What they say:
This former Methodist meeting hall is being restored by the team behind Trof, Gorilla and The Deaf Institute, and will re-open in early 2014 as a 2000 capacity gig venue, bar and kitchen. The spectacular building (which Manchester night owls may remember as the former site of the now closed down Brannigans chain bar) will house a large ground floor restaurant and bar, a basement club, and the piece de resistance; a live music venue in what must be one of the most breathtaking event spaces in the city. The venue will open briefly for a string of Manchester International Festival events in July 2013, before launching officially in early 2014.
What we say:
We're seriously excited about Albert Hall which, along with neighbouring Manchester bars like Revolucion de Cuba, BrewDog and All Star Lanes is set to be a great addition to this end of Deansgate and a key part of the area's recent rejuvenation. The venue itself is beautiful - boasting a range of original features such as stained glass windows, a huge pipe organ and a sweeping gallery - and we can't wait to see what the guys do with the downstairs restaurant. One thing's for sure, we couldn't think of a safer pair of hands for the building to fall into - and if the Trof team's track record of cool bars in Manchester is anything to go by, we're sure that Albert Hall is destined to be one of the most exciting Manchester nightlife spots for years to come.