Manchester based fashion and lifestyle blog

4 September 2015

LIFE: Washouse Manchester

I'm always on the look out for new places to go, and when I heard about Washhouse, I knew it had to be on my list.  Its owned by the same guys as The Laundrette in Chorlton, which is one of my fave places, but the great thing about Washhouse is that it's secret, and they make you work to get in!!

You have to find the phone number (their website is designed to look as though its for a laundrette), call and ask to book a machine to wash a certain number of items of clothes (people) and they will call you back to confirm your booking.  I'm not going to post the web address or the phone number as half the fun is finding it, but I promise you won't be disappointed with the cocktails if you do manage to get a table!

The front of the bar is designed to again look like a laundrette, with a phone on one side which just says "Press Me".  Feeling all Alice In Wonderland, I told the person on the other end of the line that I had a machine booked to wash 2 items of clothing and the door opened!

I promise you  will not be disappointed with the cocktails, in fact they were pretty damn amazing.  The menu caters for every taste and each one (and we had a fair few) was mega!!

This was my favourite, Fools Gold, a mix of Rhubarb gin, ginger liqueur and vermouth.  Quite possibly the strongest cocktail I've ever tasted but that was over ridden by the mini ice cream which it came with!!

Another one I tried which I loved was Let Them Eat Cake, a creamy mix of gin, sloe gin, elderflower and cardamom infused apple juice, topped of with a lil piece of Battenberg cake!!  Literally divine, especially for a gin lover like me!

I'd totally recommend Washhouse.  Despite the quirky nature of having to get in, the cocktails are amazing, and the vibe is really chilled.  The place only fits about 50 people, so is really intimate, with black leather booths and a DJ playing some really cool tunes.  You only get tables for 2 hours, so its a great place to do as a 1st or last stop, I know I'll definitely be booking for our next girls night.

Good luck finding it, let me know what you think!



  1. This place sounds amazing - I can't wait to check it out. Always looking for new cocktail bars to try out in the City. Great post!

    1. It's a great place Hannah, sure you'll love it!!


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