The Whiskey Jar nestled in the Northern Quarter is one of the most naturally, effortlessly cool bars we've ever been in. Of course the unique selling point for them is the fine selection of whiskey that is only equalled in quantity by its quality. Enjoying a complex, aged Scotch in the rustic and vintage surroundings was always reason enough for us to love The Whiskey Jar however, as with all successful bars, expansion is a necessity. We were lucky enough to take a sneak peak under the floor boards, at the venue's new subterranean bar and events space, known simply as The Still.
The Still is a project that has been underway since summer, with the aim of bringing some of the city's best DJs, events and private parties to The Whiskey Jar for a series of intimate evenings. Having a previous life as an old textile mill before it was reincarnated as the Whiskey Jar and its new below-the-surface addition The Still, the building embodies the local history and appeal that attracts so many to the Northern Quarter and Ancoats. With the bare brick walls accompanied by stripped back wooden floor boards above, it's the perfect little underground party den that looks ruggedly handsome and rough around the edges.
The basement can hold up to 100 people, has its own bar and comes with DJ equipment and a monster sound system that will have the club promoters' heads spinning for bookings. It's open from 10pm -1am on Thursdays and until 2am on Friday and Saturdays, with talk of some one-off Sunday daytime parties in the pipeline as well.
Watch this space as The Still opens its doors downstairs at The Whiskey Jar. It's a welcome addition that will attract a new crowd to the Northern Quarter, with local DJs, promoters and customers alike all wanting to enjoy a long drink and a slow dance in The Still.