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A Cool New Cocktail Bar, Underground Dive Bar & Rooftop Cinema Is Coming To The NQ

By Laura Rogan

A first look inside Manchester’s newest hangout…

We’ve all heard of Bunny Jackson’s. It’s an absolute haven of a dive bar, serving up 20p chicken wings and hot dogs till the sun comes up. And now, we’re about to get a whole lot more.

Opening up as part of a dual-venue on Oldham Street, Junior Jackson’s – AKA Bunny’s little cousin – is going underground for the new venture, emulating the uber-cool American dive bar vibes that Mancs already know and love from the original Bunny Jackson’s venue.

Credit: Lost Cat

In contrast, upstairs on ground level, guests will find new cocktail bar Lost Cat NQ – a ‘modern’ neighbourhood bar where guests will get to enjoy tons of cocktails, beers, live music, DJ sets and more. Each week will see a new performer take to the stage, with tons in store for the coming weeks.

Featuring laid back yet stylish decor, the bar will be the perfect place for post-work drinks, with food also on the menu from Jon and Cal of Eat New York and Triple Bagels, who formerly occupied the space, who’ll be bringing an incredible selection of salt beef, pastrami, sandwiches, burgers and even vegan grub.

Credit: Lost Cat

Visitors can expect beefy bagels, cheesy burgers, all-day breakfasts (which look perfect for hangovers!), packed sub sandwiches and so much more.

If that wasn’t all, the venue is also planning to open a rooftop cinema and bar sometime next year, which will be quite a unique offering for the Northern Quarter.

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Credit: Junior Jackson’s

Downstairs at Junior Jackson’s, guests can expect a similar vibe to that of Bunny Jackson’s, with American touches, graffiti at every turn, low lighting and great jukebox music. If that wasn’t all, the bar will be fully stocked with proper good bourbon, as well as beers and booth-style seating for late-night socials.

The new concept comes from Lyndon Higginson – also behind Bunny Jackson’s, Cane & Grain and Crazy Pedro’s – who recently teamed up with Withington’s Solomon Cafe Bar to create the eclectic new Southside Tequila Joint. The hospitality genius has seen incredible success with previous ventures, so it’s safe to say the Lost Cat and Junior Jackson’s are in very safe hands upon the opening.

Credit: Junior Jackson’s

Each venue will cater for the night owls, with a closing time of 3am Thursday-Saturday. The dual venue will open on May 17th, with walk-in tables available. Find them at 64 Oldham Street, M4 1 LE and find out more here

[Featured image: Junior Jackson’s]

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