Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Disorder is a new bar and restaurant in the Northern Quarter, opening this month, and designed by two college friends from Stockport as a love letter to Manchester. On the food front, Bryan Barber has been hired as executive chef to run the kitchen, with a team of young talented chefs keen to make an impact on the city’s dining scene.

Jump in and try out a dazzling range of classic and undiscovered cocktails

Disorder takes inspiration from the city, which runs through the décor, drinks and food, from its industrial past, vast music scene and modern-day spirit. It takes over the old Walrus venue (more recently the oddly-named Man With The Fish) at 78-88 High Street and will consist of two floors.

The ground floor is designed for dining, with Asian-inspired street food on the menu, as well as a vast array of lagers and sour beers from around the world, including KCBC shipped over from Brooklyn, Shufflehoffer, Mikkler, Verdant and many more, as well as Manchester brewed Cloudwater. Plus you’ll get to jump in and try out a dazzling range of classic and undiscovered cocktails.

The food is Asian fusion, with Japanese sandos being given a twist with black pudding, intriguingly, and cocktails including Asian-inspired Japanese slipper.

L- R: Zuzanna Krawczynsca, age 17 from Tameside, demi chef; Charlie Gibbs, age 22 from Norwich, chef de partie; Bryan Barber age 30 from Stockport, head chef; Holly Leech, age 20 from Gorton, sous chef

The lower floor will play host to live music from bands, DJs, rap artists and more and will have a speakeasy, dive bar feel with a drinks menu and back bar to rival those on a world-class stage. The venue is having a full makeover with huge bifold doors being added to the front opening it up onto High Street, perfect for after-work summer drinks. Comfy Chesterfield sofas will provide plenty of space to lounge in and allow guests to take their tastebuds on a trip around the world with the food and drinks on offer.

A mural by well-known, Manchester street artist, Akse P19, will feature Ian Curtis on one wall, in a nod to the name of the bar. Not like you, dear educated reader, need telling but, of course ‘Disorder’ was the first track on ‘Unknown Pleasures’, the first studio album by Joy Division released on Factory Records in 1979.

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