A new David Bowie-inspired gyros kitchen has opened in Manchester, with chefs borrowing a little Ziggy Stardust magic to bring their creations to life.
Launched at indie music venue Yes, it’s called We Can Be Gyros and comes from the Now Wave promoter team – also behind the popular bar and music hall.
Considering it has come from some of the city’s best independent live music and club promoters, it makes sense that there is a bit of a musical inspiration behind the concept.
The new kitchen concept is serving up the likes of ‘Lady Stardust’, a vegan chicken gyros with seasoned fries, pickled red onion, rainbow coleslaw and sriracha vegan mayo, alongside meaty and cheesy gyros stuffed with your choice of smash lamb and beef kofta, spicy sizzled chicken and golden halloumi.
Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find platters like The Cosmos, made up of vegan chicken gyros, pickled veg, rainbow slaw, sriracha vegan mayo, tomato and seasoned fries, and The OG Overloaded, a meaty chicken version with crumbled feta, honey mustard, and smoked aioli sauce.
Add to that Firecracker Fries topped with smoked garlic aioli and smoked paprika, deep-fried courgette ribbons with a spicy seasoning, and a host of flavourful sauces including Korean BBQ, tzatziki, zesty sour cream, and Sriracha mayo, and you’re well set for a boozy late-night scran.
Honestly, the new gyros at Yes are so big we were cradling ours like a baby. They also take some skill eating, due to their epic size. Really, though, that’s what we want from gyros. So it’s fair to say the kitchen here has more than delivered.
The pickled veg is on point, too, the bread pillowy and soft. All in all, We Can Be Gyros is perfect for filling up after a few pints (or fancy cocktails). Yes is always worth a visit, now we have another reason to go.
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Inside One Eight Six as Manchester cocktail bar finally reopens two years after devastating New Year’s Eve fire
One Eight Six, the Manchester cocktail bar that was destroyed in a blaze on New Year’s Eve, is finally ready to reopen.
The stunning subterranean bar and live music venue has been closed since the very early hours of 2022, when a fire broke out shortly after the midnight countdown.
Terrifying CCTV footage at the time showed balloons across the ceiling catching fire and around 170 people fleeing the blaze.
It’s since been confirmed that the cause of the fire was real pine Christmas trees that were fastened to the ceiling, set alight by celebratory sparklers inside the bar.
Ever since that fateful night, One Eight Six has been quiet – until now.
The popular Deansgate bar is finally ready to quite literally rise from the ashes, having undergone an extensive refurbishment.
Its interior was completely destroyed in the New Year’s Eve fire, but has been reborn better than ever before.
Customers will again enter the bar through a barbershop at street level, with in incredible twisting neon light feature hanging from the ceiling.
Then after heading down the stairs you’ll find yourself in an art deco speakeasy, with the stage set for live music until the early hours.
Huge curved velvet booths in shades of pink and red will provide guests with a luxurious night out setting.
One Eight Six has installed opulent black marble floors and glowing light arches too – not to mention a giant ‘One Eight Six’ sign in mirrors.
Walls and pillars have been covered in even more mirrors to reflect the huge mirror ball and stage lights.
Founder Dean Mac said: “After nearly two years, we are finally allowed to be back on our feet giving the people of Manchester what they have been waiting so patiently for.
“Thank you again for sticking with us and supporting our journey this far. This new chapter of ONE EIGHT SIX will be better than ever. Same vibe. Same location. Just a whole lot sexier…”
It’s all looking pretty luxurious – just like before.
One Eight Six will officially open its doors this weekend on Deansgate, with bookings live here.