2000s celebrity haunt Panacea is set to be resurrected as a club on John Dalton Street, just off Deansgate. Panacea has hosted Manchester royalty in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Carlos Tevez over the years, and more recently the likes of Liam Payne and Michelle Keegan, and was known as a notorious spot for future WAGs to ‘bump into’ sporty bachelors.
The club closed down during the pandemic and never managed to open its door again, but Panacea looks set to be born again, with a premises licence application having been submitted to the council, which will be in consultation until midnight on 16th May this year.
The premises licence application asks for opening hours of Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4am, and Sunday, 11am – 2am, with provision of regulated entertainment (live music, recorded music, performances of dance) indoors and provision of late night refreshment. It is also specific to the basement of Ridgefield House, the original Panacea premises.
Owner Joe Akka has since opened The Counter House in Ancoats, specialising in healthy meal options, and the news comes after the entrepreneur was forced to stop his venture to expand Panacea in Alderley Edge, so you can bet the reopening of the city centre spot with have everything thrown at it.
The new and improved Panacea club will join the likes of Manchester favourites Motley and Ape and Apple on John Dalton Street, as well as a huge variety of bars and restaurants on Deansgate including Manahatta, Australasia and Dirty Martini. We’re also hoping for the restaurant and grill to be revived at some point, with its corner balcony overlooking the hustle and bustle of Manchester, so we’ll be watching this space.
In 2015, Panacea underwent a £900,000 makeover, which featured a renovated bar and interior, so much of the groundwork is already in place. We’re just looking forward to more outrageous stories from this place, and perhaps popping in for a drink and a boogie with the WAGs and soap stars!