Simple formulas are winning formulas, and the best of these unpack into galaxies. If we’re talking culinary alchemy, Bourbon & Black have got it right and brilliantly balanced with their bar and restaurant concept. Bourbon connoisseurs and maestros of the grill (as they like to profess, it’s charred not burnt), Bourbon & Black serve up the smoky finest in food and drink from their chic, pared back brick premises down Wilmslow Road in Manchester’s Didsbury. Book some elbow space now.
Bourbon & Black’s universe begins, and ends, with their pride and joy, that hallowed top shelf racked with bottle after bottle of the world’s finest bourbon whiskies. Limited runs, old classics, and upstarts on the scene all make an appearance at this Didsbury bar, and there’s even a few cameos from bourbon’s cousin rye. Whether you’re a man mad for an Old Fashioned, a chic Manchester chick dreaming of Manhattan over a Manhattan, or a neat and naughty Keith Richards type, Bourbon & Black’s Wilmslow Road watering hole has your back when it comes to the beloved oak barrelled hard stuff.
And then there’s the Black, the sublimely curated food menu that takes its cues from international cuisines and offers Didsbury and Manchester’s foodies a range of charcoal-grilled delights and then some. Bourbon & Black’s theatre kitchen is the other star of the show, the other half that gets diners primitive appetites going. Southern jalapeno poppers, mussels and bones, AKA racks of ribs, best sauced in Bourbon & Black’s signature sauce. Burgers and gourmet sandwiches call up chargrilled chicken and beef, pulled pork, and nut and cheese vegetarian patties for the less carnivorously inclined. All manner of succulent steaks are stellar options at this Wilmslow Road eatery, seasoned with the house dry rub and served with grilled mushrooms and tomatoes, crispy kale and hand-cut chips. Bass heads and the cod-eyed will tip their hats to Bourbon & Black’s fresh seafood selection, too, and don’t forget to finish with the bourbon butterscotch sticky toffee pudding.