Food & Drink

American diner and dive bar Salt Dog Slims to open in Manchester

The 3,000 sq ft venue - which doubles as an eatery and speakeasy across two floors - is moving into Bow Lane near Albert Square.

The Manc The Manc - 16th July 2021

Salt Dog Slimsan American diner crossed with an underground speakeasy – is officially opening a new venue in Manchester.

The bar, which specialises in world beers, steins, cocktails and US-style chilli dogs – has already found success in Liverpool under GSG Hospitality, boasting a menu containing items such as bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Texas bbq dogs, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

A new two-floor Salt Dog Slims is set to launch in Bow Lane near Albert Square this year; featuring a ground floor and basement bar.

The 3,000 sq ft venue will cater for 200 people at full capacity.

Salt Dog Slims is moving to Manchester

No move-in date has been confirmed yet – but owners say the ground floor bar will launch in a “few months”, with the basement welcoming customers before Christmas.


Salt Dog Slims Manchester will have the edgy interior of its predecessor in Liverpool, accompanied by creative cocktails and steins, plus the American diner-inspired food menu.

GSG Hospitality has completed a full rip out and installed a new kitchen and bar, with plush new booths being fitted this week.


A focus on soft furnishings will follow before the venue is ready to launch.

The diner-speakeasy concept has proven a big hit in Liverpool

Matt Farrell, Director of Salt Dog Slims, said: “We set our sights on opening a venue in Manchester a while ago and we’re very excited to be opening the doors to Salt Dog Slim’s very soon.

“Despite the challenges that COVID has created, we’ve pushed on with the build of the venue and behind the scenes we’ve been working on our interesting cocktails and new food menu for when we open.”


Fellow Director John Ennis added: “Salt Dog Slims is famous for providing steins, brines and good times and we’re really looking forward to bringing that same energy to Manchester and welcoming our guests for the first time in the coming months.”

The new Manchester venue is also recruiting staff including management, bartenders, chefs and more. CVs and cover letters can be sent to [email protected].