"Dukes 92 is one of Manchesters top destination bars. To continue this success its crucial we create a space that works just as well for laid-back lunches as it does on Saturday nights. "
James Ramsbottom from Elle R Leisure
The former stable block for the horses that pulled the barges up the Rochdale Canal, was converted into a bar in 1991. It is one of Manchester’s most enduring city centre bars, particularly popular in the summer months, when drinkers and diners enjoy the canalside location next to Lock 92, from which it takes its name.
To mark the 25th anniversary, the 6,000 sq ft space will be stripped back to the brick to reflect its industrial heritage and softened with hotel lobby style furniture. The focal point will be a 50 ft long main bar, and trees and foliage will extend right through the building to an extended covered terrace, with dining throughout. There will also be a private dining room to seat up to 14 people with its own outside private terrace.
There will be a greater focus on food with a carefully curated menu, from Albert’s Executive Chef Rebecca Bardsley. There will be DJs on Friday and Saturday nights and live music every Sunday.
James Ramsbottom, Managing Director of Elle R Leisure said: “This project is the culmination of 12 months of careful planning. We are fortunate to have a fantastic building in an amazing location and this has made Dukes 92 into one of Manchester’s top destination bars. To continue this success it’s crucial we create a space that works just as well for laid-back lunches as it does on Saturday nights when there will be a DJ to entertain the weekend crowd. I’m very excited about the transformation and looking forward to revealing our new look in the spring.”
Castlefield-based multi-award-winning interior designers, SpaceInvader, who were behind the interior design of Manchester’s Central Library, has been appointed to the project.
John Williams, Director at SpaceInvader said: “We want to create something that is respectful of the area’s industrial past and use Duke’s existing features as a striking base for the scheme. We also want to connect the outside and bring in the industrial and canal themes. The brief allows us to combine raw textures but compliment with a softer palette and space.”
Dukes 92 will move into a temporary home in a tipi on the terrace from 2 January 2016 for a 3 month period. The Albert's Shed restaurant and function rooms above will remian open.