Our Zar Bar Review
This Bar has stood out from the crowd from the outset. It has a completely unique location, while still being a short walk from the Universities on Oxford Road. Arch alone is probably responsible for the area being dubbed the ?Southern Quarter?. The purpose built building is very good looking, inside it is spacious, perfect for the variety of DJs and musicians it regularly plays host to. There are two levels and a balcony (probably more suited to summer evenings than the current climate), and the design throughout is modern and stylish.
As well as a well stocked bar the food menu is also extensive and should have something to suit all tastes. It has had rave reviews from everyone form ourselves to the Guardian, so it probably doesn?t get a lot better than that!
Coming up this winter:
Tuesday 8pm-1am FREE
All That Jazz Jam Session
All That Jazz Jam session has been going for two years and is a live offshoot of the seven year old monthly club night at Music Box. Both nights celebrate music from a wide spectrum such as future jazz, soul, reggae and world music. Every week, the jam session sees most of Manchester?s best session players pop by at one time or another. Every week the house band changes so that regulars get a steady dose of ever changing inspiration. Big names such as Amy Winehouse and New York Afrobeat band Antibalas have been known to come down and do a bit. Players and singers of all things soulful are most welcome to just turn up, introduce themselves and join in.
Thursday 9pm-1am FREE
Blood and Fire Sound System
Blood and Fire is an offshoot from its namesake formed eight years ago with a remit focused on raising the calibre of reggae reissues. The label has seen very collectable releases from King Tubby, The Congos and Horace Andy. Their dedication to the cause extends to the live and club arena taking up popular residencies all over Manchester. Last year Blood and Fire which was held on a Sunday at Arch was consistently rammed. This year held every Thursday Dom Sotgiou continues to play loud and proud ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, rub a dub, dancehall and lovers.
Friday/Saturdays 8pm-2am FREE
On Fridays and Saturdays Arch has its mind set on quality music and DJ's of excellent calibre. The resident line-up which is rotated weekly includes Rob Bright (Bugged Out). Bambu DJ's (Andrea Ahimie, Danielle Moor (Crazy Penis) et al).
Fat City Recordings provide Martin Brew, Matt Trigg and Darren Laws. John Stammers and Ben Lamb (Canteena), Paula n Tabs (these ladies are Manchester legends) and All That Jazz's Lee Speed.
Sundays 6pm-12.30am FREE (Sunday lunch served until 6pm)
Resident DJ's Moonboots and Jason Boardman plus most excellent guests. Originally the night began as Aficionado's personal slant on Balearic music.in Manchester!
"The whole night starts off quite relaxed," says Jason, "but over the evening it can head off in any direction from latin and Brazilian to moments of old acid house."
Future guests include: Eliot Eastwick and Oscar (Just Landed), Danny Webb (Music Is Better), Huw Moggsy (Harter Street) and Darren Laws (Fat City Recordings). The atmosphere, as always is blinding.
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Stretford Road M15 6DL
0161 227 7550