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‘Completely speechless’ – Manchester bar Speak In Code’s stunned reaction after being named UK’s top 10, The Manc

‘Completely speechless’ – Manchester bar Speak In Code’s stunned reaction after being named UK’s top 10

“We’re still processing this even today like, is this real?”

This week hidden Manchester cocktail bar Speak In Code was announced as one of the very best in the UK, ranking at an impressive number 10 at the Top 50 UK Bars awards.

The prestigious list, released annually, has put the small Manchester bar on the map in a whole new way – and suffice to say, the team is absolutely thrilled.

Seemingly still in shock, they released a statement to their followers on social media yesterday saying they were “completely speechless”.

Clearly overjoyed with the huge accolade, they continued: “We’re still processing this even today like, is this real?”

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It certainly is real, and well deserved too.

‘Completely speechless’ – Manchester bar Speak In Code’s stunned reaction after being named UK’s top 10, The Manc
Image: Speak In Code

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It’s been a difficult time for the tiny cocktail bar, which has struggled throughout the Covid pandemic with constantly having to shut and then reopen as their small team tried to keep the operation running.

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Last summer, just as they reopened and launched their new menu, three out of their team of five was hit hard with Covid and the bar was forced to close again.

Still, if anything this proves that good things really do come to those who wait – with the team absolutely overjoyed to have made the Top 50 list, after receiving the news at the beginning of the year.

“No matter what the position was, we felt nothing but happiness and gratitude to just be in the same room as some of the best bars on the planet, let alone stand amongst them on this list.”

‘Completely speechless’ – Manchester bar Speak In Code’s stunned reaction after being named UK’s top 10, The Manc
Image: Speak In Code

Saying that making it to number ten was “beyond our wildest dreams”, they continued “we’re just a small team of people who are super passionate about flavour exploration and hip hop”

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“You all know the love we have for you guys who’ve seen us go on a difficult journey and been there to support and show us the love back, and we really do this for you.

“We’re even more motivated to get back to it and keep improving what we do. Big thank you to everyone who has supported us.”

The bar also shouted out their fellow Mancs who took home awards or made it into the shortlist, as well as nodding to the many bars north of London that received recognition this year.

‘Completely speechless’ – Manchester bar Speak In Code’s stunned reaction after being named UK’s top 10, The Manc
Image: Speak In Code

Whilst London did dominate half of the list, there were still a large number of northern drinking spots included this year.

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In Manchester, Schofield’s Bar made it into the top 20 – ranking at number 16 – whilst Three Little Words, the bar and restaurant from Manchester Gin, took home the Bar Team of the Year award.

Newcomer Mecanica also got an honourable mention, shortlisted for the Best Newcomer award.

In total, ten of the Top 50 Cocktail Bars this year are found in the north of England.

Over in Leeds, four bars made the list with Jake’s Bar & Still Room, Roland’s, Below Stairs and Hedonist all getting a well-dseerved mention.

‘Completely speechless’ – Manchester bar Speak In Code’s stunned reaction after being named UK’s top 10, The Manc
Image: Speak In Code

Read more: Inside Mecanica, the swanky NQ cocktail den mixing some of Manchester’s best drinks

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Further afield, Liverpool’s Present Company, Sheffield’s Public and Newcastle’s Mother Mercy are also featured, with four more – Bramble Bar & Lounge, Panda and Sons, The Absent Ear and Hay Palu – getting a shout out up in Scotland.

The full statement from Speak In Code read: “Wow! What a 24 hours it’s been…

“We started off the year with the news that we’d been voted into the official @50cocktailbars top 50 in the UK.

“No matter what the position was, we felt nothing but happiness and gratitude to just be in the same room as some of the best bars on the planet, let alone stand amongst them on this list.

“Then something happened beyond our wildest dreams. We were announce as No.10 on that list of the top 50 in the UK. I mean, we’re all completely speechless, we’re still processing this even today like, is this real?

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“You all know the love we have for you guys who’ve seen us go on a difficult journey and been there to support and show us the love back, and we really do this for you.

“We’ve always said, first and foremost we’re just a small team of people who are super passionate about flavour exploration and hip hop… If you dig that too then it’s a vibe.

“We’re even more motivated to get back to it and keep improving what we do. Big thank you to everyone who has supported us.

“We wanna shout out our friends too who also picked up nominations and recognitions. Our city had great representation from @threelittlewordsmcr@schofields.bar snd @mecanicamcr.

“Shout to all of our other friends north of London too, big love

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“See you at the bar.”

Feature image – Speak In Code

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