Common has been 100% reborn harder, better, faster, stronger, having shape-shifted in collaboration with the full Common team and now boasts a hand-crafted interior from designer-maker Peter Masters and fixtures from ceramicist Joe Hartley.
The new venue is about breakfast, lunch, drinking and dining, opening bright and early from 9am for coffee and breakfast, with table service throughout the day for diners, and staying open til late with 100% killer DJs on hand every weekend.
A new basement level houses all the utilities to make more room for more bar upstairs, meaning Common now has 40 extra covers and an XL enhanced bar with XXL enlarged beer range including an ever changing range of ten keg lines and two cask stars.
The lighter, brighter space continues to champion the city’s art and design scene, but taking a step forward, this time art becomes part of the bar, and Common will evolve and develop as new artists make their mark.
The design is focused on craftsmanship and storytelling – each element has its own backstory – and all the custom made pieces are eco-friendly, low impact and locally sourced.
The interior, by Peter Masters, is inspired by textures and colours, bringing the outdoors in with cladding and pebble-dash installed on the inside walls using traditional techniques. Common also commissioned Peter to make bespoke tables and chairs for the venue, made by craftsmen in Manchester from solid ash and birch plywood.
The Joe Hartley ceramics, showcased in Common’s first exhibition, include bespoke beer pump handles, coffee tampers and lampshades, the first step in Common’s aim to make art an essential part of the space.
Jonny Heyes of Common comments: ‘We’ve just celebrated ten years of Common, so it felt like the right time to redevelop the space and take a step forward. We brought on Joe and Peter to create a new vision and direction for the interior, and worked with our entire team to develop and improve every element of the bar from coffee to cocktails.’
Shortly Common will launch a new breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, featuring small dishes drawing on globetrotting influences, and is now open from 9am (10am on Sundays).