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New Bar/Restaurant In NQ: Kosmonaut Opens Ply

Team behind Northern Quarter favourite to launch on Stevenson Square

Written by . Published on March 19th 2014.


New Bar/Restaurant In NQ: Kosmonaut Opens Ply
 

THE TEAM behind Kosmonaut bar on Tariff Street are set to open a new Northern Quarter venture just off Stevenson Square at 26 Lever Street (opposite Fred Aldous) in 2015.

PLY is not the only new venture to be setting up at the 26 Lever Street address, with another new bar planned for the basement of the building.

PLY bar and restaurant will see the redevelopment of a 5,500sq ft ground floor unit at the address to create ‘a bright creative multi-purpose venue'.

Director Joe Fearnhead said: “PLY is a fresh new concept, completely distinct from the current Northern Quarter offering with some show-stopping elements. It’s a flexible space, with defined areas designed to cater for drinkers, diners, coffee meetings and lazy afternoons.”

Details remain vague with operators declaring via social media: ‘We’re building something different, something special’. Let's hope the name refers to ply as in plying trade, not ply as in plywood.

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PLY is not the only new venture to be setting up at the 26 Lever Street address, with another new bar planned for the basement of the building. Steve Pilling, owner of Liquorice bar on King Street and Damson restaurant at MediaCityUK is soon to open Guilty By Association with bar partner Mark Whyte in the old Paris Wholesale unit.

If PLY goes the way of Kosmonaut, the operators are onto a winner.

The Tariff Street bar, opened in August 2012, and quickly established itself as a city favourite at the more serene easterly end of the Northern Quarter, merging beers, cocktails, food, changing art exhibitions and a fiercely challenged ping-pong league on its way to scooping a brace of ‘Best Bar’ awards last year.

Follow PLY on Twitter @plymcr and facebook.com/plymcr for more details in the coming weeks.

 

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23 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Barry MaginnMarch 20th 2014.

Hate the use of words like 'concept' and 'flexible' in relation to new bars and restaurants. Do they think that corporate-speak actually means anything or resonates with the sorts of people they want to attract? It's actually hugely off-putting as it makes the venues in question seem like cynically crafted profit-orientated ventures. Living Ventures is the worst for this guff.

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Poster BoyMarch 20th 2014.

Er, hello...?

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

Business are generally 'profit-orientated' or they don't last long. Agree about the bollocks-speak though.

Barry MaginnMarch 20th 2014.

I know that...but you'd think a business targeting NQ hipsters should do everything it can to make punters forget that. Surely better to give some story about how it's just a group of guys making a place they'd love to hang out and wanting to share it with other people. Jesus, why do I have to explain that? I'm talking about positioning, not the theory of capitalism. Did you think I didn't realise that most businesses were profit making?

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

What was the name of the bar that Kosmonaut took over from? IIRC it didn't serve alcohol when it first opened.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

Kosmonaut: Great bar, the drinks and the food are excellent - it's such a shame the venue is let down by the rudeness and arrogance of the staff. Made the mistake of taking some out-of-town friends to this bar, only for them to be treated like dirt. Whether you love or loathe Living Ventures, they actually recruit staff who provide a good level of customer service as opposed to this "we'll look down our noses at you because we're doing you a MASSIVE favour by even tolerating you in out bar" attitude so prevalent of the NQ.

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AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: We're banning any reference to the Northern Quarter and the word beard because it's BORING. That's why the original comment here has been removed.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: We're banning any reference to the Northern Quarter and the word beard because it's BORING. That's why the original comment here has been removed.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: We're banning any reference to the Northern Quarter and the word beard because it's BORING. That's why the original comment here has been removed.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

How about tweed or fishermans jackets intead?

SmittyMarch 21st 2014.

Had a similar experience at the Whiskey Jar. My pal had come up from London and we'd been with dinner for a couple of friends. Afterwards we wanted to go to some hipster places to show that we could do that up here in Manc. Unfortunately, the doorman wouldn't let us in as apparently there were too many guys in already and more "ladies" were required. Note: we were well-dressed, not pissed and clearly not scallies. It felt like we were back in the 1970s, and was quite embarrassing. Instead we went to the Eagle in the Village, where there were no complaints about letting in a group of hot, urbane guys who wanted to buy some quality drinks and drape ourselves fabulously over the bar. How is it possible to both love and hate the NQ to exactly the same level at exactly the same time?

AnonymousMarch 21st 2014.

Smitty, that is disgraceful, though does happen a lot in London

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

I'd like to see Stevenson Square pedestrianised... get some tables out there, a bit of greenery..

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EmMarch 20th 2014.

Greenery? In Manchester City Centre? Wash your mouth out!

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

How about a cannabis café?

mike_aMarch 20th 2014.

I'm sure there was a Manchester Confidential article last year on greening the place up and making it more pedestrian friendly..... I also remember seeing a green makeover fundraising page, they seemed to have hit the target but does anyone know what's now happening? spacehive.com/stevensonsquaregreenmakeover…

DH76March 20th 2014.

Do I recall plans to pedestrianise Deansgate? A traffic free area with Greenery is badly needed in M/C.

ShybaldbuddhistMarch 20th 2014.

Mike_A, that looks and sounds brilliant. I'd love to see this happen. I wish i'd have known about it i would have put some money towards it. Anyone got an update on this?

Chris HawkeMarch 20th 2014.

Its already "done" I think. I recall new trees being put in last summer (early July) with excavation and roadwork near Koffee Pot and Slice, replaced crosswalk and some other fairly underwhelming improvements. Better than nothing I guess...

AnonymousMarch 20th 2014.

I’d say that if the staff are looking down their nose at you, you probably deserve it. NQ used to be cretin free, for some reason degenerates seem to think that they are entitled to drink there. Go back to Wetherspoons!

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SquirrelitoMarch 21st 2014.

such a charmer

Karl WheatMarch 21st 2014.

Are some people more entitled to drink there than others?

@ShaunathegrinchMarch 20th 2014.

PLY? Could it be text talk for Play? The ping pong seems to go down well at Kosmonaut, wonder if there will be more of this thing in the new bar.

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