Deansgate's newest cocktail spot - Dirty Martini, Manchester
On the never-ending quest to find a good spot for cocktails our search brought us to the newly opened (November 2017) Deansgate bar; Dirty Martini. Set on one of Manchester's notorious party stretches home to Brewdog, Albert Schloss and Revolution De Cuba all on the same street, with Almost Famous across the road for the perfect pre-drink burgers, Dirty Martini stands looking good with its fancy gold detailing and big bold turquoise signs.
The decor has a vintage 1920s hint but yet very modern, with plush booths and bar tables making it look very swanky indeed. The bar spans the whole of the main area and hosts an impressive amount of liquor. As you can probably guess the menu is packed full of every type of Martini you can imagine, but you can still get the classics too like a mojito or old fashioned along with their own "dirty dozen" menu. Martinis are priced at £9 a glass (or £10 for the extra special premium ones) which is pretty standard for a Manchester cocktail and well worth it when you get to watch your cocktail being carefully crafted in front of your very eyes. If you're a gin lover we'd recommend trying the Zeitgeist which is Beefeater 24 gin shaken with rhubarb liquor, fresh lemon juice, chai tea syrup, black currant compote all topped up with fever tree aromatic tonic - it was a clear winner for us and something we'll be back for. Failing that, their espresso martini is worth a try as it comes with butterscotch liquor to really sweeten the deal.
After a few cocktails we wolfed down their super carby meat platter, a board of humous & pittas, mini cheeseburger sliders, arancini, southern fried chicken and Korean vegetable samosas. The perfect post drink grazing food that even Dirty Martini unashamedly know you'd want as they only offer this and a vegetarian option for food but you can guarantee that no one is going to be complaining!
We've been in Dirty Martini on a bustling Friday night and a quieter Sunday afternoon and as you can imagine the clientele and atmosphere is completely different. If you're up for shaking your stuff to a bit of R&B and dance and want to get served slightly quicker than you would in the former mentioned bars head down on a weekend night, but if you're like us and want to relax and have a natter over cocktails and nibbles we'd definitely recommend dropping in during the day - the staff are so attentive and more than happy to talk you through their favourite cocktails.