After what seems like an eternity, the hospitality industry is starting the slow but steady return to normality. Bars can open from Saturday 4 July, and many are seizing on the opportunity to do so. Below, are just a few local favourites. After more? Check out our round up of restaurants to visit throughout July.

Albert’s Schloss

The staff at Albert’s Schloss are extending a warm willkommen to people returning to the venue’s bar and alpine cook haus. It’s usually a very busy, bierkeller-style place, but now it isn’t allowed to get that crowded. So, whether you’re visiting for food or just drinks, they are strongly advising that you book first to avoid disappointment. In typically German fashion, those aren’t the only rules, so please read the guidelines before you go.

27 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR, Tel: 0161 833 4040

This hugely popular, if controversial, company is wasting no time. They’re opening their doors 12.01am for an exclusive preview night, which features a guided beer tasting and farm-to-table food (tickets £20). There are some new tipples on offer, including hard seltzers and a new version of Albino Squid Assassin. Yes, that’s the actual name of one of their beers. All payment will be contactless, via card or the BrewDog Now app.

35 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5BG, Tel: 0161 832 1922

After an initial reopening just for food collection, this award-winning venue is returning to on-site drinking and dining. You won’t need to book but it’ll run on a first come, first served basis. There’s a new layout, with reduced capacity – meaning only four people per table. Once you’re seated, you’ll be directed to the Hatch GoodEats page to order and pay. Following their first weekend back, they will only open Wednesdays to Saturdays.

103 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED, Tel: 0333 323 2238
The Oast House

With its large ‘teepee’-covered terrace, this rustic-style bar in Spinningfields seems to have been designed for these trying times. The venue is renowned for its food, but unfortunately, they are re-opening with an a-la-carte menu only. It’s still family friendly but please ensure that your little darlings remain seated and supervised at all times. The Botanist, its sister venue on Deansgate, will open on Friday 17 July.

The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AY, Tel: 0161 829 3830
Port Street Beer House

Fear not, beardies: there’s somewhere to go for your real ales – if you book in advance. And in a shockingly modern twist, you can now pay with the Common & Co app. After Saturday, they will be assessing to see what the new normal opening hours should be. But if you don’t feel like returning to a pub environment just yet, they are continuing to offer a takeaway service, with milk bottle pints and cans-to-go.

39-41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ, Tel: 0161 237 9949

The staff of this fashionable four-story bar are just finalising plans for their new weatherproof beer garden. This weekend, they will host YESTV, a free entry cabaret-style video lounge showing some of your favourite music videos. Look out for specially curated playlists from friends of YES in the coming weeks. Other than that, the full info isn’t available yet – but keep checking their website and Instagram for more details.

38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Fri 3 Jul
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Sat 18 Jul 2020