A Gourmet Kebab Restaurant Has Opened Above A Berlin-Style Basement Bar

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A Gourmet Kebab Restaurant Has Opened Above A Berlin-Style Basement Bar

The team behind brunch favourite The Pen & Pencil has opened a Berlin-style bar and kebab restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

The Berlin bar scene is filled with derelict buildings that have been transformed into the latest clandestine hot spot, and organisers say Honey Trap Club is no different.

Photo: Honey Trap Club

The little slice of Berlin in Manchester has no bells and whistles and no dress code, making it the perfect venue for an impromptu night out.

Made with Northern Quarter regulars in mind, the owners say the Berlin style bar has been designed for uncomplicated fun (oo-err) with no airs and graces. Situated just off Stevenson Square, the bar promises good European beers, reinvented classic cocktails and dancing until the early hours.

The venue is rough around the edges, with the main focus being the party itself. Paying homage to the famous Berlin club scene with reclaimed furniture, graffiti in the bathrooms, exposed brick and LED lights.

Photo: Honey Trap Club

Kevin Connor of The Pen & Pencil said:

“The team has spent a lot of time in Berlin and love the bar scene there, so we have created Honey Trap Club with it in mind.  We wanted to create something that had a different feel to the rest of the venues in the Northern Quarter to continue the growth of Manchester’s nightlife scene”.

And the team behind the bar is also reviving classic cocktail gems, with re-imagined retro classics and no fluffy garnishes. Making it the perfect hideout to wind-down with friends for a chilled drink or a game of table football. And when the weekend arrives the tempo rises and Manchester’s top hip-hop DJs are on the decks until the early hours.

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And above Honey Trap Club is  BAB, a gourmet kebab concept serving the grilled meat favourite in an all day, ‘grown-up’ 60 cover restaurant with an open chargrill kitchen.

The restaurant serves dishes including lamb adana with feta and pistachio labneh, herb-marinated hanger steak with cumin cauliflower puree and molasses chilli sauce and homemade paneer with roast carrot puree, pickled currants and crispy shallots.

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The menu also features starters such as charred baby octopus, herb salad and sumac, radicchio and pomegranate salad and ras-el-hanout lamb bonbon with date chutney.

Honey Trap Club and BAB are based in 14 Little Lever Street open fours days a week from 4pm Wednesday to Saturday. The bar is open until 12pm on a Wednesday, 1am on a Thursday, and 3am on a Friday and Saturday.

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