Kiran Flynn

Reviewer at DesignMyNight. On the look out for new and exciting places to drink in Manchester. Tweet me at @kiranflynn20.

We try out the new cocktail menu at Cottonopolis

We try out the new cocktail menu at Cottonopolis Sporting the iconic bee of Manchester in its logo, Cottonopolis is an ode to the heritage of the city in which it resides. Having never been before, receiving an invitation to sample their latest cocktail menu was an offer we couldn’t refuse. As you walk into the venue, it’s... Read more >

We try out Manchester's new Bloody Mary experience

We try out Manchester's new Bloody Mary experience Hair of the dog. When it comes to hangover cures, this popular rule might well be our favourite. You may be thinking this isn’t your thing, but just stop there for a sec… A tactical Bloody Mary might be the very hangover antidote you’ve been waiting for. Mix this cocktail in with... Read more >

Cane & Grain Northern Quarter - Manchester Restaurant Bar Review

Cane & Grain Northern Quarter - Manchester Restaurant Bar Review One of the NQ’s big hitters, Cane & Grain is a bar and rib joint with three floors of boozy possibilities. Wondering how it fares on the food and drink scale? We headed down for a night of unrivaled, Americana revelry.  The Venue Cane & Grain stands out on Thomas... Read more >

Grafene - Manchester Restaurant Review

Grafene - Manchester Restaurant Review Named after Manchester University’s most recent material creation, the arrival of Grafene restaurant and champagne bar was intriguing…. so we went to pay it a visit. The Venue Admittedly, we spent about five minutes scratching our heads as we wandered between 49 and 57 King Street.... Read more >

Our night at the Manchester235 casino....

Our night at the Manchester235 casino.... Up until recently, I’d never once stepped foot into a casino. After being invited to visit Manchester235 in Deansgate though, this was all about to change… Preconceptions of casinos had pretty much all come from James Bond movies, so as you can imagine, I didn’t... Read more >

Red Door Manchester - Cocktail Bar Review

Red Door Manchester - Cocktail Bar Review Just under a month after Tim Bacon’s memorial service at The Albert Hall, I went along to pay respects to the late Living Ventures boss and celebrate the birth of his latest incarnation: The Red Door Manchester. The Venue The Red Door is discreet on Deansgate’s high street. Located... Read more >

James Martin Restaurant - Manchester Review

James Martin Restaurant - Manchester Review As a die-hard foodie with a northern heart, I was dead happy to be invited to review James Martin’s restaurant at Manchester235. The Venue Tucked away within the casino itself, you’d never know where to find it – unless, well, you knew. On a mezzanine level above Vega Lounge,... Read more >

We tried out the Black Dog Ballroom cocktail masterclass

We tried out the Black Dog Ballroom cocktail masterclass Cocktail master-classes are back in town. No, seriously, Blackdog Ballroom NQ or NWS (both in Manchester town) has re-launched its cocktail master-classes with a welcome new twist. I headed along to a taster evening of three classes to try my hand at cocktail mastery. Masterclass 1 - The... Read more >

El Gato Negro - Restaurant Bar Review

El Gato Negro - Restaurant Bar Review Having heard an award-winning tapas restaurant had relocated to Manchester’s King Street, we popped along to see what all the fuss was about. The Venue Because of its unassuming, black exterior, my companion and I actually walked past El Gato Negro about two or three times... Read more >

Lost in Tokyo - Manchester Cocktail Bar Review

Lost in Tokyo - Manchester Cocktail Bar Review Right in the heart of Stevenson’s Square sits a new, Japanese drinking joint: Lost in Tokyo. We went to grab a far eastern drink or two. Located next to Guilty by Association and underneath PLY, Lost in Tokyo is an underground den bringing a... Read more >

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