There’s a broad spread of food and drink news this week with a couple for wine buffs as Salut host a wine fair and Levenshulme get closer to a natural wine bar, there’s a cocktail terrace for September at Dakota, YES bar turns one this week, a potential park in the Northern Quarter, and a couple of closures to report on. There’s even news of where has been judged the best restaurants in Manchester…

Salut Wine Fair | Thu 3 Oct | 4pm-8pm | £25

One of Manchester’s best loved wine bars is preparing for a wine fair at the start of October. The Salut Wine Fair will take place on Oct 3 between 4-8pm and those 4 hours will give wine fans a chance to try 80 different wines. Some of the wines will be known to Salut regulars from their place on the shelves, whilst a good proportion will be brand new to the bar. Tickets are £25 and we believe there are only a handful left.

Autumn Wine Fair, Salut, 11 Cooper Street, M2 2FW, Tel: 0161 236 2340
ISCA Wines’ New Location + Final Pop-Up | Thu 26 Sep | 7pm - 10pm | £31.85

The much anticipated new wine bar for Levenshulme seems to have finally found itself a location in which to open. The bar is a joint venture between seasonal food pop-up heroes Season’s Eatings and Caroline Dubbois, sommelier at Where The Light Gets In, and will be serving organic food and natural wines but the actual location is currently under wraps. Whilst the planned Autumn opening may seem much too far away, fans can whet their appetite with ISCA’s final pop-up before they settle into the permanent location. Station Hop is set to host the bar for a selection of 3 wines and paired snacks on Sep 26 and tickets are available from Eventbrite.

Isca x Station Hop, 815 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 3BS
Dakota Hotel Pop-Up Terrace | Until 29 Sep

If you’re yearning for the Summer already, the Northern Quarter’s new hotel might be able to extend it for you by just a bit. Every weekend until the end of September, Dakota will be hosting a pop-up cocktail bar on its terrace serving drinks in the (hopeful) sunshine until midnight. All the classics, as well as Dakota’s own tipples will be available, and drinkers can also be diners with the bar menu available on the terrace to keep the night going a bit longer. Even cigar fans are catered for in the special tree lined cigar garden. Here’s hoping for a few extra weekends of sunshine then.

Dakota Hotel, 29 Ducie Street, M1 2JL, Tel: 0161 674 9180
Yes First Birthday Party | Thu 19 - Sun 22 Sep | Free

If you’re looking to age yourself, it can be useful to check out how old the ‘new’ bars in Manchester are, as you see bars that just opened yesterday celebrating their tenth anniversary but luckily for those keeping an eye on numbers, there’s only been one rotation around the sun since Charles Street’s YES opened. One is just as important a birthday as any other though. The party kicks off this Thu (Sep 19) with 5001 free drinks and there’s even a kids’ party add-on to the weekend on Sunday (Sep 22) featuring face painting and films. Read more in our event preview.

Yes, 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Rafa’s Disbury Closed

El Rincon may be a mainstay in the City Centre having lasted over a quarter of a century but unfortunately its suburban outpost wasn’t to have the same staying power. Rafa’s Didsbury has shut its doors after less than a year with Rafa stating that he needs to concentrate on putting El Rincon and his family first and the restaurant has shut its doors with immediate effect.

Jimmy’s to Move

The spot for Andy Burnham’s inaugural DJ set is set to close as Jimmy’s bar is being turned into the lobby for a new office development. Having recently opened a sister bar in Liverpool, the rock‘n’roll styled bar is set for more movement as it uproots itself for a new spot in Ancoats. Owners and brothers George and Jimmy Craig already have a spot lined up on Cutting Room Square next door to Seven Brothers Brewery.

Chapter One Pocket Park

We’ve mentioned before that Chapter One Bookshop and Cafe was behind ambitious plans to turn the area outside their place into a Parisian style park and it appears those plans have taken a step towards reality. Manchester City Council have passed planning permission for the 4000 square foot plot of land to move forward with the plans drawn up by PEN Studios.

Chapter One, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever Street, M1 1BY,
Manchester Restaurants in The Good Food Guide 2020

There are plenty of ways to judge a restaurant, and plenty of different people doing it – but one of the most anticipated annual judgements comes from The Good Food Guide and this year Manchester sees two restaurants in the Top 50. Adam Reid at The French appears just outside the top ten at number 11, whilst Stockport’s Where The Light Gets In breaks the Top 50 for the first time with an appearance at number 44. In total, Manchester makes 38 appearance on the list with fine dining at Mana and Tast getting a nod as well as less flashy places such as much adored The Sparrows and Chaat Cart. Slightly further afield Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume nabbed the top spot, whilst Mark Burchill, fresh from a MiF Supper Club gets fifth spot with Moor Hall.

Tue 17 Sep - Tue 24 Sep
Joe Daly
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Tue 17 Sep 2019