The best ‘Remarkable Neighbourhood’ cocktails and events across Manchester this month

The Manc's picks for the best of the best as Maker's Mark rallies together some of the city's much-loved bars and restaurants.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 18th August 2022

Manchester neighbourhoods have been welcoming some the city’s most-popular hospitality names for a series of entertainment events over the last couple of weeks.

In a bid to properly celebrate the launch of its ‘Remarkable Neighbourhood’ summer incentive, Kentucky handmade bourbon brand Maker’s Mark decided to rally together some of Manchester’s best-loved bars and restaurants to head across the city and serve up their take on the brand’s signature bourbon-based cocktail.

The series of Remarkable Neighbourhood events have been taking place all throughout August, and are founded on Maker’s principle to “make it remarkable”.

Not only that, but residents in sought-after city areas like the Northern Quarter, Ancoats, and Deansgate have also being getting stuck into themed cocktail masterclasses, live music nights, quizes, Kentucky food pairing events, and bar takeovers too.

But are you unsure what events are worth hitting up? And which are the best places to head on down to for a cocktail before August is out?


Here’s The Manc’s picks for the best of the best.


Especially for the Remarkable Neighbourhood cocktail trail, there’s a whole host of heavy-hitting names from the city’s hospitality scene serving up their own twist on the Gold Rush Cocktail – which, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is cocktail is made up of a base of Maker’s Mark very-own bourbon, citrus, and a honey syrup.


We’ve picked five of the top cocktails you need to try this month.

  1. Vietnamese Gold Rush – NAM
  2. The Marksmen – The Whiskey Jar
  3. The Golden Sour – Jimmy’s
  4. Honey Markhatten – Elnecot
  5. Gold Rush – Escape To Freight Island

You can find out the rest of the Manchester bars doing their own twist on the Gold Rush Cocktail this month here.


While there has already been a wide range of Maker’s Mark-themed ‘Remarkable Neighbourhood’ events happening throughout the month – with tastings, cocktail masterclasses, live shows, and more all been entertaining city dwellers in recent weeks – there’s still time to get in on the action and catch the last few events before August is over.


Here’s our top three picks of the events still on the exciting lineup.


Maker’s Monday


Monday 22 August

One of Manchester city centre’s most bold and eclectic cocktail bars, Arcane – which is just off the beaten track and tucked away in the basement of a Grade II-listed Victorian building on South King Street – is a champion of Maker’s Mark all year round, with the tipple often making its way into several of its classic and signature cocktails, but this month, the bar is hosting a special Maker’s Monday event dedicated to the beloved bourbon.


This could also be your chance to try out Arcane’s twist on the Gold Rush Cocktail before the Remarkable Neighbourhood series draws to a close.

Find out more information about Maker’s Monday at Arcane here.


Maker’s Mark Tasting & Wax Dipping

The Edinburgh Castle Ancoats

Tuesday 23 August

The Edinburgh Castle / Credit: Supplied

The Edinburgh Castle pub – which has stood in the heart of Ancoats since 1811 – is one of the area’s most popular hangouts, and is also much-loved for its extensive drinks and cocktail menu, with Maker’s Mark being a proud part of that.

That’s why the pub is hosting its own Maker’s Mark tasting and wax dipping event this month.

Don’t forget to try out The Edinburgh Castle’s take on the Gold Rush Cocktail for Remarkable Neighbourhood series too.

Find out more here.



Maker’s Mark x Escape To Freight Island Bank Holiday Warm-Up

Escape To Freight Island

Thursday 25 August

Escape To Freight Island at Depot Mayfield has been going all-out for the Remarkable Neighbourhood events series throughout the month, with Maker’s Mark taking over the tropical urban space, the Plant Room, every Thursday with a special cocktail menu and food partnership with outdoor BBQ partner -Mayfield County Smokehouse. 

But there’s still one more event to go, and it’s set to properly round out the Remarkable Neighbourhood incentive in style with a huge party holiday party to kick-start the August bank holiday weekend.

Find out more about Maker’s Mark x Escape To Freight Island Bank Holiday Warm-Up here.



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