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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Red Door Launch Party

I’m sure there’s a statistic somewhere that quantifies just how many new bars open in Manchester a week. Whilst I don’t have that to hand, what I do know is, it’s quite a bit. Yet the Red Door launch stood out amongst the crowd. The chain, part of Living Ventures, already has venues in Chester and Liverpool and chose Manchester as its next stop.

Yesterday we went down to check out what’s it all about. It’s safe to say I was pretty excited following what I think is one of the best designed invites I’ve ever seen - I mean who DOESN’T want an invite in the shape of a record?! Located in Deansgate, it’s nestled in between the likes of The Botanist and The Living Room but do keep your eye out for the entrance as you may just miss it! Behind the door you’re greeted with a neon quote before heading downstairs to I guess what you could describe as a secret bar.

Whilst I love venues flooded with natural light, there’s also definitely a place for a more intimate setting, not only to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city but for a cheeky dance, date night or just to unwind with a couple of cocktails. It exudes basement vibes right through to its interior where the walls are filled with art, there’s enough exposed brick to please the eye and wooden tables a plenty. The lighting is low level - good if you’ve worked a long day, with accents of red throughout.

There’s a small dance floor next to the stage/come DJ area where on a Friday and Saturday night guests will be treated to live music. Props to the band on the launch night - I didn’t catch their name but they were fantastic and had us swaying along in no time. The bar is positioned centrally in the venue, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the dance floor, which I LOVE, because nothing annoys me more if there’s two areas where you can be separated from your group so it’s nice you can prop up at the bar, be at a table and never be too far away from a dance.

In terms of drinks, the sky’s the limit. The house wine was lovely but for me what made it stand out was its extensive range of cocktails on offer. Cocktails in Manchester? That’s a totally not new concept I here you say. And yes, it isn’t but these cocktails are a little different. Whilst you can grab you traditional favourites (reasonably priced may I add), there’s some quirky additions with a few twists. I had my first ever Pornstar Martini last night and it made me kick myself I hadn’t tried it sooner but we also picked out the Bakewall cocktail. Having grown up not far from the iconic Derbyshire town, I just had to get it and the sweet offering also comes with a little Bakewell Tart which I’m a little ashamed, I’ve also never tried before… As you can probably guess, it was lovely, as was the cocktail, as was the bartender who had great conversation, skills and even showed us exactly how to make it at home.

It takes a lot for me to leave my little NQ behind and trade for a bar that requires that little bit more walking, but for the Red Door? It’s a place I’d definitely walk that extra mile for.

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