A new year means a plethora of shiny new openings arriving in and around Manchester as the city’s hospitality sector continues its fight back against an impossibly difficult few years.

Despite those struggles, the Mancunia’s unwavering resilience against the odds means a whole host of exciting new bars and restaurants will be popping up over the next 12 months—and we couldn’t be more excited.

We’ve picked out a few of the highlights…

Featured image credit: Cloudwater / Bowker Sadler Architecture

Cloudwater's new taproom

Mancunian brewing veterans Cloudwater will open a brand-new flagship taproom within the grounds of Kampus in spring.

The new space will take over the ground floor of Minshull House, a former Victorian shipping warehouse. It will feature a communal beer hall; 3°c cold store and beer tap wall; full kitchen serving local and seasonal food; and flexible event spaces.

Kampus, Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3GL
Joule beer shop and taproom

Chapel Street’s latest addition will be Joule, a craft beer shop and taproom inspired by Salford-born physicist and keen brewer, James Prescott Joule, who carried out experiments in his own brewery which led to the invention of the thermometer.

The new shop will open on the ground floor of The Filaments. Stay tuned for a concrete opening date.

Joule, Unit 2, The Filaments, 217 Chapel Street, Salford M35PA
Band on the Wall's big reopening

Iconic venue Band on the Wall were hit particularly hard by the pandemic, so knowing they’re coming back bigger and better than ever is a massive relief.

Sometime in Spring, they’ll fling open their doors once more, unveiling a huge new expansion that has seen scaffolding that’s been up for near four decades finally come down.


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27 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ
Lucky Mama's new Chorlton spot

It’s tough not to love the Lucky Mama’s story. After serving delicious fresh pizza and pasta from their trailer in Eccles throughout lockdown, the team will open up their first bricks and mortar spot in Chorlton this year.

1 Ermen Rd, Eccles, Manchester M30 7AR
Sexy Fish arrives in Manchester

London’s celeb dining hotspot, Sexy Fish, is set to open up a Northern spot right by the John Rylands Library.

The Asian restaurant comes from the same group who operate The Ivy, with extravagant dishes spanning Japanese-inspired sushi, sashimi, seafood along with Robata grilled meat and fish.

2 Spinningfields Square, Unit 1&2, Manchester M3 3AE
Pippy Eats' Noodlehaus

Pippa—or Pippyeats—is a familiar name around Manchester’s food scene. The cancer research scientist-turned cook has become a huge favourite thanks to her noodle and dumpling workshops, along with her wonderful cookbooks.

Her hotly-anticipated Noodlehaus, located in New Islington Marina, will host a cookery school, supper clubs and workshops, along with a store for all your home cooking needs.


New Islington Marina, Ancoats, Manchester
Soho House to open rooftop bar and restaurant

Exclusive members club Soho House will make Manchester the latest in its list of 27 locations that are scattered across ten countries around the world.

The new spot will take over the top floors of the new Mollie’s Motel and Diner at Old Granada Studios, and will feature an outdoor rooftop bar, swimming pool, indoor bar and restaurant.

Be warned though, membership doesn’t exactly come cheap—with annual memberships known to hit upwards of £1,000.

Quay St, Manchester M3 3GS
Salford Rum's Dirty Old Town distillery

Like rum? Like outdoor drinking spaces set beneath railway lines? Boy, have we got just the thing for you. Staying true to their roots, the team behind Salford Rum are set to build on a wildly successful few years by launching a brand new distillery, bar and rum garden in their home city.

Aptly named The Dirty Old Town Distillery—inspired by Ewan MacColl’s iconic love letter to Salford, later made famous by The Pogues—the revolutionary new location is set to open in 2022, and will double up as a community space for local creative talent.

Arch 33, Viaduct Street Salford M3 7WX
Hello Oriental's huge new food hall

This is an incredibly exciting one. Hello Oriental will take the form of a new food market and dining hall serving up fresh Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine and the plans looks seriously impressive.

The new venue is touted for an autumn opening, and will be housed in the new Circle Square development just off Oxford Road. There’s also going to be a bar, bakery and on-site supermarket.

Circle Square, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7FS
Beeswing natural wine bar and kitchen

A brand-new wine bar and kitchen is another set to join Kampus’ ever-growing list of impressive indie operators.

Named after the crust formed on old wines, due to its resemblance to the wing of a bee, Beeswing will serve a rotating list of delicious and interesting wines from small producers across the world.

Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3GL
Giggling Squid brings Thai tapas

Immensely popular down south, Giggling Squid will take over the old Carluccio’s unit in Spinningfields in a rare venture into our neck of the woods.

Originally based out of a fisherman’s cottage in Brighton, the chain now boasts more than 40 spots that place an emphasis on the Thai tradition of sharing dishes at meal time.

Unit 1, 3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3EB
Sat 1 Jan - Sat 31 Dec
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Mon 10 Jan 2022