sky of dreams.”
You can download the Bee in the City app here, which has the full trail map for you to discover and unlock the sponsor rewards. Speaking of rewards, if you unlock Bee a Rainbow on the trail, you can enjoy a complimentary hot drink or children’s cocktail at the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie. [more info]
Thursday 19th July 2018
Mary and Archie No More
Popular Didsbury bar hotspot Mary and Archie are to close their doors, in a move which has come as a shock. The owners have cited the reason as being to allow themselves to focus more on other ventures in their portfolio.
Wednesday 18th July 2018
Flight Club Takes Off
Backing up the news from back in March that there would soon be a dart centric venue, we can now confirm more details about 'Flight Club', which will occupy the former Burger and Lobster building. The venue will feature 14 darts boards, each with a dedicated seating area, with a total capacity of around 350. Booking are expected to cost between £15 and £30 per hour, per board, depending on the time of day.
Tuesday 17th July 2018
St-Germain Liqueur Takeover
Fancy a French-inspired tipple? Thought so...
To celebrate the arrival of summer (and to make it even better than it already is), St-Germain liqueur will be taking over Harvey Nichols.
If you’re not yet familiar with St-Germain, it’s a French liqueur made from Elderflower. Lovingly collected in a surprisingly short window of just a few weeks in spring, the Elderflower blossoms are harvested into a delicious liqueur that, trust us when we say, will ruin all other drinks for you. Looking for a new summer drink? Consider it found.
With that in mind, St-Germain has set up a number of exciting and suitably-summery events throughout the store. [more info]
Monday 16th July 2018
Bring & Mix
You have been sent a code-word and are instructed to knock at a door. After gaining entry you'll hear the sound of music from the bygone years of the 20s and 30s echo, luring you inside to Bring & Mix, a subterranean bar with a prohibition theme, specialising in one thing; cocktails.
Bring and Mix asks two things of you; to reserve your seat online and to bring a bottle or more of alcohol with you. Bring & Mix is a BYO cocktail experience, where the guests supply the alcohol, and Bring & Mix's talented mixologists will create bespoke cocktails using fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, bitters, tinctures and sodas. Repeat this for two hours, and you're sure to have a great time.
With full table service, you won't have to worry about queuing at the bar, meaning you can spend more time with your mates, and drinks, with no interruptions.
Bring & Mix is launching at 514 Wilbraham Road in Chorlton, on Friday 27th July, and will be open every Friday and Saturday from 18:15 until 23:15.
Trigger Happy Zooms In
The recruitment process has begun for a new entertainment venture to be set next to the Chill Factore.
Trigger Happy is a digital shooting range, sourcing top end technology from the US, with staffing and hospitality being run by some of the region’s top bar tending and events people. Definitely one to keep in your sights
They’re joining forces with Baratxuri, the ever-popular Spanish basque style pintxo bar in Ramsbottom, to host a txoko evening that Baratxuri is known for. A tradition from Northern Spain, they’re inviting all foodies to celebrate their favourite dishes, experiment with new cooking methods and enjoy the good company.
Dive NQ, are always looking to introduce new and exciting things and this time it’s a £30 monster of a burger!!
The challenge burger comes piled high with 3 juicy quarter pound burgers, triple mac & cheese, fried chicken fillet, bacon, cheese, salad and an extra slice of bread in the middle to help it all stick together.
That’s not all though. Alongside the burger you’ll get a huge mound of chips, topped with a spicy chilli on one side and pulled pork on the other. Finally, the whole thing is topped off with some massive onion rings, as a teasing cherry on top for anyone who’s looking to tackle this thing.
What’s more, if you can get your chops around this and polish it all off in 30 minutes the burger is entirely FREE!
What are you waiting for? Spread the word, get your mates together and take part in their brand new burger challenge! [more info]
Thursday 10th July 2018
Marigo Is A Go
We can reveal that Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast Ltd fame is to launch a new Bar and Café named Marigot, in the Altrincham based King's Court complex. Inspired by Dave's personal experiences of the Carribean, Marigo is a creation several years in the making, which has finally come together to offer south Manchester a bar and café which transports you to your personal tropical island via chilled beers, cocktails, good music, and some of the finest Caribbean coffee and cocoa on the market.
Décor is set to feature memorabilia collected along Dave's travels, including to Marigot bay itself, and will recreate the tranquil, relaxing experience of the bay. The area is famed for its calming water and palm tree lined beaches, offering a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Music will shy away from typical live performances, and focus on more relaxing, low-level background music.
Bar offerings will include a wide array of beers including Banks of Barbados and Carib of Trinidad and Tobago, coffee sourced from the famous Blue Mountain region of Jamaica, and a selection of rum and rhums from across the Caribbean islands. Notable inclusions are Chairman's Reserve of St Lucia, Foursquare of Barbados, Appleton Estate of Jamaica, and Rhum Clement of Martinique. There's also a focus on more traditional rum serves found on the islands themselves, including Pusser's Painkiller, known as the official cocktail of the Virgin Islands, along with the classic Dark and Stormy, made with Gosling's Black Seal.
Monday 9th July 2018
Tequila Ocho are to launch two special edition products to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The first tequila, set to be released at the end of 2018, will be aged for eight years and eight months in American whiskey barrels, making it the oldest tequila ever created by the brand. In addition, Ocho will also be releasing its first ever rum and cognac cask finished tequila, in collaboration with Plantation Rum and Ferrand Cognac, also due for release in 2018.
Thursday 28th June 2018
National Dim Sum Week comes to Manchester
Tattu is joining a host of restaurants across the country for the inaugural seven-day celebration of National Dim Sum Week (30th June – 6th July 2018).
Originating with the Cantonese in Guangzhou, the term ‘dim sum’ refers to a unique culinary art form of bite-sized sweet or savoury dishes prepared in a number of ways, most commonly steaming, baking or frying.
The literal translation of dim sum is ‘touch your heart’ and it is a dining tradition made for sharing. From the early morning Yum Cha meetings of the historic Silk Road travellers, to the modern-day restaurants that are frequented in cities around the world by work colleagues or for family get togethers.
To mark the first national celebration, Tattu has created a unique dim sum tasting platter designed for two to share, the platter features a selection of Tattu's signature dim sum. [more info]
Monday 25th June 2018
Waxi; Manchester's water taxi, servicing various routes via the Bridgewater canal, is no more. A lack of demand as well as dubious infrastructure and a lack of facilities at stops, have been cited as causes for the service's failure..
Thursday 21st June 2018
July Opening For ‘The Jane Eyre’
A modern take on the family run local bar is ready to welcome you to ancoats this July, brothers Joe and Jonny Eyre have teamed up to bring The Jane Eyre to One Cutting Room Square early July. The brothers have extensive experience within the Manchester and London hospitality scene, namely The Bubble Room, Gorilla and Polpo at Spuntino, pulling together their expertise, creating a concept that will sit proudly in the neighbourhood surroundings of Ancoats.
You’d be forgiven to think that this bar is inspired by a Charlotte Bronte novel, but you’d be wrong, The Jane Eyre is inspired and named after Jonny and Joe’s Mother. “We want to create a warm and friendly environment as that’s what she always gave us growing up.”
The long debated, anticipated, criticised, and lauded £200m St Michael’s development from G&G Hospitality has been given the official green light following such reports a few weeks back. The soon to be tower will stand on the plot which is currently occupied by the old city centre Police station, and will play host to offices, residential spaces and an array of hospitality led ventures. Definitely one to watch.
Pot Kettle Black Mk2
Barton Arcade's award winning coffee shop and brunch spot Pot Kettle Black is branching out. Former Rugby League stars Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan are behind the company, which will expand its city centre presence to the ground floor of No1 Spinningfields. Who doesn’t love a good independent coffee shop? We suspect that Spinningfields certainly will.
Wednesday 20th June 2018
Free Gin Thursday!
This Thursday The Pen and Pencil will be starting the weekend early as they launch their Sipsmith summer sipping menu, with FREE GIN! The bar & restaurant will be giving away 50 FREE flavoured G&Ts from 5pm. Flavours include strawberries & cream, rose or lime. The drinks will be given away on a first come, first served basis so head down straight from work to be in with a chance of a freebie!
As well as the free gin, The Pen and Pencil will also be offering 2 for £10 cocktails all day to celebrate the launch of their new cocktail menu. New cocktails on offer include: Hot Off The Press, with Manchester Gin, Manzana Verde Liqueur, cherry bitters, lemon & egg white; the zesty Not No Added Sugar, with Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle, creme de cassis, lemon, & cranberry; or summer special Ray's Grapefruit Spritz with Tanqueray, passion fruit liqueur, lemon, Fentimans rose lemonade & grapefruit. [more info]
'Jon Bon Burger'
Bunny Jackson’s is introducing 'Jon Bon Burger' a brand new weekly event, offering burgers and Hair Metal anthems.
All day, every Thursday, Bunny Jackson’s will be serving up £1.50 sliders of six different varieties, or £7.50 for all of them, £2 fireball shots (maybe wait until you've finished work before you start necking these back though) and burger specials which change on a weekly basis.
What more could you need on a Thursday night?!
All can be enjoyed to the backdrop of Bunny Jackson's all day Hair Metal party playlist. Expect to jam to the like of Alice Cooper, Poision, Whitesnake and of course Jon Bon’s Burger Thursday’s would not be complete without… Bon Jovi! [more info]
Elite Bistro's of the World; aka Gary Usher's North West restaurant mini-empire, are running their 'Social Sunday' promo on Sunday July 1st, in conjunction with Hospitality Action. £42 (plus £2.60 booking fee) will get you a seat at a communal table, hence the social theme, along with a 5 course menu, with all profits going to the Hospitality Action charity. Drinks packages will be available on the day.
Top Gin At Wood Manchester
Feel The Need With All American Ginema Experience
Wood Manchester, owned by Masterchef winner Simon Wood, is offering Top Gun fans an exciting and delicious dining experience this Independence Day as they team up with Didsbury Gin once again to bring fans a first-class Ginema experience.
Simon Wood said: “With the arrival of the second movie imminently, we wanted to create an extra special all American experience, and celebrate Independence Day in Manchester! ”
The founders of Alderman’s Didsbury Gin, Liam Manton & Mark Smallwood, will be on hand to talk through the story of the gin and offer some extra inspiration for summer cocktails and mixers for the local gin. [more info]
Tuesday 19th June 2018
The Refuge Arms Opens In Time For The World Cup
In what was the old Copper Face Jacks, a venue that screened many live football games throughout decades before it became The Refuge basement, in a nod to past use of the space; The Refuge Arms will be screening all England games of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
As well as these England games there will be a selection of highlighted games from favourite teams and fixtures throughout the group stages and beyond.
Mahiki Up In Flames
A-list pitched hotspot bar Mahiki has closed it doors less than a year following kick off. The GG Hospitality venture, launched by David Beckham himself, has ceased trading, citing plans to focus on international rollout, as the main reason.
Thursday 14th June 2018
Harvey Nichols Rolls Out A New Brassereie Menu
Harvey Nichols launches a new Brasserie Menu in Knightsbridge, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds, which sees a new style and layout that champions classic dishes and seasonal specials.
To offer customers a refreshed dining experience, the carefully curated Brasserie menu features moreish snacks, appetising starters, hearty mains, meats from the grill, Harvey Nichols Classics, tempting sides and mouth-watering desserts. The new menu also features seasonal heroes, from burrata with grilled peaches and sea bass with seaweed butter to an indulgent chocolate pecan brownie.
To top it off there’s a truly British cheese selection, sourced by Harvey Nichols chefs from their local cities. Highlighted by the HN logo, these season-inspired dishes change every three months, allowing Harvey Nichols chefs to pick the freshest flavours of the time of year.
Harvey Nichols Classics such as the timeless beef burger, superfood salad, fish and chips, chicken club sandwich and Caesar salad, that are loved by so many, will be available on every Brasserie Menu – so no matter where you are, you’ll always be able to order your favourite Harvey Nichols dish!
To ensure every Harvey Nichols Brasserie menu remains unique to its location, each chef will source local producers to offer guests quality ingredients sourced from around the Isles – so you can tuck into Scottish Borders steak when you're up in Edinburgh and treat yourself to Colne Valley lamb when you're down in London. [more info]
Ahead of Brexit, value booze purveyor Wetherspoons will stop the sales of Champagne across their national chain of pubs once contracts with EU suppliers end, with a promise to focus on sales of more British products
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Casting Call For Peter Street Kitchen
As part of a multi-million-pound investment by owners Edwardian Hotels London, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester hotel on Peter Street - one of only three five-star hotels in central Manchester - will launch a concept that has already blazed a trail through the capital’s dining scene.
Based on Edwardian Hotels London’s Kitchen concept, which embraces shared dining, guests at Peter Street Kitchen will be able to choose from an array of small plates from two different cuisines, in this instance contemporary Japanese and Mexican.
The new restaurant and bar will open this October in a blaze of publicity, and as part of an ambitious drive to recruit up to 60 new staff, Amir Jati, Service Excellence Director of Edwardian Hotels London, has announced a ground-breaking recruitment initiative.
Jati has drawn on a wealth of experience gained from senior roles at Nobu, co-owned by legendary actor Robert De Niro and where he established global private dining during his ten-year tenure, Disney Cruise Lines and The Savoy Hotel to develop a plan that will attract the crème de la crème of the UK’s hospitality personnel. As he explains, “I did not want to recruit through the normal channels. So instead, we decided to hold one of two aptly named “casting” days, on 19th June and 16th July, at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester. From this, we will choose between 80 and 90 of the most impressive candidates and send them on a seven-week training programme that will be divided between London and Manchester.” [more info]
Friday 8th June 2018
Store Street Exchange Summer In The City
As Manchester welcomes this fabulous Mancunian summer, Store Street Exchange has launched its own urban oasis in the form of a fabulous new outdoor area – the Terrace.
Located on the ground floor just outside the restaurant, the Terrace continues the relaxed environment of the Store Street Craft Bar, creating an informal and stylish al fresco drinking and dining enclave. The space has been completely refurbished and showcases accents of wood, tiles, metal and greenery with lots of seating, all providing the perfect spot for watching the world go by on those summer nights to come.
The Terrace will have its own bar serving J W Lees Manchester Pale Ale and Manchester Craft Lager alongside the full Store Street drinks menu. The whole of the outstanding and uncomplicated Store Street Exchange restaurant menu will also be served up on the Terrace, meaning that their acclaimed grills and rotisserie, as well as salads, fresh breads, vegetarian and fish dishes, quick bites and fine puddings will all be available to enjoy al fresco this summer.
The space is also available for private hire for private or corporate parties and al fresco get togethers – perfect for a summer party! There is a dedicated BBQ menu for this, with prices starting at £35 per head. [more info]
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Time to Celebrate with the original Thomas Dakin Gin
Fancy a tipple in town this week? With Negroni Week and World Gin Day all falling at the same time, it’s time to celebrate with the original, Thomas Dakin Gin.
For international Negroni Week, Thomas Dakin will be partnering with Salvi’s in the Corn Exchange to create a number of Negroni specials including the Gingeroni with Aperol & ginger wine, or the Smokey Negroni for just £7.
As part of Negroni Week, Salvi’s and Thomas Dakin will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to their chosen charity Slow Foods International; a not–for–profit organisation seeking to promote a better way to eat, celebrating the rich food traditions of the different nations that make up the UK, and protecting the world’s edible biodiversity.
Saturday 9th of June is the first World Gin Day Manchester celebration, organised in celebration of the tenth World Gin Day for gin lovers across Manchester. The World Gin Day hub will be held at First Street, and Thomas Dakin will be partnering with the Gasworks Bar to serve their famous Tom & Tonic for just £5, as well as Gin Curator Alix Walker hosting masterclasses at the hub itself at 12pm & 4pm.
Thomas Dakin’s vintage truck Katie Dakin, will be driving round Manchester on Friday evening, visiting stockists of Thomas Dakin then parking up at First Street at the World Gin Day hub. Snap a photo of the vintage truck on it’s travels through town, and upload to Instagram with #TomonTour and #TomandTonic for a chance to win a selection of Thomas Dakin goodies!
Friday 1st June 2018
First Taste Of Finca’s Million Pound Menu
Following their successful appearance on BBC’s hugely popular food show Million Pound Menu; the team behind renowned Cuban street food concept, FINCA, has announced it will be launching in Manchester at the start of June with its most ambitious set-up to date. The Liverpool based concept impressed on the BBC food show, receiving an investment offer from Living Ventures’ Co-Founder, Jeremy Roberts, and FINCA will be taking its first step into the city with a summer residency in Artisan’s Café Bar in Spinningfields launching on Thursday 7 June.
Mowgli And Friska For University Green
Indian street food restaurant Mowgli and ethical restaurant Friska are the latest names to join the ever-growing line up at University Green, the new retail and leisure development by leading regional property company Bruntwood and the University of Manchester.
Mowgli and Friska join a previously announced line up comprising of academic and general bookshop, Blackwell’s; design retailer Utility; artisan coffee house, Takk; restaurant and bar, Loungers; authentic American burger brand, Five Guys; Co-op.
Mr Cooper’s restaurant, situated in The Midland hotel, sent its top mixologists to shake up their version of the iconic tequila cocktail for a 1,000 strong audience of judges.
Facing stiff competition from 15 of the best bars and restaurants in the Greater Manchester area, Mr Cooper’s won the top title at the Rumble earlier this month, in Manchester’s Albert Hall. [more info]
Thursday 10th May 2018
Bay Horse Comedy Quiz
On Tuesday 15th May, The Bay Horse Tavern (recently crowned the best pub in Greater Manchester) will launch its very own Comedy Quiz Night!
The Comedy Quiz will kick off at 8pm, and will be hosted by none other than comedian and broadcaster Paul “The Sinnerman” Sinha, best known for his role as a Chaser on the popular game show The Chase.
After its launch, the Comedy Quiz will run every Tuesday night, same time, same place, but different host, selected from Gag Reflex’s finest talent. [more info]
4 Sisters At The River Bar
The Lowry hotel is proud to announce they’ve partnered with local Distillery 4 Sisters to create five delicious Gin based cocktails in the River Bar. Each Cocktail showcases the distinct 4 Sisters flavour and versatility. Perfect for summer [more info]
Wednesday 9th May 2018
To mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack and, as part of Manchester Together, Menagerie will be honouring the 22 people who were tragically killed and the 100 injured, by raising funds for local charity Forever Manchester.
From the 21st until the 26th of May, Menagerie will be donating all profits from their “Worker Bee Afternoon Tea” to the charity, which helps support communities and smaller charities throughout the area. [more info]
Elnecot Launches New Spring Menu
Since bursting onto Manchester’s food and drink scene in September 2017, Elnecot is now establishing itself as a go to place for fantastic food and drinks in a relaxed and friendly environment.
The neighbourhood bar and kitchen have now revealed their Spring Menu with some very interesting additions including You Smelly H'apeth!, Manchester Pale Ale braised ox cheek, Chalk stream trout croquettes, Disco Cabbage & Vegan chocolate mousse [more info]
Pie and Ale Rises
We are very pleased to announce that Pie & Ale have reopened their doors following a recent tough patch due to a challenging rent increase. Sadly, Bakerie, their elder sister wine bar, next door, won't be returning.
Friday 4th May 2018
Pedro Wants You To Get Your Hands Dirty!
The part-time pizza parlour and full-time party bar, Crazy Pedro’s, famed for its outlandish pizzas and most enviable selection of mezcal and tequila outside of Mexico, is now offering you the opportunity to enrol onto Pedro’s very own pizza making masterclass.
Open to the public every last Saturday of the month, head down to Crazy Pedro’s Manchester Northern Quarter and create your very own Pedro’s pizza and see if you can outperform the master as Pedro dares you to create the wackiest toppings combinations. [more info]
Crazy Pedro’s dare you to try their May pizza special, ‘I Don’t Like Cricket, I Love It!’. Never shying away from a wacky topping, they’ve taken it to a whole new level with this month’s pizza, which features crispy fried shallots, mozzarella, lime, sriracha, coriander and a healthy dose of fried crickets!
It might sound like an ‘I’m a Celebrity’ bush tucker trial but this creation truly is a taste sensation. The taste of the crickets has been likened to everything from pistachios to chicken and bacon, but we’d suggest you fly down to Crazy Pedro's or Crazy Pedro's Northern Quarter and try it for yourself! [more info]
Thursday 3rd May 2018
Manchester Sun(?) Trap
Hallelujah! The days are finally getting longer, so why not make the most of those precious extra daylight hours by joining Store Street Exchange on their terrace - one of the best suntraps in the city - for that long overdue vitamin D boost and a JW Lees Manchester Craft Beer. [more info]
Tuesday 1st May 2018
Oast House Open
The Oast House has re-opened its doors today, with the courtyard set to return in time for SpinFest at the end of May. The full opening schedule and reveal is expected to be completed as follows:
May 1st ~ First pint poured (open for drinks inside)
"Mid May" ~ First Hanging Kebab (food is served and courtyard reveal begins)
"End of May" ~ The Oast House Courtyard reopens (for drinks, dancing and deli boards!)
May 27th ~ Spinfest returns (for celebrations galore!) [more info]
Gin lovers should book a place at Grafene's exclusive tasting of their entire Sipsmith Gin Collection, on 9th May, accompanied by chef Ben Mounsey’s delicious selection of fine-dining ‘Grafene Bites’. They also host a Sipsmith Gin Dinner on 20th June, amongst other wine and Champagne evenings. [more info]
With one of only two Pioneer sound systems in the world, Manchester's new Ibiza style club, Lazy Lizard, have announced their latest guest DJs, including, Remelie, Storm Mollison, Carl Hanaghan, Paul Taylor and a live performance from Abigail Bailey, who had the house hit "I Just Can't Get Enough". [more info]
Mow Like A Pro
Cafe Football Old Trafford and Cafe Football National Football Museum have teamed up with Backyard Brewery to bring together a true grass-roots pairing. Served with one of their celebrated Eat Like a Pro salads, for just £10 throughout May, the Carlsberg Sverige's Falkenberg brewed Lawn Mower Amber Lager has a loud noisy body combined with a fresh hoppiness, making it refreshingly sessionable. [more info]
Friday 27th April 2018
Secret Cinco de Mayo Margaritas
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester with a limited-time “secret word” special on their new "Rockin’ Fresh Rita" cocktail, which infuses all of the classic margarita flavours into a rock star-level cocktail, prepared with silver tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and finished with a slightly spicy salt rim.
between May 1st and May 6th, order a Rockin’ Fresh Rita and quote the secret word “ROCKIN’” to your server and you'll get it for just £5. [more info]
Northern Quarter trendsetter Kosmonaut are offering up 2-4-1 cocktails every day, as well as pints of Special K beer for just £3.50. If you're feeling peckish, there's also a combo deal which gets you a pint with any burger for £10. [more info]
Wednesday 25th April 2018
Pizza, Pints & Perms
Northern Quarter favourite Ply are inviting you to sign up for free membership which serves up rewards such as 50% off pizzas, and Pizza and a Pint, glass of wine or Bloody Mary for £12.
Your membership card also gives you 20% off at Reuben Wood hairdressers, 10% off framing at Incognito, £5 Yoga classes and 10% off Ministry of Craft courses. [more info]
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Kona Hanalei Island IPA Launch Party
The Liars Club have announced that they'll be serving Kona Hanalei Island IPA on draught. The ‘easy-drinking, seasonable beer combines the hoppy aroma of an IPA with a tropical Hawaiian twist’, making it the perfect pint for summer.
To celebrate, they'll be hosting a launch party on Saturday 5th of May including an outdoor bar and terrace garden with guest DJs performing. There will also be a Kona merchandise giveaway and a free drink awarded to the first 50 customers.
Tuesday 17th April 2018
All Under One Roof At The Refuge
The Refuge is proud to announce the return of the Electric Weekender with ‘All Under One Roof’. Taking place on the Bank Holiday of May 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th at The Refuge, Manchester, this specially curated gathering of all things music, food, drink and dancing all-day and night long, takes inspiration from the Manchester Basements through to the Croatian boat parties and much more beyond. This will be the grand summer opening of The Refuge Courtyard, marking the start of an incredible run of scheduled open air parties for the season.
Friday 13th April 2018
Thomas Dakin, the Manchester based gin, is launching a Gin distillery and school. The venture will be based in Croxley House on Lloyd Street, and looks set to be housed over 4 floors. We look forward to hearing more about this unique marking offering in the coming weeks.
Spinningfields celeb haunt Neighbourhood has reopened following their temporary closure on the back of an attack at the venue. A set of conditions, many of which will make life hard for such a venue, have been placed on the reissue of their licence though. These include them being unable to serve drinks in glassware between certain hours, along with a weapon scanner on entry, and the compulsory presentation of ID between certain hours.
Wednesday 11th April 2018
Drake and Morgan are growing their Manchester portfolio via the launch of their Anthologist brand, in the ground floor of the One St Peter's Square building, facing Central Library. We can expect to see cocktails, wine, and an eclectic food offering, all wrapped up in a nice décor package. The St Peter's Square area is certainly blossoming at the moment..
Something's Brewing On Oxford Rd
Aberdeen based mass/craft ale pioneers Brewdog are set to increase their presence in the city via the opening of the UK's second BrewPub, hot on the heels of the equivalent London Bridge launch. As the name suggests, there will be onsite brewing as well as the property doubling up as a pub. The BrewDogBrewPub is set to launch in September on University Green on Oxford Rd.
Monday 9th April 2018
Toast A Decade Of St Jude
Manchester indie-rockers Courteeners and Camden Town Brewery, have teamed up to create a limited-edition ‘St. Jude Pils’ to toast the 10-year anniversary of the group’s debut studio album, St Jude.
The limited-edition beer was originally brewed exclusively for Courteeners’ rider for their sold-out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Manchester Arena. However, having tasted the beer, the band wanted everyone to have the chance to raise a bottle of St Jude Pils.
The Princess St Hotel is set to undergo a full refurbishment, encompassing its hotel's 140 bedrooms, meeting rooms, events spaces and restaurant/bar.
The property, purchased in 2013, will see a near £2m investment which will convert it into an exclusive boutique style hotel, which is described by the owners as offering 'a more intimate service environment'. [more info]
Portobello On The Go
Portobello Gin will soon be available in canned form, paired with Franklin and Sons Indian tonic. RRP for a single can will be £2.50, the product's ABV will be 5.5%, and it has a release date of some time in April.