New cocktail bar coming to Spring Gardens this May

The man behind Blinker is Dan Berger, formerly head of bars at top London hotel The Ned and bars manager at The Gordon Ramsay Group

New bar Blinker will open its doors on Spring Gardens this May after a long search for the perfect location. 

Driven by seasonality, sustainability and simplicity, Manchester’s newest cocktail bar will have a focus on classic cocktails, with an additional menu reimagining classics based around four flavours each month, determined by seasonal British produce.

Located at the top of King Street, close to Hotel Gotham and Six by Nico, Blinker Bar sits in good company with aspirations to be the pre and post dinner and all day cocktail spot for those who appreciate a well crafted beverage and great service, say owners.

The man behind Blinker, Dan Berger, was formerly head of bars at London’s The Ned and bars manager at The Gordon Ramsay Group.

The Ned is a 5 star hotel and members’ club in the City of London with 10 restaurants and bars as well as indoor and rooftop pools, a gym, spa and hammam.

Now, after seven years working in some of Melbourne’s most famous cocktail bars and heading up some of London’s biggest hospitality openings and operations, Dan has returned to Manchester.

The concept and name ‘Blinker’ is inspired by a forgotten classic cocktail where the recipe calls for rye, grapefruit and raspberry in perfect harmony. 

The way these three ingredients blend together to produce such a well-balanced drink has inspired the seasonal approach to perfect serves and reflects what Dan hopes to produce in his new high end yet comfortable, approachable cocktail bar.

With fruits grown in the UK and a vast selection of spirits hand picked from all over the world, the fit out of the bar will mirror the menu, says Dan.

Expect to see a combination of up-cycled furniture and sustainable materials, with inspiration being taken from some of the best bars across the globe.

Blinker will open on Spring Gardens in May 2022.


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