A new underground tiki bar is opening in the Northern Quarter, it has been revealed.
Called Tiki Hideaway, it will move into the former District unit on Oldham Street alongside Deep South-inspired dive bar concept Mean Eyed Cat.
Brought to Manchester city centre by a group of Yorkshire operators, both Tiki Hideaway and Mean Eyed Cat have already proven incredibly popular over in Leeds.
Now, after 20 years of success in their hometown, bosses are trying their hand at entertaining a Mancunian crowd.
Below ground, Hawaiian-themed rum shack Tiki Hideaway will have a fun and friendly atmosphere with chilled-out Caribbean-inspired cocktails and its Flaming Zombie, which packs a punch.
Upstairs, meanwhile, the new dive bar Mean Eyed Cat promises free pizzas and serious party vibes as it looks set to challenge the likes of Junior Jackson’s for the approval of the NQ’s late-night party crowd.
Known for its rebellious spirit, wild party games with free drinks and great cocktails, Mean Eyed Cat’s free pizzas are available with every drink, every day from 5pm to 9pm, and come topped with the likes of Cheeseburger, Chipotle Fajita and Buffalo Cauliflower.
Drinks, meanwhile, include several Johnny Cash-themed cocktails including I Walk The Lime, a Key Lime Pie inspired creamy classic with Absolut lime vodka, apple juice, sugar syrup, cream, lime curd and a sprinkling of lime zest, and Ting of Fire, a zesty, fruity, vodka number with watermelon liqueur and Ting grapefruit juice, creating an easily chug-able cocktail.
Both The Mean-Eyed Cat and Tiki Hideaway are open until late in Leeds, and plan to have the same opening hours in the Manchester venue.
The venues are owned by independent hospitality firm Escapism Bars, which has bars in Leeds and Liverpool, and also plans to open venues in Birmingham, Nottingham, and Sheffield over the next two years.
Grant Dexter, Managing Director at Escapism Bars, said: “With many hospitality firms and venues feeling the pinch due to the energy crisis and cost of living, it’s exciting to be able to open these awesome venue, which includes not one but two incredible bars, in this popular area in Manchester which spans the NQ and Ancoats.
“We opened The Mean-Eyed Cat in Leeds back in 2004 and it has stood the test of time, attracting students, after work drinkers, party goers and anyone that likes to let their hair down. We can’t wait to see what Manchester’s legendary revellers make of the venues!”
Featured image – Tiki Hideaway
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.