Manchester has always been one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the UK, and now it’s been officially named as one of the hottest in the world – or at least, one of its hotels has.
The Brooklyn Hotel has only been open a matter of weeks but it’s listed in the top 1% of hotels on Trip Advisor and makes an exclusive list of the best 25 new hotels in the world.
Situated on the trendy Portland Street, Brooklyn Hotel has already been attracting lots of positive attention despite the fact it only re-opened its doors on 17 May and has been trading for just over 27 weeks.
It’s not just the location close to Manchester city centre that makes the Brooklyn so sought after – here’s a look at some of its highlights.
Tapping Into Hot Trends
One of the biggest attractions at Brooklyn Hotel is what you’ll find in the basement: Napoleon’s Casino and Restaurant.
But this is no dingy gambling parlour tucked away in the dark depths; Napoleon’s is a glamorous space where diners can enjoy a sumptuous dinner while overlooking the huge range of casino tables.
You don’t need to book dinner to head to Napoleon’s for some fun. The high-class cocktail bar is the perfect way to start the evening before taking your pick of the many gaming tables including poker, blackjack and roulette. There are also the latest slots and a heated terrace area where guests can smoke while taking a break from the action.
No other hotel in Manchester has a casino facility, and Brooklyn taps right into the heart of current trends. 2020 created an insatiable appetite for online entertainment and gaming, and casinos have rocketed in popularity. The diversity of what’s on offer is pivotal to its success; gone are the days of the basic table games and roulette tables with the surge of so many new variations of roulette available online. Players can now find many versions of their favourite games, and if they head to Napoleon’s, they’ll be able to play while soaking up the real-life atmosphere of a land casino.
A Bite of the Big Apple
The global pandemic has made it more difficult for people to travel but as the name suggests, the Brooklyn brings a slice of Brooklyn, New York to the UK. It may not be easy to travel to the Big Apple right now, but you can still enjoy a nibble on its sights and sounds.
The hotel channels the über-cool New York scene with yellow cabs and a big projector showing American classics in an amphitheatre just off the lobby. Panoramic views across the skyline may not give quite the same cityscape as New York, but enjoy the cocktails and order a plate of brownies, and pretty soon you’ll be having too much fun to care!
The supersized rooms are similarly luxurious with floor to ceiling windows which are reminiscent of an American loft. Ten of the first-floor bedrooms have an outside terrace where you can relax with a coffee while gazing out over Portland Street and the Village.
Surrounded by all the coolest gadgets you can imagine inside your room – including a Smeg fridge and Kitsch vintage radio – the Brooklyn Hotel delivers comfort and relaxation in the most exuberant way possible.
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Manchester’s most epic club night returns to Albert Hall this weekend
La Discotheque, one of the world’s best club nights, is making its return to Manchester this weekend and will be taking over the Albert Hall.
Famed for throwing immersive disco and house parties, La Discotheque will be heavy on the confetti, the feathers, and the sequins, as well as its unrivalled production.
This Saturday, the event will be hosting the legendary Kenny Dope, the La Discotheque Orchestra, Jeremy Underground, O’Flynn, Heléna Star, Guy Williams (Flash), BB (Supernature) and What She Said.
Oh, and don’t forget the La Piscotheque party down in the loos…
The news of the event’s return to Manchester follows an impressive set at London’s Drumsheds opening party (that’s the new super club built inside an old IKEA).
There’ll be an 18-piece La Discotheque Orchestra with brass, strings, percussion and vocalists breathing new life into iconic disco anthems.
And the whole roster is packed with disco and house legends, like four-time Grammy-nominated producer Kenny Dope, also one half of Masters At Work.
He’s also behind significant releases such as The Bomb! & Get Up (Clap Your Hands).
The Vurger Co – one of the last fully vegan spots standing in Manchester – has announced its sudden closure.
The national restaurant brand arrived here in Manchester in the spring of 2022, serving up its established menu of plant-based burgers, shakes and sides.
The Vurger Co took on a pretty prominent site in Manchester city centre, putting down roots on the ground floor of a new building on the corner of Tib Street.
The restaurant did a pretty good job of impersonating a normal burger joint with its meatless patties, fake bacon, and plant-based fried chicken.
Highlights on the menu included its buffalo ‘chicken’ burger, its loaded chicken and waffle tater tots, and its delicious vegan milkshakes.
The eight-year-old business said it has spent 50% of its time in the trade ‘in total turmoil’, faced with ‘unfathomable’ turmoil from the pandemic to the economic crisis.
They wrote in a detailed statement, signed by co-founders Rachel Hugh and Neil Potts, that they were ‘flying’ until March 2020, when they were struck with ‘infuriating government policy’ and ‘indescribable suffering’.
The Vurger Co said: “To say that the industry is in crisis doesn’t even come close right now.”
Their statement also touched on the current news stories around the ‘death of veganism’, which has no doubt been fuelled by several closures of other plant-based restaurants (Manchester alone has lost V Rev, Zad’s takeaway, and Frosts Burgers).
As well as opening restaurants across the UK, The Vurger Co had its sauces in supermarkets, launched a recipe book, and even served Billie Eilish twice.
Their statement continued: “We have grafted every single day, to ensure people were employed, paid and our communities were served. We’ve given it absolutely everything we’ve got, in all possible ways, and we are extremely proud. We won’t ever let anything take away from the magic of the journey of the last 8 years.”
The Vurger Co signed off by urging people to support their local vegan business, and called on the Government to lower VAT and take other measures to help the hospitality industry.
When we began, we truly didn’t have a playbook, we had no competitor to replicate, no other small vegan restaurant business to ask about crowdfunding, no one to ask about how to scale a vegan restaurant brand – and everything in between. Throw in a global pandemic into the mix and we’ve basically lived 50% of the 8 years in total turmoil. The amount of adversity we have had to overcome year on year is unfathomable, I couldn’t even begin to describe.
We set out to create an awesome burger restaurant that welcomed everyone, with a goal of being mainstream and providing the most incredible working environment. Until March 2020, we were flying! From 2016, we were amongst the brands helping to generate early momentum in this space. We had opened two restaurants in less than a year, and were scheduled to open our third, in Brighton, in March 2020, but the universe had other plans.
Like every other hospitality brand, we muddled through the pandemic as best we possibly could. We prioritised our staff and their wellbeing to the max. We battled through infuriating government policy. Like everybody else in our industry, the suffering was indescribable, leaving us as business operators, and our teams, stressed, exhausted, and desperately hoping things could return to some sort of normality.
However the last couple of years have seen seemingly endless domestic and international crises in the world, which have all created truly a perfect storm for hospitality. Soaring costs due to international and domestic inflationary factors, plunging sales due to customers’ spending power being dramatically reduced, and the complete absence of investor confidence in the sector all of a sudden. To say that the industry is in crisis doesn’t even come close right now.
Then combined with the most recent anti-vegan misinformation charting ‘the death of veganism’ and ‘the end of the trend’ etc. The result is that it has completely unjustifiably, incorrectly and needlessly hammered consumer confidence.
Our incredible customers that are so loyal, passionate, and incredibly supportive.
From our very first market stall in the summer of 2016, through to pop ups, events, multiple restaurants, meal kits in the pandemic, mayos in supermarkets around the world, your support has meant the absolute world to us. We’ve had the most wonderful time serving you all, and providing you all with a space to enjoy great hospitality. Throughout all of it, you’ve shown up, and kept showing up and kept shouting about us, and helped us win so many awards over the years. Every comment, review, referral, every tip you’ve given our wonderful staff, every burger you’ve purchased – every single thing matters so much to us, and we’re incredibly grateful for your loyal support for so many years.
From absolutely nothing but an idea in 2016, we opened 4 stores and a whole production site, we got our sauces into Ocado, Whole Foods, Co-op, stores in LA, NYC and Dubai, we launched our recipe book with the most amazing publisher, our brand served hundreds of thousands of burgers to people up and down the country and yes we even served Billie Eillish and family not once but twice! Proud of what we achieved would be an understatement.
On a personal level for us, it has been the most incredible emotional rollercoaster. Building this brand for the last 8 years has been a real privilege. We’ve done nothing else, thought about nothing else, and worked on nothing else, but The Vurger Co, for 8 years. We have grafted every single day, to ensure people were employed, paid and our communities were served. We’ve given it absolutely everything we’ve got, in all possible ways, and we are extremely proud. We won’t ever let anything take away from the magic of the journey of the last 8 years.
It only seems right to finish with our wishes for the industry….
Please support your favourite vegan business! Even if you aren’t able to afford spending with them right now, remember, a like on social media, a positive google review, a nice comment, speaking positively about them to others or a recommendation are all free and could make all the difference too. Less hatred towards vegan businesses who are doing their utmost and more love is needed!
Government to WAKE UP – Lower VAT, Hospitality business rates reform, Reduction in National Insurance Contributions, Energy support – it’s all needed and all needed right now so desperately.
We’re here for anybody who wants advice or support, whatever we can do to help keep the overall vegan train on the track, we’ll be doing from here forwards. Sending all our love to our fellow vegan restauranteurs, you’re amazing.