Late-night legends Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun announce return for one night only at New Wave Ramen

The Girl Gang are back and they're bringing their noods with them for a limited-time only.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 20th March 2024

Noodle heads, rejoice because legendary late-night spot Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun is coming back to the Manchester hospitality scene — well, for one night only, at least.

Over a year on from its shock closure, the much-loved Manc ramen restaurant and bar often referred to simply as CBRB has delighted its die-hard followers, lovers of Japanese cuisine and fans of late-night scran all over the region by staging a special and exclusive return.

Named as the next noodle experts set to take over the kitchens at fellow industry favourites New Wave Ramen over on Tib Lane as part of their crossover series, this being the third edition so far this year, foodies will once again be able to taste some of the best broths to ever grace the game.

You best believe you can sign us up for as many bowls of the Nagoya as we’re allowed and there’ll probably be tears of joy left in it once we’re done.

With New Wave being packed out for the previous two takeovers by Matsudai Ramen and most recently Kanada-Ya — two brands that have received plenty of praise around the UK — it’s hard to understate just how big a deal it is to have one of our own and most celebrated coming back.


Rumblings of something happening with the ‘Girl Gang’ who served up some of the very best if not the best ramen in Manchester started after CBRB posted nothing but a plain black screen to their Instagram story after pretty much complete silence since they sadly closed their doors on 12 February 2023.

Having only really made noise to announce that their “OG”, former chef and bar manager turned chef-owner Tom Potts would be taking over the Oldham Street venue to open the first brick-and-mortar Kong’s Kitchen fried chicken concept, it’s been dark mode ever since — but no longer.


As for New Wave, when they too opened up their own standalone site, we were delighted to hear that one of the chefs had come directly from Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun, so they were already doing their bit to help keep the spirit alive and choosing them for the next takeover just makes sense.

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Set to take over New Wave for Easter Sunday on 31 March, both teams are obviously expecting an extremely high demand for bookings, so you best be quick if you want to secure an exclusive table and take one last slurp of the good stuff so many used to enjoy into the early hours — you can do so HERE.

Speaking in a statement, New Wave Ramen summed up the limited-time-only event with their mission statement: “Native Produce, Japanese Soul; and visitors can expect nothing short of that during the CBRB takeover. Guests can once again experience the dishes they became so loved for including the spicy Nagoya, soft shell crab Kare ramen and the vegan Tantanmen.


“This particular collaboration, as part of a series of takeovers at New Wave means both former CBRB patrons and newcomers can enjoy the nostalgia and esteemed dishes respectively, whilst experiencing the excellent service in a relaxed space New Wave prides itself on.” What a way to close out the month.

Now, we’re not going to get carried away and get ahead of ourselves but let’s just say we’re very happy to be hearing Girl Gang’s return and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that moments like this might one day mean we get them back full-time.

In the meantime, if you want to know exactly how much this place means to this particular ramen-obsessed writer, you can always read this — and good luck to those going for a table, we sincerely hope you land one.

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