The Liars Club, 19A Back Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 2PB
Open daily from 5pm til 4am
The first thing that hits you when you enter The Liars Club is the heat. That welcoming Hawaiian glow sets the scene for what promises to be an authentic Tiki bar.
It’s early on a quiet Thursday night. You take your seat at the bar and are greeted by your bartender Danny, complete with uniform of garish tropical shirt. He offers you a slice of pizza – Hawaiian, of course – as you peruse the menu.
His encyclopaedic knowledge of the offerings will play to your tastes and guide you through over thirty delicious concoctions. And if there’s nothing that takes your fancy he’ll whip you up a special combo.
The mixing process is something to behold. If nothing else, you see that the primary ingredient is good, hard booze. As a rum bar, there are 100 different brands to choose from – the largest selection in the northwest – but there’s also gin, absinthe, tequila, all ripe for imbibing. Then comes the pineapple juice, coconut milk, bitters, cream soda, maybe a dash of seawater – all tastes are catered for.
This goes all together, in the shaker, and gets poured over ice. Not the Titanic masses of ice you might know from chain bars, just enough to keep the drink chilled. Until it’s set on fire.
But the vibe doesn’t thaw. With reggae and Afrobeat playing, you’ll be transported to that private desert island and your worries will drift away. All that’s missing is a hammock.
If you’re still feeling down, the happy hour’s 5-9, when, amongst other things, you can save a third on sharers such as Captain Lyndon’s Treasure Chest, a mammoth flaming serving of rum and prosecco – enjoy responsibly!
Prices range from £2 for a beer or a shot of Jager during happy hour all the way up to £100 for the gargantuan sharers, but regular cocktails cost between £6 and £12. Particularly tasty is the Nightcrawler, a White Russian with a Tiki twist, i.e. rum. For those of you who aren’t into the sweet notes of rum, there’s the drier Royal Rickey with fresh raspberries, Bombay Sapphire and French vermouth.
The Liars Club is the second venture for the owners of the Northern Quarter’s Black Dog Ballroom, and they’ve nailed the vintage Tiki dive bar.
Far from the safety net of the Northern Quarter, The Liars Club took a leap and has brightened up Deansgate.