The NQ venue makes the move to Cutting Room Square
We love our independent music venues here in Manchester.
So it was a sad day when Jimmy’s was booted out of its Northern Quarter home back in 2019. The original venue opened in 2016 and quickly filled the live music hole left by The Roadhouse.
The iconic "Started a Fire' neon sign is emblazoned above the kitchen
Founded by brothers George and Jimmy Craig, the bar was unceremoniously given the heave ho to make way for office development on Newton Street. Gone, but definitely not forgotten, we reported back in 2020 that Jimmy's would be streaming gigs online to alleviate the lack of live music blues over lockdown.
But in the best rock ‘n’ roll tradition, Jimmy’s has had a reprise. The new Jimmy’s has found a home in cooler-than-thou Ancoats, on the corner of Blossom Street on Cutting Room Square.
When is Jimmy's opening?
The new location will open its doors on Friday 13 August. It’s straight into service with a bang, with Jimmy’s Famous Bottomless Brunch served until 3pm and followed by a Rock ‘N’ Roll BBQ from 5pm ‘til late on the Saturday.
The Liverpool Jimmy’s has been open for two years and got a rave from our own Vicky Andrews, who described the food as “all killer, no filler”. Indeed, she noted that it is unusual (and very welcome) to find a live music venue that also has great food.
The Manchester menu is divided into small plates, featuring cauliflower candy, buttermilk wings and smoked mac and cheese; trays including Korean tofu skewers and buns, with fillings such as brisket.
Jimmy’s makes strong claims for its roasts while it is famed for its bottomless brunches, with dishes such as confit duck and potato hash and all-you-can-drink booze (see menu).
One can hope that the venue will serve Jimmy’s own Honeycomb Pale Ale a sweet and refreshing sip that is “made from all natural products and lovingly brewed by Mancunian worker bees”.
What's it like inside?
As for decor, Jimmy's will not disappoint long-term fans. There will be classic neon signs on one wall, plus the iconic "Started a Fire' is emblazoned above the kitchen. A red-and-black mural nods to the original design of the carpet.
There will be plenty of Jimmy's signature red and lighting will be provided by glass pebble-shaped lamps and of course those neon signs.
The bar is set over two floors and there will be also an outdoor area for drinking and eating. Food bookings are essential and can be made at the Jimmy's website.
Live music? Unfortunately, that's not on the cards for now for various reasons including the venue's residential location. But you can guarantee the jukebox will be stacked with your favourite riffs.
Cutting Room Square just got that little bit more rock 'n roll.
Jimmy's, 27 Blossom Street, Manchester, M4 6AJ
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