New Restaurants & Bars Opening in Manchester This March

Including Pesky, Band on the Wall, Another Hand and the return of O’Shea’s Beer Garden!

By Emma Davidson | Last updated 15 March 2022

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Wednesday 2nd March
Deansgate Square’s newest addition, Pesky opens today! Founded by Zaide O’Rourke, a food and drink enthusiast, trained molecular mixologist and self confessed dinner party aficionado, Pesky will serve a menu of nibbles and small plates (ranging between £4-£10 each) with an equal balance between ‘Seafood’ and ‘Land food’ dishes. Oysters will be a speciality, served with pickled rhubarb and herb oil, or as ‘Drunken Oysters’ with recommended shot pairings.

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MIRA at Ancoats General Store
Wednesday 2nd March
From today, MIRA is officially moving into Ancoats General Store, and we couldn’t be happier!! From 8am every morning, they’ll be serving their breakfast butties served on house baked rolls. You can choose from either Vegan Bacon, Hash Brown Smash and Cheese Sauce or Lincolnshire Sausage Ring, Tomato Jam, White Sauce and Rocket. From around 10.30am they’ll have their Cuzzetiello big hitters! Today you can choose from either The Balls – beef and pork meatballs, slow cooked ragú, fresh mozz, fresh basil, Diego – Genovese beef brisket stew, parmesan, Napoli salami or the Juicy ‘Gine – vegan aubergine parmigiana, cashew cheese, fresh basil, urfa pepper. And that’s not even the best bit. MIRA have also announced that for today only, all sandwiches are FREE until they sell out.

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Band on the Wall

Thursday 3rd March
This month, Band on the Wall will finally open its doors again after being closed for over 2 years! It has had an extensive renovation, all thank to a £1.4m grant from the National Lottery Fund, meaning the brand-new venue has an increased capacity of 500, as well as a new bar space. The first gig will take place this Thursday, seeing multi-instrumentalist and producer, Emma-Jean Thackery take to its stage.

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Piccadilly Gardens Five Guys
Thursday 3rd March
The UK’s first 24-hour Five Guys was set to open in Piccadilly Gardens this March, but after that massive fight at Maccies in January – they’ve decided to scale back the opening hours. This means that you won’t be able to enjoy their burgers and fries at 4am any more, but they’ll still be a great late-night stop off for a post Northern Quarter piss up. If Oxford Road’s Maccies is anything to go by, it might even provide more entertainment than your favourite club.

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BQ Farm & Fish
Second week of March
In collaboration with Monton favourite Wandering Palate, the Butcher’s Quarter presents ‘Farm & Fish’. It’s an “Artisan Butcher, Fishmonger & Tasting Room” that sees them expand their already impressive selection to include fish (obviously from the name), which will all be sustainably sourced off the British coast. Plus, local, seasonal vegetables that can all be enjoyed indoors or outdoors.

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Another Hand
Thursday 10th March
From the team behind the outstanding 3 Hands Deli,
Another Hand opens this month! The restaurant will champion everything you love about 3 Hands in a relaxed and inviting space, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner using low-intervention, considered and ethically sourced British produce, all cooked on an open fire. The food will then be combined with natural wine, craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and coffee sourced from other local, independent businesses. We’re very excited for this one!

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The Mews
Friday 11th March
The Mews has been closed since early January and next Friday, the 11th March sees it reopen its doors once again! The bar and restaurant will be bringing back its much-loved, high-quality classic cocktails with a twist, hand-picked wine list and local, artisan charcuterie boards. And if this sun keeps up, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.

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O Shea’s Beer Garden
Thursday 17th March
Thursday 17th March is, of course, St Patrick’s Day where you’ll most likely find me 39 Guinness’ deep before 1.00pm in no other than O’Shea’s Beer Garden. This year, the pub’s Irish Festival will put an end to the two-year celebratory drought, topped off with pint after pint of ice-cold Guinness on tap. Held on the site of O’Shea’s famous Beer Garden, where many magical nights of Mancunian silliness were had last summer, this is the place to bring your best craic, with smiles and laughs aplenty. The now indoor venue, a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Station, has been beautifully re-designed, draped in the colours of the Emerald Isle. 

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Photography by: Matt Eachus

The Alchemist Spinningfields’ Refurb
Thursday 31st March
The Alchemist Spinningfields’ £500,000 makeover will be complete this month! It’s the first destination to reveal the chain’s new look, featuring futuristic, divine influences from astrology and the cosmos, alongside its original interactive drinks. The cosmic inspired renovation of the all-day dining and cocktail space will include the addition of two new private areas that will be perfect for late night cocktails. Theatre is served with a brand-new food menu revealed, as well as a new cocktail and drinks offering landing in May.

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March TBC
Opening in Rawtenstall back in 2018 with the promise of “the perfect brew” – Siphon Espresso & Brew Bar has been extremely popular with locals – and is set to arrive in the Northern Quarter very soon. Taking over a brand-new unit in the bit near Go Falafel and Empire Exchange, Siphon will be bringing years of experience and some serious dedication to the NQ, and a focus on brewing coffee in new and novel ways.

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Dining Domes at Heaton Park
Open Now
Heaton Park has revealed three brand-new Scenic Lakeside Dining Domes that are available to book for a unique Afternoon Tea experience, from Heaton Park Cafés. And, new for 2022, are the Electric Boats offering a more relaxed but fun-packed boating experience for those that head down to the lakeside. The private, heated, dining dome’s Afternoon Tea menu features several afternoon tea choices, including a Vegan Afternoon Tea, all carefully curated by Heaton Park Cafés to offer the perfect balance of quintessential classics, and some imaginative variations of all-time favourites.

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Soul Kitchen NQ
March TBC
From the man behind Ardwick’s best kept secret – ARMR Store – Soul Kitchen NQ is redefining the wellness sector through food, arts and culture. As well as serving amazing plant-based Caribbean food, they will host arts, spoken word and culture events that are designed to make you think, in a space for all of the community.

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Home Sweet
Open Now
Brand-new version of cult classic cafe, Home Sweet Home, Home Sweet has now reopened on Edge Street. Serving the very best in brunch and pancake stacks, the restaurant has generous helpings of comfort food and over-the-top indulgent treats to satisfy all your heart’s cravings!

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The Beeswing at KAMPUS
March TBC
Another addition to the burgeoning neighbourhood over at KAMPUS, Beeswing is a collaboration between wine expert, Anna Tutton (the Founder of wine bar Vin-yard, previously at Hatch) and Joe Maddock (of West Didsbury favourite Pinchos tapas bar fame) who’ve been working together on pop-up supper clubs. With all wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle, wine lovers will be able to try out some lesser-known wines, alongside old favourites in a laid back environment. There’ll also be a wine shop, seating indoor and out, a bar, shop and all-day eatery, serving breakfast until late, plus lunch and post-work supper.

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