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A Waterside Wine Pop-Up Is Coming To This Lovely Summer Garden In Manchester

By Laura Rogan

It’s the first in a series of summer pop-ups.

Brand new community-first neighbourhood Kampus is continuing to grow, with a fun season of pop-ups in store for the summer months. Confirming the first of many just today, alongside the opening of their new, lush, green gardens, the neighbourhood will house a residency from Isca Wines – who’ll be taking over the garden from June 11th at 5pm.

A Levenshulme-based natural wine bar, Isca Wines is the brainchild of sommelier Caroline Dubois and Chef Isobel Jenkins, who met while working at the Green Michelin Star restaurant, Where The Light Gets In.

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Bringing the very best natural wines to the city, the popular wine bar will be serving up glasses in the gardens – which are conveniently located right next to the canal so guests can sit by the water – as well as inside the fantastic Kampus Bungalow, an ex-security cabin on stilts that has been transformed into a village hall for pop-ups and community uses. The cabin was previously taken over by Where The Light Gets In’s former chef, Joseph Otway, who began his venture Higher Ground just before the pandemic hit.

Curating a selection for the pop-up sourced from small European producers, guests will be able to enjoy quite a mix of wines, as well as a selection of beers chosen from independent breweries. If that wasn’t all, there’ll also be British and Irish cheeses on hand to pair your glass with, and live music from DJ Ailsa of Living Room Dance Club.

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Caroline, Co-Founder of Isca said: “We’ve always had lots of demand in the city centre and Kampus is the perfect location for us to bring the natural wine experience. We’re working with some niche winemakers and local producers so the independent vibe Kampus is creating really appealed to us. People don’t realise that most supermarket wine has never been touched by a human hand and we want to tell the story of some amazing natural wines from the handpicked grapes to the incredible taste.”

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Taking over for two weekends only from June 11th, guests will be able to visit on Fridays and Saturdays on a walk-in basis only, with a bottle shop also on hand for those wanting to take away. Glasses start at just £5, and you can find their opening times below:

– Friday 11th June 5-11pm
– Saturday 12th June 2-11pm
– Friday 18th June 4-11pm
– Saturday 19th June 2-11pm

Kampus, which also houses 534 loft and new build apartments, will also be welcoming the team behind Common later this year – who’ll be opening their highly anticipated Cornerstone pub. The complex is fast becoming one of Manchester’s liveliest neighbourhoods, with shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and offices all planned for the area.

Read more: 11 Wonderful Wine Bars In Manchester That’ll Have You Leaving With Wobbly Knees