Leading Manchester cocktail bar to close

The team at legendary bar, Socio Rehab, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter have announced that it is to close at the end of December after nearly nine years.

Its owner Beautiful Drinks, which also runs Northern Quarter burger restaurant Almost Famous and tiki bar Keko Moku, has decided to focus more on food-led operations.

Socio Rehab was launched in March 2004 by bartenders Beau Myers and Ian Morgan, shaking up the city’s cocktail scene and gaining a global reputation for its drinks.

Run by bartenders for bartenders and cocktail lovers, many of the UK’s top bar professionals have learned their trade there over the past nine years.

In a statement, the bar’s team said: “It’s the end of an era – times, tastes and people move on. We’ve achieved what we set out to: ‘socially rehabilitate’ people who have been over-exposed to negative drinking experiences. I’d like to think we made people turn and look and most importantly made people smile and gave a good time.”

They added that they have sold over 100,000 of their best-selling Rainbow Road cocktail, made with vodka, watermelon, apricot liqueur, passion fruit and lime plus a big disco garnish.

The bar is organising an end-of-year, end-of-an-era, closing-down party on New Year’s Eve. Details on their Facebook page.

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