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The Drinks Emporium: The Corn Exchange Transforms

The Corn Exchange to be overrun by bars 24-27 October

Published on September 2nd 2013.

The Drinks Emporium: The Corn Exchange Transforms

MANCHESTER’S Corn Exchange is transforming itself into a ‘drinks emporium’, showcasing and celebrating the city’s diverse drinks scene. 

The event is part of the process of introducing the Manchester public and visitors to the planned changes for The Corn Exchange

A mix of the best bars, mixologists and liquor gurus will occupy the empty retail spaces for four ‘big party’ nights within the mall and convert them into themed, pop-up drinking dens from 24-27 October.

There’ll also be a DJ stage and central seating area creating a ‘bar festival’ experience under the dome of the Edwardian building

The good news for tipplers and toasters is that the event is completely free.

Legendary bar, Socio Rehab, which closed on New Year’s Eve 2012,  is to be recreated as ‘Socio Reborn’. Manchester bar stalwarts The Ducie Bridge will create their own acoustic bar, and Mark Addy’s Robert Owen Brown will bring a Cider Fest to the proceedings with his pop up venue - The Barn Yard. Meanwhile Kro Bar will host a mini real ale festival.

XFM Manchester  will be adding to the soundtrack with DJs at the XFM Stage.

The event is part of the process of introducing the Manchester public and visitors to the changes due to take place at The Corn Exchange. The vision is for a building completely dedicated to food and drink - as the image below indicates.

For full details of this epic transformation read our article The Corn Exchange to become all food.

How The Corn Exchange may look when it is all food and drink

How The Corn Exchange may look when it is all food and drink

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Manc GuySeptember 2nd 2013.

Nice idea. It's sad to see the photo above and compare it with how it looked pre-June 1996. I hope the new design is more simpathetic to the building and its history.

DavidSeptember 3rd 2013.

This space will never work unless they put back the original floors.There is too much dead space in the building.What they should do is concentrate on food stalls and restaurants and cafes.The food court in the Arndale next to the fish market,is the kind of thing they should be looking at.But they have more space,so have the opportunity to do something on a much bigger scale.Both this building and the Exchange building have been wasted opportunities since 1996,suffering from ownership that does not have a clue what to do with them.

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Axel LariatSeptember 3rd 2013.

Ditto Leeds Corn Exchange, which at least still courts independent traders, but is really struggling for footfall. To be fair to Manchester, at least they are showing some initiative with this food & drink week. I'm just about old enough to remember the Manchester Corn Exchange in its old guise, and maybe it's just nostalgia, but it's a shame that it was changed into yet another unnccessary space full of high street stores (see: The Avenue, Spinningfields).

AnonymousSeptember 15th 2013.

Do you need to buy tickets for this in advance?

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