Manchester’s newest independent theatre 53Two has revealed it will officially open its doors to their new bar and community hub on Sunday 30 May, in a breath-taking Grade 11 heritage site – where everyone is welcome.

The bar will act as a support hub for the arts sector in the day, serving coffees, cakes and pies from HM Pasties – and provide drinks and live entertainment from musicians at night. The new venue will have a live karaoke experience like no other – with its own baby grand piano where regular “request pianists” will play.Opening for the first time in a century, 53Two director Simon Naylor described the bar as “inclusive, accessible place for Manchester – full of laughter, creativity and conversation.”

Their 150-seat bar will occupy one of the historic arches beneath Manchester Central – with the second arch opening as the main 53Two Theatre later this year. Until then, the space will be open as a studio and private cinema room, where live performances and plays will be streamed.

After 11pm the bar will operate as an ‘artists members club’ for those working in the cultural sector as part of a special ‘members entrance’ for a late-night post-work drink. To find out more about the launch visit the 53Two website.


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Tue 27 Apr, 53Two,
South King Street, Manchester, M2 6DQ
Kate Pilgrim
Published on:
Fri 28 May 2021