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Guilty By Association Opens In NQ

First look at the new subterranean bar for Stevenson Square

Written by . Published on June 14th 2014.

Guilty By Association Opens In NQ

GUILTY By Association has opened sotto voce on the corner of Stevenson Square and Lever Street.

The new Northern Quarter bar comes from restaurateur Steve Pilling of the Damson restaurants, the Red Lion in High Lane and Liquorice on Pall Mall, which he co-owns with Guilty By Association bar partner, Mark Whyte.

"It's great to be part of the Northern Quarter. If you come to Guilty you're part of it and that's what it's all about."

It's the latest new opening for the once stagnant and stuttering Stevenson Square, buoyed in the past year by the opening of Rosylee Restaurant and Tearooms, The Fitzgerald and From Dusk til Pawn - now please someone do something about the Habib Bank. 

Guilty By Association, which opens beneath another soon-to-open bar and diner, Ply (from the chaps behind NQ success story Kosmonaut), will be solely focussed on the wet trade. No scran.

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The drinks menu is centred around 'The Associates', a list of thirteen bouncy new cocktails including the Cookie Monster Mess and Melons For Everyone (from £6.50), alongside five 'Hardhitters', the usual suspects of Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds.

Beers are bountiful at Guilty, with four on draught: Guilty's Lager, Amstel, Warsteiner, Thwaites 13 Guns IPA (from £3.80 a pint) and fridges rammed so full with the bottled stuff that it's hard to take in. There's definitely a healthy selection from punk brewsters Brew Dog and Brutal Brewing in there, alongside some Goose Island, Anchor and Pacifico. There's Rekorderlig cider too, for those who like a sugar punch to the mouth.

There's also six whites, five reds and one rose (from £3.70, £14.95 a bottle) and one prosecco (£25 a bottle).

Guilty has been roughed around the edges, a more handsome and polished Twenty Twenty Two - for those in the Northern Quarter know. Brick peeks through the plaster as car seats huddle around huge wooden cable reels. A solitary AC/DC pinball machine battles a foosball table and a potted plant for attention in the corner.

Open 4pm till late Monday to Sunday, Confidential is told Guilty are soon to whip together a booth to host DJs well into the early hours. This is a welcome addition, Hula across the road has become overcrowded and door staff fussy (more than 3 blokes and you're shafted).

"It's great to be part of the Northern Quarter," said Guilty By Association and Liquorice co-owner Mark Whyte. "If you come to Guilty you're part of it and that's what it's all about." Short. Sweet. Cryptic.

Here's how it looks - we'll put up some better pics soon but we thought we best let you in from the get go.


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Co-owner Steve Pilling and some dame

Co-owner Steve Pilling and a friend

Guilty By Association, Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, M1 1FB


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

DanJune 16th 2014.

Great, just what the area needs... another f*****g bar! They Roseylee is not a welcome additional, it's an absolute trash magnet.

SteveJune 17th 2014.

Totally agree Dan. Why the need for yet another bar? It's getting ridiculous.

Calum McGJune 17th 2014.

Well, sorry to counter the negativity but I went in last night and was served by James n James. Very good cocktails and very good hosts. SORRY TO BE POSITIVE.

HbiffJune 17th 2014.

Would pay good money to attend 'An Evening with Dan and Steve' - The noted raconteurs and bon viveurs tackle issues ranging from 'why do people have friends?' to 'why laughing is disgusting' with their famous good grace and humour.

1 Response: Reply To This...
Calum McGJune 17th 2014.

HBIFF, can I buy you a beer please?

Jonathan Schofield - editorJune 17th 2014.

HBIFF you're so right. So for the rest of the day I'm only accepting negative rants if they are either witty or clever.

Danny KellyAugust 19th 2014.

This place could have been AMAZING! the decor is on point BUT rather than just having an open doorway leading down they stick 1 table and chair outside the door for some reason (so the bouncers can sit down?) it looked like the school disco paying a pound to get in to the tuc shop lady kinda scenario. 2nd you walk down the stairs and its got an old peoples home chair lift (i know, i know we live in a pc world where everyone should have access but if the only way in is through cellar stairs is it really necessary to stick a chair lift down a 2cm gap?! come on manchester council? really?) 3rd the bar staff can not make drinks correctly! 4th im pretty sure i got a plastic cup 5th some of the cliental they are letting in were not right for the place... (and i say this in the least pretentious way possible) stevenson Square is not the printworks so lets not make it that.... retail shops are needed now to balance the nq

moragAugust 19th 2014.

I;ve not been here but I have to say hooray for a stair lift and - if it is - an accessible venue. It may come as a shock to the poster above but disabled people come in all ages and flavours. Its not about being PC. Its about being fair and treating all kinds of people with basic dignity. And don't even get me started on the many times bouncers make very rubbish excuses to stop disabled people accessing venues. Would be excellent if reviews contained access details, i think folk may be shocked to realise how many obstacles many people face to just get a drink.

JoSeptember 2nd 2014.

I went here on Saturday and arrived at about midnight with a a couple of girlfriends and managed to get a booth pretty much straight away. We had a couple of cocktails which were amazing, the music was spot on as was the decor, however, on our thrid trip to the bar it was about 5 deep and after 15 minutes we hadn't moved any nearer to getting served. This is obviously a negative about somewhere that serves great cocktails, and i appreciate it means waiting longer to be served however, not even moving anywhere nearer to the bar after 15 minutes is ridiculous

LauraSeptember 10th 2014.

I went here a few Saturday's ago with my friends. It was an unplanned visit but I'm glad we found it. The décor was really cool and chilled, as was the atmosphere. The queue for the bar was quite busy, but I don't think I was waiting a ridiculous amount of time. I wish we'd tried the cocktails! The music was so good! I think it would be one of the top reasons I'm going to go back. We did feel slightly overdressed as we were all in heels and dresses and if we had planned on going to NQ we would not be so dressy, but like I said it was an unplanned visit. Overall I would say this is a great addition to the NQ and it's nice to see a stairlift! The prices aren't too bad either.

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