Award-winning Manchester bar The Violet Hour has launched a new cocktail list in collaboration with leading mixologist Susie Wong. Susie, who is based in Manchester, drew on her expertise in bartending and cocktails as well as a background in fashion and art to come up with original drinks for the West Didsbury bar. New cocktails …

Football fans at Old Trafford can enjoy an Aperol Spritz during matches as part of a new partnership for Aperol to become official global spirits partner for Manchester United. Branding for the Italian aperitif will be prominent on the Old Trafford digital advertising boards during Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup home matches. …

Inventive Leisure has completed £7million of investment in its Revolution bars in six months, ending the year with four refurbishments costing a total of £840,000. It is part of an ongoing Evolution programme to inject a more high-end feel to the concept, with more projects planned for 2014 to take total spend up to £10million. …

Manchester’s leading private members bar The Circle Club has closed after 10 years, blaming the imposition of stricter licensing rules. Manchester city council added more conditions to the club’s licence, including extra security measures and a ban on glass bottles, after a fight outside the venue in September. In a statement, the club’s owners said: …

The 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 …

A new pop-up bar in Manchester city centre opens this week, promising to “reinvent the hedonistic ritual of cocktail hour”. The Kowloon Correspondents Club has been created by leading consultancy The Liquorists (pictured) in association with Belvedere Vodka in the former Kitchen Restaurant site at Barton Arcade, Deansgate. Launching tomorrow (November 7), it will be …

Manchester bar and restaurant Lounge 10 has closed suddenly due to “licensing issues” after over 10 years. The premises, which cover three storeys of a Grade II listed building in Tib Lane in the Northern Quarter, closed on Friday (November 1). In a statement, the owners said: “Having encountered unforeseen licensing issues, we will be …

Eclectic Bar Group is continuing its acquisition programme by taking over the former Pitcher & Piano in Manchester’s Deansgate Locks for conversion into its tiki concept Lola Lo. It has acquired the lease on the 560-capacity bar (pictured) which has been part of Marston’s Pitcher & Piano chain for the past five years – only …

Dan Purnell of bar services specialist Escapade Bars is to open a luxurious new cocktail bar to bring “creativity and rawness” to Manchester’s Deansgate area. He has teamed up with some of the city’s best bartenders to create the new venue in the former site of Bar 123 and the Malabar Coffee Lounge opposite the …

Diageo Reserve Brands, the premium spirits arm of Diageo, has teamed up with consultancy The Liquorists for a pop-up bar in Manchester city centre. Reserve by The Liquorists will open at 52 King Street on October 10, in the former premises of retailer All Saints, and run for three months, open Tuesday to Saturday from …