A cocktail bar for rock lovers and those in the know – Mojo is one of the best bars in this part of town.
Behind a discreet doorway down a dark, narrow side street is Manchester’s bar for bartenders. As you ascend the steps, you enter a big space with posters and framed photos of rock, pop and blues legends on every spare inch of the walls.
Likewise, the background music ranges from The Stones and Led Zep to The Killers and the Strokes. All the tunes are not spun by a DJ, no sir, but chosen by the bar staff at their custom built digital jukebox behind the bar. The bar itself is one of the longest in the city but, like the oldest pub in Manchester, there’s a very hopefuls vying for that title (who’s got a tape measure?). Up two flights of stairs is another very cool area with red walls, big black leather sofas and views out on to the street.
Ending up at Mojo at the end of night is becoming de rigueur. It opens at five but gets really busy and progressively busier and buzzier from 8pm. If you arrive here late you’ll often have to squeeze past throngs to get to the bar. It closes at 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Since it opened its doors Mojo had made a huge impact on Manchester and has become one of the most buzzing bars in the city centre at past midnight, teeming with journos from the local newspaper offices, rock chicks, indie kids and Manchester’s movers and shakers.
The Food and Drink
There's no beer on draught but an imaginative selection of bottles makes up for it, including Modelo, Cusquena, Brooklyn, Michelob and Spanish beer Mahol. The bar is well stocked with premium spirits and there are shots, shooters and a very good cocktail list which is comprehensive enough to please any industry insider, including Sloe Gin Fizz, Woo Woo and Smokey Martini (Hendrick’s Gin, Caol Isla malt whisky and a twist of lemon) - all for around £5-£6.
The Last Word
One of the best late-night retreats in Manchester, especially if you’re into rock, fantastic drinks and excited banter.