17 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1FS

    Apotheca is the sister bar to the very popular Dough pizza restaurant and is housed in the same building so not far to go when the munchies strike. Once a real apothecary, ie a chemists, that former role provides the … Continue reading

    Bar Four

    39-41 North John Street, Liverpool, L2 6RR

    Bar Four in Liverpool is a proper serious cocktail bar with a vast array of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits. Situated in the Beatles inspired Hard Day’s Night Hotel It is a must go place in Liverpool city centre. The … Continue reading


    11-13 Hirsts Yard, Leeds, West Yorks, LS1 6NJ

    Just around the corner from the city’s famous Corn Exchange, Boutique is a leading light in Leeds’ ever burgeoning cocktail scene. With a fantastic range of premium gins behind the bar, the inventive team under the leadership of Gary Hayward … Continue reading


    1A Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4EE

    Epernay, the champagne expert who stock around 150 types of champagne, has now opened a first floor bar in Manchester’s Great Northern Tower. As you can imagine it’s proving a big hit for those looking for a taste of the … Continue reading

    Jake’s Bar and Grill

    29 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BT

    Down some steps in a basement in The Calls, Leeds’ famous clubbing district is a proper cool bar serving proper cocktails and great food. Head honcho Jake Burger is a legend in the bar world and what he doesn’t know … Continue reading


    19 Back Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 2PB

    Part of our mate Mal Evans’s bar empire, Mojo wins on atmosphere alone. Situated off Deansgate, the focus here, as with other Mojo outposts, is very much on music, proper old school music that is. As a result it’s a … Continue reading

    Socio Rehab

    100-102 High Street, Manchester, M4 1HP

    Manchester’s flagship cocktail bar and a real institution, Socio Rehab is renowned for disco cocktails, and luminous concoctions with a garnish that wouldn’t look out of place in an ice cream van 10p mix. Brilliant gin holding with some two … Continue reading

    The Gin Bar at The New Ellington Hotel

    23-25a York Place, Leeds LS1 2EY

    Proof if it were needed that gin is back big time comes in the form of Leeds’ first dedicated gin bar at boutique hotel, The New Ellington. Having gained recognition in the BBC’s Olive magazine, The Times, The Evening Post … Continue reading