PLY Restaurant: Fire in the Disco

PLY, Stevenson Square’s hotly anticipated new bar, restaurant and creative space, has fired up its mirror ball pizza oven and will open its doors this month

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 6 June 2016

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New Stevenson Square bar, restaurant and creative space opens its doors.

PLY, Stevenson Square’s hotly anticipated new bar, restaurant and creative space, has fired up its mirror ball pizza oven and will open its doors this month with launch events planned for 25, 26 and 27 March.

A bright new venue for drinking, eating, meeting and socialising – from the minds behind the award-winning neighbourhood hangout, Kosmonaut – PLY features a book exchange, doodle wall and will host monthly exhibitions by international artists.

The bespoke wood-fired disco ball oven, imported directly from Naples, heats to 600C and will bake the venue’s selection of Neapolitan pizzas in 90 seconds flat, which will be served alongside a selection of antipasti. The menu features fresh ingredients from local suppliers and ethically sourced charcuterie meats.

Ply in 90 Seconds, Ply Manchester

PLY’s interior is a fresh new design-led concept, with a mixture of classic and crafted pieces with a European influence. The 5500 square foot space features locally sourced bespoke fittings including benches and lightboxes from Islington Mill’s Workroom Industries, interior styling and branding by PLY’s creative partner, Instruct Studio alongside permanent artwork by artist, Layla Sailor.

The bar, which offers a selection of craft beers, globally sourced spirits and artisan coffee, is also a creative space to produce work, show work and network. It will be somewhere you can stay a while, and to this end has built in a tailor-made book exchange, where you’ll be welcome to sit and read for as long as you like. The large-scale doodle wall will be refreshed every six weeks and both solo artists and groups are invited to come and make their mark.


PLY was previewed in 2014 at the #PLYin90seconds exhibition, which featured seven internationally renowned creatives who each created a 90 second pizza themed film via their own artistic medium. Their work will drive the bar’s 2015 exhibition programme, with details to be released soon.

General Manager, Hana Kaczor-Dawson comments “We know it’s been a long time coming but PLY promises to be a special space. Materials and features have been sourced from all over the world including our disco ball pizza oven, which involved shipping a team over from Naples to build. We’ve taken the time to fine tune the food and drink menus, creating just the right balance of Italian know how and local produce. We’ll be releasing launch details via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so stay tuned for tickets and treats.”

To find out more:

Twitter: @plymcr
Instagram: @plymcr