Diecast reveals summer party program ahead of launch inside huge former factory
The giant new venue will be home to ‘Manchester’s biggest beer garden’.
A gigantic new music, food and drink venue is opening in a former Manchester factory this summer, bringing a whopping 64 different frozen daiquiri combinations and the city’s biggest warehouse kitchen to Back Piccadilly.
Called Diecast, it comes from the team behind popular Swan Street venues Ramona and The Firehouse and will officially launch on Thursday 6 July behind Piccadilly train station.
Lining itself up as a competitor to neighbouring hospitality behemoth venue Escape To Freight Island, next month sees the venue’s first phase ‘The MachineWorks’ AKA ‘Leno Ex Machina’ unveiled after two years of intense anticipation.
Situated between Ducie St and Store St, Diecast will boast one of the biggest frozen drinks menus in the city, with a dedicated daiquiri bar featuring 20 different frozen daiquiri machines as well as classic servings.
As for its giant open warehouse kitchen, pizza fans can expect something a little different as chefs merge ‘the best bits’ of NYC and Neapolitan pizza to create something ‘with a stronger hold, more toppings, and a crispy base.’
Fresh and zesty Italian small plates, wood fired piadino and Leno burgers will also feature on the menu here.
Classic, artisan and 64 frozen combinations of Daiquiri will pour from 20 frozen daiquiri machines dominating its huge central bar and stage, in a celebration of all things rum, whilst its huge new beer garden is flanked by a perimeter of reconditioned trailer park caravans, or ‘rum caravans’.
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Elsewhere, party goers can marvel at Galleria – an immersive vertical stage party performance inside the venue.
Here, a network of vertical stages, stairways and platforms creates one of the biggest immersive, art house, dance parties the city has ever seen.
Diecast sold out its opening parties in quick time, so now, the team has dropped free early bird tickets for its Thursday, Friday and Saturday night launch events.
Phase one, ‘Leno Ex Machina’. will be the first food and drink concept with a series of free parties in July, across the summer.
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Speaking ahead of the launch, owner and director Dan Mullen said: ‘We’ve been dreaming, planning and preparing this project for years.
We’ve done bars, restaurants, clubs and festivals before, but this is something different. It’s hard to describe because it’s multiple experiences under one roof.
“But no, it’s not a food hall. Manchester has plenty of those. This is an immersive food, drink and clubbing experience on an industrial scale.”
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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.
bar is finally ready to quite literally rise from the ashes, having undergone an extensive refurbishment. Deansgate
Its interior was
in the New Year’s Eve fire, but has been reborn better than ever before. completely destroyed
Customers will again enter the bar through a barbershop at street level, with in incredible twisting neon light feature hanging from the ceiling.
The stage is set for more late-night live music at One Eight Six in Manchester. Credit: The Manc Group
Customers enter One Eight six through a barbershop on Deansgate. Credit: The Manc Group
One Eight Six’s original interior was destroyed in the New Year’s Eve fire. Credit: The Manc Group
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
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Namaste Nepal – West Didsbury favourite reveals new look and even more phenomenal curry
Namaste Nepal, one of the best restaurants in West Didsbury – if not all of south Manchester – has undergone a big refurbishment, with new menu dishes to boot.
The family-run business has become a local institution over the last 15 or so years, famed for its comforting, authentic Nepalese food.
For the first time since it opened, Namaste Nepal has had a full-scale cosmetic transformation to become a modern – but still cosy and welcoming – neighbourhood restaurant.
You’ll now find green suede, gold, and marble, in amongst the Nepalese artefacts on the shelves.
Namaste Nepal is known for its menu of curries and street food which takes influences from India and China.
One of its hero dishes is its handmade Momocha dumplings, which are stuffed with lamb mince and topped with a classic peppery, spicy sauce.
There are platters of mixed shashlik, the meat slow-cooked in the tandoor oven; fiery traditional Chwela; and Kantipur Methi, where Tandoori chicken and minced lamb are mixed together.
Curries range from the mouth-numbingly spicy (looking at you, vegetable naaga) to a crowd-pleasing Makhan Chara (aka butter chicken).
There’s plenty to keep vegetarians well-fed, from saag paneer to aloo gobi.
Namaste Nepal has been spicing up our lives since 2005 and is well and truly standing the test of time.
The restaurant is
for Christmas now. taking bookings
You can find Namaste Nepal at 164-166 Burton Road, West Didsbury.
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