Jazz & Blues
May 11, 2018
This Northern Quarter speakeasy started slow. Opening at first for one-off events, then on weekends, before establishing itself as a permanent presence on the Manchester bar scene. It still has an underground vibe, very literally, as its reached via a dark staircase with a hidden entrance on Little Lever Street, behind the Rosylee Tearooms, which along with Walrus and Tusk, belong to the same owner. The bar itself is low-lit and atmospheric, with purple velvet sofas, 1920s furniture, dark wooden flooring, and heavy purple curtains. The chairs are deep and plush, the whole place rich and evocative. From the prohibition era drinks list, the Aviatrix blends creme de violet and champagne, while the Smoked Rum Old Fashioned is delightfully theatrical. Their sweet-toothed take on the classic Negroni, served with a sweet Campari sorbet and a sweet vermouth marshmallow is quite stunning too. The speakeasy theme has been overplayed of late but these guys know what they’re doing.