Manchester is firmly hitting its stride again after 18 months of restrictions, lockdowns and general frustration for the hospitality industry.
News of new openings and pop-up events has been coming thick and fast as our vibrant corner of the north west bounces back.
There's a huge raft of new bars and restaurants opening in August.
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From a tiny hot dog restaurant near the Arndale to a three-storey treat from two big local operators, to a pub reborn to a bar where you're encouraged to swing a cricket bat around, we've got a real mix joining the fray this month.
10 Tib Lane, city centre
Local favourites CBRB (the ramen joint in the Northern Quarter) and Henry C (award-winning bar in Chorlton) have teamed up to save this beautiful venue on Tib Lane.
Spanning three floors, the site was once home to Bock Biere, but has now been reborn as 10 Tib Lane.
The replacement restaurant will create a 'high end experience, but without any of the stuffiness that usually comes with that' - think small plates and great cocktails.
10 Tib Lane, M2 4JB | 10tiblane.com | Open now
Sixes Cricket Club, Corn Exchange
A menu of gastropub dishes... served alongside state-of-the-art cricket nets.
This is the latest experience-led bar to open in Manchester, and visitors will be able to test their cricket skills against virtual simulators.
The new site inside the Corn Exchange will be the third Sixes to open, joining two popular sites in London.
Corn Exchange, Cathedral Street, M4 3TR | sixescricket.com | Opens August 29
Dust Dogs and Dive, Northern Quarter
Every Mancunian knows Northern Soul, they of the oozy grilled cheese sandwiches capable of causing a pedestrian traffic jam at the Christmas Markets every year.
The cheesy business started life in a tiny shack on Church Street but soon moved on to a proper restaurant on Tib Street- but now they're using that original unit to launch a new hot dog business.
Dust Dogs and Dive will transform the space into a graffiti-splattered venue inspired by the New York subway.
Unit 10, 11 Church St, M4 1PN | instagram.com/dustdogsmcr | Opening early August
Sadler's Cat, NOMA
The sad news broke recently that The Pilcrow - the pub built by volunteers through a series of workshops - would be closing.
But it wasn't long before the modern community pub was saved, by none other than Cloudwater brewery.
There's been a quick refurb and a lick of paint but the new new proprietors intend to keep the venue's enterprising, community spirit alive.
Sadler's Yard, NOMA, M60 0AB | facebook.com/sadlerscat | Open now
The Firehouse, Ancoats
Expanding on the phenomenal success of Ramona - that formula of teepees and firepits and Detroit-style pizza slices - on Swan Street, The Firehouse will be a new Cali-style restaurant from the same team.
The new restaurant will specialise in ‘coal-roasting, charring and blistering,’ and has opened in an old warehouse depot building.
On the menu you'll find flame-grilled peri chicken, crushed roast potatoes, and baked chocolate puddings.
40 Swan St, M4 5JG | firehousemcr.com | Opens August 5
The Mews, Deansgate
From the team behind the Northern Quarter's Alvarium comes The Mews, a new bar and charcuterie tucked away on the 'hidden' street Deansgate Mews.
Joining the neighbourhood at Great Northern Warehouse, The Mews will have a cosy indoor bar and a huge sun-trap of an outdoor terrace.
Expect seasonal cocktails, charcuterie and cheese boards, and, in the not-too-distant future, a menu of British small plates.
Deansgate Mews, M3 4EN | themewsmcr.co.uk | Open now
Oowee Vegan, named Deliveroo's restaurant of the year in 2019, has branched out to Manchester.
Delivery only | ooweevegan.com/manchester | Open now
Sam Buckley, the master chef behind Stockport's award-winning Where The Light Gets In, will be teaming up with some fellow local heavyweights on a new site.
Yellowhammer will be a pottery studio and bakery, created in partnership with Joe Hartley and baker Rosie Wilkes.
It will operate as a bakery, deli, pottery and evening pizzeria and wine bar.
15 Lower Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 1JQ | instagram.com/yellowhammer_stockport | Opening August 25
This relaxed new restaurant in Hale comes from the same team behind Don Giovanni, led by ex-Mahiki boss Adam Karim.
After a half-a-million-pound investment, People will be open seven days a week serving breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners and cocktails.
The site has been given a lavish makeover with upcycled teak furniture, herringbone floors, and a pretty outside terrace dotted with plants and fairy lights.
183 Ashley Road, Hale, WA15 9SD | Open now
Le Social, Kampus
Wine specialists Le Social will be taking over the Bungalow in August - that old security cabin on stilts that's become something of a springboard for local businesses.
Their residency at Kampus will run until the end of September, where they'll serve natural and organic wines, a range of beers and cocktails, and a few street food pop-up offerings.
The business was founded by wine professional Jérôme Boullier during lockdown, when he provided a door-to-door wine delivery service with all profits given to charity.
The Bungalow, Kampus, Aytoun St, M1 3DA | le-social.com | Opens August 5
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