11 Shopfronts That Prove Their Owners Are Proper Mancunians
1. Yard And Coop
Any gaff with windows shouting pure and simply 'booze and chicken' gets my vote. Yard and Coop is without doubt a Manchester power house, protein-packed with beer aplenty.
2. Odd Bar
Creative juices weren't exactly aflowing when this gaff was founded. In fact, I can only conclude that the owner must have been pissed, in true Mancunian style, when he named it (that or he was practicing some sort of reverse psychology.) Maybe there's just something a little...odd about their beer, grub, or the way the waiters walk, but whatever the reason, the great Northern Odd Bar to this day remains a true Manchester institution.
3. 63 Degrees
Maybe it's some sort of sick joke about our infamous Northern weather, but regardless of the name, 63 degrees is pretty special and serves up quality French food if you fancy sticking on your beret and wining and dining that special someone.
4. Cat Café
There's bound to be a few cat-haters out there, but I don't mind a furry cuddle once in a while (oh the perks of being single in Manchester.) You can pet the furry felines here while enjoying a a chocolate paw-printed mocha or your beverage of choice.
5. The Blue Pig
This is a no bones about it, no-fuss, no-frill sorta place - but they serve up a lot of meat and beer at decent prices. And the hanging blue pig has now become a sort of city centre mascot. Standard manc.
For any Southerners callung us mancs common as muck - well, we do beer better. And this place proves it. So there.
The bar/restaurant is appropriately named 'Walrus.' This marine mammal emits sounds representative of Mancunian mating behaviour on a night out.
Another symbol of Mancunian 'dating' tactics. Northern Letharios have been known to use the tusk tactic to both pick up future mates and attack the competition. David Attenborough would have a field day.
As the name suggests, this is the place for a proper pig-out or hungover weekend brunch. The coffee and cocktails are mint as is most of the food. Personally I recommend the 'chorizo home fries' - great guilty pleasure and a bit unusual too.
A cross between your Nan’s living room and working at Google. At Ziferblat everything's free to help yourself to - you just pay for the time you spend there (6p a minute.) The snacks are tasty and the drinks exactly as you want them (as you make them yourself.) Understandably Manchester adores this quirky little gem.
11. Luck Lust Liquor and Burn
Talk about tongue-twister! The name is almost as rockin' as the food (I said almost...) I personally absolutely love it here - bandana-clad cocktails and all.
Photo credit to the wonderful Emma Boyle.