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Ye Olde Cock Inn
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478 Wilbraham Road
Under new management this bar is now part of the expanding family owned Lounge Ventures group. They also own Abode on Wilbraham road and soon one more to add to the collection ? which WHLN has exclusive news on. The place is much larger than you expect when you first walk in. Keep walking on down to the refurbished back room with its great leather sofas and nice lighting for social and chilled chats and beers. You can tell there is new management, and a ladies touch in the place as the whole vibe is much less ?chav wanna be gangsta? than before. Candles now make sense and lower lightening with more appropriate music. This much needed change is added to by the addition of a decent bar menu there. Finally, catering for people with good old fashioned taste and not all ?bling bling? and frozen turkey twisters. Home good comfort food, classic fayre, which is on all day, great pies and pastas, a steak and the works for ?7, Chorlton quality but at a fine price point beautifully cooked by the ex head chef from the LIVING ROOM. Foreign beers and a good selection of drinks all round, but not at the Northern Quarter price point. Erdigner, Leffe, Negra modello (my favorite) along side polish beers with names I just can?t remember. But what I can remember is the great idea they have about catering for the night after the night before crowd with classic hangover cures ranging from eggs Benedict to properly made Bloody Marys as well as fresh fruit salads for the healthy (we are still in Chorlton remember) Saying this, aligned with Chorlton?s socialism we have Wednesday nights where people can bring in their own tunes and they have a local bands night which apparently goes down a storm. Whilst they are finally sorting out the weekend with new DJ?s and a meet and great scheme on the door to vet people and have the 21 year old+ people inside the Lounge know they are going to have a ?safe? time (manc pun weakly intended) Average age: 28 but with a strangely high number of attractive women for Chorlton Verdict: With the new management and security and style conscious measures in place (along with the new food menu) this Lounge will be one WHLN will definitely chill out in, in 2007. See you there for hangover cures and an all dayer sometime in the summer.
A new grastropub for Manchester's Northern Quarter, with a focus on food rather than drink. Formerly The King, a pub that was a far cry from what The Northern stands for, the venue has undergone a complete refit.
Hardman Square, Spinningfields
A new project from Black House, the people behind a number of restaurants and bars throughout the country, known in Manchester for their Grill on the Alley restaurant. Alchemy will apparently be “an old English pub done in a US-style bar feel”. It’s a while off yet – the company haven’t officially acquired the space yet, but we hope to see it later in 2010.
43 Port Street
Cuban through and through, the Cuba Caf? provides drinks in a revolutionary environment as well as regular salsa dance lessons (Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). Well worth a visit - a great selection of drinks and authentic interiors.
All Bar One
73-79 King Street
King Street home of the national chain, All Bar One have a self-styled reputation as the stylish choice of chain bar. All Bar One are your classic modern chain bar – modern pub grub, versatile drinks selection, a leather sofa or two and a bit of a chic, minimalist finish to the place. It’s well placed to catch shoppers with tired feet, nestled on King Street, a stone’s throw from Market Street and on many well trodden routes between Deansgate, Kendals, The Arndale and Selfridges. Popular for after work socialising too...and evening drinks.
The large, impressive building on Spring Gardens that currently houses Athenaeum is due to be taken over by Browns in late 2010. The magnificent space has long been thought to be undermined by the cheap and not so cheerful feel of Athenaeum, so the news that Browns are to arrive is very welcome. For the uninitiated, Browns is a chain, but a slightly upmarket one with select venues throughout the UK serving a large choice of food and drinks, with a steering towards mid-priced quality rather than cheap and cheerful. A huge range of cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as an extensive wine list and champagne selection accompanies a full menu at their other venues so we are assuming Browns in Manchester will follow a similar format. If it all goes ahead this should be a good addition to what is developing into a little clutch of decent places to eat and drink – Rosso, Room, All Bar One.
54 Bloom Street
The Manhattan showbar is located in the heart of the Gay Village and prides itself on being loud, proud and full of drag queens. If the more serious side of the Village gets too much then head here for some light relief.
Moon under Water
The Moon under Water could once claim to be the largest pub in Europe, and it's still a mammoth drinking hole that's now owned by Wetherspoons. Inside it's all about cheap food and drink - if you're after a light bite for under ?5 then this is the place for you, and despite being surrounded by trendy bars the Moon under Water is a popular place.
78 Sackville St
Situated at the crossroads between studentville and the gay village, and built into an NCP car park, the Retro bar was never going to be an ordinary establishment. In fact the bar could barely hold 100 ultra skinny students/queens but it makes the most of the space and slams home some ultra cheap drinks to boot. City centre dwellers have slowly cottoned on to this place, and the Retro Bar is a hub of activity for pre-club drinking - the food menu is cheap as well for a post club session. Underneath the bar is a clubroom that plays host to eclectic nights and rock bands. It's not going to blow Loaf out of the water in terms of d?cor, and the jukebox - though well stocked - isn't banging, but we still love this little place.
5-7 Wilbraham Road
Robinskis is open Monday to Friday 3pm-2am, Sat and Sun 11am-2am. Sunday: Service - Selected drinks from £1 chart/pop/cheese Monday: Free entry - late bar available for private hire for any occasion Tuesday: Legendary - Vodbull £2 Double Vodka Redbull Wednesday: Free entry - late bar available for private Hire Thursday: Quids in - all drinks are a pound till 2am Friday: Big night out - open till 2am Electro/house Saturday: Big night out - till 2am Electro/ House
The O Bar
A little sister to the huge Opus (printworks) is set to launch in Altrincham soon.
Another trendy hangout adding itself to the Northern Quarter list, Apotheca is linked to neighbour and 'sister' restaurant Dough, both opening in November 2008.
47 Peter Street
Baby Grand was the new boy on Peter Street, and the bar lends some much needed sophistication to the area. Formerly Soft, which had heavy leanings towards rnb and hip hop, the new venture doesn?t stray too far away from that genre but has undergone a much needed facelift and improvement in service. Operating a more select door policy has allowed Baby Grand to keep the undesirables out. Inside you'll find a plush venue with table service and plenty of space to hide away from the paparazzi (or a past conquest). This is one of the city centre venues that successfully bridges the gap between bar and club - well worth a visit. Opposite the giant M-Two nightclub, Peter Street is fast becoming the mass-market area of Manchester. Down the road is the huge Bar 38, the recently opened Chicago Rock Cafe, the defunct Teasers and the scary Squares Bar. If you like drinking, but don't like walking, then this area will provide.
Barbirolli Square, Lower Mosley Street
***Updated again, February 2010*** Barbirolli held a little low key open evening the other week, to which we were fortunate enough to be invited. On a Friday night at 6pm, it gave us a good idea of what the place is like. First impressions were of surprise – it was packed. Not with invited guests (there was a little area reserved for that) but with smart revellers. Not bad for a bar in its infancy. The decor is clean and modern but with a comfortable feel, the cocktails are ‘bloody lovely’ (according to those accompanying me for the evening), the beer cold and served in proper glasses and the live music unobtrusive but entertaining – just what you need at that time of night, post work on a Friday. Their aim of providing a sophisticated live music venue appears to have been realised and we look forward to going back there again soon to see the place in full ‘gig-mode’. If the preview was anything to go by, it’ll soon be something of a destination in an area that traditionally didn’t offer much in the way of nightlife. ***Updated February 2010*** We’ve finally received some more info from the people behind Barbirolli – it’s pitching itself as a sort of upmarket Matt and Phreds. That seems to be the idea anyway - “stylish, sophisticated and upmarket live music venue,” is how they put it. Positioned well for such an aim, right next to Bridgewater Hall and GMEX (sorry, Manchester Central), it’s an area of town that is more likely to attract the ‘stylish and sophisticated’ crowd than, say, the Northern Quarter, or even Deansgate, which seems to be turning into the new Peter Street. With two bars, a stage for live music (think jazz, blues and acoustic sessions) as well as cocktails and both bar meals and a la carte dining, Barbirolli looks to be carving itself a new niche in Manchester’s nightlife. _________________________________________________________ This bar has been rumoured for a while and Barbirolli, on Barbirolli Square, opened just in time for New Year’s Eve 2009/2010. Handy for the Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Central, it’s set itself up as a classy, up market joint. We’ve yet to have the pleasure and only have the attached ‘artists impressions;’ to go on so far, but we’ll be sure to get down to Barbirolli soon to check it out.
Tib Street, Northern Quarter
***Updated 13 July 2010*** Unassuming from the outside, Barcelona, on the corner of Tib Street and Hilton/Thomas Street, certainly makes up for it on the inside. Completely refurbished before opening, the inside is a simple, stylish effort with plenty of dark wood and strategic lighting. More importantly, the bar-top offerings are refreshingly obscure, at least compared with most other bars in the locale – three or four decent European lagers (mostly Spanish), as well as cocktails and all the rest. Food offerings come in the form of authentic tapas dishes, which you can pick from the glass-fronted counter. If you were getting a little tired of the Northern Quarter staple vibe of ‘independent, quirky British bar’, Barcelona may just be worth a go. Relaxed, unpretentious, spacious and with decent priced food and drink, you’ll wonder how the Northern Quarter ever functioned without it.
Formerly Falcon, a butch mens bar that had a bit of a 'reputation', new owner Nigel Martin Smith has rebranded the club as Glam, both in the name and in the style. The leather and fetish lovers have been banished, and pink is in.
Another historically significant venue, for no reason other than the Hacienda heads used to go here a lot and Tony Wilson always raved about this place. Atlas has undergone a number of refits and repaints over the years and it still doesn?t seem happy with itself. Understandable as what the venue really needs is a good gutting. In its present form it's a nice pre-bar or a good place to soak up the sun (especially in the large patio at the rear) but the layout and design is abnormal to the point of annoyance. For one, the DJ booth is reached by climbing up a vertical metal ladder?hard enough when DJs tend to be on the heavier side but even more impossible with a bag full of twelve inchers. Ignoring these tiny criticisms Atlas is a good hangout that's a stones throw from the Locks, it's just it struggles to stands out from the crowd and that's a necessity in Manchester. A number of smaller nights have been put on here, some with great success.
5 Arundel Street
A small, but lively, bar on Ellesmere Street in Castefield. Built beneath the Moho building, part of the area that has almost entirely been taken over by Urban Splash developments, this is the second license premises in the area, and the time seems (almost) right for a venue of this calibre. Four years ago a private members bar opened up beneath Timber Wharf, but with barely 600 people living in 'nu' Castlefield, the sliver of land between the real Castlefield and Hulme, the venture didn't last long. Now the area is much different, with the redeveloped St Georges Church, the award winning Moho and Burton Place, plus the nearby developments by Dandara, there's quite a community building up. Binary hope to capitalise on all the youngsters who live nearby, and they've bagged themselves a reasonably late license (11am Mon to Wed, midnight on Thur, Fri and Sat). Food served until 9pm, sandwiches, soups, sharing platters, fresh pizzas (also available for takeaway) Happy hour available, selected beers and cocktails, 2 for 1, Mon-Thu & Sat, 5-9, Fri, 4:30-9, All Day Sunday free wifi, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii Large screen TV for Sky Sports and Setanta Quiz nights on Tuesdays
258 Wilmslow Road
Glass is a Fallowfield institution, and after undergoing a substantial refit, the three floored venue has become hugely popular again. There's nothing particularly outstanding about Glass (which, by the way, consists mostly of Glass and steel) but the combination of decent looking d?cor, well designed internals and cheap drinks seems to make everyone happy. The outside balcony is perhaps its best feature, and often overlooked by those visiting the area, as you can sit and watch the busy junction as you sip your drinks. Now firmly entrenched in the 'pre club' drinking minds of everyone in the area, its well worth a visit. A number of smaller club nights take place here and are equally worthy of your support.
Unit G31 Hardman Street
Rumoured to be a project from the Living Ventures company (see also Gusto and Black House bar/restaurant chains), Jump will be the latest addition to Manchester’s Spinningfields sometime in early 2010.
Kro Old Abbey Inn
Manchester Science Park
Another of the Kro family housed in the clinical surroundings of Manchester Science Park and within walking distance of Kro and Kro 2 on Oxford Road. The Old Abbey Inn is miles away from Oxford Road in feel if not distance, however, surrounded by modern office warehouses and car parks full of Audis, the clean roads and pavements see little traffic during the day and only the odd leather sole of a Science Park worker?s shoe at lunch time. It?s a nice place though, small and cosy inside and quiet enough to be pleasant outside when the weather?s good, although you don?t get the people watching facility that you do at the brother and sister bars on Oxford Road. A decent, well priced menu and country pub feel make it worth seeking out if you?re in the area and don?t fancy going to a sticky-floored student favourite.
20 Tariff Street
Tucked away in the Northern Quarter, Moonlight is part of the Jacksons Warehouse residential building, and sits next to the Picadilly Basin. Part restaurant, part bar, it's not exactly the busiest of venues, but that's down to the 'off the beaten track' location. As bars go it's not a bad one, and it's relatively relax and offers a good range of cocktails.
The Gin Club
310 Wilmslow Road
New for Fallowfield's student population, a place whose mission statement is a simple 'Music and Liquor', The Gin Club brings a touch of city centre elegance to the 'cheap pints and shots' offerings of the area's other nightspots. An interesting idea - let's see how the students take to cocktails and decor over beer and benches.
A brand new drinking hole in Piccadilly, the refit B-lounge has recently opened and it's a decent looking place with live music and meal deals.
34 Canal Street
This tiny little basement bar is located at the junction of Canal Street and Sackville Street and the recent refit has improved upon what was a great venue - although very very small. In fact the only bar in Manchester that's smaller is the nearby Temple of Convenience on Oxford Street, and that used to be a public toilet. Down the stairs you've got a swish looking bar, seating at the back and some rather large toilet cubicles. For liquid refreshment this is one of the best stocked bars in the village, with a huge range of spirits and wines. Take a full wallet and empty stomach - the cocktails are equally good, and the only downside to visiting Bar Below is that it can fill or empty within minutes. Not really an issue, unless you have a phobia of mass people movement.
Blue Parrot Bar and Grill
The Blue Parrot Cafe Bar opened towards the end of 2009 and is proving to be a popular replacement for what used to be Che Bar, on Portland Street. Offering a full menu with everything from salads and sandwiches to platters and grill dishes, the Blue Parrot is setting itself up as a decent place for eating and drinking in the Piccadilly area. Late opening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (2am) means it will also compete with its neighbours for the weekend crowds.
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