If you haven’t had a chance to experience Manchester's latest dive bar (and it is an experience), then you are in for a treat.
In short, it is a New Orleans themed bar, live music venue and eatery with a laid-back atmosphere and a fantastic selection of drinks.
The cocktail menu is pretty unique, and you can tell that the guys at Bunny Jackson’s are well into their drinks -so much so, that they have even gone as far as finding out when and where the cocktails originated from. Now if that doesn’t scream “NERD” then I don’t know what will, and of course, I mean that in the best possible way- I’ve heard nerdy is the new black.
Originating in the gentleman’s club of the same name in Philadelphia in 1886, this fancy little cocktail is simple but perfectly formed. It is made up of Beefeater Gin, which is flavoured with a sophisticated blend of botanicals including Sencha and Chinese green tea, as well as lemon, grenadine and egg white for a bit of thickness. This drink is shaken, so you get this gorgeous foamy top to it which is just delicious the second it touches your lips.
This classic cocktail is always the go-to for any whiskey drinker. It dates back to 1806 in the Atlantic States and is even said to be one of the first ever cocktails ever concocted. Over at Bunny Jackson’s, theirs is made up from Bourbon, fresh orange peel, demerara sugar and bitters. You really can’t go wrong with this one, but what I like about it is that you can choose your Bourbon for yourself- which makes it perfectly suited to your personal palate.
Porn in the USA
This one was formulated right here in Manchester at the Golden Pineapple situated in the late B.EAT Street. Stoli vanilla vodka is mixed with pineapple, lemon and passionfruit juice and topped off with cream soda. I’m not kidding, it is like a Solero in a glass, and if I could swim in a pool of the stuff I probably would- in fact, could we get that arranged?
Brand New York Sour
This drink is a variation on a classic sour made up from a Buffalo Trace base with lemon juice, grenadine and a little maple syrup. This drink had bitter-sweet vibes all round and is so moreish. Apparently, it originated in 1870’s New York (the clue is in the name), at the Continental Hotel- just in case you were interested.
If cocktails had a mouth, this one would have been born with a silver spoon in it. Dating back to Oxford University in the 1830’s, I’m sure this was originally intended to be sipped out of some crystal vessel while you watch the rowing. Truth it is pretty tasty- made up from lemon vodka, St Germaine elderflower, raspberry and apple juice, so the guys at Bunny Jackon’s have stuck it in a random cup and stripped it of all its pretentiousness.
This one is a long drink made with JD, Triple Sec, Lemon, Angostura Bitters & Lemonade. It is basically a much nicer version of something you would drink at predrinks before a big night out, so it tastes pleasant and familiar. It comes from Mason’s Bar, Alabama in the 1980’s, but you will find it on the extensive drinks menu at Bunny Jackson’s.
Stevie & Paul
This drink duet is a play on ebony and ivory –half a refreshing glass of stout and a shot of Amarula on the side. I wasn’t really sure what this drink was, but after a little research, I found that it is South America’s answer to cream liqueur. It is pretty sweet, so it is a welcome contrast to the stout. This one is a bit of a weird one which you might not think to order, but I urge you to give it a try.
Bunny Jacksons, 1 Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester M15 4RA