Preview: Mahiki, Manchester

Adam Lowe

Next week, the city of Manchester celebrates the arrival of pioneering Polynesian party haunt Mahiki at 1 Central Street. Mahiki, which means ‘path to the Underworld’, is already famed in London for its award-winning cocktails and trendy Tiki vibes. Mahiki will now bring the Aloha spirit of inclusivity and generosity to the North.

The venue will be split into two rooms to offer two unique experiences. The first is a cocktail lounge area accessible from Southmill Street, which will open daily from 5pm (12pm on Sundays for brunch), offering guests the chance to unwind in an elegant setting. The original windows have been restored to their former glory as part of the building’s renovation work, bathing the space in natural light, while the newly installed kitchen will serve up unique Pan-Asian bar snacks and sharing platters.

After dark is when Mahiki’s club area comes to life. At 11pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the Central Street doors to the club area will swing open to welcome Manchester’s famous night-time revellers for a slice of international fun.

The club promises exotic dancers, great music, and inimitable cocktails including Mahiki’s signature serve, The Treasure Chest: an epic concoction is served in a real treasure chest, featuring Mahiki Rum, the finest brandy and peach liquor, shaken with lime and sugar, and topped with a bottle of Moët & Chandon.

Mahiki first opened in London’s Mayfair 12 years ago, and has since won the hearts of innumerable A-listers including Rihanna and Harry Styles, while HRH Prince Harry is also a known fan.

Now an award-winning global brand with premises in London, Marbella, Sardinia and Dubai, Mahiki will bring its oasis of good vibes to Manchester after Mahiki Mayfair co-founder and entrepreneur Piers Adam joined forces with the former Manchester United defender and GG Hospitality Director Gary Neville.

Mahiki Manchester co-founder, Piers Adam, said: “Mahiki are thrilled to be expanding the Aloha spirit and bringing our synonymous Polynesian Tiki glamour to Manchester. This is a city with community at its core, and we are thrilled to be partnering with one of Manchester’s very own, Gary Neville. Together we will ensure we retain our reputation for world class cocktails and fun.”

Gary Neville, Director at GG Hospitality, said: “We are excited to bring Mahiki to Manchester, it has long been known in London and overseas for offering a unique, fun experience and now Manchester will be able to offer that too. Mahiki is a global celebrated nightspot and we know the people of Manchester will not be disappointed, it will add a new exciting vibe to the ever growing nightlife scene in the city centre.”

Zerum Consult, based in Manchester, acted as planning consultants on behalf of GG Hospitality and Mahiki.

The press preview night kicks off tonight, with the first public opening next week.

About Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people. He sometimes performs as Beyonce Holes.