Hula and Walrus team to open Manchester speakeasy

rosyleeThe team behind Manchester bars such as Hula and Walrus are to open a new “speakeasy” bar in the city’s Northern Quarter.

The opening weekend for The Fitzgerald, down a back alley off 11 Stevenson Square, has been announced for November 29 and 30, open from 7pm to 2am.

The bar, named after The Great Gatsby author F Scott Fitzgerald, is based on 1920s American speakeasies, with vintage chandeliers, Venetian plaster walls and a speakeasy grill on the door. It has been designed with Daryl Cross, creative director of design company Flawless.

With staff in 1920s flapper dresses and waistcoats, the bar will offer classic cocktails with a modern twist, created with Manchester bartender Ross Thompson.

It will be on the first floor above the Edwardian-inspired Rosylee Tea Rooms, which opened three months ago, offering tea, cakes and cocktails. In the basement is long-established tiki bar Hula.

The Fitzgerald is the latest project from entrepreneur Mark Andrew who also operates Rosylee Tea Rooms and Hula bar that share the site. He also runs Walrus and Tusk bars in the Northern Quarter and M Twenty bar in West Didsbury, south Manchester.

After this month’s soft launch, The Fitzgerald will open officially in January. It will be members only although membership is free.

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