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Manchester Rum Festival
Manchester Rum Festival

Manchester’s first ever rum festival is coming to town on Saturday 3rd June 2017, thanks to freelance drinks curator Dave Marsland, "The Drinks Enthusiast".

Located at Revolución De Cuba, the festival will boast over 40 types of rum including Bacardi, Chairman’s Reserve, Diplomático, Sailor Jerry and Mezan. Brunches, afterparties and shenanigans galore will mean it’ll be a Caribbean affair from dusk ’til dawn.

Tickets cost £15 for the festival which runs from 12:00 - 17:00, and include a welcome drink by sponsor Coco Re’al, along with a taster from each of the 15 stalls as you work your way round exploring the top brands, whilst a team of mixologists and brand ambassadors will be on hand at the cocktail bar serving up a selection of rum cocktails (brunches, cocktails and afterparties not included in ticket price). ~ 19 January 2017

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Pintura Manchester
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Whilst it's possible to read too much into an architect's CGI mock up, an amended image of the new Manchester Hall project, which will be located in the 1920's Freemason's Hall opposite Mojo and Crazy Pedro's, indicates that the popular Pintura Basque Kitchen & Gin Bar will be bringing their delicious pintxos across the Pennines from Leeds. The original image previously featured the signage of Cielo Blanco, a Mexican tequila bar and restaurant also from the same Leeds operator, who are celebrated for the city's famous Jake's Bar, Oporto, and Neon Cactus as well as the Portobello Star in London which is home to their Ginstitute gin hotel and Portobello Road gin distillery. Closely related to Mojo, another Leeds export, it looks like they're going to make great neighbours, although opening (if it does indeed happen) should be at least a year off with work still taking place to convert the building to house two other top restaurants, a rooftop bar and boutique hotel, with the Freemasons keeping a floor for functions and conferences. ~ 17 January 2017


Cane & Grain Jack Daniels Single Barrel
Cane & Grain Manchester

Northern Quarter favourite, Cane & Grain have launched their very own Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select with the grand opening of the unique barrel.

As part of Jack Daniel's 150th anniversary year, the directors of Cane & Grain travelled to Lynchburg, Tennessee, the birthplace of the very first Jack Daniel’s blend and oldest registered distillery in the United States, to handcraft a Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel blend, completely unique to them. The Barrel has just arrived in the UK and is now being poured in the bar for Manchester's ultimate whiskey connoisseurs, as well as being used in signature cocktails made by award-winning bartender, Massimo Zitti in the new first floor Science and Industry Bar.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is made using the finest grains, pure, iron-free spring water, charcoal mellowed and matured in new American oak barrels. Each barrel is identified for distinct nuances in flavour – from sweet caramel and vanilla to toasted oak – only the chosen few barrels, which rest in the upper echelons of the barrelhouse, receive Single Barrel status and are available for The Personal Collection.

Depending on the yield of the barrel, the Single Barrel Standard offers anywhere between 240 to 260 bottles of the one-of-a-kind whiskey and includes the delivery of the empty barrel, arriving sanded, varnished and personalised. In addition, each bottle is personalised to Cane & Grain who are also honoured with a plaque that sits proudly on the Jack Daniel’s distillery’s Wall of Fame, amongst a family of true whiskey aficionados. ~ 19 January 2017

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B.Eat Street, the brilliant jumble of bars, micro diners, art spaces, sun decks and 'weird shit' at the Great Northern is sadly set to close on January 29th after disapointing footfall to its hidden location, since opening in July 2016.

One of the most exciting projects to hit Manchester, you have just a few days left to visit and support the collection of independent bars, which include Kozel Lokal, serving refreshing pints of the good stuff, Milk Of Burgundy offering wine by day, coffee by night and Lucky Lucky Late Bar, a twisted Japanese drinking den, alongside food vendors serve up loaded grilled cheese sandwiches, Hong Kong Dim Sum, and street food from Indonesia, American and India.

The operators, who are also behind Junkyard Golf at Piccadilly, are making some big changes to create a new, unique events campus with some big events planned for summer, and maybe even a food fight. ~ 17 January 2017


The Tim Bacon Foundation
The Tim Bacon Foundation

A new charitable foundation has been established in the name of the late Tim Bacon, restaurateur and founder of Living Ventures, the Knutsford company he founded in 1999 with Jeremy Roberts, who now operate 15 Gusto Restaurants, 5 Blackhouse Grills, 8 Alchemist Bar & Restaurants, Australasia, Grand Pacific, Artisan and Manchester House.

The Tim Bacon Foundation recognises his achievements and aims to continue his legacy, echoing his legendary generosity of spirit and will support charities in the fight against cancer, the disease which he sadly lost his own battle in April 2016.

The first appeal to be undertaken by the Foundation, which is being overseen by Tim’s erstwhile business partner and close friend Jeremy Roberts, will be to support The Christie Hospital and University College London in their appeal to raise funds for Proton Beam Therapy centres in Manchester and London and also for Maggie’s Centres.

Proton beam therapy is a specialist form of radiotherapy that can very precisely target certain cancers, increase success rates and reduce side effects. Its introduction to the UK will bring treatments closer to patients, mostly children with brain tumours, who are currently sent to the USA or Switzerland for treatment.

Maggie’s Centres provide much needed practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer as well as their families and friends. Maggie’s is a key partner for the clinical services at The Christie Hospital.

Several high profile companies have already pledged funds to help launch the Foundation’s inaugural campaign to raise at least £500,000 for the chosen cause during 2017, with founding Friends of the Tim Bacon Foundation including: Brasserie Blanc (whose pledge also comes in remembrance of their staff member, Rob White, who was treated at The Christie before also sadly passing away last year); New World Trading Company (the company Tim started, which operates The Oast House and Botanist bars); Hawksmoor; The Alchemist Bar; Ego Restaurants; Gusto; Tortilla, and Blackhouse Grills.

Jeremy Roberts, CEO of Living Ventures, said: “The Foundation will be conducting many and varied events during 2017 but the highlight will be in May when we will be celebrating Tim’s life and achievements with a unique multi-restaurant celebration dinner which will be sponsored by the Living Ventures Group and held across all LV businesses in Manchester city-centre. The dinner will be followed by the “Dream The Impossible” party in true Tim style at a secret venue in the city and featuring some truly amazing entertainment. Organisations can participate either by making a direct donation or by adopting the Foundation in 2017 as a nominated charity and raising funds through staff or customer initiatives. As Tim was very fond of saying: it’s onwards and upwards!". ~ 10 January 2016


 
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Other Manchester Bar News
Two armed gunmen have held up the Expo Lounge bar in Didsbury, forcing a female member of staff to open the safe. ~ 21 Jan 2017
 
The team behind the Vine Inn pub are set to open The Directors Box sports bar, across the road in the failed Beef & Pudding unit, in time for the Six Nations England v France rugby match on the 4th February. ~ 19 Jan 2017
 
London cocktail bar Dirty Martini is set to open its tenth UK bar in the former Brigham Mountain Stores shop, next door to Tapeo on Deansgate. It should be ready by Summer 2017 after a £1.5 million refurb. ~ 4 Jan 2017
 
Having undergone major structural refurbishment, the brilliant Hatters Hostel in the Northern Quarter, who operate Hold Fast, our current "Best Bar in Manchester", have just opened West CNR (West Corner), an all day American style cocktail bar and deli-diner. ~ 3 Jan 2017
 
Iain Hoskins, the owner of the Ma Boyle’s and Ma Egerton’s pubs in Liverpool, has opened Bock, a Belgian beer cafe, in the old Lounge 10 unit on Tib Lane, taking over the short-lived Filthy Cow burgers. ~ 19 Dec 2016
 
Salford craft brewery, Seven Bro7hers, owned by the seven McAvoy brothers, Greg, Keith, Nathan, Kit, Guy, Daniel and Luke, which was inspired by their time living in Oslo, has opened their £250,000 crowdfunded Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse in Ancoats, serving up their delicious brews alongside Italian food. Despite barely being open for a few weeks, they already have plans to open seven bars (naturally). ~ 15 Dec 2016
 
Yet another export from Leeds to Manchester is the wonderful Bundobust, which has taken the rather unfashionable basement unit vacated by Buffet Metro on Piccadilly Gardens. The multi-award winning craft beer bar and vegetarian Indian street food kitchen opened on 14th December. ~ 14 Dec 2016
 
One Night Only bandmates and brothers Jimmy and George Craig, who had a Top 10 hit with "Just For Tonight" in 2007, have opened live music bar Jimmy's NQ in the Newton Street venue vacated by Photo Lounge, next to the former Roadhouse. ~ 9 Dec 2016
 
Chorlton's The Laundrette (who are also behind the secret Washhouse speakeasy at Shudehill) have brought their combination of cocktails and carbs to the city centre with The Laundrette First Street, found next to HOME, which boasts a huge pizza oven, charcoal grill and all weather terrace. ~ 5 Dec 2016
 
A motoring themed pop-up has opened in the former car park of the Freemason's Hall, opposite Mojo and Crazy Pedro's on Bridge Street. Garage will operate until April 2017 whilst the building is converted to the new Manchester Hall development of restaurants and bars (see above). ~ 3 Dec 2016
 
The former Copacabana basement bar in the Northern Quarter has been turned into Cooper Hall, a huge beer hall by the team behind next door neighbours NoHo and Dusk Til Pawn. ~ 1 Dec 2016
 
London operator Drake and Morgan have opened their plush Scandinavian design bar The Refinery by Drake & Morgan in Spinnigfields. It has no relation to the popular The Refinery restaurant in Liverpool. ~ 28 Nov 2016
 
The owner of Mughli in Rusholme and Knutsford, Alderley Edge's The Railway Cafe & Gin Bar, and London's Queenswood and Damson & Co have opened Evelyn's Cafe Bar, an upmarket neighbourhood bar, in the Northern Quarter premises vacated by Superstore. ~ 25 Nov 2016
 
Opening in the Northern Quarter spot that was previously the popular Lammars, is Brazilian-themed bar and cantina, Favelas. Live music and DJs provide the sounds of Latin America like Bossa Nova, Samba, House and Hip Hop. ~ 2 Nov 2016
 
The council have given the go ahead to plans to convert the historic Mackie Mayor meat market on Swan Street in the Northern Quarter to a food hall ran by the team behind Market House in Altrincham. Confirmed artisan food and drink outlets include Atkinsons of Lancaster, Bao House, Blackjack Brewery, Fin, Honest Crust wood fired pizza, Katie's Cakes, Nationale 7, Reserve Wines, and Tender Cow rare breed steaks. ~ 1 November 2016
 
Opening the 28th October on First Street, from the same team behind the popular Dockyard MediaCityUK and Dockyard Spinningfields, comes The Gasworks Brew Bar (or "The Gas Works Brewbar", "Gas Works Brew Bar", or "Gasworks Brewbar" depending on which of their menus, signs, social media accounts or websites you happen to be reading). Offering the same "modern pub" industrial interior and selection of craft ales, it comes with the added bonus of an on site six barrel microbrewery. ~ 28 October 2016
 
Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are set to bring top London and Dubai tiki club Mahiki to Manchester. Well known for its celebrity clientele, including Princes William and Harry, it is one of London's most popular venues. It will be located in the former club at 1 Central Street and is set to open in Spring 2017. ~ 28 Oct 2016

 
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Real Ale Bar Jamboree Foodfest & Bar ~ New vintage-style bar opposite Piccadilly Gardens ~ Nov 2016
Cocktail Bar Junkyard Golf Club ~ Crazy golf bar next to Piccadilly Station ~ Sep 2016
Cocktail Bar Liquor Store First Street ~ Second branch from the Mancunian celebration bar ~ Sep 2016
Cocktail Bar Menagerie ~ Upmarket cocktail bar centred around a catwalk showcasing dancers and acrobats ~ Aug 2016
Cocktail Bar Grafene ~ Experimental cocktail bar influenced by Manchester's scientific breakthroughs ~ July 2016
Cocktail Bar B.Eat Street ~ Collection of cool independent bars and restaurants at Great Northern ~ July 2016
Wine Bar Tapeo & Wine ~ A simple yet sophisticated independent Spanish wine bar on Deansgate ~ May 2016
Cocktail Bar Arcane ~ Hidden basement cocktail bar just off Deansgate from ex-Apotheca team ~ May 2016
   
 

 
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