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The Botanist Deansgate The Botanist Deansgate The Botanist Deansgate

Phytology, a word which was new to me up until last night, is the study and science of plants, which is exactly what The Botanist have infused into their new cocktail menu. We were fortunate enough to sample it earlier this week as part of a cocktail masterclass launch event, and were wowed by the sights, smells and sounds at this botanical paradise.

Guests were invited to test drive some of the new creations, in floral surroundings which without question were reflected in the influences behind the new drinks selection. Theres a clear and heavy use of seasonal and obviously botanical flavours at play, with some interesting flavours and colours being used. Basil, pomegranate, thyme, pears, and many more, all extracted scientifically for an added bit of, well, phytology.

The Poppy and Pomegranate Martini was a great entrance to the evening. A delicate blend of poppy seed liqueur, pomegranate, with raspberry vodka, citrus, and a touch of basil. It was garnished with a viola flower which had been spritized with pomegranate syrup to enhance the sensory experience.

Next up came the every so masculine Cinnamon and Oregano Old Fashioned; a twist on the old school classic, with the added depth and warmth which cinnamon brings. You can't beat the classics, but this one wasn’t doing a bad job. It can also be ordered 'sweet' with added cinnamon for those who enjoy a softer Old Fashioned.

The Velvet Green Martini showcased the evening's most exciting ingredient; Chlorophyll. The martini glass displayed an array of vibrant green shades, with tastes of fresh apple and citrus notes, with great texture coming from the shaken egg white. 

The Pear and Kiwi Cup; literally served in a tea pot, with dry ice to give a 'steaming effect'. It was great to see dry ice being used for a purpose which ties in with the cocktail for a change. Flavour wise, it was another apple and citrus led taste sensation, with bright kiwi. Served in a tea cup, of course.

The Raspberry Disaronno Sour, my favourite of the bunch, is aptly presented in a plant pot, with amaretto base, complemented with raspberry, pomegranate and lemon, with more dry ice to add drama. It came garnished with a sprig of lemon thyme to enhance the lemons note of the cocktail.

So, it’s a stunning venue, with an equally stunning drinks menu. This Summer, you owe it to yourself to check out the new cocktail offerings and experience Phytology first hand a great addition to what's already a justifiably award winning concept~ 16 June 2017

The Botanist MediaCityUK
The Botanist MediaCityUK

The award-winning New World Trading Company has announced that The Botanist MediaCityUK will be opening to the public in September 2017.  The 14th edition to The Botanist portfolio will be situated in The Orange Tower, an 11 storey building in Manchester’s MediaCityUK, a 200-acre mixed-use property development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford.

Developed by Peel Holdings back in 2007, this bustling business community, which has its own energy generation plant and communications network, is now a hub for the cities major media companies and is also home to Manchester’s favourite TV show Coronation Street along with Salford University, the BBC, ITV, The Lowry Theatre and a selection of discerning eateries. 

The new Botanist venue will cover 6500 sq ft of drinking and eating space with room for 146 diners and it will also feature a large outside terrace allowing for al fresco drinking and dining. On the food menu will be the brand’s signature hanging kebabs along with deli boards, nibbles and pub grub staples such as rotisserie chicken, inspired by the in-house barbeque.

The site will also showcase the brand’s extensive cocktail menu which offers over 45 botanical-based concoctions. In true Botanist style, the venue will be employing the services of top class mixologists who will merge and muddle fresh fruits, herbs and spirits to create unique signature tipples that will sit alongside a range of classic cocktails, shorts, and non-alcoholic beverages.  The bar will also stock more than 60 ales, beers and ciders from around the world, including a home-brewed speciality ale.

Sales and Events Manager Dan Shidlow said: “We’re very excited to be opening in MediaCityUK, it’s the perfect location for our brand. The area is always busy and as The Botanist is already renowned for excellent food, drink and live entertainment we expect this pub to be very popular with the area’s daytime workers who want to pop in for a coffee in addition to those looking for an after work drink.”

In anticipation of the launch in September, The Botanist MediaCityUK will be recruiting 50-60 staff to cover all areas of the business with interviews taking place early August.

Mark Robinson, Head of Asset Management, MediaCityUK, said: The Botanist is an exciting addition to the growing MediaCityUK community; its stylish, distinctive interiors together with a large, outdoor area offering stunning views of the waterfront, will make it a special newcomer in our growing dining and drinking scene.  We look forward to its hotly anticipated opening.”. 14 June 2017

Oddest Chorlton
Oddest Chorlton

Bring your dogs to Oddest's large South-facing sun-trap beer garden for a day of summery doggy fun!  

Everyone's welcome; Oddest will be firing up the outdoor barbie with delights (for humans) and free barbecued treats (for dogs).  Dogs donning a fancy dress enter best dressed competition, with an excellent prize for the top dog! 

Delve into the superb booze selection including local craft beers, while your doggos discover special dog beer (yes really, it's a thing!). 

Plus live Blues, Folk & Indie to tap your paws to in the afternoon, plus Ad Hoc DJs keeping you socialising till very late.... ~ 13 June 2017


Rock & Rye
Rock & Rye

Hotly anticipated craft coffee and cocktail bar Roc & Rye will officially open its doors in July 2017. Situated in a landmark Grade II listed building, designed by Manchester town hall architect Alfred Waterhous.

Centrally located in Spring Gardens, at the end of King Street, the new venue has taken inspiration from the architectural glories of the original 1880s interior, with authentic design features such as a reclaimed 1920’s oak dance floor.

Roc & Rye is the first stand-alone bar from popular bartender Sean Finnegan - formerly of El Capo, Kosmonaut and Mash and Air - alongside partners Maritza Haydon and Matt Bonner. The creative eaterie-come-cocktail bar will give a distinct nod to Sean’s Irish descent through a brand advocacy partnership with leading premium spirits, wine and champagne supplier, Pernod Ricard UK, distributors of favourite brands such as Absolut, Beefeater, Malibu and the world’s most popular Irish whiskey, Jameson. 

Bringing an authentic taste of Ireland to Manchester, the venue includes a specially designed on-site laboratory for drink preparation and development, as well as a centrepiece barrel of aged Jameson whiskey behind the bar. The latter provides whiskey-lovers with the opportunity to experience this coveted tipple straight from the barrel, as it was originally served in 1965.

Alongside its range of inventive cocktails, the bar will appeal to Manchester’s daytime workers with the offer of workspaces and some of the best speciality coffees by Origin, ranging from delicious mainstay espresso blends to regularly rotating single origin filter coffees. For those in need of a stronger caffeine dose, the bar’s on-trend ‘Nitro’ coffee will be the perfect pick-me-up. This nitrogen infused chilled brew coffee has a rich, creamy head and will be served cold and on draft throughout the day.

As much attention to detail has been given to the food, with an ever-changing selection of artisan products from producers based in and around Manchester. Showcasing the excellence of regional food manufacturers, discerning diners will be able to feast on delicacies such as: homemade breads, bagels and chutneys from Trove of Levenshulme, macarons and cakes from acclaimed patisserie Bisous-Bisous of Wilmslow Road, speciality cheeses from Didsbury’s The Cheese Hamlet, pork pies and scotch eggs from Beehive Food of Deansgate and a ‘bean to bar’ range of handcrafted chocolate bars and truffles from master chocolatiers Dormouse.

Heading up the bar will be David Cole, who’ll be bringing a wealth of technical experience and passion to the role, gleaned from his position as Head Bartender at The Midland Hotel’s Mr Cooper’s House and Garden. Roc & Rye will also be ensuring improved social welfare for bartenders, along with in-depth training and increased wages to help encourage bartending as a long-term career goal. ~ 13 June 2017

Liars Club
Liars Club

Award winning and internationally renowned, Tiki Dive Bar and Caribbean Rum Shop  - The Liars Club -  is back with a new look and a new cocktail menu. To the delight of Manchester’s rum lovers, this late- night den of debauchery will be reopening its freshly painted doors to the public on Friday 9th June 2017.

After a two- month long refurbishment, the popular late-night bar on Bridge Street will be flaunting more than a new lick of paint. The £250,000 makeover includes new entrance seating, fresh lighting and even a higher ceiling.

It’s also got a brand spanking new cocktail menu, where 20 tongue-tingling new tipples will sit alongside the bar’s infamous Zombie, which is made from a secret mix of various super-strength rums with absinthe, velvet falernum and cherry brandy and a blend of exotic fruit juices- so strong drinkers are limited to two per person. With the menu featuring names such as Painkiller; 5 Spice and Stormy; The Lost Lady, and South of St Johns, the team of first-class bar tenders have defined a list of drinks, ingredients and names to put Manchester firmly on the Tiki World stage with Tiki classics alongside Liars Club original drinks.

 In true Liars Club style, the new selection of cocktails at this Polynesian paradise are not for the faint-hearted, alongside the 20 brand new cocktails, The Liars Club is housing more than 180 different rums from around the world, meaning rum lovers are literally going to be in Tiki heaven.  

Tiki master and bar owner, Captain Lyndon Higginson said: “We like to be full of surprises at The Liars Club and we look forward to reopening with our new look and new menu this Friday. The bar looks ace and I am super proud of our new cocktail menu with carefully selected world rums and Tiki classics, which I know our customers are going to love working their way through.”

Serving the North West’s most extensive collection of rum, the venue is also the first in the city to offer merry-makers the chance to buy their own branded bottles with over 100 different rums available to purchase in quarts, halves and full bottles. The Liars Club, Manchester’s number one Tiki Dive Bar and Caribbean Rum Shop, will officially reopen on Friday, June 9th, 2017 from 5pm- 4am. The bar offers happy hour drinking from 5-9pm seven days a week, with a third off sharers and two cocktails for £10. ~ 09 June 2017

Junkyard Golf
Junkyard Golf

Don Giovanni have just released their brand new cocktail list and to celebrate are giving away 200 free cocktails in their bar from 5pm on Thursday 15th June.

Situated just off St. Peters Square on Oxford Street, Don Giovanni is Manchester’s oldest independently owned Italian restaurant and has proudly been feeding and watering the city for over thirty years. One of the finest points of Italian style is not found in the fashion houses or art galleries, but over cocktail hour.  In a country where wine flows like water, drinking in Italy is truly an art form and comes with its own set of rules.

Don Giovanni are incredibly proud of their Italian heritage and their new menu reflects this with a range of serves you could expect to find in a typical Milanese restaurant.  Created in partnership with Nicola Olianas, global ambassador for Milanese distillery Branca, the new cocktail menu features authentic serves taken straight out of Italy as well as signatures created in house by Don Giovanni’s head bartender Artyom Motohin.

“Dessert wine is out”

The new list is expansive with something on offer for everyone; taking you right through the evening from aperitivo time to digestivo with a selection of heavenly sweet cocktails on offer to be paired with your pudding.  Also available on the night will be a variety of gin and tonic combinations from their new dedicated gin and tonic section.

Standouts include the “Manchester G&T” from city centre distillery Three Rivers, which is served with gin-soaked apricots and rosemary, and the “Italiano” which uses family-made Italian gin Poli Marconi 46 and their Poli aperitivo alongside rosemary, dried grapefruit and Mediterranean tonic to give a true taste of Northern Italy.

Get down early next Thursday to drink with the best of them in true style...Italian style. ~ 08 June 2017

Junkyard Golf
Junkyard Golf

Almost two years since the launch of Junkyard Golf Club in its native home of Manchester, and following the rapid expansion of this unique concept into London, the leaders in competitive leisure have announced they have outgrown their current space at Piccadilly Place and have announced a move to First Street, Manchester.

Taking on a prominent site at First Street, with neighbours including Home, Gasworks and Liquor Store.  Junkyard Golf Club will host its final rounds of golf at the current Piccadilly Place venue on August 20th, with the new venue being ready for play on August 24th 2017, when the site will officially launch.

The team behind Junkyard Golf Club, have promised to take the concept to the next level, with more courses, bigger and more dramatic immersive environments and a refreshed food and drinks offer. The format remains the same with the craziest of 9 hole golf courses, snack food and much-loved party style cocktails, but fans will now be able to experience bigger, better and wilder junk-filled golf courses and bar environments. More details to be released soon.

Junkyard Golf director, Chris Legh says: We were looking for a bigger, permanent space, that could fit all our mad ideas and we came across this site and it’s in a perfect location. First Street is an exciting new hub for food, booze and we always tend to find ourselves at the forefront of the most happening new areas. Our mission is to keep making crazy golf epic and the new site has so much space to play with - We can fit in three courses, more bar areas and fill the space with bigger and better crazy golf madness. With high ceilings, and a loads of space, the venue will feature two mezzanines and plenty of bars, all to ensure a really different kind of night out. Get ready to see golf like you’ve never seen before’’ .~ 07 June 2017

The Tim Bacon Foundation
The Tim Bacon Foundation

Singing superstar Beverley Knight MBE has been announced as the headline act to perform on Thursday 21st September at the Tim Bacon Foundation Dream the Impossible charity event. Beverley, famous for hits such as ‘Get Up!’ and ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’ as well as taking the West End by storm in shows such as Memphis and The Bodyguard will perform at the Albert Hall on Peter Street. Energetic actor & BBC 6 Music presenter, Craig Charles, will continue the party with one of his legendary funk and soul sets. The TBF dance band will be keeping things moving along very nicely in between.

The evening will begin with what is believed to be Manchester’s first ever city-wide banquet, hosted in nine Living Ventures restaurants followed by the unforgettable party. The event has so far received unbelievable support with businesses queuing up to be restaurant and event sponsors to help the Foundation hit the half a million pound fund raising target. All money raised for The Tim Bacon Foundation will go to the charity’s inaugural appeal for Christie's Proton Beam Therapy project and Maggie’s Centres, who provide much needed care for cancer patients. 

Main sponsors who have already committed are: Allied London for Manchester House; Shoosmith LLP for Australasia; Palatine PPE and Deloitte for GUSTO; Finch Insurance Brokers for The Alchemist New York Street; Asahi UK for The Alchemist Spinningfields and Relentless Group and Bruntwood for Grand Pacific.

Tickets for the dinner including the party which will be held at Living Ventures restaurants in the city; Artisan, Alchemist, GUSTO, Grill on the Alley, Australasia, Grand Pacific and Manchester House and after at The Albert Hall will start at £100 in Artisan and will be available via the Tim Bacon Foundation website from 15th May. ~ 05 June 2017

The Botanist Deansgate The Botanist Deansgate

Launching this summer, The Botanist introduces a new collection of cocktails, inspired by phytology, the science of plants, to the award-winning drinks menu. Each of the new additions stimulates the senses with the perfect combination of flavours. Cocktail lovers will be captivated by the ‘botanical theatre’ with every sip.

Guests are invited to The Botanist to stimulate their senses with homemade botanical essences and scents. Atomisers with floral aromas add an immersive experience to the Passionfruit And Basil Crush; Lemon And Jasmine Collins, Blueberry And Passionfruit Martini, Poppy and Pomegranate and the Elderflower and Lavender Fizz Cocktails.

The new botanical cocktails Raspberry Disaronno Sour, Apricot And Peach Smash, Pear And Tea-Wi Cup, Pimms Tea Cup, Peach And Apple Pot are delivered to tables in plant pots filled with dry ice.

Fond of twisting up the classic cocktail too, The Botanist introduces a Rhubarb Gin Old Fashioned to their award-winning cocktail menu, with the rhubarb and gin bringing a botanical element to the old favourite. The Botanist has discovered using seasonal such as berries, plums, pears, lemon thyme, red amaranthe, thai basil results in maximising the flavour and the experience for all of the scenes.

The beautiful floral surroundings of The Botanist has also inspired a selection of cocktails, including the herbal remedial Blackberry Mint Julep, served with a mint sprig and a blackberry garnish in a medicine bottle.

Nick Whitby, Head of Bars at The Botanist explains how the new menu is a perfect combination of science and botany “Phytology and mixology were key when creating the menu. Chlorophyll, the green pigment responsible for helping plants absorb light was tested and verified by The Botanist cocktail gurus during their experiments. Added to the Green Martini, it gives the drink a nourishing kick.”

The new cocktail additions will sit alongside the extensive botanical cocktail menu including firm favourites such as The Botanist and The English Mojito. ~ 1 June 2017

Black Dog NWS

The Mancunion will celebrate the end of term in style with a free daytime party on the roof terrace at Black Dog Ballroom New Wakefield on Wednesday 7th June. Exams are almost over and the end of the academic year is in sight. After working their socks off, students deserve to let loose and forget all about text books and lectures.

This will be the first time Black Dog and The Mancunion have joined forces and they intend to unite the students of Manchester for this final shindig before the summer break begins. Treat yourselves with Black Dog’s extensive range of cocktails which start at just £4! A guest DJ will be pressing play on a bunch of modern and nostalgic summer bangers – it’ll be just like Ibiza... Not much of a dancer? Don’t worry about that, there will be a PS4 set up with FIFA ’17 if you just want to kick back and bag Leyton Orient a historic win over Barca.

There’ll be burgers (from £3.00) and hot-dogs (£4.00) grilled on the BBQ and free snacks alongside the exclusive student drinks offers all day. Free pool, beer pong and a photo booth will be added to the party that promises to be more fun than a roast dinner on a Tuesday. Every hour, The Mancunion will be giving away loads freebies including bowling at Dog Bowl, buckets of beer, karaoke vouchers and more! Starting at 3pm and finishing around 7pm, the student summer house party promises to be the best end of term party in Manchester. ~ 31 May 2017


May bank holiday at Cottonopolis – feat. Dot 2 dot festival afterparty with pins, native youth fashion takeover, black milk collaboration and ghetto child all-dayer

Cottonopolis are seeing out May in the only way they know how with a calendar packed full of events, music and fashion.

Following the popularity of the record day party and sets by Mr. Scruff and Sam Redmore, Cottonopolis are sure to throw a bank holiday party like no other - fashion by native youth, dj sets by pins & all-dayer courtesy of ghetto child.~ 18 May 2017

Pen & Pencil Northern Quarter
Pen & Pencil Northern Quarter

The Pen and Pencil in the Northern Quarter is giving its guests an even bigger reason to celebrate hump day with the launch of its first mid-week comedy night, The Lead Balloon.

Featuring comedic genius Meryl O’Rourke as the headlining act, best known for her work with Radio 4, BBC, Channel 4 and Dave, as well as being the regular support act of Frankie Boyle.

The night, hosted by stand-up comedian Red Redmond, will be filled with even more comedic entertainment, with three sets from adopted Mancunian Pete Phillipson, polemical satirist Chris Kehoe, and the outrageous Ben Sutton.

Experience a night of belly laughs, cocktails, and food. ~ 11 May 2017
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Odd Northern Quarter Odd Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter favourite Odd is inviting you to recycle your clothes and save your wardrobe, the planet & your cash at Manchester Clothes Swaps' new monthly swapping event upstairs at Odd Bar NQ!

The swap begins at 1pm and continues until 3pm. Manchester Clothes Swap will be bringing lots of stock and the number of items can only go up so there is no rush!

You can swap up to 10 items for £5.00 and after all that shopping why not treat yourself to Sunday lunch and a few drinks. ~ 11 May 2017


B.Eat Street
B.Eat Street

Legendary DJ Gareth Brooks will be hosting a fundraising event at Beat Street, Manchester on 19th May 2017 to raise vital funds for cancer hospice, The Christie. Home-grown DJ Gareth Brooks is best known for two things; his legendary hip-hop nights at Hula and his lengthy beard.

On the 19th May, he will be combining the pulling power of both to attract other hairy-faced Mancunians to a ‘fund razor’ at Manchester’s coolest bar collective, Beat Street. The event aims to raise vital funds for cancer hospital The Christie after a recent fire caused millions of pounds worth of damage.

The night is being organised by ‘Beards Against the Cancer’, a group that Gareth created after being treated for the disease a few years back at The Christie hospital.

The idea came about after Gareth joked with a friend that he ‘was going to grow his beard until he got rid of the tumour’. A few friends agreed to do the same and after pulling together to organise an initial fundraising night which saw Gareth spin tunes alongside local DJ’s Elliot Eastwick, Bucky and Baggy, the group received worldwide acknowledgement and support from celebs such as Michelle Keegan, Tina O’ Brien, Manchester band Elbow and City skipper Vincent Kompany, who all sported ‘Beards Against the Cancer’ t-shirts designed by Gareth as part of the campaign.

Two years later and Gareth is recouping the power of the bearded group to raise further funds to pay for repairs to the fire ravaged hospital. For this second hair-raising gig, Gareth will be utilising his extensive contacts within the music world to curate a programme of renowned guest DJ’s. He will also be on hand selling limited edition ‘Beards Against the Cancer’ t-shirts and mugs and Beat Street will be donating £1 from every drink purchased on the night to further help the cause.

DJ and Event Organiser Gareth Brooks said: “Christie’s has helped so many people over the years in times of need, and they now need some help back! I am asking every Mancunian, bearded or not, to come and support this important fundraising event and in return, I’ll make sure it will be a party to remember.”

Although Gareth’s tumour has now been removed and he is in remission, the spirit of the group is still growing strong with countless bearded people across the world getting behind the campaign by flaunting their facial fuzz on social media using the hashtag #BeardsAgainstTheCancer.

If you fancy showing your charitable side, come and join Gareth and some of his favourite DJ’s for a night of fundraising fun at Beat Street on the 19th May from 5 pm- 2 am.  Along with a roster of acclaimed DJ’s, supporters will also get the chance to get their hands on limited edition ‘Beards Against the Cancer’ t-shirts and mugs. ~ 09 May 2017 street

Oddest Chorlton
Oddest Chorlton

Chorlton's Close Male Grooming will be setting up a pop up barber shop in Oddest on Friday 19th May.

On offer will be more that the normal short back and sides, with Bulleit Bourbon cocktails & industry drinks offers, live music, DJ and barbeque on the sun-trap terrace!

Fancy a spruce up as you relax in the sun Haircuts, beard trims & cut throats will be available in the bar 4-8pm with Close Male Grooming for a £5 minimum donation going to Samaritans. Limited spaces available. ~ 08 May 2017


The Tim Bacon Foundation
The Tim Bacon Foundation

Manchester's first ever city-wide banquet will aim to raise half a million pounds in just one night in memory of restaurant entrepreneur Tim Bacon. Co-founder of the Living Ventures Restaurant empire, he is credited with transforming Manchester's dining scene but passed away in 2016. 

Today, his business partner Jeremy Roberts announced a groundbreaking event dubbed “Dream the Impossible”, which will take place on September 21st 2017.  It will see 7 or more of Living Ventures venues across Manchester stage a simultaneous dining experience for more than 1,000 people, in what is thought to be a world first.

Following dinner, all guests will then be taken to the Albert Hall to complete the evening with an unforgettable party.  Details of the top quality entertainment secured for the evening will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Roberts revealed details of the event during SpinFEST at The Oast House in Manchester on Sunday 30th April, which was the anniversary of Tim’s passing.  To mark the occasion friends and former colleagues gathered at the live music event in Spinningfields.

The September event will raise money for The Tim Bacon Foundation’s inaugural appeal for Christie's Proton Beam Therapy project and Maggie’s Centres who provide much needed care for cancer patients.

The Tim Bacon Foundation was set up by Jeremy Roberts in January this year in honour of his erstwhile partner and exists to raise funds for cancer charities.

Roberts said: "On 21st September Living Ventures will be closing its city centre restaurants for the night to hold what I think is the first simultaneous charity dining experience in the world for over 1000 people. The idea is to celebrate Tim’s contribution in establishing those restaurants by enjoying excellent food and drink and above all having some seriously good fun!  So, after dinner, we will be having a huge party featuring an incredible line up of acts at the Albert Hall on Peter Street (a venue Tim loved) for everyone dining with us that night.  I’d like to urge people to ‘save the date’. We will be announcing more details including the entertainment planned for this very special party in the coming weeks.”

Tickets for the dinner including the party which will be held at Living Ventures restaurants in the city; Artisan, Alchemist, GUSTO, Grill on the Alley, Australasia, Grand Pacific and Manchester House and after at The Albert Hall will start at £100 in Artisan and will be available via the Tim Bacon Foundation website from 15th May. ~ 04 May 2017

Brasserie Abode
Brasserie Abode

Brasserie Abode is now open Join them for a relaxed, sophisticated dining experience that moves effortlessly from day to night - brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails.

The all-day brasserie menu features plats du jour with a comfortingly, nostalgic nod and time-honoured classics.

Swift and intelligent service makes it an experience you'll want to savour and, like a good European brasserie, a place you want to return to.~ 21 April 2017

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Black Dog Ballroom Black Dog Ballroom
This Easter, from the 10th - 17th April, the two Black Dog Ballrooms and Dog Bowl will all be serving The Salted Caramel Espresso Martini (£7.50), a boozy mix of salted caramel Kahlúa, Patrón XO Café, Woodford Reserve, espresso and sugar syrup. For every one of these purchased, 10p will go to Project Waterfall, which aims to bring clean drinking water to coffee growing communities across the world. Also on the menu is the non-alcoholic Creme Egg Milkshake (£4), a blended beauty of chocolate, vanilla and banana ice cream, milk and creme eggs. And if you're feeling hungry, the Hot Cross Bun Burger (£9.50) is a classic cheeseburger served in a hot cross bun with mini candied carrot garnish. ~ 11 April 2017
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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
Manchester Hall

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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