The slip of a signature here, a dash of demolition there; let's be honest, Manchester's drinking and dining scene is ever changing, but where have the boozy new haunts blossomed, and where's best to head for new bites? Check out our recommendations for five of our favourite new hospitality oepnings in Manchester....
Gnarly tapas bites: El Gato Negro
While it's been locations such as Bar San Juan and Sandinista that have been offering the city a more nitty gritty, and rustic approach to tapas in the city, El Gato Negro has been Manchester's shiny new tapas calling on King Street. Putting pedal to the small plate metal, El Gato Negro's sharing dishes aren't only handed out in plush surroundings, they're set alongside a truly handsome selection of sip-me cocktails.
Teasing new cocktail bar: Wood & Company
Sure, Wood & Company, you're elusive, you're secretive and you've barely given a nibble away, but rumour has it that you're already churning out some of the city's most competitive competition. Y'know, grapevine. Swiftly and quite sneakily opened by the team behind NoHo and Dusk til Pawn, this is another secret venture that already has people leering over mahogany, marble and mixology alike.
Happy hour professionals: Be At One
Be At One might not be an unknown bar name, and they may already have a roster of fans across many a UK region, but when it comes to Manchester, they've set the bar high yet again. Yup, the bar, geddit. Not only are their happy hours infamous, and their bar staff a gaggle of fun and frivolous combined, their interiors are yet again a slick, neon echo in the heart of Barton Arcade.
Eastern panache: Indian Tiffin Room
Newly planted in growing cosmopilitan sub-district First Street, Indian Tiffin Room is the must-try new resturant in Manchester for hungry heathens. Primed for vegetarians, brimming with marinated meats and seasonally street-food styled, Indian Tiffin Room's home inspired fare is already one bustling bean thanks to flavours, spices and a delicious, humble roster of plates.
Like a phoenix: Dukes 92
While you may be surprised to see a name such as Dukes 92 on a new bar list thanks to being practically part of Manchester's hospitality furniture, a refurb has paid credit to the fact that this Castle Street favourite has a hot new bod. Now shining with interiors that gleam with geometrics, elegant furniture and a style not too dissimilar from the Drake and Morgan brand, Dukes 92's summer crowd is sure to be bigger than ever.