What do you want from Manchester this week? If you’re in the market for a new bar (Fika in the NQ), a couple of drink festivals (Cocktails in the City , some poetry, and some free beer then we have you covered. Below we list what’s hot in the coming week.

Fika Bar to open in Northern Quarter this September
Not a huge amount has been announced about the latest bar and restaurant to be hitting the Northern Quarter, barring that is opening in September. Promoting itself as a space to make time with friends whether over tea, coffee or wine, watch this space for more…
From Sep, Northern Quarter, follow @fikamcr for more info.

Cocktails In The City festival returns to New Century Hall
Annual cocktail festival, Cocktails in the City is back in November for its 2018 edition. New Century Hall will host 20 of Manchester’s finest bars spread over two halls. With cocktails from throughout the ages and modern concoctions, drinkers can sample over 200 years of cocktail fun. New this year is a tasting room for private tasting experiences. Tickets are £12.50 with each cocktail costing £6.50
Fri 2 & Sat 3 Nov, various venues, times and prices, www.cocktailsinthecity.com

Now open: The Chorlton Tap’s 100% vegan kitchen inc. Sunday roasts 
The Chorlton Tap is offering what many will be surprised doesn’t already exist in Chorlton, a 100% fully vegan kitchen. Mainly concentrating on Mexican food, including the irresistible Taco Tuesdays with £1 tacos, they also offer desserts from Gorgosaurus Bakery and five vegan Sunday roast options including vegan haggis wellington and restuffed squash.
The Chorlton Tap, 533 Wilbraham Road, Manchester M21 0UE. Tel: 0161 861 7576, Mon-Thu 4-9pm, Friday and Sat noon-9pm, Sun noon-7pm www.facebook.com/chorltontap

Cocktails: The Difford’s Guide At Whiskey Jar
The Whiskey Jar hosts a special event, ‘Jigger Beaker Glass’ which intends to break down the science of taste and how far it can be pushed. Cocktail legends, The Difford’s Guide, are heading to the bar to break the science of flavour into three main areas, the jigger, beaker, and glass of the title. A free event that may free your tastebuds.
Tue 28 Aug, The Whiskey Jar, 14 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 2FF, Tel: 0161 237 5686, free, www.facebook.com

MFDF: Gin Weekend at Upper Campfield Market
The last weekend of September sees Manchester Food & Drink Festival join forces with the Gin Lounge to transform Upper Campfield Market into a Mancunian Kingdom of Gin to allow citizens a chance to sample some of the finest gin around. With gins brands such as Unicorn Tears, Bathtub Gin, and Lakes Gin in attendance, visitors will be sure to get their fill of gin in their commemorative tasting glasses. The £22.50 tickets also get visitors entry to masterclasses held throughout the weekend.
Fri 28 – Sun 30 Sep, Mancunian Kingdom of Gin, Upper Campfield Market, Barton Street, Manchester M3 4NN, times vary, £22.50-£25 www.manchesterfoodanddrinkfestival.com

Shindigger Takeover at Sandinista
Well known for their fancy cans and beer taps, Shindigger also produce some well received ales, and the Manchester based brewers are heading to Sandanista for a bit of a tap takeover on Thursday. With their standard offering, and no doubt a few specials, if you need a reason to get down how about the fact they are handing out free beer from 7pm.
Thu 30 Aug, Shindigger at Sandinista, 2 Old Bank Street, Manchester M2 7PF. Tel: 0161 832 9955, see website for times, free entry www.facebook.com

Tue 28 Aug - Sat 3 Nov
Joe Daly
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Tue 28 Aug 2018