UPDATE: Cane & Grain is open NOW! -There’ll be another post soon but for now this should give you an idea of what it’s all about!
Rum, Ribs, Bourbon and Beer; now that’s a combination to put a smile on your face! Well mine anyway and I’m sure I’m not alone, so no doubt the news that Cane & Grain, an exciting new cocktail bar and rib joint, is coming to the Northern Quarter this July is going to be welcome news indeed.
Replacing Thomas Restaurant and Bar, the newest venture from the team behind Black Dog Ballroom, Dog Bowl and The Liars Club, will join fling open its door this Summer on the street that provides the spine to the Northern Quarter, Thomas Street.
Cane & Grain is set over three floors and is a new concept by The Liars Club legend and rum expert, Lyndon Higginson. It will take it’s inspiration from the previous site to Thomas – Cast, a legendary Northern Quarter skate shop and party hangout. The ground floor will be a nod towards the 80’s skate scene and the hedonistic excesses that were prevalent in that decade.
The first floor is going to be a much more subtle affair. Think PDT and Little Branch in NYC, antique glassware, copper bar tops, homemade bitters and syrups, world class bartenders, sit down only – a relaxed hideaway.
The second floor, the concept for which is being kept secret for now, will house Manchester’s first bar laboratory where bartenders will be creating and constantly developing new and unique drinks and ideas.
UPDATE: As well as the bar lab the second floor houses the Liar’s Lounge, a nod to the Liars Club and as they would say it’s #tikiasfuck!
“There is a distinct lack of classic cocktail bars in Manchester and our first floor bar is going to fill that gap. We aren’t just aiming for the best bar in Manchester we want to be the best bar in the world.” ~ Lyndon Higginson
The food menu, which will be created by Dog Bowl chef Barry Gamble, will offer a selection of varieties of ribs and sides.
“We have spent a huge amount of time researching and trialling our food offering and we are confident that our chef Barry Gamble will be creating the very best smoked ribs Manchester has ever seen.” Jobe Ferguson, Co-owner (and owner of TNQ who have arguably the best ribs in Mcr at the moment!)
This all sounds like a superb addition to the Northern Quarter and knowing the 3 main protagonists behind the project I for one can’t wait to see what they have conjured up!
“This concept is something totally new for us and we are really looking forward to revealing it in the Northern Quarter where our Black Dog Ballroom success began. We have built a strong team around Lyndon and Barry and hope to offer spectacular food and drinks with something a bit different from that the NQ is used to.” ~ Ross Mackenzie, founder of the Black Dog Ballroom Group
Cane & Grain launches on Thursday 10th July and will be open seven days a week from Midday until 2am with food served daily from midday.
Keep your eyes peeled for more updates to follow….