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Socio Rehab To Close

Pioneering bar goes dark, food phoenix will rise

Written by . Published on December 19th 2012.

Socio Rehab To Close

NORMALLY the first thing we do with food and drink press releases is take out the gush, the crap, the giddy enthusiasm, and the seventeen thousand exclamation marks, and then see if there’s anything left. 

Often there isn't.

But this press release from the Socio Rehab team is different. It is so emblematic of the business concerned that we’re going to run it in all its fecund entirety. And odd grammar.

Some of you may have to wipe away a tear as this Manchester drinks pioneer bites the dust.

But all is not lost.......... 

'Socio Rehab, launched in March 2004, the dream of bartenders Beau Myers and Ian Morgan; an adventurous attempt to shake up the Manchester cocktail scene. 

'An unblinkered focus on innovative cocktails and a personal approach to service, Socio took things to the extreme from day one, run by bartenders for bartenders and cocktail lovers, Socio shunned trends and strived to be pioneers of a fast paced scene. 

'Unconventional and quirky, Socio has been a hit with patrons, and home to the best of Manchester mixological talent. 

'Socio achieved nationwide recognition, frequently touted as best cocktail bar outside of London, winning accolades within Manchester as Bar Of The Year and others we were too drunk to remember. 


'It’s the end of an era - times, tastes and people move on, SOCIO REHAB WILL CLOSE forever after New Years Eve. Our company BeautifulDrinks have decided to focus on food led operations, bringing our passions and talents to your tables. We’ve got fat and grown up, we still love the booze but we like a good bit of food to go with it, and Socio just doesn’t fit this model. 

'It’s been an emotional ride; we’ve sold over 100, 000 rainbow roads and gone through nearly half a million limes, but the biggest hits have been epic parties and even scarier hangovers. 

'We’ll miss you Socio - the people, the parties, the glow sticks, the cocktail menus. We’ve achieved what we set out to – Socially Rehabilitate people who have been over exposed to negative drinking experiences, I’d like to think we made people turn and look and most importantly made people smile and gave a good time.

'So to go out in Socio style we will be hosting an end of the year, end of an era, end of socio, END OF LIFE AS WE FUCKING KNOW IT party, New Years Eve Baby.' 

Back to us at Confidential.

For the NYE party just turn up, there's no door charge, so there will be chaos. 

The good news is that on 22 January a new Manchester player will rise on the Socio site.

This will offer food to surprise and top quality drinks, including a fine range of cocktails - so all is not lost for the mixer sluggers.

What is certain is that Socio will be missed. We can comfort ourselves that this isn't a death in the food and drink family of Manchester, just a change of direction, a career move, a maturing.

We say good luck to the new BeautifulDrinks battleship when she launches and all who set sail in her. 

Let's hope she makes as much of a splash as Socio and Almost Famous did when they launched. We can't wait to read the menu.  

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

TaraDecember 19th 2012.

Shame, I really liked this bar!

SavDecember 19th 2012.

I get my cocktail fix from Corridor.

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Burt CodeineDecember 20th 2012.

Aren''t these the same fella's who own/created Almost Famous above? Not a particularly big drinker of cocktails, but on the rare occasions I drank them it would be in socio rehab - great little place. Perhaps they should consider extending into the car park next door...the kind of 'outfit' which breathes good fortune into the Le N 1/4.2 Quartier Northerne...

John GreenwayDecember 20th 2012.

Devo'ed. Your pina colladas were amazing.....

AnonymousDecember 20th 2012.

But I loved the peanut butter flip :-(

ChorltongalDecember 20th 2012.

I am sad. This bar speaks of my miss-spent youth in my early to mid 20's, living in the NQ before moving out to Chorltonian surburbia in my late 20's. I loved this place on a Sunday night when it was quiet except for the locals and I would go in for a couple of cocktails to make the sadness of Sunday evening a little sweeter with a Disco Baby. Thursdays were a revelation too - in fact every night except Friday and Saturday when it would fill with out of towner townies (especially in the latter years with their bodycon dresses and skyscraper heels). No the Socio I will remember will be seen through my straight edged fringe, 2nd hand clothing and haze of zombies, mai tai and mojitos. Farewell old friend, farewell xxx

4 Responses: Reply To This...
AnonymousDecember 20th 2012.

People from town can wear bodycon and heels as well, you know...

Just because it doesn't suit you doesn't mean people can't just wear what they want.

AnonymousDecember 21st 2012.

god chorltongal you are such a chiche

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

Jesus wept. Please tell me that's a piss take? The people of Chorlton must be ecstatic to have you now.

AshwardoFebruary 17th 2013.

O look darling some awful out of Towners darling darling..that's it, We must escape to chorlton... Have you got a friend called patsie ? Darling

Danny LeonardDecember 20th 2012.

Gutted, upset, distraught and saddened doesn't even cut it!.

Yet another pioneering and outstanding bar to close its doors.

What a damn shame.

To all the Staff at Socio Rehab.
If you're reading this, I wish you all the best and a very prosperous future

Diane NivernDecember 20th 2012.

hey so what IS Beau going to do??? Manchester needs guys like Beau and his team?

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CBBBDecember 20th 2012.

Did you bother reading the story Diane

FentonDecember 20th 2012.

It is a shame but then I remember the past glory at that place; pre-hen doos and the like. If they are focussing on food I take it Keko is being wound down also.....??

AnonymousDecember 20th 2012.

Gingerbread manhattan......

Lisa KenyonDecember 20th 2012.

Nooooooo :-( meh!

AnonymousDecember 20th 2012.

More money in rinsing burgers, same as what everyone else is trying to do... just hope it's not a fad

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AnonymousDecember 20th 2012.

I too am really hoping that Almost Famous has nothing to do with this. We don't need any more burger bars in Manchester.

Calum McGDecember 20th 2012.

This is a real sad piece of news... drinks were amazing... the place felt like someone's garage. Amazing. All a bloody mess inside. Amazing. Lots of good memories xxxx

CastromofoDecember 30th 2012.

chorltongal, grow up.

AnonymousJanuary 1st 2013.

Proper Mexican like Wahaca or Lucha Libre please Beau.

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