Matt and Phred’s in Manchester’s hip and happening Northern Quarter is a real gem of a place, a fabulously friendly jazz joint famous for its live music which takes place Mon-Sat starting around 9pm! As well as jazz, you can expect to hear folk, gypsy, salsa, swing and ska - and they sometimes run early evening Salsa and Charleston dance classes too. There’s a great cocktails and beer menu, plus a superb list of very drinkable wines which go perfectly with the bar’s tapas-style dishes and fantastic thin-crust pizzas (specials are available at the weekend).
The red neon entrance sign gives you a good idea about the prohibition-style dimly-lit interior - there are tables at the front just before the stage, and plenty of standing room at the sides and at the back. The whole place oozes a charm and warmth often lacking in some of the more trendy bars this end of town, and even if you don’t love jazz, it’s great for an early-evening drink or post-work pizza. Entry is free most week nights, with a £5 charge at weekends, or a little bit more when they have big names booked (Jamie Cullum and Adele have both played here).
|Pint of Lager||£3.50|
|Pint of Real Ale||£3.30|
|Bottle of Cider (568ml)||£4.20|
|Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large )||£4.60|
|Bottle of House Wine||£13.75|
|Bottle of Champagne||£45.00|
A word from the chef:
Pizzas are a real speciality here, and many are named after famous jazz musicians, including The Charlie Parker (Parma ham and Milano salami). There is also a good selection of tapas-style plates including olives, breads and chorizo in red wine, all served until midnight.
Matt and Phred’s Jazz bar is a real Northern Quarter gem. Offering everything from sit-down soirees to dance-on-yer-table jamborees, Matt and Phred’s is a venue you just have to visit. Stimulate your senses in this sexy little jazz bar...
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