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Wednesday 21st February 2018
Grafene Restaurant Manchester

Free Grafene Bar Bits!

As if we needed any excuses to celebrate amazing cocktails, along comes National Cocktail Day on March 24, 2018. Happily, Grafene, Manchester’s contemporary fine-dining bar and restaurant, is well-prepared for the occasion, with a brand-new cocktail collection to tempt you and an offer giving you FREE Bar Bits with any cocktail bought. 

Buy one of Grafene’s cocktails on Friday 23, Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 March 2018 and you will receive a FREE dish from the Bar Bits menu to enjoy with your drink. These include chef’s home-made duck scratchings, smoked nuts or homemade treacle and rye bread on presentation of your Bar Bits voucher.  [more info]

Cafe Football National Football Museum

Great North Pie Co

Continuing #PROLIFICPARTNERSHIPS into April, Cafe Football is linking up with the Great North Pie Co, to offer a delicious pie and a pint pairing. Enjoy one of the Great North Pie Co’s Chicken Curry Pies (served with chips and curry sauce) with a pint of beer at Cafe Football Old Trafford and National Football Museum throughout April.

Previously named Surpreme Champion at the British Pie Awards, the Great North Pie Co’s founder Neil Broomfield began developing his pie-mastery in his home kitchen. Starting with the pastry, he decided on an all butter recipe and a traditional, straight sided Scotch pie shape [more info]

Tuesday 20th March 2018
Manchester Bars ~ Cottonopolis

Art In Action

Cottonopolis are known for throwing great parties and this Bank Holiday will be no different. They have teamed up with Bulliet Frontier Works and Art Battle Manchester to present a full day of interactive art and music on Easter Sunday, featuring the headline DJ - Tim Burgess.

The event will take place on Sunday 1st April at Cottonopolis. The artists will be creating their pieces live all afternoon alongside a stellar line-up of local DJs through to an afterparty with headline DJ Tim Burgess which will go on until the early hours.

All money raised on the door and from the auction will be donated directly to Action Hunger, a charity committed to alleviating poverty and hardship amongst the homeless. The aim is to raise the £7,500 required to install a vending machine in Manchester that provide free food and clothing and dispense water, fresh fruit, energy bars, crisps, chocolate, and sandwiches, as well as socks, sanitary towels, antibacterial lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste combination packs, and books. Something that Cottonopolis are extremely passionate about. [more info]

Thursday 15th 2018


A new bar named NYQ, is set to launch at the end of April in the former Cord site on Dorsey Street in the Northern Quarter.  With a nod to early 1980’s New York,  NYQs ethos will be a laid-back cocktail lounge, with décor paying homage to early 1980's New York lofts, spread over two floors.  The upper level will feature a bar serving an array of cocktails by NYQ’s master bartender Ben Scorah.

Social Darts

Flight Club, the London based bar, are believed to be on the verge of announcing a launch in the city, with the current Burger and Lobster unit at the top of King Street, the likely location of choice.  Flight Club focuses on the natural combo of traditional pubs and darts .  Let's see if it takes flight or not?

Dancing for Despo High Five

Leeds based charity club night Dancing for Despo is joining forces with its counterpart over in Manchester, High Five at Stage and Radio on 29th March, to fund-rave. Both club nights are known for assembling some of the most notable DJs from the underground dance scene to donate their time and musical mastery for good causes, and this extra special event will be no exception. On this occasion they are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of DJ Despo, who died of testicular cancer in 2013.


Iconic industry figure, and former 3-star big hitter Marco Pierre White, has penned a deal to launch a dining room within Velvet on Canal St.  Mr White's English Chophouse is set to launch in Summer.  We heard a rumour of him launching in the city several months ago, with the rumoured location being the upcoming Hotel Indigo, which made sense since other outlets of the hotel chain play host to MPW steakhouses, but its seems that part of the rumour was a little off target.

Paddy’s Pancakes

It’s not all Guinness and Whiskey As 19 CafeBar has created a special pancake stack to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th March. Honoring the green, white and orange of the Irish Flag the delicious stack of  homemade American style Pancakes will be served with green mint ice cream, orange and green chocolate M&Ms and cream and topped off with a trued ode to the Emerald Isle - Lucky Charms!.

Wednesday 14th March 2018
Restaurants of Manchester ~ Bakerie

Bakerie in Administration

It brings us great sadness to report that RBW Leisure, the company behind much loved Bakerie and Pie and Ale NQ venues, has sadly gone into administration.

This has led to both outlets being closed, and all 33 members of staff being made redundant with immediate effect. 

Assets are being marketed for sale by Sanderson Weatherall LLP.  We wish everybody connected to Bakerie, all the best for the future.

Sankeys Resurgence

In a Hacienda-esque move; the almost as iconic nightclub, Sankeys, is to be transformed into an office and café space.  Urban Splash acquired the building last year, and have since carried out extensive repairs to the Grade II listed site.   Planning has now been drawn up by Iceni Projects, to regenerate the property

Monday 12th March 2018
Restaurants of Manchester ~ Bakerie


One of our city centre favourites Bakerie has put up signs advising customers that both its main venture, as well as Pie and Ale, are both closed due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Little is currently known about the reasons behind this, but we have our fingers crossed that all is well, and that the doors will open again before long. [more info]

Easter Gin

Everybody's favourite Easter treat, the Hot Cross Bun, has been infused into almost everybody's favourite spirit, gin.  Notonthehighstreet.com have released the gin on their website, priced at £35, which is currently trending on social media.  Although, Sipsmith, which is indeed available on the high street, also make a hot cross bun gin, and we suspect that it will be good, based on their base gin being pretty decent!

Thursday 8th March 2018
Cafe Football - Hotel Football

Away Day & Dine

Hotel Football and Cafe Football Old Trafford are offering an unmissable stay and dine package, exclusively for direct bookings on selected dates.

The all inclusive deal allows guests to experience the best of what Hotel Football and Cafe Football has to offer, with an overnight stay in a contemporary king room, a three course dinner for two Cafe Football Old Trafford on the night of arrival, and full English breakfast for two before checking out. 

Looking for a family get away then treat the family to an unforgettable Hotel Football away day this Easter, in one of their new 'Squad Rooms'.

The Squad Rooms, which are specifically tailored for families, can sleep four guests, with a double bed and pullout sofa bed for two children (under 13). [more info]

Boozy Coke

To commemorate the company's 125 year anniversary, Coca Cola are releasing an alcoholic version of their flagship product in Japan.  There's a growing trend in Japan or products named 'Chu Hi', which are canned sparkling drinks, containing a spirit named shochu.  Coca Cola say that selling the product outside Japan after release, is unlikely.

Heavy Whiskey

Clooney has tequila.  Reynolds has gin.  Beckham has whisky.  Iron Maiden have beer.  Now, thrash metal Metallica have decided to produce their own whiskey.  The venture is collaboration with WhistlePig.

Wednesday 7th March 2018
Crazy Pedros Manchester

Pedro Is Making You A Pizza You Can’t Refuse

March Special Meet The Godfather Part 1

Revenge is a dish best served cold right? Wrong! Get ready for the indulgent taste of Crazy Pedro’s March special - The Godfather Part 1.

Let’s all go on a journey back to Italy, the home of all things delicious, pizza, pasta and meatballs - favoloso! Inspired by good and hearty Italian cuisine, The Godfather Part 1 combines spicy meatballs, tomato ragu, parmesan shavings, rocket and garlic oil.

The humble meatball originates from Irish immigrants coming to America between 1880 and 1920. Keen to create a dish to remind them of their homeland, they would serve up big bowls of spaghetti and meatballs to everyone in the neighbourhood.

This March, Pedro is bringing meatballs to the UK’s shores and putting them on a pizza - what more could you possibly want? Grab a slice of The Godfather Part 1 and experience the real heart and soul of Italy. [more info]

Tuesday 6th March 2018
Roxy Ball Room Manchester
Roxy Golf

Mini Golf - The newest attraction at Roxy Ball Room

Roxy Ball Room on Deansgate is now home to an impressive 18 hole mini golf course  which features its own bar and cocktail menu to fit the theme.

The in-house design and build team have constructed the course which has a traditional grass mini golf feel with loops and ramps, with some quirky Roxy twists! [more info]

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester
Get Sham-Rocked!

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will be running a full weeks’ worth of Irish themed fun including live music, whiskey tasting, half priced St. Paddy’s Burgers and more to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

The St. Paddy’s Burger is a mouth-watering Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger available from Monday 12 March 2018 – Sunday 18 March 2018 as a rockin’ tribute to the Irish national holiday. 

Don’t miss the St Paddy’s Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger made with a Hard Rock signature burger patty, topped with Jameson bacon jam and succulent Guinness cheese sauce, served on a toasted bun with crisp lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and a side of Hard Rock fries.  [more info]

Monday 5th March 2018
The Loft

As we reported as being in the pipeline last year; Pernot Ricard has taken residency of the top floor in the former Walkabout unit on Quay Street, on a multi-year lease.  'The Loft' will host 'unique and experimental' drinks experiences, including the first event, which allows customers to blend their own bespoke whisky.

Friday 2nd March 2018
The Liars Club
Liars Beach

Summer is coming early to Manchester as tropical hideaway The Liars Club brings the first beach experience of 2018, adding a little sand to a big party.

Decked to the nines with fresh sand, inflatables, buckets, spades and flip-flops for those in stilettos, The Liars Club brings the tropics to Manchester shores, creating a Tiki paradise to escape to any day of the week.

The newly ‘sanded’ venue was unveiled with a summer beach party on Thursday 1 March, complete with some of Manchester’s top DJs.

The Liars Club is also launching Payday Palooza, starting on the 9th March. Payday Palooza will become a regular fixture on The Liars Club calendar every Friday night, with the first 50 people through the door getting their first drink free of charge! [more info]

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