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An outdoor ‘secret garden’ bar has appeared in the Northern Quarter

An outdoor ‘secret garden’ bar has appeared in the Northern Quarter
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An under-used patch of land in Manchester city has been transformed into a ‘secret garden’ bar.

Due to open next week, Mala is an open-air venue that’s taken shape outside the Chapter One bookshop and cafe, on the corner of Dale Street and Lever Street.

The area, at one time a notorious drug den, has now been surrounded by hoardings and filled with twinkling fairy lights, cabins and greenery.

Work here actually started back in late autumn 2020, with ambitious plans to turn it into an outdoor venue inspired by Alpine villages.



Cabins that will soon be available for private groups

Unfortunately, the November lockdown and subsequent strict tier system put an end to that dream, and the team behind it have flipped it into a pretty pastel garden instead.

Guests will enter through enormous pale green doors on Dale Street.

Inside, small individual cabins, designed to look like cable cars (complete with rope connecting them by the roof), have been painted a soft coral colour.

Several small shed-like huts have also been built and individually decorated, which guests will be able to use in groups of up to six people when restrictions ease in mid-May.

There are also picnic benches and long tables undercover dotted around the tiered garden.

Eventually, this same plot outside Chatsworth House will become a Parisian-style garden.



The cable car-style huts

Mala will have a range of summery cocktails on its menu, from Spritzes and pornstar martinis to fruity mojitos, as well as Camden Town beers and Paulaner pilsner on tap.

Although there’s no food offering on site, there will be an app that visitors can use to browse the menu of half-a-dozen nearby restaurants who will deliver food to their table.

The exact list of restaurants is still being finalised, but will all be nearby local businesses.

It comes in partnership with Chapter One and Buzz Ventures, the company that was also behind plans to open a rooftop bar on a carpark at First Street.

Mala will be open Tuesday to Sunday from midday to 10pm.

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