• Style and sounds as ‘audiophile’ basement bar NAM unveils a new look

Style and sounds as ‘audiophile’ basement bar NAM unveils a new look

27 October 2021 by Deanna Thomas

NAM Audiophile Bar and Kitchen in Ancoats has freshly revamped its downstairs bar and lounge area and has announced a mega line-up of DJs as part of their eclectic curation of basement sessions. The new bar also brings a new Asian-inspired cocktail menu and the launch of a weekday happy hour.

NAM’s basement is a listening space for keen music lovers who are partial to some good vinyl, a decent drink and a chilled-out space to enjoy them in. Hidden in plain sight, in the centre of Ancoats, their basement is home to Manchester’s only superior Audiophile sound system, installed by the masterminds at Brilliant Corners in London. 

The downstairs area has been transformed with a brand-new bar creating a warm, cosy setting to unwind with a craft-beer, a cocktail or pint of NAM Pilsner, while listening to some first-rate music from Manchester and beyond.

A refined programme of genre-crossing DJs soundtrack the basement bar every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm to 12am, playing a diverse mix of soul, disco, house, electronica, R&B, dancehall, hip-hop, afrobeat and jazz, so no week is the same. 

This month sees Abigail Ward, Joey B, Maracuya and FREAKOut Collective transmitting soundwaves through their Klipschorn 80s heritage speakers. In November, Miche & Cosmo Sofi, Lena C, Danuka, Andrea Trout, Soul Twins, Craig Swayward and Irfan Rainy take to the decks. Then in December Laura Jackson, Pablo Blanquito, Tom2Trax, Jim Bane, Acidhousedeathsquad and Talking Drums will finish off the year with a bang.

“We are buzzing to reveal the new space to everyone, it’s an intimate hideout for audiophiles as much as a cosy setting to have a decent drink,” says NAM’s owner and director Nam Tran. “We’ve got some of the city’s finest DJs lined up for the season, and we can’t wait to extend our programme in due course.

“Manchester’s music scene is constantly expanding, pushing forward new sounds so we want to give artists on the scene a space to showcase what they are about while at the same time giving guests an opportunity to listen and appreciate through the best sound system in the city!”

To commemorate the opening of the refurbed bar NAM have curated a brand-new Asian-influenced cocktail menu. Drinks take the flavours of South East Asia to put a spin on classic cocktails. Enjoy a Pandan White Russian, Mango Paloma, Eternal Spring and Give it a Chai! 

NAM have launched a happy hour so you can get two cocktails for £12 between 4pm-7pm every Monday to Friday. During happy hour, you can also sip on a bottle of Tiger for £2.50, a pint of NAM Pilsner for £3 or a bottle of Prosecco for £13.

Throughout the day until the evening, on the ground floor, NAM offers a selection of delicious, authentic Vietnamese street food bursting with flavour. A range of deals on food are on offer each week. Brunch is available every day of the week, with specialities like pandan waffle, salt and pepper hash browns or a breakfast Bánh Mì for something different. On Saturdays and Sundays there’s the option to add bottomless drinks of Prosecco, Gin Punch or Tiger beer.

Monday to Friday, NAM is the go-to spot, with a £10 lunchtime deal that includes any main or brunch dish from the daytime menu to be washed down with a bottle of tiger, house wine or soft drink.

NAM is a community at its core. A home that welcomes guests to unwind, discover and appreciate feel good food, banging drinks and even better music - something for everyone under one roof. The next few months will see a collection of events from listening parties and pop-up stores to takeovers hosted in the basement.

NAM is open every day of the week, Monday to Thursday from 12pm-11pm, Fridays and Saturday from 12pm-12am and Sundays from 12pm-11pm, at 33 Blossom Street, Ancoats M4 6AJ.

Follow them on Instagram @nammcr


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