One Eight Six, Manchester’s newest cocktail club, live music venue and barbershop opens its doors to the public
The number of new openings in Manchester is showing no sign of slowing down any time soon, as the city welcomed a new venue into the fold in late 2019.
One Eight Six is a barbershop with a twist, as underneath its row of barbers’ chairs sits an all-night drinking den which caters to Manchester’s late-night party vibe.
Located right in the very heart of the city centre, the venue will occupy the vacant Grade II-listed 186 Deansgate building – and following a month of softs will provide a full hair cutting and styling service seven days a week, doubling up as a live music cocktail club when night falls.
One Eight Six has been conceptualised by renowned local entrepreneur Dean Mac, who has entertained the city for a decade with his live music entertainment
Co-Founder Dean said: “Manchester’s night-time economy has never been more thriving, and so we felt it was the perfect time to bring something a little bit different to the mix.
“We loved the idea of two venues in one and wanted to offer people unrivalled experiences and something edgy but decidedly sophisticated – so One Eight Six was born.
“The jewel in One Eight Six’s crown is without doubt the programme of live music that we have curated; we’ve got an unique programme including Motown Mondays, ‘The Sublime Seven’ & some brilliant acts and it has been great to receive some incredible feedback on the venue.”
Dean has curated the live music offering, bringing a rotating line-up of musicians to the cocktail club each week.
The barbershop element of the venue is headed up by Scott Patel, who already has his own successful barber shop in Horwich for over 12 years. Scott will oversee the shop with 8 chairs which will be operational 7am-7pm, five days a week and will then open 9-5 on Saturday’s and 11-5 on Sunday’s.
Scott added: “To be given the opportunity to open a barbershop in Manchester city centre is something I’m really excited about.
“The added aspect of a live music venue downstairs makes this one of the coolest places in the city and it’s been great to work with Dean and Alan on bringing it to life – we’ve got a clear creative vision and we look forward to welcoming the wider public into the venue.”
The drinks menu features concept cocktails including ‘Jail Bird, Scandalous & love and other drugs’. The bar will serve drinks and bar snacks only.
Dean continued: “We are so glad we have been able to share One Eight Six’s unique personality with Manchester and look forward to the venue now being fully operational.”