Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hidden Cocktail Bar Named One of the UK's Best

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hidden Cocktail Bar Named One of the UK's Best

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A HIDDEN cocktail den in Salford is flying the flag for Greater Manchester's bar scene after being named among the UK's best new bars.

Peggy's Bar serves a range of understated, grown-up cocktails using seasonal and innovative ingredients - you just have to find it first. The back alley bar - which is notoriously difficult to spot - opened in the former Corridor site on a tiny road off Chapel Street in June.

The entrance to the bar is easy to overlook: an unassuming door on a dead end road, marked out with a small sign lit with Peggy's logo - a leaf.

Venture inside, and you'll discover one of the best bars in Greater Manchester.

The stripped back space is home to a handful of dimly lit tables which flicker with candlelight, while the sound of Howlin' Wolf crackles over the record player.

Two bartenders welcome customers warmly, and whip up cocktails with quiet, polished movements - they are Adam Day and Shane Kilgarriff: friends and business partners with an insatiable interest for unusual ingredients and boozy cocktails.

Shane's passion for the industry was ignited when running the bar at the Michelin-starred Clove Club in London, when he worked closely with the chefs to create inventive drinks.

"The quality of the produce that was coming through every day was amazing, and they'd do as little as possible to the ingredients, but just bring the best out of them," he explains over the bar.

He also had the opportunity to try techniques on the bar which were usually reserved for the kitchen.

"Things that the kitchen take as basic things, the bars consider to be quite advanced techniques," Shane explains.

He adds: "[The capital] has such a focus for cocktails, there's so much work and people doing interesting things, and I think that's quite hard to come by outside of London."

The barman took his experience to Manchester, near his home in Rossendale, with a view to open his own place. …

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