New York-inspired bar Urban Cookhouse set to rock first birthday with Fun Lovin’ Criminals

New York City-inspired independent bar and restaurant Urban Cookhouse is set to celebrate its first birthday in style with hip hop legends Fun Lovin’ Criminals getting the party started

The Scooby Snacks stars will take to the decks on Friday, April 15 at the 4,500 sq ft converted shipping warehouse in the heart of the city which offers an authentic taste of downtown Manhattan.

Just £5 on the door and starting at 5pm with drink offers until 8pm, including two beers or two glasses of prosecco for £5 and a bottle of wine or two cocktails for £10, the iconic FLC’s Brian ‘Fast’ Leiser and Frank Benbiri will be banging out the tunes at the chic venue from 8pm until 2am. They will playing New York House and, of course, hip hop, including classic numbers from their Limelight club days.

Urban Cookhouse owner Tim Coulston has had a hugely successful first year and is now planning to expand with a further three sites.

“It’s been a fantastic first year and I’m delighted Urban Cookhouse has made its mark on Manchester’s restaurant and bar scene, especially when you consider there’s been nearly 30 new sites opened in the city centre within the last 12 months” said the 28-year-old entrepreneur, who also heads experiential catering company Violet Hospitality.

“We are an authentic taste of downtown Manhattan so we just wanted to do something brilliant to celebrate our first year and getting the Fun Lovin’ Criminals down is the icing on the cake. It’s going to be the party of the year!”

Urban Cookhouse Scooby Stacks

The 250-capacity loft-style site inspired him to create a cool, authentic New York destination, boasting an 85 cover casual dining area that offers brunch through to dinner, carry-out and corporate catering, with a mouth-watering menu of NYC delicacies, including its hallmark Urban Legend burgers, as well as Freddy’s ribs, wings, dogs and disco fries.

With a late license (it’s open until midnight weekdays and 2am Thursday to Saturday), a trademark loft lounge and bar and extensive cocktail list, it’s a favourite destination for Manchester’s party-people including nearby offices, students and the city’s Gay Village.

“Urban Cookhouse’s location means we tap into different markets throughout the day which is one of the reasons for our success,” said Tim.

Urban Cookhouse Tim Coulston

“And we’ve made some huge changes to the concept since opening to ensure we appeal to more people. We simplified the menu making the dining experience casual and on trend, and it’s gone down a storm – we actually made our milestone 10,000 urban legend burger a month ago!”

Now he’s looking for a further three sites to open in 2016. “We’ve seen a few sites but nothing has stood out so far. We’d like to expand the Urban Cookhouse brand within the North West, and also develop some different bar concepts for Manchester.”

For further information visit or follow on twitter @cookhouseMCR, Facebook/CookhouseMCR. Follow Tim on Twitter @TimCoulston

54 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6HS


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