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Arnie Hira is celebrating his first year at Odyssey next Thursday with a party by invite only; Gordo is clearly first on the list...

Written by . Published on June 9th 2006.


On Bars And Booze

Odyssey is One

Arnie Hira is celebrating his first year at Odyssey next Thursday with a party by invite only; Gordo is clearly first on the list. The club has survived strange goings on in the kitchen, over-active young ladies in the booths and Arnie’s cosy habit of wearing ladies' underwear. (Gordo, are you sure you have cleared that with the lawyers?- Ed). The gaff has settled down and is doing well with North Cheshire’s first-generation big dosh set. Which doesn’t include Ratty and The Rabbit, who go there anyway.

Sugar Lounge Re-Opens

Sugar Lounge was the original flash gaff for serious Manchester dosh. Murder to get in for many years, the club became a Mecca for the drug boys. The place slid quickly downhill once Sintillate arrived with R and B, doing a night every week which every wannabe idiot running around on the Bolivian marching powder was desperate to go to.

The highlights came when the club, having not paid itsquo;s bills, was supplying Tesco’s finest brand champagne, only taking cash (no credit cards, clearly the bank was holding onto the credit card money) and one simpleton threw another over the balcony. It was so full of simpletons.

However, the club has been taken over recently by some serious players who will take no nonsense, have a great door policy and know the score. They will be playing Funky Vocal House with Club Classics, just right for the new dressed up crowd that Obsidian attracts with their now legendary Dave Haslam night once a month.

The fact remains that Sugar Lounge is a great venue in a great spot. Well managed, it’s a banker. The race is on; with Ithaca coming to town, Panacea doing famously and Cocoa Rooms with queues round the corner it will be interesting to see who suffers. There is in Gordo’s mind one too many in that lot. But the competition will be good for us punters.

Gordo is taking bets that Sugar Lounge will be one that will be standing this time next year. Watch out for the article next week.

Rosé Wine Alert.

Take a tip from Gordo. Warm weather, go for a bottle of rosé wine, Gordo has two recommendations. Firstly, he has spotted the king of rosé wines, Domaine Ott from Provence, France. Gordo used to guzzle this stuff at Club 55 on the beach in St Tropez when he lived there. It’s completely gorgeous, Gordo hasn’t had a go at this for many years until a month ago at Establishment. Every bit as lovely as he remembers, charming berries with a lush vanilla finish. Be warned, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Get it at Harvey Nichols wine department. Sorry, it’s twice as much as virtually any other rosé. Domaine Ott Provence Rosé - Provence, France. £22.50 at Harvey Nichols

Gordo’s second recommendation is Sabai, the new designer wine drink from the owners of Red Bull. Gordo has had a bottle lurking on his desk for the past six weeks. It was opened today as ManchesterConfidential.com have been asked to come up with a promotional plan. The staff gathered round ready to give it a good (private mind) pasting. Actually, it is bloody good. It’s ‘a sparkling rosé blend of premium white wine with the red fruit of the hibiscus flower’. Actually a spritzer, everyone in the office agreed that it’s a little honey. Look out for our promotions on Manchester Confidential next week. Sabai is £2.80.

Mojo Manchester Scoop National Award

Mojo, the bar that is fast becoming the late night venue of choice for both the property developers and the restaurant/bar worker bees has scooped the Best Late Night Bar accolade at the national Theme Bar and Restaurant awards on Tuesday night this week. Mojo has proved its worth having made the difficult journey across the Pennines from Leeds.

Nikki ‘The Goddess’ Goddard

Commiserations to Manchester Confidential’s Nikki Goddard, Cocktail Goddess. Nikki won the regional finals a couple of months ago, but was pipped at the post at the nationals. Never mind Nikki, we all love you!

BBC Coming To Manchester

Lots of messing about here. What the hell is going on? Have you got any gossip? Inside Info? We keep your name out of it and buy you dinner if you have a good scoop; email Gordo with titbits.

Manchester United Book: A Snip at £3k!

Harvey Nichols, famous for bargains, have another one for you. Here is the press blurb. Get in quick, they are selling like hot cakes. Make sure you have plenty of width on the old credit card…

“Kraken Sport Media Limited and Manchester United have forged a unique partnership to produce an epic 850-page work measuring ½ metre square and weighing over 35 kilograms. An example copy of this prestigious publication is available for viewing on the menswear department at Harvey Nichols Manchester and advance orders are now being taken (the Opus will be published in October 2006). Given the strictly limited signed print run, competition is fierce to get on the waiting list!

The Opus contains over 400,000 words written by a selection of the finest sports writers in the UK including Hugh McIvanney OBE, Paddy Barclay, James Lawton, Jim White and Jonathan Norcroft and 2,000 of the most iconic and spectacular photographs, painstakingly researched from over 2 million images. It features never-before seen images commissioned from some of the world’s top sports photographers and exclusive ground breaking editorial, including interviews with United greats such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Denis Law, Ryan Giggs, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Wayne Rooney. With over 40 newly commissioned photo shoots, the Manchester United Opus is an unprecedented visual feast and the definitive work on this revered sporting institution.

The Manchester United Opus is now available for pre-order at Harvey Nichols Manchester, priced at £3000.”

Golly.
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