This week’s news includes a number of new openings including Sale wine emporium, Cork of the North, the Red Door bar on Deansgate, a new bar from the Dusk til Pawn team called Wood & Company at the old Braai Steakhouse site and a new supper club from Robert Owen Brown. Plus Sandbar is 20..

New opening: Wine emporium, Cork of the North, opens in Sale (pictured)
With a name that rivals any pun-based name, a new wine shop and bar has opened in Sale called The Cork of the North. Opened by former New Order DJ Marc Hough, the bar serves up a huge range of wines, as well as beer, spirits and serving platters. Cork of the North was previously an online only wine shop, and its been open for around five weeks since the middle of March 2016.
Open daily 11am-11pm, 13 Northenden Road, Sale, M33 2DH. Tel: 0161 962 6263,

New opening: Wood & Company cocktail bar from Dusk til Pawn team
The team behind Dusk til Pawn are opening a new bar, near Deansgate, on the former site of Braai Steakhouse. If Dusk til Pawn’s Northern Quarter incarnation is anything to go by, expect well crafted cocktails, a fun atmosphere and late night opening. Watch this space for more info. You can follow the progress of the new bar on Twitter here:, or go and take a peek at 39 South King Street, Manchester M2 6DE.

Coming soon: The Red Door bar on Deansgate
Arriving in a couple of months at the site underneath The Botanist, this is one to watch. Set up and run by Manchester regulars, they arrive having already set up a successful Red Door in Liverpool and Chester. The setting will be a beautifully renovated building to drink cocktails with live music. Sounds good to us.
Opening June 2016, 8pm-2am daily, Red Door, 78 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2FW,

Supper club: Robert Owen Brown goes Italian at Don Giovanni
Local chef Robert Owen Brown has been making his way around the city, guest starring at various haunts. This time sees the turn of Manchester institution Don Giovanni. Serving up a five-course feast with matched wines to an intimate group, the menu includes dishes such as hand dived scallops with Morecambe bay tortellini, thyme smoked rabbit and a cheeseboard to finish. A former resident of Italy, Rob has devised this menu to serve to diners over two evenings.
Wed 27 and Thu 28 April, Don Giovanni, Peter House, 1-2 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5AN. Tel: 0161 228 2482, £45

Free event: Sandbar is 20
At some point in most Manchester resident’s life, Sandbar has been there to host celebrations. Or spontaneous nights out. Either way, it has a soft spot in the hearts of real and honorary Mancunians alike. It’s reached the grand old age of 20, which is strange because we haven’t aged at all in the same time period. They’re throwing a party on Thursday with the Manchester School of Samba, a live jam led by Richard Barry and the Jones Brothers, as well as an impressive list of former DJs.
Thu 28 Apr, Sandbar, 120 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HL, 8pm-late,

Tue 26 Apr - Sun 15 May
Kate Holmes
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Tue 26 Apr 2016