This week, the creme de la creme of Manchester’s bar scene gathered at dive bar Bunny Jackson’s on First Street to find out the winners of this year’s Manchester Bar Awards. And to drink vast amounts of tequila.
Organised by Northern Hospitality founder Nate Booker, this year marks the awards’ second year running in Manchester.
Taking place the same week as the Northern Restaurant and Bar show released its northern hospitality power list, the awards are fast picking up traction in the city and shining a light on Manchester’s flourishing drinks industry.
In recent years, Manchester’s hospitality scene has been growing at a rapid rate.
As competition on the city’s restaurant and bar scene continues to hot up, the offerings are only getting stronger.
On the night, the awards for Manchester’s Best New Bartender went to Amy Fields of Crazy Pedro’s NQ.
Nominees included Matt Walsh from Dusk Til Pawn; Jack Marsden from 20 Stories; Douglas Hogg from new late-night ramen joint CBRB; Chelsea Penn from Dusk Til Pawn; and Aidan Whiting from Tariff & Dale.
Manchester’s Best Bartender went to Gethin Jones from Cottonopolis, who beat Adam Day from Wood & Co; Karl Stanley from Science & Industry; David Cole from Hawksmoor; Carmel Healy from Whiskey Jar; and Phil Aldridge from Dusk Til Pawn.
Best Bar Back went to Benji from Mojo, with contenders including Aitor from Hawksmoor; Abbas from Whiskey Jar; Oliver Fletcher from Arcane; Paddy from Tariff & Dale; and Elisa from Sandinista.
The Best Bar Team was won by Science + Industry, while Best New Bar went to Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun – who also scooped Best Front of House Star in Chloe Williams.
Meanwhile, the Industry Legend award went to Becky Davies of Mangrove Drinks.
The awards also celebrated the places bartenders choose to drink when they’re off-duty – as well as what they like to drink.
Bartenders’ Best Bar of the Year was awarded to Bunny Jackson’s, who beat Sherlock’s, Science & Industry, Cottonopolis, Tariff & Dale and Wood & Co.
The Bartenders’ Best Drink, meanwhile, went to Trifecta at Sherlock’s, with those shortlisted including Charlemagne at Science & Industry; Clarified Pina Colada at Wood & Co; Pinot Colada at Science & Industry; Weak is Meat at Cottonopolis; and Insect Hinges at Science & Industry.
That’s worth raising a glass to.