Northern Quarter’s first alcohol-free bar opened up in a unique and unlikely location

Manchester's sober scene is growing.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 19th June 2024

A brand new alcohol-free bar, just the second anywhere in central Manchester, has opened up in an unlikely spot over in the Northern Quarter.

Rather fittingly named Hinterland, NQ’s new zero-alcohol bar – the first of its kind to open in the bustling food and drink district – has found its home in the back or rather the basement of the Manchester Buddhist Centre on Turner Street.

Delivering an innovative space that provides a sophisticated and serene environment where the focus shifts from alcohol to authentic, meaningful social interactions, they’re stripping back the pretence of drinking to remind people that you don’t need a pint to feel comfortable engaging with one another.

Created by Stephen Jeffreys, who struggled with alcohol addiction for some time, he says that “Hinterland is about creating a space where people can develop meaningful friendships and have deep conversations without the need for booze”.

Taking cues from his own relationship with getting sober, the aim is to create a welcoming, inclusive environment that supports not only those in recovery but also anyone who just fancies a good time without getting intoxicated.


Reflecting on his personal journey to recovery, he was quick to note the scarcity of social options for those seeking to socialise without being surrounded by alcohol in the modern world.

“When I later on started struggling with depression and anxiety, I would resort to alcohol as an escape from these difficult emotions”, says Jeffreys. “Because alcohol was so socially accepted and ubiquitous, I didn’t realise how problematic my behaviour would end up being.”


“We’ve noticed that it’s not just people with a problematic relationship with alcohol who want to skip the booze. There are lots of people who wish they could have a space to hang out with friends on a Friday night without having to get wasted. Hinterland is there for all of those people.”

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Although you can still enjoy wines, beers and cocktails only in an alcohol-free form, the new Northern Quarter bar is also serving up teas, coffees, cakes and various social events to come in the near future.

Hinterland is also a community interest company (CIC), meaning all of their profits are donated directly to charities and causes they care about, meaning that are not only offering an outlet to those looking for something beyond drink but are helping support the sober movement and local community even further.


They’re even hosting a launch party this Saturday (22 June) with “a night of conversation, drinks, and good vibes” to welcome in the new crowd, along with anyone hoping to cut out alcohol or that might be at the very least ‘sober-concious’. You can grab your tickets HERE.

Hinterland, Manchester’s newest alcohol-free bar, is open from 11am-11pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 11-5pm on Sundays – give a try.

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Featured Images — Hinterland/Tom van Berkel (supplied)