First, Calum Best liked the fact that I corrected his grammar.
I went to Proof, the Friday night in Panacea. The weather- sleet- really put a damper on proceedings, in more ways than one, and the club was dead. Their glass collector looks like Stamper from Tomorrow Never Dies. Would have been good if busier. The nightlife scene will, until the main Christmas nights, be similar to this. Didn't stay long.
Yesterday I ticked off a few bars from the Hit List, which has been heavily revised over the years as new bars and clubs have opened up. My date and I started at West Corner, a nice little restaurant on Hilton St in the Northern Quarter, and made our way around a few new venues in that area.
Next: Turtle Bay for some rum shots (must try the food here). Busy with good happy hour deals.
We found a drunk stag do in Flok, a Spanish-style place which the MEN describes as 'Manchester's first sherry bar.' Unique décor with a tiled floor, strange mounted decorations and a full-sized bank vault downstairs, the bar stands out from its neighbours for it's low key visuals mixed with upmarket deep house. I like. I did think it was a bit unfair the management to tell us off for singing swing classics with the stag do, though.
We moved on to Soup Kitchen, a fragrant little venue serving, you guessed it, soup, to people on long rows of tables like a scene from Oliver! Or something. I would have been up for soaking up the atmos a bit longer but my date wasn't feeling it.
A satisfying night all in all. In February (after we've been paid and the sales are over, and it gets warmer and the nightlife scene picks back up) I'll probably set up a meetup to go around this area with Manchester Cool Bars.
Last night we'd started off in the early evening, so I was actually sober enough to get to Writers Connect for the first time in ages. More on this on Wednesday.