The Riverside Bar & Restaurant That Might Well Be Manchester’s Most Instagrammable Yet

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

The Riverside Bar & Restaurant That Might Well Be Manchester’s Most Instagrammable Yet

202 Kitchen has arrived at Leftbank.

Following the success of their pop-up bar and restaurant on Bridge Street, 202 Kitchen has found itself a brand new home – this time, taking up permanent residence overlooking the river on Leftbank.

Nestled within the hustle and bustle of Spinningfields, the new and reimagined 202 Kitchen brings endless Instagram moments to the brand new spot, keeping within their pretty-in-pink (now ‘coral’) theme that fans across Birmingham and Manchester have loved over the past year-and-a-bit.

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Outgrowing its previous site on Bridge Street pretty quickly, the new venue is bigger and better than ever before, with space for a whopping 200 covers where guests can enjoy al fresco riverside cocktails or drink and dine inside the lavish space – which received a huge £1m injection to make it as iconic as possible.

Keeping within the hearty theme of their previous menu, guests can enjoy an array of comforting dishes including mac ‘n’ cheese, waffles, fried chicken, burgers and more. The original menu took inspiration from the ‘trap box’ social media trend, piling comfort food into metal tins, which put the focus on the delicious food in a casual manner. Graduating from its roots, the food continues with its homemade comfort food approach, but this time takes it up a whole new level – with a more clean-cut, tapas-style approach designed for sharing over drinks with friends.

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Taking the brand, as a whole, to the ‘next level’, as founders Leon Beckford, Panikos Myrritis and John Sambo have described, 202 Kitchen has veered off in a new direction altogether, shedding its former bubblegum pink aesthetic for a more grown-up, versatile coral that accompanies the bar’s brand new ‘Miami Vice’ look and feel. Accompanied by GTA-inspired artwork, a hot pink mood light and moving retro overhead lights that throw it right back to the 80s, the venue ticks all the boxes for the Gen Z ‘social media moment’, providing turn after turn of incredible backdrops that leave guests awe-inspired.

The evolved concept is now something that everyone can enjoy (not just girls who brunch!), bringing a whole new evening destination to the city – the first of this level of success since Menagerie arrived back in 2016.

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Opening its doors back in July, the new Manchester venue has become a ‘flagship’ for 202 Kitchen, giving Mancs their most atmospheric experience yet. If that wasn’t all, the venue also boasts an outdoor space designed for all weather conditions, meaning guests can enjoy the fantastic riverside location all year round.

202 Kitchen launched last year in Birmingham with an epic opening night, with famous faces such as Maya Jama in attendance. The original Bridge Street Manchester opening followed just months later, with the venue becoming a popular hot spot after the first lockdown.

To find out more and to book a table, head over to their website here.

[Featured image: 202 Kitchen]

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