Smithfield Social

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Neon signage ensures Smithfield Social – a bar-within-a-bar – is no speakeasy, but as you descend the stairs from high-energy Bluu bar above, you’ll find this bluesy basement cocktail joint does have a Prohibition aura about it. Studded brown leather booths and pewter tiles add to the feel. Bartender Tony Lovatt is busy making a name for himself in the world of smoked cocktails, so start off with a smoked Rosemary and Rhubarb Daiquiri and progress your way to a fiery, chocolate number called The Aztec Old Fashioned. If you’re in a sharing mood, go for The Smithfield Punch Sharer, which comes in a natty teapot with mismatched cups and saucers. The ice is smoked, rather than the drink, so it’s not overpowering. There are just two downsides to the venue: the bar can become a thoroughfare for the loos, and the loud music upstairs occasionally overpowers the basement vibe.


Smithfield Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1BC

0161 839 7195 0161 839 7195


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