The Blues Kitchen will be bringing a flavour of the Deep South to the city with live music, bourbon and BBQ!
A new two-storey venue comprising of a restaurant and bar, as well as a stunning concert hall, is set to open on May 20th.
Taking over 13 Quay Street, an old Victorian Eye Hospital, The Blues Kitchen will transform the site with new additions as well as restoring some of the original features.
The concert hall is set to open for seated performances on May 20th subject to further guidelines, before fully opening for standing gigs and club nights on June 21st.
Guests will be transported to the Deep South with flavours, sounds and smells of Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi & Texas all on offer.
The venue will be filled with décor that emulates the roots of Blues, with a gospel roof constructed with reclaimed 19th century tin plates from a derelict church in Manhattan.
Plus there will be a stained-glass ceiling, fashioned with the original stained-glass windows from Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey, where one of the true blues greats, Woody Guthrie, once resided.
There will also be an original 1920s Air Stream Caravan that has been revamped to provide the ultimate retro private party space.
Located on the ground floor is a restaurant and bar specialising in American Soul food and rare and vintage bourbon.
There will be everything from brunch, lunch, supper and dessert covered with proper classic comfort food.
Expect the likes of stacked-up burgers, creamy mac n cheese, finger lickin’ buffalo hot wings and succulent smoky ribs.
Behind the bar, guests will have the choice of 80 bourbons as well as a dedicated menu of cocktails, beers, wines and other spirits.
The whiskey menu covers everything from Single Barrel (aged 12 years), Rye, Corn & Wheated, Small Batch, Tennessee, Rare & Vintage as well as whiskeys from around the world.
Guests can also expect a curated live music programme every single day of the week on the ground floor while you sip on whisky and tuck into a burger.
Heading upstairs to the concert hall, the space will host concerts with international headliners to 500 guests. There will also be in-house gigs and club nights with a variety of genres.
Steve Ball, CEO of The Columbo Group, which owns The Blues Kitchen, said: “We’ve been looking for the perfect site in Manchester for years and have finally found it.
“We’ve taken a great deal of pleasure in restoring the building over the past year, and we’ve managed to get hold of some incredible vintage features from The States so it’s really going to be quite something. We’re really excited to reveal it all soon along with our entertainment programme once restrictions have lifted.”
Keep up to date on their Instagram.
The new hidden gem serving up huge, authentic Greek street food platters
Look at those gyros!
Located in a rather obscure spot on a street in the middle of Trafford, there’s a new hidden gem serving up authentic Greek street food.
Geropolis, situated on the boundaries of Stretford, Gorse Hill and Firswood, is a revelation, an oasis of proper Greek dishes from gyros to some additions you won’t find at your average restaurant.
It’s been open for around 5 months now, and the menu features classics like gyros kebabs, filled with chicken, doner, halloumi and even spicy sucuk sausage.
In addition, they also do a wide selection of mains, from souvlaki chicken (£7.50) to biftekia tiri (£8.50), which is minced beef and lamb skewers stuffed with cheese and topped with salad, tzatziki, chips and pita breads.
There’s also a selection of meze platters, both meat-filled and veggie, a special skepasti sandwich (£7.00) which is a bit like a Greek quesadilla, and even their own baklava (£3).
And of course there’s an impressively long list of starters or small dishes to kick things off, including tzatziki, hummus, Greek olives, halloumi, gigantes beans and the aforementioned sucuk sausage.
Geropolis is open NOW and is available for collection and delivery – you can order through the website here.
There’s a new party bar and terrace serving up crazy cocktails in Spinningfields
The cocktails look so good
If you like your cocktails delicious and a bit out there, then you need to get yourself down to Spinningfields.
Clubhouse, previously located in Hatch, has opened a brand new party bar and terrace where they are serving up all kinds of weird and wonderful cocktails.
The new spot opened its doors last week as lockdown restrictions eased, over at Leftbank in Spinningfields.
Clubhouse will be bringing their own blend of mayhem and late-night partying to this corner of the city centre, and comes complete with a brand new terrace area.
They’ll be serving up a range of cocktails guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step, including their Espresso Creme (£8), made with bourbon, espresso liqueur, coffee, custard syrup and a custard cream.
There’s also the Unicorns N Stuff (£8), which comes with pink gin, strawberry liqueur, marshmallow syrup, sour mix, all topped with a massive flump.
Top of your list should be the truly unique Tropical Margarita (£9), with tequila, melon liqueur, tropical juice, passion fruit puree and some Haribo Tangfastics thrown in for good measure.
Or you can just go all out and have a Tiki Time (£10), which comes with all the rums and Jagermeister.
There’s also an impressive range of shots available, including ‘Kickstart My Heart’, a lethal mix of honey tequila, coconut tequila and a few hearty glugs of Lou’s Hot Sauce.
You can either book a table or try your luck as a walk-in, as they’re accepting both – you can find more info and book a spot via Instagram here.
There’s a hidden woodland den serving up pizza and coffee that you can only get to on foot
You’ll have to walk a few miles, but it’s worth it
Walking through the woods is a great way to pass the time on a weekend, but the one thing a countryside trek through has always been missing is pizza.
Well not anymore, as there’s now a hidden den in Greater Manchester serving up pizza and coffee that you can only reach by foot.
You can grab artisan coffees and freshly made wood-fired pizzas, all the while taking in the fantastic scenery.
Into The Wild is located in the woodland outside Altrincham and you have to walk a few miles to find it – a great way to encourage people to go on a countryside walk.
The project began with just a coffee van, which is open every day, but now owner Adam Taylor has added a wood-fired oven which is serving up pizzas every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Into The Wild encourages people to leave their cars in Bowdon or Altrincham and head out on one of two walks, either a 3.8km easy route or a longer 5.2km route.
The company’s website says: “We set up our spot in the woodlands to encourage people here… not cars. We’ve got some wonderful circular routes so you can enjoy the great outdoors and leave your car at home.”
You can grab a few different pizzas, including a classic margherita (£8), prosciutto and rocket (£10) and the chef’s special foraged pizza with wild garlic (£11.50).
Coffees, teas and hot chocolates are also available all week long, served from a wood-cladded coffee van which has been designed to blend into the woodland.
They’re hoping to reintroduce bushcraft events, survival weekends, yoga and corporate training when lockdown restrictions ease further.
You can stay up to date on the Into The Wild website here.