Back in the day Barca was THE place to be seen in Manchester. This was during the raving 90’s and while the bar was owned by Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall. So somewhat inevitably it became a music-cool hub for the likes of The Happy Mondays and their like-minded cohorts. As much as the Northern Quarter is associated with the shabby chic nightlife and indie events of Manchester today, Barca was ten years ago. The team behind the current reinvention (having been involved in the club and restaurant scene for well over a decade) saw all this back in the day which led them to an idea; to bring Barca back for 2013. Even so, it took until now for the concept to finally become a reality again after discovering unusual architectural features that had been hidden away for years – the original plans of Barca! In fact the more they found the more they fell in love and felt like they had to return to the glory days. The team knew that they and, more importantly, their patrons, would love the original design so moved ahead with a ‘de-furb’.
The original splendour of the venue has been brought right up-to-date with tons of seasonal fun this year. The outside patio area is a beautiful place to soak up the sun’s rays when the weather is smiling down and inside the team have created a relaxed vibe where you can spend a great evening without spending a fortune on over-priced cocktails. Equally for those who want to chill out, shisha pipes will be available with lots of fruity flavours as well as the chic Dragonfly Rooms which will of course be in full swing for events of all types with great views of Castlefield and the canal. Expect live events and a tasty seasonal menu with full course meals and canapé-inspired treats for those who can only manage a nibble.
It was a controversial move but with such an array of summer delights on offer, one can’t deny that it paid off. So if, like us, you can’t wait to check out Barca in all its reinvented glory, get down to Castlefield for the re-launch tonight!
Manchester Social will be in attendance so stay tuned for our review!
Barca, Catalan Square, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4RU
0161 839 7099