Your new cocktail spot uncovered.
Joining the ever-growing list of hidden cocktail spots across the city, One Eight Six opened its secret doors late 2019 – and the novelty that is sneaking behind a barbershop mirror to enter never gets old. Disguised behind a fully-functioning barbershop (where you can actually get a haircut before embarking on an evening out), the super suave bar can only be found by those in the know.
Find the right mirror and you’ll be greeted with a luxe, low-lit bar decked out with plush furniture, seriously cool neon lights, and a modest stage area – where live acts (including jazz bands) regularly perform. The venue brings the barbershop vibes in, too, with gorgeous brown leather bench seating giving a nod to the traditional-style gentlemen’s grooming spots.
On the menu is where you’ll find the real magic though, with a whole host of showstopping drinks that make the difference between the typical bar, and the sophisticated speakeasy you’ve always been in search of. From whiskey-based beverages served in a bell of smoke, to the extensive cocktail list which features a number of ‘perfect’ gin serves, there’s a touch of class for everyone.
One Eight Six is currently open Thursday-Sunday, with doors opening at 6pm Thursdays and 4pm the rest of the week. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests are welcome to drink til 2am, with doors closing at midnight on Thursdays and Sundays. You can find the secret spot at 186 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WB – just remember, you’ll need to find the secret mirror door in the barbershop!