On Saturday a merry band of five of us hopped on the train to Manchester , with the intention of braving the Christmas markets and going for a few cheeky drinks. Well it rained.And it rained a lot! So the markets sort of took a back seat ( apart from a quick mug of warming gluhwein and a hog roast buttie) and the cheeky drinks commenced! Happily we had booked a slot at a secretishhhh Cocktail Bar in the Northern Quarter. Its called The Wash House. And its entrance is disguised as a Laundrette…
The mock laundrette comes complete with washing machines, a tumble dryer full of smalls and an old fashioned rotary dial phone. The phone is there to let the staff know you have arrived ( or want to pick up your service wash 🙂 ), and you are then buzzed through a washing machine door…… into a different world entirely.
My photos are going to be a wee bit dark but The Wash House has that rather illicit speekeasy vibe. We were ushered to our booth by a friendly waitress and presented with menus packed full of cocktail choices. There were so many to choose from, it was hard to decide. But we did ok!
As well as cocktails you can also order bottles of wine,champagne,spirits ,beers and soft drinks. In our allotted hour and a half we managed two cocktails each and the boys enjoyed a beer too. It was great to have table service though this was reflected in the bill! But hey we were out in the Big Smoke. And to us that’s a Special Occasion. 🙂
Remember its advisable to book. I can whisper you the telephone number, if you can’t find it….