A new dive bar inspired by the Deep South has opened doors and is serving up 50p chicken wings to the people of Stockport.
With wooden walls and colourful murals spray-painted throughout, Notion is the brainchild of founder Andy James – who set up his initial musical-themed restaurant and takeaway Ate Days a Week during lockdown, and has now turned the Vernon Street premises into a “grungy late night dive bar with a serious party vibe”.
The venue not only boasts a hearty and affordable food menu alongside a huge range of cocktails, but it’s also said to have the “most extensive back bar in Stockport”.
Over 40 rums and 40 whiskies are available to try out.
The collection includes rare and award-winning bourbons that have been hand-blended all across the world, and Notion is also one of the very first bars in Greater Manchester to serve the premium Indonesian rum, Nusa Cana – which uses nutmeg and clove combined with ginger, coffee, cacao and pineapple to create a delicate and warm rum with a balanced finish.
The food menu includes buttermilk-brined chicken wings to tuck into for just 50p each, and massive hand-pressed burgers with a range of mouthwatering toppings to chose from.
Notion’s owner Andy has worked on the food and drink hospitality scene since he was just 16 years old, honing his craft at some of Manchester’s busiest bars and restaurants including Cane and Grain as Head Chef, Bunny Jacksons, 33 Oldham Street, and most-recently at The Edinburgh Castle in Ancoats running the pub kitchen.
But it was lockdown that inspired his own business idea – Ate Days a Week.
“The venture took off ridiculously in lockdown which led me to finding the site in Stockport to give it a home,” Andy admitted.
“The venue has an upstairs area, and two further lockdowns later and we finally have Notion – somewhere people can come and party and completely let loose, especially after such a challenging year.
“The Stockport bar scene right now is the best it has ever been and it’s only going to get better.
“A new wave of independents are coming in, giving it a breath of fresh air and bringing a newfound love of the word ‘hospitality’ to the area.”
“I absolutely love how it’s a community and we can work together with other businesses to bring out the best of the area.” Andy added.
“We’ve already got a very strong working relationship with Neil Garner’s Cherry Jam which has recently opened in the marketplace, working together on their bottomless brunch which boasts food from Ate Days a Week.”
He also teased that there are more collaborations coming up, so “watch this space.”
You can find more information about Notion here.
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