May 11, 2018
Fusing Mexican and Latin American culture and cuisine, El Capo, in Manchester’s hip Northern Quarter, is a fun and quirky bar and cellar restaurant that boasts knowledgeable staff and an impressive spirits selection. The unassuming black-painted entrance doesn’t belie what lies behind – essentially a colorful and eclectic drinking and dining den that acts as a shrine to all things Latin American. There are Day of the Dead-inspired murals painted on El Capo’s walls, Tiffany glass-style lamps swinging over the wooden bar and exposed brick walls behind long leather booths. El Capo is especially proud of its tequila selection – they currently hold over 70 different varieties of tequila and mezcal – and the menu helpfully explains the difference between each taste profile. They even create their own in-house tequila infusions, using herbs, fruit and spice, to ease customers into the world of tequila. There’s also a decent selection of imported Mexican beers and South American wines, but the craft cocktails are where the bartenders really come into their own. Delights like the Chicito – tequila, blackberry liqueur, lime juice and blackberry dust – and the El Bambino – white rum, peach liqueur, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, grapefruit soda, topped with sprinkles – display the bar’s lighthearted side. Downstairs in El Capo’s cellar cantina, the food menu focuses heavily on tapas-style sharing plates like empanadas, nachos and spicy wings, alongside authentic Mexican torta sandwiches and tacos. Most evenings El Capo offers food and drink specials or happy hours alongside themed music nights.