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Wednesday 17th January 2018
Coyote Ugly Manchester
Liverpool based bar Coyote Ugly Saloon are expanding to this end of the M62.  Fancy yourself as a 'Coyote'?  The group are currently recruiting female only bartenders who enjoy singing and dancing on the bar, ala LeAnn Rimes.  Rumours suggest that the former Café Rouge and then Busaba unit in The Printworks, is the front runner to be chosen as the host venue. 

Charles Street Music House
The 100 year old auction house on Charles Street, in the city centre, is being converted into a new music destination. New Wave promoters are behind the venue, which will be set over four floors, and will also include and 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 and wildlife.  We expect such trends to become more widespread in coming months. 

Kentucky Fried Cocktails

KFC have released a few recipes for what are becoming known as 'Stocktails'; savoury cocktails, which in this case are based around KFC's own gravy.  The least unappealing concoction, labelled 'The Southern Twist', contains KFC gravy, bourbon, pepper, and brown sugar, served over ice with the glass rim garnished with lemon juice and chopped parsley.  Each to their own, right? 

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Alderley Wedge

The plush JW Lees family owned Alderley Edge Hotel is set for a £2.5m refurb in the coming weeks, with the new restaurant and bar featuring heavily in the project.  Emphasis will be on a more modern approach to the décor and also menus.   The hotel's function rooms and boutique bedrooms will then be focused on. 

Thursday 11th January 2018

Shindigger Swan

A planning application has been submitted to the Council, to convert the basement in Manchester's Swan Building, at 20 Swan St, opposite Band on the Wall, into a craft beer and event space.  The venture would feature beers from local brewery Shindigger, which is based in the adjacent building, to operate alongside areas which will host exhibitions, classes, markets and live music. 

Wednesday 10th January 2018

George's British

A planning application has been submitted by George's Great British Kitchen.  To be situated on the corner of Bow St and John Dalton St, the restaurant would be the second such venture, with the first being founded in Nottingham by friends Andrew Constantinou and Nick Hogan.  If approved, the food will be British in style, featuring classics such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, alongside a few novel twists, complemented by a gin bar, serving a selection of premium British spirits, beers and ciders? 

Jane Eyre

The Jane Eyre bar will open its doors in April 2018, over in the now blossoming Ancoats area.  Jane Eyre will serve simple food and drinks, made with top quality produce, with a particlarly emphasis being on cocktails.  A range of beers, showcasing Manchester breweries will also be served, along with a soundtrack from local DJs. 

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Velvet Refurb

Velvet has announced that they are closing for 6 weeks for refurbishment. They will relocate the bar to their newly refurbished Bar & Restaurant in the basement of the building.

Venus Closed

Venus Night Club announced on Friday the 5th of January they would be closing their doors for good. The 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. 

Monday 8th January 2018

Second Floor - Harvey Nichols Manchester
Veg Out At Harvey Nichols

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]

Thursday 4th January 2018

No ho House

Exclusive private member's club Soho House, who has branches in New York and London amongst other glam locations, has pulled the plug on its plans for Manchester; we assume as to not embarrass the rest of the portfolio.  Instead, the operator has revised its plans for the venture, to being a 'roadside restaurant and hotel concept', named Mollies Motel and Diner.  A stark contrast? 

Odd Closures

Following  on from 2014's closure of Odder Bar on Oxford Rd, we are sad to report what appears to be the first high profile Manchester hospitality casualty of the year.  The group who also operate Odd, Oddest and The Blue Pig, have suddenly closed down all 3 remaining sites.  This comes as a shock to us, as I'm sure it also will to many city centre bar goers. 

St Michaels Marches On

G&G Hospitality's long discussed St Michaels Tower is once again rearing its head.  Revised planning permissions have been submitted, an all concerned have 40 days to respond.  The revisions seem to include the restoration of some nearby buildings, rather than demolishing them, as well as a little scaling back on the development's height, as it was initially feared that it would obscure local, historic buildings, such as the Town Hall etc. 

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.

Friday 22nd December 2017
Treetop Golf Manchester

Jungle Golf

Cardiff's Treetop Adventure Golf have applied for a license to open a jungle themed crazy golf venue in The Printworks. Featuring two 18 hole courses, with food and drinks, they will tee off amongst tough competition from Junkyard Golf Club, The Green and The Range.

Monday 18th December 2017
Chivas Blend

Chivas Regal are opening a pop up whiskey school named Blend on February 23rd 2018 on Quay Street. Teaching will include the history and origins of the spirit, along with production methods and flavour profiling.  Blend will double as bar, open only to school ticket holders only 

Friday 15th December 2017
Lazy Lizard Manchester
Rave Of Thrones

Hold the door as Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor in Game Of Thrones) will be heading to the brand new Ibiza-style nightclub, Lazy Lizard on Boxing Day, to host ‘Rave Of Thrones’ and continue the Christmas party vibes long into the night. An established DJ in his homeland, "Hodor" will be showcasing some of the deepest house from all seven kingdoms. [more info]

Pub in the Park with Kerridge

Double Michelin Star celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has announced his Pub in the Park festival will return to Knutsford on the 7th - 9th September 2018.  The fun weekend will showcase live music, great food and drink, as well as demos from top chefs. 

Thursday 14th December 2017
Manchester Bars Rosso Manchester Bars Rosso
Charity Starts At Rosso

Manchester's Kamani family, who co-own local favourite Rosso with United legend Rio Ferdinand, alongside fashion labels Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, Nasty Gal and many of the buildings occupied by bars in the Northern Quarter, have donated a generous £500,000 to Key 103's Mission Christmas campaign, which provides for local families during the festive period. 

With growing numbers of people living in relative poverty, especially in Manchester, the donation, as well as the wider fundraising, will be a massive boost to a lot of families this Christmas. [more info]

Liquor Store Manchester
Back To The 80's for 24 Hours

The Liquour Store promise to have the craziest NYE party in town, with their Back To The Eighties 24 Hour New Years Eve Party, opening at Midday on the 31st December and partying all the way through to Midday on January 1st.

Expect all your favourite 80’s music all night long, 80’s drinks on arrival, 80’s food and sweets, a Nintendo competition, everyone dressed as their favourite 80’s icon with a prize for best outfit and even space hoppers, with the venue decked out like your childhood bedroom. [more info]

Other New Year's parties in Manchester just added include:
Mambo Brothers Cafe Mambo Ibiza party at The Lazy Lizard
3 Course Meal & Roaring '20s party at Rosylee and The Fitzgerald
12 hour Hip Hop & RNB party at Walrus and Tusk
check out all other New Years Eve Parties

New Northern
A new bar, The Freemount, opens tonight on Oldham Street in The Northern Quarter. With exposed brick walls, skylights and reclaimed wood, it's unrecognisable from its days as The Northern.

Eviction for Mourinho?
Following its £53m sale last Spring, the 5 star Lowry Hotel has announced plans for a £3m refurb in early 2018. The bar, restaurant and lobby area will be given a full makeover as will the Presidential Suite, presumably meaning Jose Mourinho will have to move out. There's also talks of a new ground floor cafe.

Japanese Gin
Just in case there isn’t enough Gin on the market these days, a Japanese Gin named Kuro has been released by Manchester based Craig Fell and John Thomson.  The Gin is London Dry in style, with features bamboo activated charcoal, spruce and silver birch bark as its key botanicals, amidst the array of 12.  The launch was hosted at Impossible on Peter Street

Wednesday 13th December 2017
Mojo Manchester
Show Me The Way To The Next Whisky Bar

Hampton NQ

Hilton are opening a new £18m 220 bedroom hotel in the Northern Quarter; Hampton by Hilton Manchester Northern Quarter is planned for 2020 on the corner of Rochdale Road and Sharp Street. [hotels in the Northern Quarter]

Monday 11th December 2017
Produce Hall Stockport
Pilling’s Produce
Steve Pilling, owner of The Dockyard, Gasworks, Vesper, GBA and more, has been given the nod to spearhead the hospitality end of things at the Produce Hall in Stockport. In a project with a current budget of around £6.5 million, it is believed that the venue will be transformed into a series of pop-up Food Hall vendors. 

Fairfield Social Grub
Popular street food events company, GRUB, will be holding a food fair at Fairfield Social Club on Friday 19th until Sunday 21st of January 2018, showcasing a variety of delights from various street-food vendors, breweries, and DJs.

Manchester ‘eaton Park
July 7-9th 2018 will see Heaton Park play host to the two day ‘Manchester Eats’ food festival.  From the same team behind the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, the event will offer an array of food and drinks vendors, chef demonstrations on a live stage, and fun for all the family. 

Friday 8th December 2017
Milton Club Manchester
Two Night Stands

This Boxing Day, The Milton Club are hosting an all-night party reliving the MTV Base days with an Old School Hip Hop & RnB special. Get prepped for absolute floor-filling classics that will take you back to the 90s and 00s such as Biggie Smalls, Aaliyah, 2pac, Destiny’s Child, and Ashanti.

And if that's not enough partying in one week, you can also see in the New Year in style at their exclusive FLASH Glitterati event, combining theatrical performances, confetti cannons, music video screens, inclusive free-flowing drinks, visual effects and more surprises. [more info]

Manchester Manhatten
Arc Inspirations; the Leeds company behind the well regarded Banyan Bar and Kitchen in The Corn Exchange, have revealed plans to being their New York style Manahatta brand to Manchester, to be housed in what we believe to be the beautiful Royal London House on Deansgate, next to Hawksmoor.  Based on the two Manahatta venues in Leeds, you can anticipate lots of Chesterfield booths in which to enjoy cocktails, burgers, steaks and pancakes.

Thursday 7th December 2017
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester
The Big Game At Hard Rock Cafe Manchester

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester have announced their line up for one of the busiest nights of their year. They will be open late on Sunday 4th February especially for "The Big Game" in Minneapolis, Minnesota... apparently they're not allowed to use it's better known "super" name for American Football legal trademark reasons.

As well as a special game menu, available for one night only, big-screen TVs will project the game around the bar. There’ll also be plenty of American Football themed entertainment on the night, including half time DJs, cheerleaders, a Kiss Cam and more. [more info]

Bottomless Booze
Head to All Star Lanes for the ultimate Christmas knees-up with a two or three course lunch, including their legendary Christmas Dinner Burger and Eggnog Crème Brûlée, served with bottomless Prosecco, Mimosas or craft beer for a 2 hour session. [more info]

Champagne Sundays
Manchester's most popular Champagne bar, Épernay have one of the best deals in town every Sunday. With such a great selection to choose from, you can finish your weekend in style with a glass of fizz. Any glass of their remaining open bottles of bubbles is your's for only £7.

Another Door To Close
Due to an increase in rent, Oz style café Another Heart To Feed will be closing it’s Chapel Street doors on December 21st for the last time.  It is hoped they will return in 2018 to another city centre location

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Manchester Bars ~ Lazy Lizard Manchester
Ibiza Comes To Manchester

Manchester's latest opening brings Ibiza beach club vibes and Balearic beats from some of the biggest DJs in the world. The Lazy Lizard, inside the Printworks, opens tonight with upcoming parties from Erick Morillo, Kenny Dope, Norman Jay, Future and Pete Gooding.

From the same team behind Northern Quarter favourites Walrus, Hula, Tusk, The Fitzgerald, Rosylee and Infamous Diner, its Pioneer sound system is one of only two in the world whilst the lighting system is also cutting edge. [more info]

2017 2022
We've been adding loads more New Years Eve Parties, including:
Ping pong and dancing all night at Twenty Twenty Two
Glitter Party with free Prosecco at Dirty Martini
Free Prosecco and late night disco at Mojo
Capital FM Voyage Around The World Party at Tiger Tiger
Tiki Style UV Glitter Party at Hula
Flash Glitterati Party at The Milton Club
1970s Disco Fever Party at Lock 91
Oriental party with live sax & dancers at Sakana
Frat party and beer pong at Dive
Free funk, soul and disco party at Cottonopolis
check out all other New Years Eve Parties

Manchester Forever

Acclaimed artist, Word to Mother will be releasing his new limited edition ‘Manchester Forever’ prints on Thursday 7th December at The Bay Horse Tavern in collaboration with Leon Martyn. The exclusive prints pay tribute to the 22 lives lost in the Manchester attack and 10% of all sales will be donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Tuesday 5th December 2017
Manchester Bars ~ Hula
End Of Year Quiz

As 2017 draws to close, Hula will be taking a look back at all the going ons of this year! Do you remember the awards ceremony when Gemma Collins fell through the stage, who won the Premier League and which film hit the big time at the Oscars? Well it's time to start brushing up on your knowledge as there's prizes to be won at the Hula End Of Year Quiz on Monday 11th December [more info]

Christmas Hangover Cure

Christmas parties might mean Christmas hangovers however Pho are offering to help you combat the effects of the night before with their Pho to Go takeaway menu, packed full of all the hangover busting goodness.

Their delicious Vietnamese pho dishes contain B1 & B6 Potassium (good for normal psychological function), garlic (which contains vitamins C and B3 plus magnesium, to help remove toxins and speed up metabolism), star anise (good for digestion), restorative herbs like mint (soothes sore tummy and headaches), coriander (helps detoxify), basil (boosts the immune system), lean meats (with Vitamin B12 for energy) and, of course, it's hot so you should sweat away those boozy toxins. [more info]

Monday 4th December 2017
Manchester Bars ~ Roc & Rye
Christmas Spirit of Prague Takeover at Roc & Rye

To kick off the cold, cosy, winter season, Roc & Rye is playing host to a Christmas experience that will make your toes tingle and warm your cockles from the belly up!

In association with Staropramen and Pravha this incredible festive Christmas themed pop up will take over the whole of Roc & Rye from the entire month of December, as they invite you to experience Christmas traditions -  Czech style!! [more info]

Manchester Bars ~ Crazy Pedros
Christmas On A Pizza

How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizza? Deep and crisp and even. Well you’re in luck Wenceslas, the Crazy Pedro’s December special, "Mary, Joseph and Baby Cheese’s" is the one for you. This year, the standard Christmas dinner just won’t do. Christmas on a pizza however?

The Mary, Joseph and Baby Cheese’s is a festive taste sensation with delicious helpings of all your Christmas favourites. Bite into turkey, pigs in blankets, sage and onion stuffing, honey roasted parsnips and cranberry sauce and it will literally have you rocking around the Christmas tree. [more info]

Half Shaken Not Stirred

The brand new Dirty Martini on Deansgate have extended their Happy Hour, giving you half price Martinis until 20:00 every day in December, amongst other offers. Don't forget, readers can also get their first Martini for free on your first visit. [more info]

Back Of The Net

Talking of Happy Hours at new venues, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs's brand new Cafe Football at The National Football Museum are offering more savings than Peter Schmeichel with:

Bottles of San Miguel Fresca for £2.50
Pints of Carlsberg for £3
Spirits for £2.50
Prosecco for £4 a glass
Wine for £12.50 & Prosecco for £15 a bottle [more info]

Friday 1st December 2017
Manchester Bars ~ Opus One
O Come All Ye Faithful

Come in from out of the cold and escape the Christmas shopping hustle and bustle by relaxing in the warmth of Opus One at the Radisson Edwardian, where you can listen to the angelic sounds of carol singers over a Festive Afternoon Tea (12-14 Dec).

Choose from Traditional or Gentleman’s Afternoon Teas, each infused with Christmas flavours for the festive season. [more info]

Also see Christmas choir lunch at Pen & Pencil (17 Dec)

Also see: Bars News from November 2017

Also see: Manchester Restaurant News

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