Strangeways CBD-infused gin

Manchester-based distillery Strangeways Beers and Spirits has developed two new CBD-infused gins – Hazy Dry and Hazy Strawberry Gin – distributed to the on-trade exclusively through Hammonds of Knutsford. Bottled at 40% ABV, the two gins are infused with CBD from authorised and regulated suppliers in the UK. The first liquid, Hazy Dry Gin “blends …

Bill's Spinningfields

Bill’s Restaurant & Bar has relocated from its former Manchester city centre location on John Dalton Street to its new Spinningfields home at 3 Hardman Square. The 177 sq mt dining space accommodates up to 96 covers, featuring booths, sociable sharing tables, co-working space and a bespoke bar area. There is also external seating for …

Cirque Manchester

Cream Group, the operator behind renowned London nightclub Cirque Le Soir, has opened a new venue in Manchester. Aptly named Cirque, the club, which is located on Manchester’s Queen Street, features risqué and exhilarating performers, star guests and funfair interiors. Operations director John Common said: “We’ve been planning to open our new concept, Cirque, for …

Wilderness Bar and Kitchen

Wilderness Bar + Kitchen, a three-storey eating, drinking and lifestyle venue, is opening in Manchester’s Northern Quarter this month. Positioned as a “welcoming, relaxed space with a modern approach to flavour”, Wilderness’ food and drink menus are informed by seasonality and high-quality produce. The kitchen team, headed up by James Lord, previously of Manchester House, …

Margarita Rumble

New York City’s Craft Hospitality is returning to the UK for Margarita Rumble, a bottomless festival that pits top bars and mixologists against each other to find the UK’s best tequila cocktail. The event, which is sponsored by tequila brand Jose Cuervo, will take place in London and Manchester on Sunday 5 May. It invites …

Diablesse Rum

Premium drinks wholesaler Hammonds of Knutsford has partnered with Manchester-based bar owner Cleo Farman to launch a new brand called Diablesse. The concept of Diablesse Rum was born out of Cleo’s love for the Caribbean and a yearning to do something different with the spirit. The first expression in the small batch range, Diablesse Caribbean, …

Retro games at NQ64 Manchester

Just when you thought Manchester’s uber-trendy Northern Quarter couldn’t get any more hipster, local entrepreneur Matt Robson has decided to up the ante by opening a retro videos games arcade-themed bar in the heart of the neighbourhood. NQ64, located in the small alley which also houses Crazy Pedro’s, is the first such bar to grace …

Popworld Manchester

Stonegate Pub Company has announced that pop-themed nightclub chain Popworld is coming to Manchester, set to open its doors for the first time on 24 August. Following a £430,000 investment, the new Popworld venue will deliver 15 jobs to the area. The opening weekend will present “a fun-packed retro bonanza”, including a VIP party, celebrity …

Stories Manchester

Nearly 100 metres up, 20 Stories is a new Manchester spot for cocktails and food. Mark Ludmon reports Up on the 19th floor of Manchester’s new No 1 Spinningfields development is a stunning new restaurant and bar for enjoying cocktails while gazing out over the city. 20 Stories is the latest venture from leading operator …

Banyan Corn Exchange

Arc Inspirations has secured a second site for its Banyan Bar & Kitchen in Manchester, with plans to invest £1.6million in premises in Spinningfields. Due to open this summer, the new bar will cover 7,000 square feet and accommodate 230 covers and create 50 full and part-time jobs. It will expand Banyan Bar & Kitchen …