Speak In Code
Finding itself resting in the top 20 of the top 50 cocktail bars in the whole of the UK, Speak In Code makes everything in house and is passionate about flavour exploration, hospitality, oh, and hip hop, which inspires the drinks menu.
To give you a sense of the care that goes into their creations, when we visited, Track 8 was gin fat washed with sun-dried tomato in oil then mixed with tea lime cordial (a blend of lime juice, pink grapefruit, pink peppercorn, kaffir lime, coriander, bay leaf and turmeric with sugar and Malic acid). This was served with a side of pineapple, red pepper, salt, fresh coriander and coconut yogurt salsa dolloped on a mini papadam.
Other drinks accompaniments and garnishes include a beetroot polenta chip balanced on a glass and coconut meringue, coral and coconut jellied tuile. All the edibles are plant based, including some larger dishes, from pretender tenders to cauli wings.
Speak in Code is a small, low-lit bar, tucked away on a side street between Deansgate and Albert Square. Book in advance to guarantee a table.