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January 2018

Below you'll find all the news of what happened in Manchester bars in January 2018.

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Wednesday 31st January 2018
Cottonopolis Manchester
Can You Keep A Secret?

Back in October, Cottonopolis invited you to follow the fire and embark on a journey that would take you to a secret location, to indulge in an eight-course dining and cocktail experience, the details of which were kept a secret until the night. 

Following the success of that Secret Supper, they have announced three further events in February, April and June 2018, starting on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th February. Each event will deliver a completely unique and innovative concept, with their own immersive theme and imaginative menu.  [more info]

Monday 29th January 2018
River Bar

Bubbles Flowing

The Lowry Hotel will be hosting a Perrier-Jouët Champagne Dinner in their intimate Private Dining Room on Friday 23rd February 2018.

Limited to just 22 people, we can't think of a better way than spending the evening sampling wines matched to each course with wine experts providing the history of the Perrier-Jouët vineyards.  [more info]

Thursday 25th January 2018
Pen & Pencil
Pug Paw-ty

For one day only, Pug Cafe & The Pen and Pencil have teamed up to invite the pugs and pug crosses of Manchester (and their humans) to celebrate Chinese New Year at their Pug Paw-ty to help celebrate the Year of the Dog.

The pug was the prized pet of the Emperors of China and lived a lap of luxury; they were even given the same status as their wives - spoilt and treated just like royalty!

Guests at this strictly booking-only event can look forward to a beautiful Chinese-themed New Year venue, Chinese-inspired doggy treats, and plenty of chances for their pug to party with their new friends.  [more info]

Soul, Funk & Synth Pop Parties

Whilst we're on the subject of the Pen & Pencil, they will be hosting two free parties in February 2018. First up, on Friday the 16th, Warehouse Project/Snowbombing DJ Marco Giannini hosts a Synth-Pop Party, mixing the likes of Depeche Mode, Erasure, The Human League, Kraftwerk, Yellow, M83, Robyn, La Roux, The Knife, and Chromatics.

A week later, on Saturday 24th, Melvo Baptiste, the voice of Glitterbox Radio (syndicated on over 40 stations globally and regularly top of the iTunes podcast charts), brings his epic set of of Soul, Funk & Disco from across the decades to the Northern Quarter bar. [more info]

Guilt-Free Cocktail Class

To help you avoid cheating on your New Year’s resolutions, Hard Rock Cafe have launched a brand new, guilt-free beverage program, using only the most authentic and fresh ingredients, perfect for those seeking new, healthier alternatives in 2018.

On Wednesday 28th February, they are giving you the opportunity to make and taste these new cocktails, with help from their mixologists. A selection of bites are provided too, although there's no mention of whether these (or the alcohol, for that matter) come guilt-free. [more info]

Burger Garage
London chain Honest Burgers, have not been put off by the massive number of burger bars (and burger bar closures) in Manchester, announcing plans to take the Garage Bar unit at the stunning Manchester Hall after Pintura, the Leeds Basque-inspired pinchos bar, pulled out.

El Gat2 Negro

El Gato Negro are rumoured to be the latest name with plans to open a branch in Ancoats. Although by the time you read this, the rest of the city has probably followed suit.

Taking the empty unit next to Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza, which for years was earmarked for the illusive Wild Goose Fat & Garlic, they are looking at a more casual affair than their King Street offering.

Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Black Dog Ballroom NWS
Winning Pint

Black Dog Ballroom NWS are bringing back The MatchPint Football Quiz night on February 15th, in collaboration with sports pub finder app, MatchPint. Simply check in to the bar on the app, whilst at the quiz and get a free pint in return. 

Wednesday 21st January 2018
Remember this?
Project Fear? Project Beer!

Whilst the British Beer & Pub Association may have warned of the consequences of a Brexit vote back in June 2016, brewers, wine distributors and bars have largely absorbed the rising costs related to the self-inflicted drop in value of sterling, that the 'Project Fear' experts warned us about.

Despite the costs of EU-imported booze and hops remaining at least 15% higher, due to the plummeting pound alone, the customer has not really seen a knock on effect since the 27th June 2016, due to pre-ordered stock and a reluctance to pass on costs. That is until now.

The world's largest brewer, AB InBev (Boddingtons, Budweiser, Stella, Corona, Becks, Hoegarden, etc), as well as Molson Coors (Carling, Staropramen, Cobra, Coors, Blue Moon, Miller, Worthingtons, etc) will both be raising beer prices in the UK by an above inflation rate, of upto 3.9% over the next 12 months. Other brewers and wine importers are expected to follow suit.

Manchester voted 60.4% to remain in the EU (as did Trafford at 57.7% and Stockport at 52.3%), so we can but hope that the costs are instead passed on to pubs in Leave voting areas... or maybe to drinkers at Wetherspoons, a chain that campaigned passionately to Leave.

Friday 19th January 2018
TNQ Restaurant & Bar
Mughli Gets Horny

Rusholme Curry Mile favourite, Mughli have joined forces with Eccles craft brewery First Chop to launch an exclusive gluten free and vegan light ale called ‘Horn OK Please’.

The collaboration between Richard Garner, founder at First Chop Brewing, with Haz Arshad of Mughli restaurants, alongside the renowned Mancunian artist, Stanley Chow, delivers a craftily hopped, straw-coloured ale with a noticeable aroma of citrus and honey, making it the perfect accompaniment to Mughli’s bold ‘Indian Soul Food’ dishes. 

Breaking Bad Pop Up

A Breaking Bad style meth lab is coming to Manchester this Spring. "That's nothing new!" we hear you cry. Well, this lab can be found in an old trailer, kitted out like a scene from the cult TV show, and will allow customers to concoct their own potions, of the alcoholic variety. ABQ, named after Walter White's hometown of Alberquerque, will be a pop-up holding upto 30 yellow-suited "cooks" at a time.

Thursday 18th January 2018
Manchester Bars ~ Cask

Cask 2

The popular Castlefield real ale bar Cask are the latest to join the Ancoats revolution, with plans for a second venue alongside the canal in the new Cotton Field Wharf apartment building. 

An ale drinker's heaven, the welcoming bar on Liverpool Road has remained the city's most comprehensive Continental beer bar since opening in 2003 and is sure to be a winner in Ancoats when it opens in Spring. 

Daisy Circle?

Northern Quarter restaurant Evelyn's officially open the doors of The Daisy, their new private members co-working space and basement cocktail bar, on the 1st February 2018. Membership costs £100 per year but does include free Rare Tea Company tea and Ozone Coffee. Taking its name from the game "Love Me, Love Me Not", membership requests are reviewed by a panel, based upon the applicant's social media accounts. It's the first time the concept has been tried in Manchester since the closure of The Circle Club in December 2013.

Wednesday 17th January 2018
Manchester Bars ~ KFC Cocktails

Kentucky Fried Cocktails

KFC have released a few recipes for customers to make 'Stocktails' at home. The savoury cocktails, in this case based around KFC's own gravy include 'The Southern Twist', which contains KFC gravy, bourbon, pepper, and brown sugar, served over ice with the glass rim garnished with lemon juice and chopped parsley. 

Coyote Ugly Manchester
Liverpool based bar Coyote Ugly Saloon are expanding to this end of the M62 and are currently recruiting female-only bartenders who enjoy singing and dancing on the bar, à la LeAnn Rimes.  Rumours suggest they will take the former Café Rouge/Busaba unit in The Printworks.

Charles Street Music House
The 100 year old auction house on Charles Street, is being converted into a new music destination by New Wave promoters. Set over four floors, it will also include a drinks and food offering.  We will release more details as they become clear. 

The Last Straw

As the anti-plastic packaging movement gains speed, San Carlo have pledged to move to the use of paper on straws, ditching the plastic variety which are part of a known menace towards the environment.  They join many bars across Europe who have been part of the rapidly growing #RefuseTheStraw movement, long before Blue Planet II hit our screens.

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Alderley Wedge

The plush JW Lees family-owned Alderley Edge Hotel is set for a £2.5m modern refurb in the coming weeks, with the new restaurant and bar featuring heavily in the project.

Thursday 11th January 2018
Shindigger Manchester

Shindigger Swan

A planning application has been submitted to convert the basement of Manchester's Swan Building, at 20 Swan Street, opposite Band on the Wall, into a craft beer and event space.  As well as hosting exhibitions, classes, markets and live music, the venture would feature beers from local brewers ShinDigger, who are based in the adjacent building. 

Wednesday 10th January 2018
Elnecot Manchester
A History Of Ancoats

With the entire Manchester bar scene seemingly relocating to Ancoats, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the area is new, however the story of the Northern Quarter's new fashionable suburb is one that is integral to both Manchester's and Britain's industrial history.

Dating back to 1212, the small settlement of just a few dwellings was called "Elnecot"; a name derived from the Old English 'Ana Cots' or 'lonely cottages'. Fast forward 805 years, and the name has been revived by the neighbourhood bar that has most of the city's barflies talking.

With cocktails for £5 during Happy Hour, there's no better time to explore "the world's first industrial suburb" and see why Elnecot has those in the know a tad excited. [more info]

Bronte's Manchester Novel

Named after Charlotte Bronte's most famous novel, which was inspired by and started during her time staying at Boundary Street West in Hulme, the Jane Eyre bar will open its doors in April 2018 in the blossoming Ancoats area.  Expect an emphasis on cocktails, alongside a range of beers, showcasing Manchester breweries, along with a soundtrack from local DJs.

British Gin Bar

Upmarket Nottingham restaurant George's are looking to open their second venture on the corner of Bow Street and John Dalton Street, with a British gin bar complementing their posh fish & chips.

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Velvet Underground

Canal Street favourite Velvet has temporarily closed for a six week make over. They will relocate the bar to a newly refurbished restaurant in the basement of the building.

Monday 8th January 2018
Second Floor - Harvey Nichols Manchester
Vegan Wines and Ciders

Harvey Nichols Manchester launches its first vegan menu, created using seasonal plant-based ingredients, giving everyone a reason to try vegan this January.

The delicious menu, with dishes ranging from £6 - £12 offers customers three tasty courses, a selection of vegan wines by the bottle and a speciality vegan cider. [more info]

Friday 5th January 2018

Venus Was Her Name

Another Manchester institution has died, as Venus Night Club have closed their doors for good. The Deansgate club, which has been part of the late night Manchester scene for nearly 20 years, cited the ever growing Manchester bar scene as a reason for the closure. 

Thursday 4th January 2018
Odd closes

Odd Closures

Following on from 2014's closure of Odder Bar on Oxford Road, we are sad to report what appears to be the first high profile Manchester hospitality casualty of the year.  In what is sending shock waves through the industry, one of the city's most popular bar groups have unexpectedly closed all three of their remaining sites, Odd and The Blue Pig in the Northern Quarter, and Oddest in Chorlton.  The Bohemian bar that arguably kickstarted the Northern Quarter's popularity will be sadly missed.

St Michael's Manchester

St Michaels Marches On

Gary Neville's controversial St Michaels Tower project between Jackson’s Row and Bootle Street has been redesigned with revised planning permission submitted, which seem to have taken on board many objections. These include keeping the facade of the historic Bootle Street Police Station and Sir Ralph Abercrombie pub, rather than demolishing them as was originally planned. The development's height has been scaled back and moved on to a plinth further along the street so as not to overpower local, historic buildings, such as the Town Hall and Central Library.

As well as the city's most expensive luxury apartments, it will also house a five star hotel, a new synagogue, office space, shops, bars, restaurants, and a huge rooftop garden.

Nogo Soho

Exclusive private member's club Soho House, which has 18 branches in London, New York, Miami, Barcelona, Berlin, and other glam locations around the world, has pulled the plug on its plans for Manchester.  The launch of their new Mollie's Motel and Diner 'roadside restaurant and hotel concept', as reported in April 2017, is still to go ahead.

Weds 3rd January 2018

Manchester Bars ~ Crazy Pedros
What Detox!?!

Crazy Pedro’s stick two fingers up at the idea of a detox and invite you to keep the good times rolling with their January special pizza... The Re-Tox. Topped with all the essentials to get your New Year off to a great start, like English Sausage, Black Pudding, Smoked Bacon, Hash Browns, and Baked Beans. They also stock arguably the largest selection of tequila and mezcal outside of Mexico... Hasta La Pizza Baby! [more info]

Ginuary Sales

Talking of re-toxes, The Botanist are offering 2 for 1 on selected gins in January, including Masons, Whitley Neil, Bombay Sapphire, Liverpool Gin and handcrafted Scottish gin, Caorunn. The offer applies at their Deansgate, Media City, Didsbury and Alderley Edge branches.

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