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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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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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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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Other Manchester Bar News
Ten years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone to the world and unknowingly shaped the world we live in, forever. Little did we know at the time, that this wasn’t to be the most important event of the year. NO! 2007 was of course, the year Trof NQ was born and the rest is simply, history. A huge all-out FREE celebration, plus a coincidental long Bank Holiday weekend packed with top-notch, all day naughtiness from 25th May through ‘till Wednesday 31st, means there’s no excuse not to join in with the Trof Birthday antics.  They’re proud to have one of Manchester’s biggest names joining the weekend’s giant celebrations, legendary frontman of Doves, Jimi Goodwin, will perform a one-off acoustic set at the top of the bill on what is usually Trof NQ’s ‘Open Mic’ night. Also on the ironic Open Mic roster, are favourites of the city, The Travelling Band and there’s a few other tasty names to be announced too. ~ May 2017
After the phenomenal response to the initial weekender announcement, the Unabombers have now added more to the weekend celebration of art, music and food. The Electric Weekender at The Refuge by Volta will feature Explorer’s Chronicle, an exhibition of original artworks by the multi-talented DJ and artist, Justin Robertson. And for the first-time ever, ‘The Manchester Kebab’ will be available on the outside street grill, which is a collaboration between Robert Owen Brown and Volta. The Electric weekender runs 25th – 28th May 2017. ~ May 2017
The corn exchange is has welcomed a second Salvi’s venue. This time if the form of Slavi’s Terraza, a large  bar situated in the atrium under the domed roof offering a selection of drinks including prosecco, champagne, Italian wine and cocktails. ~ May 2017
We don’t have an opening date yet but do know a new hidden drinking den is set to open soon on the Northern Quarter. Behind Closed Doors is taking over the basement of 91-95 Oldham Street and will be offering cocktails, fine spirits and craft ales. ~ May 2017
If planning permission is approved the Left Bank Spinningfields will be the home to Virtual Reality golf.  VR Golf will offer a simulated golf area along with a bar and restaurant, adding a new experience to this popular area of Manchester. ~ May 2017
Owners of the Mad Men inspired Northern Quarter Pen & Pencil have reviled plans to open a second venue on Little Lever Street taking over the basement and ground floor of 14 Little Lever Street. Not much more is known at the moment as planning permission is still pending . ~ May 2017
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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