The Jackalope, a new bar that promises to deliver innovative events, music and ale, opens tonight (Fri 1 Feb) on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton. The venue is the brainchild of Rob Loader, former owner of Silver Apples in West Didsbury, and Lee Gorton, former frontman of Manchester indie darlings Alfie, who oversaw The Jackalope’s initial conception as a secret cellar bar in Stoke Newington, London, last year. The pair promise an ‘evocative parlour bar’ that will host a wide range of events – with the first month set to feature gigs from The Lost Brothers, Klara Soderberg (First Aid Kit), Paddy Steer, Pete Greenwood and The Ramshackle Union Band, plus regular weekend DJs including Chips with Everything, Cancion, Beat Boutique, Stretch and White Horses. Manchester folk/Americana starlet Jo Rose, meanwhile, will run an open mic night every Wednesday, and Folk Lore Tapes and Spoonful Jamboree host monthly mid-week live music events. The Jackalope won’t be neglecting food and drink, however, with ‘obsessively sourced’ ales and artisan pies crafted daily by hand by Stockport’s Lord of the Pies. Craft beer and cheese-tasting events are booked in for February too, curated by local deli favourites Hickson and Blacks, teaming up with the likes of Macclesfield’s Red Willow brewery, with cakes, cream teas and other epicurean delicacies provided by the Silver Apples Catering Co. The Jackalope’s in-house coffee, Tim Peaks, is brewed by the Charlatan’s front man Tim Burgess, with proceeds going to the David Lynch foundation. Gorton says of the opening: ‘There’s loads of great bars in Chorlton, and we love it around here. I guess it’s just a selfish dream of ours to be watching great bands, in an intimate venue, with a stunning pint in a well dressed and homely bar.’

From Fri 1 Feb, 370 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Mon – Thu 4pm – 11pm, Fri 4pm – 12am, Sat/Sun 12pm – 12am,

Chris Horkan
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Fri 1 Feb 2013