The Top 50 Cocktail Bars in the UK have been named this evening – and in a stunning turn of events, Manchester has taken the top spot.
Schofield’s Bar on Little Quay Street has stormed into first place, beating out the biggest names in the drinks industry.
Last year’s winner, Satan’s Whiskers in Bethnal Green in London, fell into second place.
And it was a fantastic result for the rest of the north too, with cocktail bars across Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield shining in the Top 50.
Also featuring in the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list in Manchester is Blinker, a Spring Gardens bar that has a dedicated martini menu, which swooped into the top 10 and placed sixth.
Speak In Code on Jackson’s Row took 12th place (a slight drop from last year’s eighth place but still a phenomenal showing).
And Project Halcyon, the brilliant bar hidden down in the Bonded Warehouse, made it into the 21st spot in the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list.
Manchester’s shiny new LGBTQ+ cocktail bar Red Light, tucked down on pretty Little David Street at Kampus, was named One To Watch.
But back to Schofield’s Bar, officially the best cocktail bar in the entire UK.
The judges said that this drinking spot, created by Bury-born brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield, is ‘impressive’ and noted that it’s the first Manchester bar to ever take the number one spot.
They wrote: “Together, they had a vision to return home to Manchester to open their now impressive venue, which sits on the corner of the iconic Sunlight House, an art deco masterpiece by architect Joseph Sunlight.”
The Top 50 Cocktail Bars list then detailed that the menu ‘consists of classic cocktails as well as crafted in-house stylings created by the Schofield’s, along with beers, wines, Champagne and also some food’.
Many of the drinks inside are inspired by the brothers’ favourite books, and you can borrow a book off the shelf to read with your paired cocktail – like a Vesper Martini with Casino Royale, a Singapore Sling with Cocktail, and a mojito with The Old Man and the Sea.
The Top 50 Cocktail Bars in the UK in full
Schofield’s Bar – Manchester
Satan’s Whiskers – Bethnal Green
Passing Fancies – Digbeth, Birmingham
Couch – Stirchley, West Midlands
Hey Palu – Edinburgh, Midlothian
Blinker – Manchester
Swift Soho – London
Amaro Bar – Kensington, London
Panda and Sons – Edinburgh
Tayēr + Elementary – Shoreditch, London
Kwãnt – Mayfair, London
Speak in Code – Manchester
Three Sheets – Dalston, London
🔶🟥🔵 – Hackney, London
Murder Inc – Soho, London
Tabula Rasa – Leeds
Lab 22 – Cardiff
Filthy XIII – Bristol
Crossroads – Newington Green
The Connaught Bar – Mayfair, London
Project Halcyon – Manchester
SOMA – Soho, London
Eve Bar – Covent Garden
Side Hustle – Covent Garden
The Hideout – Bath
Little Mercies – Crouch End, London
Below Stairs – Leeds
Silverleaf – Spitalfields, London
Bar Termini – Soho, London
Seed Library – Shoreditch, London
Charlie Brown’s – Glasgow
Bramble Bar & Lounge – Edinburgh
Scarfes Bar – Holborn, London
Happiness Forgets – Hoxton, London
The Absent Ear – Glasgow
69 Colebrooke Row – Islington, London
Artesian – Fitzrovia, London
Callooh Callay – Shoreditch, London
Fox and Chance – Birmingham
The Milk Thistle – Bristol
Nauticus – Edinburgh
Public – Sheffield
The Gate – Glasgow
Nightjar – Shoreditch, London
Ojo Rojo – Bournemouth
The Wildcat – Edinburgh
Lyaness – South Bank, London
Pennyroyal – Cardiff
Bench – Sheffield
The American Bar – Auchterarder
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Manchester steak restaurant finds itself homeless for SECOND time after shock closure of Canvas
A steak business in Manchester has found itself ‘homeless once again’ after yesterday’s sudden closure of Canvas.
Block Steak Shop was previously based in Hatch, which closed almost all of its site in September last year, leaving local food, drink and retail operators scrambling for new homes.
The street food business had already set up a second location at Canvas, just down Oxford Road at the new Circle Square development, which became its sole site.
Almost Famous is giving out FREE burgers to Mancs with a very rare birthday next week
Almost Famous is dishing out free burgers in Manchester next week… but it’s only to the people with the rarest birthday of them all.
Leap Day babies, here’s another one for you.
It’s estimated that only around 4.1 million people worldwide were born on 29 February – which, of course, is also known as a Leap Day birthday – and if you just so happen to be one of those unfortunate, or in this case fortunate, people here in Manchester, then you’ll probably want to get yourself down to Almost Famous next week to celebrate.
That’s because the legendary burger joint is commemorating the special day that only comes around every four years by giving away free burger next Thursday.
The catch, however, is that you have to have been born on 29 February to claim the freebie.
Merely days after Manchester’s popular street food hall and social hub, Society, announced that it would be pouring free pints for Leap Day babies on their birthday, now Almost Famous is getting in on the action too by doing what it does best – serving up some of the heartiest burgers in the whole of the city centre.
Rallying up all Leap Day babies on its official social media platforms this morning, Almost Famous wrote: “Calling all Leap Year babies – get a free burger on 29 February with a valid ID proving it’s your birthday. Sometimes the best things only come round every four years.”
Almost Famous’ burgers are known and loved all across the UK, especially here in Manchester, and now, Leap Day babies who’ve missed out on years of celebrating get to reap the birthday benefits.
Almost Famous is giving out free burgers to Mancs with a very rare birthday next week / Credit: Almost Famous | The Manc Group
So-called ‘leapers’ wanting to bag their bargain burger next Thursday will just need to head on down to one of Almost Famous’ two Manchester city centre restaurants – either the Northern Quarter, or the one inside Great Northern Warehouse – and show the staff a valid form of ID that proves they were, in fact, born on that day.
The deal is expected to run all day, from the moment both Almost Famous sites open right until they close, and, as far as we can tell, the free burger offer is redeemable across the whole menu, so there’s a wide choice to pick from.
But don’t forget, like we’ve already mentioned, it’s just for one day only.