While we all love a good cocktail, it’s safe to say the majority of us aren’t very good at making them.
Anyone who’s attempted to concoct their own boozy mixes at home will agree that they definitely don’t taste as good as the ones you fork out a tenner for in a bar (mainly thanks to too much tequila and not enough bartender-approved syrup in your cupboards).
But luckily for you lot, The Liquor Store down Deansgate is now offering unique cocktail masterclasses certain to make pro bartenders out of even the most unruly of mixologists.
The masterclasses are tailored to each individual party, meaning they can be as educational or as crazy as you’d like, and can specialise in a certain type of spirit such as gin or whisky.
Included in each masterclass is a welcome glass of prosecco or beer with introduction from the host, a basic cocktail skills demonstration followed by a team skills competition and two cocktail demonstrations, explanation and brief history.
Wannabe bartenders will then be invited up to the bar to recreate each cocktail with guidance from the host, with the best cocktail winning a prize at the end of each round.
And unlike other masterclasses, The Liquor Store allows guests to recreate every cocktail off their menu, including the Girls, Girls, Girls (Martell VS Cognac, white chocolate liqueur and a Biscoff and date syrup), and the Manchester Mule (Absolut vodka, Vimto, fresh lime and ginger ale).
Sessions start from just £25 per person and can cater for parties of six to twenty-five, which includes four drinks each and a complimentary farewell shot for good measure.
And if cocktails aren’t your thing, The Liquor Store is also offering gin masterclasses, which will teach you everything there is to know about the history of the popular spirit (and how best to drink it, of course).
These masterclasses are run by some of the best bartenders in the city who truly know how to throw a party, so this is a must-try for your next night (or day) out.
Liquor Store is open from 4pm-3am Thursday – Sunday and from 12pm-3am Friday and Saturday. You can book your masterclass at any point during the bars opening hours here.
Heaton Park’s lakeside dining domes unveil evening picnic sessions for the summer
The perfect way to spend those long summer nights
With the summer in full swing, Heaton Park’s luxury lakeside dining domes have unveiled brand new menus ideal for the warmer weather.
The domes have proved to be hugely popular with visitors since their debut last year, and now boast shaded glazing and air conditioning, making them the ideal spot to soak up the rays.
And this month has seen the launch of the Heaton Park Summer Picnic package, which allows guests to enjoy a summery picnic feast late into the evening.
On the menu, diners can expect Heaton Park’s take on all the picnic classics, including roasted cauliflower Mac & Cheese with a molten camembert, free-range Heaton Scotch Egg and a homemade signature Sage and Onion Sausage Roll.
There is also a selection of delicious salads, from Mediterranean pearl couscous salad, a classic Caesar salad and the Harissa Chickpea and Orange salad.
But the real stars of the show are the sweet offerings, which include indulgent chocolate-filled Churros served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate orange Sauce and cookie crumble, plus a homemade scone with vanilla clotted cream and champagne strawberries.
Each picnic session offers a children’s menu and a vegan menu, and runs later than the park’s usual slots until 7pm.
The Dining Domes’ usual Afternoon Tea package will also be available throughout the day, with a menu carefully curated by Heaton Park’s cafes to offer the perfect balance of quintessential classics – as well as some imaginative variations of afternoon tea favourites.
The traditional signature menu includes a selection of delicious sandwiches, a free-range Heaton Scotch Egg and a homemade signature Sage and Onion Sausage Roll.
Sweet offerings include a homemade chocolate brownie with salted caramel ganache, a freshly baked Victoria Sponge, house scones with homemade jam and vanilla chantilly and a baked meringue with pineapple and passionfruit.
Also this Summer, Heaton Park will be offering a 10% DISCOUNT on their boats using the following promo codes, both of which are valid until September 5th:
- SWANBOAT22 – Valid on Swan Pedal Boat bookings on Monday-Thursday only.
- ELECTRICBOAT22 – Valid on Electric Boat bookings on Monday-Thursday only.
An axe-throwing bottomless brunch is coming to Manchester this month
There’s 100 free tickets up for grabs, too…
A new bottomless brunch deal with the enthralling combination of unlimited cocktails and axe-throwing is coming to Manchester this month.
While Manchester boasts an already impressive bottomless brunch scene, Whistle Punks is set to bring the ‘most visceral bottomless brunch in the UK’ to the city this August bank holiday weekend.
Whistle Punk’s Sunday Sessions will include an epic seventy-minute-long axe-throwing competition, followed by bottomless pizza and booze.
The drinks will be free-flowing for the full two-hour time slot, with guests being able to choose from a selection of Whistle Punks Lager, Bloody Marys, Aperol Spritz, prosecco and a range of soft drinks.
On the food menu will be a range of freshly prepared pizzas, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available.
And in their commitment to guest safety, Whistle Punks will ensure each axe throwing session is led by an instructor with a brief masterclass. Guests will also be limited to one drink at a time.
Whisle Punks’ co-founder Jools Whitehorn said ahead of the Sunday Sessions launch: “I think a large part of the appeal is that it feels like something you shouldn’t be allowed to do.
“It’s a visceral experience which is physical without being too demanding, and it all takes place under the close watch of our instructors who make sure everyone stays safe while having a truly unique night out.
“So with our brand new axe brunch launching at Whistlepunks Manchester, we feel we’ve put together the most high-octane brunch experience in the city.”
Sunday Sessions will take place at 11:20am, 12:40pm, 2pm, and 3:20pm every week from Sunday August 28th onwards. Each party can enjoy seventy minutes of axe throwing followed by fifty minutes of bottomless pizza. Drinks will be bottomless throughout the whole booking, which will cost just £30 per person.
And to celebrate the launch of Sunday Sessions, Whistle Punks will be giving away 100 FREE tickets on a first come first served basis.
To be in with a chance of winning one, head on over to the venue’s website using the discount code ‘SUNDAYSESSION’ here.
Huge Spanish festival with tapas and a giant paella is coming to Manchester
There will be dancing, live music and authentic tapas across the event
Manchester is set to welcome a taste of Español with the arrival of a huge festival with dancing, live music and the very best food the country has to offer.
Flamenco Fever will be taking over Kampus for one day only this weekend, where it will pay homage to the Spanish culture and cuisine.
The event will adopt an open-mic format, inviting guests to take to the stage and show off their best flamenco dance moves to music by guest flamenco musicians and singers, Carlos Van Tongeren, Jose Manuel Benzepon, Jack McCarthy, and Tom Metcalfe.
Dance teachers will be on hand throughout the event to show guests a thing or two and, of course, to get the full audience involved.
And it wouldn’t be a Spanish festival without good food, would it?
Ramsbottom’s very own Levanter Fine Foods, which currently resides in The Bungalow at Kampus, will be serving up its menu of authentic Spanish cuisine, including delicious tapas and a giant paella.
Sarah Chambers, founder of Espíritu Flamenco, said: “People don’t realise but there’s an amazing flamenco following in Manchester.
There’s a diverse flamenco community in the city, from those just starting out to the more accomplished dancers. Our festival at Kampus will be a vibrant, joyous celebration of what is a real art form which is enjoyed by people of many nationalities and cultural backgrounds – with loads of dancers taking to the stage and live music.
“We want people to come down, get involved, and soak up the Spanish vibes in what, we think, is the best al fresco spot in the city.”
Joe Botham from Levanter Fine Food added: “Kampus just lends itself so well to that outdoor, summer celebration. We’ve had a proper summer to remember, serving up dish after dish of Spanish goodness.
“The Flamenco Fiesta will take the Spanish vibes up a notch and be a real celebration of the music, moves and atmosphere that I fell in love with on trips around Spanish villages and towns.”
Flamenco Fever will take place at Kampus on Saturday August 13th from 2pm – 6:30pm, and will be completely FREE to enter.