RUM, RIBS, BOURBON AND BEER are set to become Manchester’s new favourites as home grown bar group gets set to launch its exciting new cocktail bar and rib joint, Cane & Grain, this July.


Replacing Thomas Restaurant and Bar, the newest venture from the team behind Black Dog Ballroom, Dog Bowl and The Liars Club, will join Manchester’s growing Northern Quarter on the ever popular Thomas St this Summer.

Cane & Grain, which is set over three floors, is a new concept by The Liars Club legend and rum expert, Lyndon Higginson. It will take it’s inspiration from the previous site to Thomas – Cast, a legendary Northern Quarter skate shop and party hangout. The ground floor will be a nod towards the 80’s skate scene and the hedonistic excesses that were prevalent in that decade.

The first floor is going to be a much more subtle affair. Think PDT and Little Branch in NYC, antique glassware, copper bar tops, homemade bitters and syrups, world class bartenders, sit down only – a relaxed hideaway.

The second floor, the concept for which is being kept secret for now, will house Manchester’s first bar laboratory where bartenders will be creating and constantly developing new and unique drinks and ideas.

Lyndon Higginson comments; “There is a distinct lack of classic cocktail bars in Manchester and our first floor bar is going to fill that gap. We aren’t just aiming for the best bar in Manchester we want to be the best bar in the world.”

The food menu, which will be created by Dog Bowl chef Barry Gamble, will offer a selection of varieties of ribs and sides.

Ross Mackenzie, founder of the Black Dog Ballroom Group, comments; “This concept is something totally new for us and we are really looking forward to revealing it in the Northern Quarter where our Black Dog Ballroom success began. We have built a strong team around Lyndon and Barry and hope to offer spectacular food and drinks with something a bit different from that the NQ is used to.”

Jobe Ferguson, co-owner also said; “We have spent a huge amount of time researching and trialling our food offering and we are confident that our chef Barry Gamble will be creating the very best smoked ribs Manchester has ever seen.”

Cane & Grain will be open seven days a week from Midday until 2am, food will be served daily from midday.

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