Hidden and intimate new drinking den promises the best classic cocktails in Manchester

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A brand new intimate drinking den is about to open serving a changing roster of classic and original cocktails, natural (and unnatural) wines, high-end spirits and a small range of craft beers.

Peggy’s Bar will open on the former site of Corridor Bar in Barlow’s Croft just off Chapel Street, providing a home from home for cocktail enthusiasts and a laid-back experience perfect for a mellow mid-week tipple or special occasion.

Adam Day and Shane Kilgarriff, familiar names at the boutique end of the Manchester drinking scene, are promising to bring a new focus on fresh ingredients, combined with a friendly neighbourhood vibe and their trademark impeccable service.

With an impressive résumé under their belts including stints heading up bars at the world-renowned Michelin-starred Clove Club Restaurant in London and Manchester favourites El Gato Negro and Mr Cooper’s House and Garden at the Midland Hotel, Day and Kilgarriff are serious about all things shaken and stirred.

Their experiences of working at high-end restaurants have informed their approach to creating contemporary cocktails – a focus on seasonality and a respect for ingredients combined with innovative techniques.

“What will set Peggy’s Bar apart from the crowd will be our ingredients”, explains Adam.

“We are produce-driven and our cocktails will be made with carefully sourced fresh seasonal ingredients. We hope to build on the excellent network we have developed with small, artisanal makers to stock what we believe to be the most interesting spirits around today.”

The menu will change on a weekly basis depending on what is available at the market that week, alongside a growing larder of homemade pickles, liqueurs and other preserves that will see the bar through the winter.

As well as the menu of weekly specials, they aims to serve up the best classic cocktails in the city, inspired by their own takes on booze-heavy American staples.

“Peggy’s is all about the exploration and the discovery of the perfect cocktail,” says Shane.

“We want people to care as much about what is going into their glass as the taste. And the atmosphere will reflect that too.”

Peggy’s Bar, Barlow’s Croft, Salford M3 5DY

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