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Old September 9th, 2006, 03:50 PM   #1
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Manchesters Pubs, Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants.

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Old September 9th, 2006, 03:57 PM   #2
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Andy plans to make Peruvia top spot again

IN the 1990s, it was one of the region’s most famous clubs – and now Peruvia has made it’s way back to Manchester after a five-year absence.

In it’s previous incarnation at the Moat House Hotel in Wilmslow, Peruvia was THE place to be seen, and a favourite haunt of the rich and famous.

It had it’s share of headlines, thanks to regular visits from footballers, soap stars and celebrities. Now the club’s promoters have headed back to Manchester – and are promising that Peruvia will once again be the night that everyone is talking about.

It relaunched at Manchester’s Cotton House at the weekend – and now club founder Andy Bassett is promising there will be much more to come.

“It’s been five years since I’ve put an event on like that, but you just fall back into it straight away,” laughed Andy.

“Peruvia was always the place that everyone wanted to go to, there was a lot of hype and we used to get all the celebrities and footballers, it was good in those early days in Wilmslow.”

But five years ago, Andy decided to leave Cheshire and head off to Birmingham with Peruvia. By his own admission, things did not go completely smoothly in the city and for the past few years he’s been chilling out and travelling the world.

But now he’s back, and believes the time is right for the re-emergence of Peruvia.

“We held the “test” night at the weekend, and I think it went really well, and we’re now in talks with the Cotton House to hold the club night regularly there in future,” Andy says.

“I just want to create something special that people really really look forward to going out to. That’s the way Peruvia used to be, and I know it’ll be the same again.”
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Old September 9th, 2006, 10:55 PM   #3
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Old September 10th, 2006, 01:13 AM   #4
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I see Springbok on Oxford Rd as reopened as Varsity.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 10:43 PM   #5
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Manchester is second only to London according to The Which? Good Food
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BRING BACK THE 'LAND 'O CAKES'!!

Bring back! Bring back I say! the wonderfully named 'Land 'O Cakes' pub on Gt Ancoats Street which was scandalously re-worked as the 'Lord Atterbury' (who?) a few years back and promptly closed its doors. The old name can still be seen faintly on the outside wall. Gt Ancoats Street has recently seen the return of the Crown & Kettle, now let's have our Land 'O Cakes back. Can anyone think of a better name?
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That new Pesto resturant on Deansgate looks very swish .
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Old October 5th, 2006, 08:39 PM   #8
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Room’s on fire on king street

Among the new restaurants moving into Manchester in the last year was Room restaurant at the top of King Street, in a former 19th-century gentleman’s club for Liberal politicians.

These new boys came not from London, but from Leeds.

Founders and major shareholders Simon Wright and John Pallagi have been friends since their twenties in Middlesbrough. They decided to match Wright’s hotel and catering background with Pallagi’s sales and marketing experience.

The first Room opened in Leeds in 2002 and they now run four – the latest in Liverpool and London – and have ambitious expansion plan.

‘The idea was to create an upmarket brasserie with a big focus on food, as well as good drinks and excellent service,’ says Wright.

If Room has established a signature style, it would include luxurious refurbishments of dramatic old buildings and classic dishes with a posh twist: bangers ‘n’ mash with exotic sausages, gammon steaks with slow-roasted pork.

Following the Leeds debut, the pair moved on to the famous 1 Devonshire Gardens hotel in Glasgow operated by Malmaison and took on the restaurant below after it was vacated
by Gordon Ramsay in 2004. Room traded there for two years until selling the remaining 18 years of the lease to Hotel du Vin, sister company of Malmaison in the Marylebone Warwick Balfour Group.

The Manchester restaurant opened in November 2005 and is trading 50% ahead of target, Wright says, taking £45,000 a week.

‘It’s done fantastically well for us – our biggest success to date. It’s a beautiful building, certainly unusual for a restaurant as it’s on the first floor,’ says Wright.

‘Manchester is as close as anywhere in the UK to London in terms of cosmopolitan mix and business patterns. A lot of people going out seven nights a week; great business; top football teams; a big student population; Granada, the BBC and all the things that make our industry tick.’

Room spent £400,000 on the Manchester fit-out, including a new kitchen, and pays landlord Bruntwood £80,000 a year for the 6,000 sq ft (557 sq m) space. The size allows 125 covers in the main room, 60 seats in the private dining room and 100 in the bar. Debt funding was provided by Barclays.

Room is the third restaurant to occupy the sumptuous first floor of 81 King Street, following Reform and Hurricane.

In July this year Room opened in Liverpool’s 62 Castle Street hotel and most recently opened as Grille under London’s Hoxton Hotel.

‘We aim to have up to 20 sites in the next four to five years and will then consider all the exit options – sale, flotation – before deciding whether to sell up or continue,’ concludes Wright.
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MEN says the new 3.6 million pound bar, Ithaca has decided to open despite having lost its appeal to have its 1am license set back to 4am, as was initially requested. This was due to nearby St. Mary's Church on Mulberry Street and its resident priests.

This is a real kick in the knackers for the club. Its bound to be one of those pretentious footballers, WAGs and gold diggers type places but these bars help improve this city's reputation in some circles and this looked set to be the city's most famous.

A club isn't going to be much of a club if it has to close at 1 am though. Should they have refused the late license due to this city centre church? Or should the buyers have spotted this potential spanner in the works before they bought the place? Either way someone's made a costly balls up.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 06:54 PM   #13
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MEN says the new 3.6 million pound bar, Ithaca has decided to open despite having lost its appeal to have its 1am license set back to 4am, as was initially requested. This was due to nearby St. Mary's Church on Mulberry Street and its resident priests.

This is a real kick in the knackers for the club. Its bound to be one of those pretentious footballers, WAGs and gold diggers type places but these bars help improve this city's reputation in some circles and this looked set to be the city's most famous.

A club isn't going to be much of a club if it has to close at 1 am though. Should they have refused the late license due to this city centre church? Or should the buyers have spotted this potential spanner in the works before they bought the place? Either way someone's made a costly balls up.
It would be my bet that 6 months down the line, they will reapply for the 4am licence, and get it. I think the council wanted to be seen to be taking residents opinions into account, but will issue the extension following a 'period of good behaviour'.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 12:40 AM   #14
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Butterfly

Interesing concept for another new bar.

http://manchester-clubbing.blogspot....butterfly.html

Bar flies in a flap over butterfly.


SCOOP!

This rather unique venue is slated to open in 2007, and it doesn't just look different - it's going to be run differently too!


"Butterfly will be anything from a Bar/venue to a Fashion show or art exhibition depending on the client renting out the space."


These concept images will no doubt undergo a nip and tuck before the venue opens, but the team behind the wacky designs are deadly serious about their innovations.


"The modular stairs are an element which can create seating and catwalks and stage/walls etc. The eliptical cusions are housed within an aluminium case, they are basically tables and seating which can also create cell structure dividers"

"The cocoon seating pods are on a wheel base and can be flipped on their sides to create a stage and platforms (podiums) but they can also be wheeled out to create partitions and walls for art shows/projections"


If you're wondering where this visual head-fuck will be opening, then you'll have to stay tuned. All we can say is that it'll have an M1 postcode.....


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Old February 25th, 2007, 02:35 AM   #15
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Somewhere in a railway arch looking those pix. Maybe Deansgate locks.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 03:21 AM   #16
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Somewhere in a railway arch looking those pix. Maybe Deansgate locks.
Judging by the size of the arch I'm thinking whitworth street west, near the Ritz. How many of them are empty? That old lazer quest place maybe?

If its round there its got to be under oxford road station because the arch is so deep.
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It looks like 2 floors so you could be right. Seems a crappy place to put it as the road is often dead at night except when the ritz is open and I am sure thats not their target crowd.
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Presumably if someone is renting it out then for most patrons it will be a pre-arranged destination rather than somewhere you just drop into for a pint of Carlsberg and a piss. In which case it doesn't matter about passing trade.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 04:25 PM   #19
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Pleasure bar in Withington is apparently due to close and the building to be demolished (src: whathappenedlastnigh.net)

Real shame if its true. Whilst it looks like a brothel its great in the summer for afternoon beers. Some bloke even brought his pet python to the bar once. Happy days. Do you think we can use the snake as an excuse to get the place listed?

Funky building too. Would be a great loss for Withington. I don't understand why the area doesn't do better.

Wonder in King Rhead ov Wivvington knows anything about this? Longy?

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sad news

pleasure does have a bit of a wanky crowd sometimes but it is still a loss for withington if this goes
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