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NEW OPENING: An Ibiza-style bar and restaurant from the creators of Ramona is coming to Ancoats

The brains behind Ramona are bringing the vibes of Ibiza and California to Ancoats

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We’re all aware that throughout the last few months, Ancoats’ resident Detroit-style pizzeria and margarita bar, Ramona, has boomed in popularity – so we can expect some seriously good stuff from their next venture.

The latest offering from the team is ‘The Firehouse’, which will take residency directly next door to Ramona in a renovated former warehouse.

Expected to boast a 250 person capacity, The Firehouse will take inspiration from the teams’ travels to Ibiza and California; epic yet intimate places they didn’t want to leave.

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While its sister venue has become famous for dishing up slabs of pizza and marvellously salty margs, The Firehouse will be taking on a somewhat different vibe with the help of its ‘Slow Fires Open Kitchen’, which will take on cooking techniques used by Chef and Owner Daniel Mullen.

Diners can expect small rustic plates coal-roasted and blistered over an open flame, alongside incredible baked goods and a weekend brunch menu. Diners will also be able to eat next to the woodfire kitchen chefs in the exclusive Open Table, where they can get the full Slow Fires experience.

And as for the tipples?

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Well, The Firehouse’s bar will be specialising in the wild spirits of Latin America – we’re talking tequila, mezcal, pisco, rum and cachaça. Agavé, the primary ingredient in all of these spirits, is the inspiration behind the bar’s selection – to this very day, the plant is still cooked in fire pits and slow fires from three to thirty days.

It’s these slow, real processes that inspire the Firehouse bar team and define the offering overall.

Wild spirits provide the base for the fresh fruit cocktail menu, where bar duo Jonny Brown and Mike Cartledge will be shaking up fresh infusions, syrups and shrubs to compliment the cocktails.

Everything, from the toasted coconut flake infused pisco, the jalapeno shrub, and the charred pineapple agave, takes time and everything is made by hand.

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The venue’s co-owner, Adelaide Winters, said on the new venture: “The Firehouse has been an idea of ours for a long time, inspired after spending summers in California and Ibiza. The sort of places that we just never wanted to leave.

“Intimate, yet epic and all lovingly made. Where everything is enticing, the welcome, the food, the music, the drinks. All the best it can be. For everyone. We just wanted to open somewhere that gives the sort of experience we’re after when we go out.”

The Firehouse will be an all day venue open Thursday – Friday from 12pm-12am, and at the weekend from 10am til late – it’s set to kick off this weekend with a soft launch from Friday to Sunday.

Make sure to follow The Firehouse’s official Instagram account for updates and official opening dates.

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The magical Harry Potter Forbidden Forest experience is now open and it looks incredible

A truly spell-binding experience (pun fully intended)

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Calling all Harry Potter fans: An enchanting forest trail inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter has officially open in Cheshire.

Warner Brothers Themed Entertainment has teamed up with Thinkwell to bring the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience to the UK, with it usually taking place in the United States.

And luckily for us here in the North West, the immersive attraction is located in the beautiful woodlands at Arley Hall & Gardens – just a thirty minute drive from Manchester – and has been giving fans of the magical franchise the unique chance to experience the world of Harry Potter for themselves. 

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Visitors have been making their way through the magical woodland via an illuminated path on which they will discover not only a whole array of surprises, but some of their favourite moments from the books and the films such as Mr. Weasley’s temperamental flying car and Hagrid’s pet Hippogriff, Buckbeak. 

After watching the beautiful forest come to life, visitors can then go on to enjoy a wide range of food and drinks at the nearby village – as well as a pint of Butterbeer, of course – before browsing in the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home.

Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, said: “The Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience offers fans a new way to enjoy some of the most iconic and magical wizarding world moments.

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“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Thinkwell to bring this incredible light trail to life at Arley Hall & Gardens, a perfect location where the natural beauty of the forest trail and illuminated sets filled with familiar creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, will make for a magical experience for fans of all ages.”

The trail follows a one-way route through the gardens, and is also fully accessible to all. It is also Covid secure in adherence with the latest Government safety guidelines.

Harry Potter: A Forbiden Forest Experience will be at Arley Hall & Gardens until November 22nd – grab tickets here.

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The legendary Haçienda Classical night is returning to Warehouse Project next month

Proper Manchester readers can get an exclusive price on tickets too…

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For the first time in two years, the iconic orchestral club night Haçienda Classical is returning to The Warehouse Project. 

The famed Depot Mayfield club night will be hosting the critically acclaimed music series, which sees an experimental orchestra reinterpret seminal dance classics alongside DJ Graeme Park, Manchester Camerata and a number of other special musical guests such as the AMC Choir, who will perfectly blend both House and Gospel. 

Hacienda Classical’s last residency at Depot Mayfield in 2019 was widely regarded as one of the best nights of the year among the city’s clubbers so the demand for this year’s show, which is scheduled for Saturday November 13th, has been rife. 

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Haçienda Classical will again include orchestral renditions of much loved classic club records from The Haçienda’s heritage, while also bringing new additions and arrangements of seminal tracks to the set.

The Warehouse Project show comes as part of Haçienda Classical’s nation-wide tour, which has included sell-out shows at Manchester’s iconic gig location Castlefield Bowl and the Printworks in London.

DJ Graeme Park said on the return of the iconic club night: “After a year of frustration, I’m excited that Haçienda Classical is back to thrill the nation with positivity and love.

“I’ve never been more ready to return to the stage with the whole crew to share the joy with some big new songs as well as some massive favourites too. I’m pretty sure the country is ready to share the love too.”

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Musical director Tim Crooks added: “I’ve spent the past year thinking how incredible the post-lockdown gigs will feel, and the long wait is finally over. I can’t wait to feel the noise and see that pent-up energy explode. It’s going to be something very, very special.”

And, as an exclusive treat, all you lovely Proper Manchester readers will be able to get your hands on tickets at a special price of £25pp. Don’t say we don’t treat you. 

The show will take place on Saturday November 13th and tickets are on sale NOW – get yours with the special price offer here

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NEW OPENING: A huge hotel with free cocktails and pet-friendly bedrooms is coming to Manchester

Moxy Hotels will be bringing its ‘play and stay’ concept to Manchester

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A massive new hotel coming to Spinningfields next month promises to provide ‘affordable fun’ accommodation in the elusive neighbourhood. 

The Moxy Manchester City Hotel, a Marriott concept from KE Hotels, which has hotels located in North America, Asia and Europe, will be transforming Invicta House into a luxury new accommodation complex, complete with 146 bedrooms and a cocktail bar, all while preserving the building’s eighteenth century charm.

Moxy Hotels stray from the typical routine adopted by most hotels; rather than arriving at a traditional check-in desk guests will instead be sent straight to the bar, where they will receive their room key alongside a complimentary cocktail on the house.

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Their Manchester venture will stand at nine storeys tall, with the rooms including state-of-the-art features such as walk-in showers, TVs with Netflix, motion-activated LED lights, plush platform beds, workspaces and lounge chairs.

Each room will also be pet friendly, in case you needed any more convincing.

Over on the food and drink front, Bar Moxy will be dishing up a mix of cocktails, beers and wines alongside a selection of tasty small plates. There will also be a barista counter serving snacks and drinks twenty-four hours a day.

Director at KE Hotels Anil Khanna said on the new Manchester venture: “Moxy Manchester City will be a new playground for the neighbourhood and city.

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“Our play and stay concept is a new way of travelling, designed to give guests everything they want at an affordable price.

“Located in the city’s vibrant Spinningfields district, Moxy Manchester City won’t take itself too seriously, but it is serious about showing guests a good time. We have smartly spaced rooms, stylish communal areas that are ideal for work and meetings, and a new cool bar for the city.

“We wanted the design of the building to fuse together traditional and contemporary – the exterior is stunning and something very unique, whilst the hotel’s interior will feature nods towards the building’s industrial past.”

Moxy Manchester City will open on Atkinson Street in Spinningfields in November. Visit the Moxy Hotels website for more information.

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