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First look at Diecast – Manchester’s hottest new venue

Here's everything you need to know about Manchester's hottest new venue.

The scale of DieCast is awe-inspiring, resembling an entire neighbourhood rather than just a venue.

Located in Piccadilly East, between Store Street and Ducie Street, the new creative neighbourhood and entertainment destination has taken over the former 250,000-square-foot factory in the heart of the City.

Formerly Presbar Diecasting factory, the original building dates back to 1870 and forms part of the fabric of the city’s rich industrial history.

Diecast Manchester

The place contains nods to its former industrial heritage and is no doubt going to be a huge hit across Manchester.

The creative minds behind Ramona and Firehouse have taken on this huge project and transformed this 250,000-square-foot space between Ducie St and Store St into a hub of artistic expression.

The industrial backdrop adds a raw and edgy charm to the atmosphere, setting the stage for something special.

This week heralds the opening of phase One of Diecast; Ex Machina.


This part is called Leno; part restaurant part bar.

Diecast is an intriguing blend of Ramona and Firehouse, but much grander in scale.

The best daiquiris in Manchester?

Drinks-wise, this going to be rum heavy, with lots of frozen daiquiris and cocktails for people to enjoy.

They’ve also got an amazing selection of craft beers, with some even brewed in their ‘in house-brewery’.

Diecast has an amazing selection of rum and daiquiris

The House of Daiquiri where you can choose from the biggest selection of frozen daiquiris in Manchester.

The House of Daquiri has an amazing selection of strawberry, pineapple and passionfruit, pina colada, sour cherry, watermelon mint, spiced banana pandan colada and garibaldi to create the ultimate cocktail.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can mix them up to make even more interesting combinations.

They cost around £10.

Neopan-based pizza

Foodwise, Diecast specialises in neopan-based pizzas; round pies with big fluffy crusts with a thin crispy base.

These are the opposite of the square flat-baked pizzas from their sister restaurant, Ramona, cooked in a ‘detroit-style’.

Choose from classic margarita, vegan margarita, marinara, cremini mushroom and a tantalising pepperoni.

They’ve also got two burgers to pick from, including the Leno Burger: a dry-aged Angus rib patty, aged cheddar, American cheese, caramelised onions, pickles, leno burger sauce and a potato bun.

You can also have the vegan option, which is similar to the Leno burger.

“This is something this side of town is missing”

Anne from Diecast, speaking to I Love Manchester, said: ” We feel this is something that this side of town has been missing, an inclusive and creative ”

This is somewhere for you to hang out, and enjoy the uniqueness of the place.

“Drink and dance and have a laugh in a lively atmosphere.

And it’s not just food and drink, as the bar and restaurant contain a unique walkway for dancers to strut their stuff while you enjoy a unique night out.

Strut your stuff!

The runway is a unique part of the project; The Galleria taking the entertainment runway to new heights

The next part to open is unconfirmed, but we have no doubt it will be something special.

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