• Rain Bar Reopens After Seven Week, £700,000 Refurbishment

Rain Bar Reopens After Seven Week, £700,000 Refurbishment

14 March 2023 by Sam Easton

After almost two months of being closed for refurbishment popular canal-side spot, Rain Bar, is finally back open for business.

After initially opening in 1999, Rain Bar has been without a revamp for the entirety of its lifespan, until now. The ex-umbrella factory come boozer has new had a new lease of life after it’s £700,000 refresh and it truly is a breath of fresh air into the classic city centre venue. 

The establishment has still kept a sense of its former self with its wooden furnishings and ‘old style’ décor while being brought up to date with more atmospheric lighting, modern furniture and an all-round, up to date metropolitan feel.

Alongside the bar & inside area, the well-loved outdoor section has also been treated to an update and is all ready for brighter days which are hopefully not too far away with spring approaching.

Managing Director, William Lees-Jones had this to say “We first opened Rain Bar in 1999 when it was welcomed into Manchester’s growing hospitality trade, winning The Publican Award in 2000 for the best new pub/bar in the UK and Manchester’s City Life award for the best beer garden in central Manchester. 23 years and £700k later we are re-opening ready to welcome guests old and new.”

While their General Manager, Alex King commented “I joined JW Lees five years ago and we’ve been planning the refurbishment and re-opening since then and now that Covid is behind us we can’t wait for the summer.  It’s a stunning site and I can’t wait to welcome everyone back.”