The Northern Quarter continues to grow in nightlife both geographically and culturally as the tastes of Latin America take to the area in new bar and restaurant El Capo. With an emphasis on authenticity and real flavours of the latin style, El Capo will be initially stocking 70 different tequilas – and with a view to expanding its range further, this is not some half-hearted dip into a zeitgeist, it is South American drinking for the hardcore. The kitchen will follow a few weeks after the opening of the bar on Tariff Street, as the head chef Troy Amador (Chorlton Green Brasserie, Laundrette) tours the restaurants of the southern states of the USA and on in to Mexico to fully immerse himself in the flavours and flair of true latino eats. The rustic and natural feel is helped along by the sandblasted street art (pictured) that adorns the walls, indicating that El Capo had always been there, it was just waiting to be discovered. A stripped-back feel to the bar opens up the interior to offer a welcoming space with a great selection of wine (all South American), while owner Pete Skelton (Whiskey Jar) has assembled a crack team of bartenders to provide a menu of over 21 cocktails, with a special house draft lager to be announced soon. A spacious seating area outside promises sunshine when it’s there and a good deal of cover when it’s not, with a few outdoor barbecues planned for the summer. El Capo promises to be a great new addition to an area that is fast becoming something of a hub in the Northern Quarter.

Opens Thu 3 Apr, El Capo, 12 Tariff Street, M1 2FF, Tel: 0161 237 3154, @ElCapoNQ

Thu 3 Apr
John Stansfield
Published on:
Mon 31 Mar 2014