El Gato Negro bar

Discover cocktails on the top floor of Manchester restaurant El Gato Negro For nearly 10 years, chef Simon Shaw brought food lovers to his acclaimed tapas restaurant El Gato Negro in the Pennine village of Ripponden in West Yorkshire. After shutting at the start of last year, he has made his much-anticipated return with El …

Alchemist MediaCityUK Reid Architects CGI

A new site is set to open for cocktail bar The Alchemist in MediaCityUK in Salford Quays as part of nationwide expansion for the concept. It will be in a purpose-built building next to the waterfront, with floor-to-ceiling glazing and an outside terrace looking out over the water. It is being developed with The Peel …

Nick Fox

More than 40 bars and restaurants are lined up for this year’s Leeds Loves Cocktails as the concept prepares to expand to Manchester. Now in its fourth year, the festival from June 6 to 12 will be bigger than ever, with bars offering special cocktails and events in partnership with some of the world’s best …

studio 12

A look ahead at what’s under the spotlight at Boutique Bar Show in Manchester on May 18 A star-studded line-up of new and premium brands will come together in the Old Granada Studios in Manchester for the Boutique Bar Show on May 18. Studio 12 will host over 100 drinks products, including new British producers …

Tim Bacon

Tim Bacon, who has been behind many of the UK’s most successful bars and restaurants, has died after a battle with cancer, aged 52. After starting in the industry nearly 30 years ago as a bartender, Tim went on to be co-founder and chairman of Living Ventures which operates some of the best-known venues in …

Elixir Tonics & Treats

A leading Manchester bar has announced it is to close after being told their building would be demolished to make way for a new £70m development. Elixir Tonics & Treats has been living on borrowed time since plans were revealed last autumn to demolish Lincoln House and other buildings in Deansgate for new offices and …

bronx bar knutsford

A bold new bar is causing a stir in the Cheshire town of Knutsford New Moon Company has been causing a stir across the north-west with its distinctive destination bars and pubs, from The Old Sessions House in Knutsford in Cheshire to The Old Blind School in Liverpool and Beef & Pudding in Manchester. Its …

Luke Cowdrey Justin Crawford

A new bar is to open at the landmark Palace Hotel in Manchester in a partnership with the operators of the city’s award-winning Volta restaurant. The hotel’s owner, Starwood Capital’s Project 1898, is bringing in Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford (pictured), the two DJs who founded Volta in West Didsbury in 2013 and Electrik Bar …

Jonathan Hawkins Mark Andrews

Leading restaurant and bar group MAD Ltd is expanding with the acquisition of the award-winning Chalk Bar and Grill in south Manchester. It is set to take over the reins of the venue in Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, from its current owner, Chris Longmate, on March 21. Chris is selling the business to focus on Quill …

NRB 2015

Ideas for food and drink at Northern Restaurant & Bar in Manchester From spirits and catering equipment to ideas for cocktails and food, Northern Restaurant & Bar is the biggest hospitality exhibition for the north of England. Now in its 16th year, it is set to bring together over 270 exhibitors for operators of bars, …