When it comes to new restaurant and bar openings, Manchester has really been spoiled over the past six months. From Hello Oriental, the multi-storey food hall beneath Symphony Park in the Circle Square development, which opened in February, to Blinker, the stylish cocktail bar run by former bar manager Gordon Ramsay, the city’s hospitality industry has certainly come back fighting.
Luckily for us, there are still plenty of great store openings, with June in particular shaping up to be a big month – especially when it comes to new bar concepts. We’ve picked out some of the best, including a futuristic skating venue with its own space-themed bar and the 10,000 square foot “battle bar” that will bring out your competitive side.
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Pollen in Kampus
This week it was confirmed that famed Ancoats bakery, Pollen, supplier of some of Manchester’s best pastries, will finally open its sister site in the Kampus area. The bakery’s new flagship kitchen and cafe will open on Thursday, June 9 and will feature a ‘Glass Gallery’ wall, designed to give diners a front-row seat to Pollen’s master bakers at work.
Pollen’s full line of pastries will be on offer, but the new larger kitchen space will also give the team more scope for creativity and experimentation. Plus, there will be a whole new menu to try, which will change with the seasons and showcase the best produce available at the time.
Paradise Skate World
Yes, we thought this one might open at the end of May, but in order to dot the i’s and cross all the t’s, Manchester’s first futuristic skating venue has pushed back its opening by a few weeks. So what can you expect? Well, the 6,000 square foot site, which has been brought to life by the folks behind Junkyard Golf, promises a cocktail bar with a roller skating element and will feature a suspended floor that wraps around the central bar.
Described as a “space station bar”, it will be accessible via a bridge and 50-60 people will be skating around it at any one time. The bar’s cosmic-themed drink menu was created by Joe White, one of the city’s best-known bartenders, and will include ingredients such as “cosmic dust” and “purple clouds.”
Another new addition to Deansgate Square comes in the form of Kitten, a Japanese charcoal grill and casual izakaya restaurant. The izakaya – an informal type of Japanese bar that serves drinks and snacks – is expected to be one of the most visually arresting spaces in the city with its bamboo walls, Venetian plasterwork and five-meter bonsai tree.
At the edge of the table, diners will be treated to a front row seat to one of the largest Robatayaki grills in town and chefs preparing sushi using only the finest ingredients. The ultra-sleek restaurant – seriously, check out their Instagram page – will also specialize in delicious cocktails, and punters can expect live DJ sets until the wee hours.
Stockport’s food scene has really taken off over the past year, with openings such as The Mekong Cat, Yellowhammer and Bistro Marc in Old Town really upping the ante. Now the city’s train station has a new neighbor in the form of Bask, a speakeasy bar. Opened in early June, visitors can expect fantastic local and global beers and creative cocktails, accompanied by live music, DJs and events.
Giving Manchester’s music scene a further boost, Canvas – a ‘next generation’ music venue featuring a members’ lounge, late night bar and restaurant – will finally open in June. The 600-person capacity underground venue will feature a ground-floor restaurant, Canvas Kitchen, which will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. and will serve a variety of globally-inspired small plates, wines international and cocktails.
Asha and the Peterman
The long-awaited five-star Forty-Seven hotel on Peter Street will open this summer and is flanked by top restaurant talent. The 32-key property will be joined by Asha Restaurant, which will reopen on the ground floor. Co-owned by Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, it has already featured in the Michelin Guide and will take diners on a “culinary journey through India’s famed northwest frontier province”.
Meanwhile, there’s also a new bar to check out at the hotel – The Peterman. Serving craft cocktails, the bar will nod to the history of the Petersfield area and offer a menu of afternoon bites to accompany the drinks.
Boom battle bar
There’s plenty to take in here, but essentially what we’re looking at is the UK’s first and only fight bar – an ‘entertainment battleground’, with competitive games spanning augmented reality darts booths , ax throwing lanes, beer pong tables and more. Opened in mid-June at Manchester Printworks, the 10,000 square foot site will also host a pool table, karaoke booths and arcade games.
When you’re done beating your family and friends at shuffleboard, there are a variety of food and drink options to enjoy. From boom bites such as chicken tenders and nachos, to battlefield-themed cocktails including the “Long Island Iced Tee” and “Axepresso Martini.”
Bird of prey
Bird of Prey is new to the development in Manchester’s Circle Square – “a fried chicken restaurant with a difference”. The new comfort food-inspired restaurant is the brainchild of family restaurateurs Asad, Saify, Sadaf and Saj, who after years of honing their skills and honing their secret butter-fried chicken recipe, are finally opening their doors in Manchester.
Bird of Prey brings a unique offering to town, including a marinating process where all the birds are soaked in buttermilk overnight and double-dredged in their homemade mixture of flour, herbs and spices before being placed in the fryer. The impressive menu will include fried chicken sandwiches, wings, strips, sides and shakes, as well as a new buttermilk fried chicken and waffle breakfast menu available weekends from 9 p.m. to noon.
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