A late night New-York style piano bar and cabaret lounge has opened up just off King Street.

Sonata is open seven nights a week until the early hours and will feature an eclectic programme of live music every evening. Guests can expect singers, pianists and cabaret artists from across the UK and beyond.

Inspired by the cabaret clubs over in the Big Apple and Berlin, Sonata will be tucked away on St Ann’s Alley, opposite Mr Thomas’s Chop House, and will be entered through a speakeasy-style entrance.

After descending the stairs, visitors will be met with a ‘classic venue with a contemporary twist’, a state-of-the-art sound system and a stage complete with a baby grand piano.

The independent venue is founded by Dale Bassett, a trained singer and cabaret artist who left performing for a career in education and business. Reflecting during the pandemic, Dale decided to return to his musical and theatrical roots. Sonata is the realisation of his dream of a venue inspired by the London cabaret scene, where he performed before moving to Manchester a decade ago.

Bassett said: “I am so excited to be creating a unique addition to Manchester’s nightlife and legendary music scene, and in a completely new and custom-designed venue.

“Sonata is more than just a bar – it’s a special place to relax and feel at home while you enjoy the piano and song that take centre-stage. Whether you discover something new or enjoy an old favourite, I will be hand-picking our performers to make sure you have a memorable night.

“Sonata has been my lifelong dream, and to bring it to life in the city I love is such a privilege. I can’t wait to share my passion and our fantastically talented artists with our guests.”


Tue 14 Jun, Sonata,
King Street, Manchester
Bradley Lengden
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Sat 2 Jul 2022