If you consider yourself something of a gin lover and you’ve not yet been to Atlas Bar in Manchester city centre, well, prepare yourself for a ruddy great time.
This Deansgate institution has been a fixture on the edge of Castlefield since 1996 and is described by some as a Manchester icon, for good reason.
With a gorgeous outside terrace area overlooking the Manchester skyline, and a warm and inviting atmosphere inside, come rain or shine you’re guaranteed a warm welcome at Atlas Bar.
A longstanding favourite of gin lovers, the team has over 570 bottles of gin on its back bar at its last count – and you can try them all.
There’s a flavour style for everyone – whether you like London dry, a big American wet, a fruity gin, a pink gin, an old Tom or a genever – and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable, should you get overwhelmed by the extensive list.
A good way to get stuck in is to sample their gin tasting flights, priced at £10 each for a selection of three handpicked gins, perfectly paired with garnishes and tonics selected to highlight the unique botanicals in each bottle.
Highlights on the menu include Spanish gin 5th Gin Fire, a traditional London dry with a soft pink hue and highly aromatised flavour delivered by red berries with a touch of balsamic, and the Four Pillars Rare – a gin that is really close to Atlas owners’ Mark and Elaine’s hearts.
Of course, it’s not all about the gin here as Atlas also stocks a vast range of draught and bottled beers, ciders, spirits, Champagnes and wines, as well as serving up a solid all day menu of breakfast dishes and tasty bar snacks.
You can also order unusual bottles of gin to collect at the bar or for delivery from Atlas, as well as some fabulous home gin experiences.
For gin lovers looking for something new in the city, there’s really nowhere better.
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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.
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.