As we head towards the new year it means Manchester will be welcoming some new and exciting spots to dine and drink at. Set to join the trendy Manchester suburbs of Chorlton is new, independent, neighbourhood cocktail bar, 97, the latest concept from the team behind Manchester’s Tariff & Dale and The Lead Station.
Aptly named after its location on 97 Beech Road, the bar is expected to open at the end of January and will be an intimate, elegant and informal place to enjoy creative, quality cocktails. Expect signature serves alongside timeless classics with a twist, presented by a warm and professional neighbourhood team.
The menu at 97 in Chorlton will be an inventive collection of exquisite cocktails all crafted in-house by the 97 team, led by general manager and mixologist Ellie Caddick. Over the summer, Chorlton-native Ellie undertook a six month grand tour around Europe, visiting some of the most prestigious bars on the continent, developing her passion for innovative cocktail creation and thoroughly herself along the way. Now Ellie is bringing all those skills home to her own neighbourhood as part of a vision to offer vibrant, signature cocktails without pretension to Beech Road.
The drinks at 97 will combine innovation and progressive mixology with legendary classics in an atmosphere of true modern hospitality, with cocktails served alongside a curated collection of fine wines, craft beers and premium spirits. Ellie and her team will create a special and distinctive destination on Beech Road where everyone is welcome and guests are able to escape from the outside world for refined drinks and laid back vibes.
97 aims to be a beautiful Chorlton hang out spot to just while away the hours not only due to its cocktails but also its marvellous décor. With an intimate 35 covers, 97 will be cosy, warm and low lit, using a mix of natural materials, muted colourways, large mirrors and brass accents.
Nick de Sousa, owner of 97 as well as The Lead Station and Tariff & Dale, commented: “I have been part of the Beech Road community for more than 20 years and custodian of the Lead Station for the last 15. Chorlton is a special place with real authenticity and soul, which I’m really proud to be part of. We are hoping 97 will add something new and different to this scene.
“It is a tricky time but, now possibly more than ever, I believe that people still want places to meet and socialise. People still want to be looked after with warm and intimate service and, fundamentally, people still want to enjoy great hospitality. I am really looking forward to us bringing all that together in 97.”
Find 97 at 97 Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EQ.