the city talking: manchester, a-z 2016 • mBack
The City Talking
This is our first A-Z issue in Manchester; it’s a chance to fill our pages with as many stories, hopes, dreams and memories as we can. Every year we speak to friends, acquaintances and strangers who we hope will become friends.
The A-Z issue always begins with a question, and this year in Manchester there were two. We wanted to know what people in Manchester had enjoyed this past year — the events, individuals and moments that made their 2015 great. We also wanted to know what they were excited about — what 2016 had promised them. We asked everyone from baristas, writers and artists to CEOs and leaders of the city’s tech community. We hope to ask even more of you next year.
It was a great year for Manchester’s ‘Soho’ area The Northern Quarter. It has slowly expanded out towards Piccadilly train station and the addition of bars like Cottonopolis, Ply, Pen & Pencil, and the reinvigoration of bars like Rosylee have been a huge part of that. On the whole the improvement of the food and drink scene in Manchester has been amazing. The Cotton Exchange and Spinningfields area have continued to improve too. It’s an amazing place to entertain clients. The footprint of some of the bars is getting bigger. Albert’s Schloss is huge. More risk, but it’s these bolder bigger concepts that catch my eye.
More of the same. As I work in the industry we see very early on what is planned. There is an independent in the Northern Quarter that is just about to launch a very big concept. It’s really exciting. I can’t say too much though. Watch this space. Personally I love the location of our city as much as what’s in it. You’re never far from mountains in Snowdonia or the Lake District — the tent and fire pit will be out again this year for some outdoors fun.
The Runaway Brewery
2015 was a big year for the Manchester beer scene; we’re quickly becoming the envy of many cities across the UK it seems. One of the most influential events of the year was IndyManBeerCon held at Victoria Baths. We were fortunate enough to be amongst a host of great breweries from across the UK and beyond. Great beer, great food, great atmosphere in probably the best beer festival venue in the world surely? Manchester, leading the way as ever!
That’s an easy one, Manchester Beer Week, 10th—19th June! It’s the first ever city wide celebration of our national drink, supporting everything beer related in our fine city. Here at The Runaway Brewery we have big plans and can hardly wait to be a part of what promises to be a week of special events, brewery openings, mini-beer and food festivals, markets, tap takeovers, and a series of one offs, to help us shout even louder about Manchester beer culture; get involved!
Originally published in The City Talking: Manchester, issue 03