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11 Of The Most Exciting Restaurants And Bars Set To Open In 2021

By Laura Rogan

2021 just has to be better than last year…

The hospitality industry might have taken a huge hit in the past year, but that’s not stopping Mancunian entrepreneurs from making their dreams a reality. In fact, it’s paved the way for a whole new generation of talent – many of which have come to fruition as a direct result of lockdown. From casual dining spots that’ll be perfect for that much-anticipated catch-up with friends this year, to the live music venues that are sure to reinvigorate our city’s events scene, here are 10 of the most exciting new openings coming to Manchester.

1. American Pies

Credit: American Pies MCR

The team behind Brewski is kicking off 2021 with a bang – bringing Chicago-style deep dish pizza to Manchester for the first time. Set to open in for takeaway on February 17, the new restaurant called American Pies Mcr will see a menu packed with delicious deep dish creations, as well as homely desserts (think thick, sweet pies!) and wonderfully carby sides.

2. The Blues Kitchen

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Finally coming to Manchester after stealing our hearts down in London years ago, The Blues Kitchen will offer Mancs a whole new vibe – with blues, burgers and bourbon. Hosting late-night live music and serving up food day and night, the bar is set to open up soon within the heart of Spinningfields.

3. Salt Dog Slims

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Serving brines and steins at a location near King Street, Liverpool’s Salt Dog Slims is on its way – and it’s the perfect casual spot for a drink and a spot to eat. Serving both cocktails and steins, the venue will be the perfect place to meet with friends and unwind once we’re out of lockdown – and the hot dogs look epic.

4. Ezra & Gil 2.0

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Something that’s been in the works for quite some time now, Ezra & Gil are one step closer to opening their second venue – and this time, they’ll be bringing their tasty brunch menu and delicious coffees to Peter Street. The space will continue with E&G’s classic industrial style, with ample seating for brunchers to take advantage of. It’s Ezra & Gil as we know it already, just a lot, lot more of it.

5. Canvas MCR

Credit: Circle Square Manchester

A first of its kind for the city centre, Circle Square’s evolution continues, and this year – Mancs can expect a huge new entertainment venue that will act as a one-stop destination for an evening out with your friends. Home to three spaces (Canvas Kitchen, Canvas Club and Canvas Events), the bustling new neighbourhood will have the capacity for 400 at its live music space, with an additional room for 100 at the Canvas Kitchen. Circle Square will be open from 7am-4am every single day, so you can stop by for your morning coffee, lunch, dinner and an evening out with friends.

6. Society Manchester

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Set to open this Spring, Society Manchester is a brand new taproom, which will be complete with a number of food vendors, too. The new venue will take over a previously long-vacant site by the Bridgewater Hall, and will see Northern brewery Vocation team up with Slap and Pickles, The Falafel Guys, Manzoku Street Food and Dokes Pizzeria. Guests will find an industrial-style taproom with a food market vibe to it, with a mezzanine, lounge area and outdoor patio.

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7. Dokes Pizzeria

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Ok, so we’ve briefly mentioned it already – but we’re pretty excited to try Dokes Pizzeria. The brainchild of the team behind Ancoats’ much-loved Elnecot, the brand new pizzeria will bring the taste of Naples to new taproom Society Manchester – competing with Manchester’s already vibrant pizza scene. Pair that with live performances, beers from Vocation brewery and the outdoor patio – you’ve got the perfect summer combo.

8. Slice MCR

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Mysteriously closing their doors in the NQ quite some time ago, Slice has announced that they’ll be reopening soon – and we couldn’t be happier. The restaurant, which was regularly packed out thanks to its tasty square-sliced pizza, will move onto a brand new location – this time near Oxford Road. Get ready to spend a lot of time in your brand new lunchtime haunt.

9. DogHouse Hotel

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So there’s a lot of reasons to be excited about BrewDog’s upcoming hotel launch – and it’s not just because there’s a beer fridge in every shower. There’s actually a beer tap in every room, making it pretty easy for guests to get their hands on BrewDog’s tasty pints. But it’s not just guests that get all the fun – the hotel will also feature a swanky new rooftop bar, too, complete with a fire pit and views of the bustling city. On the colder days, guests can enjoy the ground floor bar – which also act as a restaurant.

10. Ramona Pizzeria

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Bringing to life a previously abandoned MOT garage opposite Mackie Mayor, the founders of Albert’s Schloss have their sights set on Detroit-style pizza – and will be making the project a reality very, very soon. The space is currently undergoing renovations for their grand opening, however, pizza lovers can expect Detroit pan pizza, fresh bakes, booze and fresh coffee.

11. South Manny Flavaz

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Much-loved fried chicken spot South Manny Flavaz is opening its first-ever flagship restaurant early this year, which will form part of the Great Northern’s new development. Spanning two whole floors of fried chicken holiness, fans can expect a purpose-built mezzanine where they can hang out after a long day, and the usual grab and go goodness that the brand is known for.

[Featured image: American Pies Mcr/The Blues Kitchen]

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