On paper, Cottonopolis could be yet another Northern Quarter bar, with its shabby chic industrial interior and meticulously selected cocktails and beers.
Thankfully, it’s not. Cottonopolis stands apart due to its inventive merging of concepts. In this case, the buildings’ industrial Northern heritage and our appetite for fresh, quality Pan-Asian small plates.
Inside, it’s clear that blood, sweat and tears were shed to achieve Cottonpolis’ concept. In short, it feels loved. Attention to detail also shows in its name and logo – a signature Manchester worker bee referencing the city’s unprecedented industrial growth in the 19th century. Sitting on one of Cottonopolis’ high stools, among rustic wooden trimmings and seasoned brickwork, you really feel the working past of the building.
Cottonopolis moves away from traditional, insular dining habits, i.e., one big plate of food per person. Instead, it encourages a much more social way of eating, echoing Spanish and Japanese cultures. The dishes are fresh and of uncompromising quality, with small plates coming in between £ 4 – £ 23. Sashimi, yakitori and bao buns go down well with the creative and downright beautiful cocktails on offer – try a Matcha Box or Twirling Geisha.
Cottonopolis has made a brave move to marry the world’s two greatest cultures (Japanese and Mancunian – you know it’s true) and continues to thrive in the ever-competitive Northern Quarter.