Manchester is currently, a city in flux.
You can’t walk through the city and surrounding areas without hearing the busy hubbub and patter of construction sites, building the cities ever changing and developing skyline.
It has without doubt been a challenging year for the hospitality industry, but despite this, green shoots and exciting projects are aplenty for the upcoming year.
There’s a lot going on, from residential blocks, to accommodation, world class venues and eateries popping up left right and centre, so we’ve put together a list of ones to look out for as we head into 2023.
Set to open in December 2023, the 23,500-capacity venue is currently under construction on Manchester’s Etihad Campus.
It will host some of the biggest artists in the world as well as sports, comedy and family shows, all in the ‘most sustainable arena in the UK’.
With the largest floor space of any UK arena and a lower ceiling to bring fans closer to the artist, Co-op Live is designed to be big yet intimate.
Expect some big, world beating events on show.
Bursting onto the scene this January with their impressive ‘first breath’ light display, this is another hugely anticipated project.
Big things are predicted for the site, which sits at the former home of Granada studios. They are expecting up to 1.15m visitors a year when it opens in the summer.
It has come at some cost, with a few delays thrown into the mix too. But we can’t wait to see another world class space open in the city. It is part of the St John’s regeneration area, and will house the Manchester International Film Festival when they are up and running.
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay is a huge name across the world in the restaurant game, famed for his incredible bursts of anger, witty repartee, and of course, amazing food.
Lucky cat is set to land in Manchester later this year, promising Asian inspired small plates, Robata grilled dishes with sushi and sashimi too.
Gordon and his Executive Head Chef have designed each dish to be shared at the centre of the table in a communal dining experience.
Having had success at their first outing in Mayfair during 2019, they will now take over the formerly site of Jamie’s Italian and HSBC on King Street.
The luxury member’s only club is expected to arrive in Manchester later this year.
They already have 13 venues across the South of England, but this is their first foray up North.
Soho House operates in all the suave cosmo capitals of the world such as New York, Hollywood, Mykonos and Barcelona, so of course it makes sense for them to land in Manchester.
It will be based at the Old Granada Studios warehouse, with a rooftop terrace complete with a bar and a pool, alongside a bar/nightclub.
They are set to have an in house Italian restaurant too called Cecconi’s, with Mollie’s Motel & Diner next door.
Opening in Spring 2023, Maya, will be a stylish combination of restaurant and bar, housed in an iconic location of Manchester’s nightlife history on Chorlton Street
An exciting opening for the city, Maya’s interior backdrop will merge the original industrial nature of the iconic space, with details of art deco grandeur references.
Maya will take part of the ground and lower floors of 40 Chorlton Street, an early 20th-century warehouse building, home to the newly opened neighbourhood hotel, LEVEN.
Housing a canal-side brasserie space serving modern-European classics and an elegantly designed dining room that will centre around an ingredient-led, locally sourced, and seasonal menu.
It has been developed by a team who have worked for brands including: Soho House, Isabel Mayfair and Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries.
The kitchen team will be led by Mancunian chef Gabe Lea, who honed his craft at Michelin-starred establishments like Le Manoir and The French at The Midland Hotel.
Two college friends from Stockport are opening their first bar and eatery in the Northern Quarter as a love letter to Manchester.
Disorder takes inspiration from the city, which runs through the décor, drinks and food, from its industrial past, vast music scene and modern day spirit of Mancunians.
It takes over the old Walrus venue (more recently Man With The Fish) at 78 – 88 High Street and will consist of two floors. The ground floor being an eatery with Asian inspired street food on the menu, as well as a vast array of lagers and sour beers (Sours) from around the world, including KCBC shipped over from Brooklyn, Shufflehoffer, Mikkler, Verdant and many more, as well as Manchester brewed Cloudwater.
All this, plus a delicious range of classic and undiscovered cocktails.
The lower floor will play host to live music from bands, DJs, rap artists and more and will have a speakeasy, dive bar feel with a drinks menu and back bar to rival those on a world class stage.
Boddington’s Brewery Development
The iconic Boddington’s brewery in Strangeways has seen a complete transformation over the last year, as Manchester College’s brand spanking new £93m city centre campus opened in September 2022.
But they’re not done yet.
This year, more than 450 homes, 60% of which will be affordable housing are set to be built on the former car park.
Latimer, who are overseeing the project, are still searching for a contractor to take on the job, after plans were approved last March. It is believed the contract is worth £75m.
They are expecting construction to take a massive 35 months, a huge part of the Strangeways redevelopment programme which could even see the Prison close after suggestions were made it was not fit for purpose.
Malmaison Manchester Deansgate
The hotel will be the 18th in the brand’s portfolio and the second in the city of Manchester, situated on Albert Square.
The bedrooms will ‘pay homage’ to the retro design of the 60s and 70s, with bold patterns and striking artwork.
The rooftop will feature Sora, a pan-Asian tapas and cocktail bar, serving small plates from with a selection of sushi, Robatayaki and Pan-Asian style tapas dishes on the menu.
Malmaison Manchester Deansgate will be home to 70 bedrooms, a 114-cover signature Chez Mal brasserie as well as a rooftop bar and terrace and two private events pods. Nice!
This is set to be an absolutely massive project in the area north of Victoria Station, between Angel Meadow and towards Collyhurst.
And it will be 20 years in the making, costing an eye watering £4bn.
15,000 new homes are set to be built in the area, including a ‘city river park’ as part of the major regeneration of Collyhurst and Red Bank.
Around 1/5th of them are set to be affordable properties too.
Work began last year, funded by the Far East Consortium and Manchester Council, who broke the ground on two of the seven neighbourhoods which are part of the project last October. This is a huge project and one that will change the face of the city as we know it today.
The Treehouse Hotel
The Treehouse Hotel is currently under construction in the heart of the city, at the crossroads of Blackfriars Street and Deansgate.
As part of the project, they will be opening a rooftop restaurant and bar called ‘The Nest’.
It has some pretty impressive credentials in its culinary output too.
The 14th floor restaurant and bar will be bossed by Chef Sam Grainger, restaurateur Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford (also known as the Unabombers from The Refuge), and the ground-floor all-day dining space will be taken care of by Chef Mary-Ellen McTague.
Four skyscrapers, including what will be the second largest in the city, are set to land in Manchester in 2023.
The £741m buildings will host almost 2,000 new flats, a gym, garden and bar.
There will also be a huge green space open to the public, too.