A clever combination of local history and industrial design paired with food and drink inspired by trade connections from Manchester’s merchant past, Cottonopolis Food & Liquor, housed in a grade II listed building, is looking like an exciting and interesting addition to not only the Northern Quarter but Manchester’s bar and restaurant scene as a whole.
Located at 16 Newton Street, Cottonopolis certainly offers something different to the area. The cocktail menu has been designed by the award winning bar consultant Jamie Jones and features bespoke contemporary cocktails with inspiration from traditional culture blended with the modern, neon energy of downtown Tokyo set in an industrial Manchester setting. Situated above the bar are two Krusovice tanks holding 880 pints each. Below, fridges are stocked with a selection of 12 locally sourced and European bottled beers. A wine list that compliments the food also contains a selection of 5 sakes.
So far, so good but there are some great cocktails to be had around the Northern Quarter and lots of decent bottled beers. Admittedly apart from at Alberts Schloss the tank beers are different but where’s the real USP for the NQ? Well it’s in the food. Head Chef Joe Grant (Australasia, James Martin) and Sushi Chef Alastair Long (Australasia, Sakana) have created a no frills menu using the highest quality ingredients from local suppliers. The menu, split into four sections represents elements of Industrialism such as Ice, Fire, Steam, Oil and Trade and features dishes such as robata grilled squid with a coal and ink mayonnaise, steamed Taiwanese bao buns, sashimi served on industrial blocks of ice, deep fried tempura dishes and a dessert menu that hosts exotic fruits, chocolate, tea, coffee & cotton.
The doors will open to the public on Friday 13th November and will then be open seven days a week, with the Cottonopolis kitchen open from Noon until 10pm and the bar until 2:30am on the weekends.