Movement Bar packs a lot into its rather understated, ever-so-slightly Scandi interior. Located on Tib Street, one of the Northern Quarter’s busiest spots, describing this place as a wine bar, or a place to watch live sports isn’t just reductive, it completely misses the point. Although considering the huge selection of wine and beers on offer, you could be forgiven for making that mistake, with a host of highly respected microbreweries taking centre stage. Think Collective Arts, Siren, Twisted Wheel and Deya, to name but a handful. Digressions aside, walk up to this long glass-fronted establishment, step through the door, and one of the first things you’ll notice are the vinyl racks, giving a clue not just to some of the events that call this joint home, but the team responsible for its very existence.
Movement Bar forms part of Small Moves Records, co-founded by Jez Kerr, Steve Brown and Trevor Johnson, a trio of musical luminaries in a city with more rock stars than the Hall of Fame, the team have strong connections to the seminal imprint Factory Records, and their decades of experience have clearly paid off. Hedonists should make a beeline to catch a revolving door of contemporary music talent taking to the turntables to deliver stylistically broad DJ sets, representing both the past and the present of Manchester’s internationally revered scene. On a slightly quieter note, acoustic nights, and networking sessions are also par for the course, and private hire is available at this invaluable addition to the district’s nightlife and cultural landscape.
Beer and wine is also available to buy to takeaway.