South Manchester gets first specialist spirits store of its kind

Location: England

South Manchester is weeks away from getting its very own specialist spirits store thanks to the combined efforts of The Riddles Cocktail Bar and Drinks Enthusiast.

Riddles Emporium will sell pretty much everything you’ll need to make fine quality drinks at home, including a wide range of spirits, high-end products, cocktail equipment, books, bitters, homemade tinctures and syrups.

The shop is said to be the first of its kind in Altrincham and will host regular small tasting events on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as the occasional classic cocktail masterclass.

Located at the former Ivy House site on Regent Road, the guys behind Riddles Emporium hope it will contribute towards the regeneration of the Altrincham Market area.

‘The shop will have a definite synergy with Riddles bar, adopting a similar vintage look and feel with a focus on classic cocktails and timeless flavour profiles,’ owner of Drinks Enthusiast, Dave Marsland, told Imbibe.

‘The new shop will house a wealth of bottles that are not widely available, perfect for special gifts, investment, or simply to vastly improve your own home bar.’

For Marsland, the seed was planted for this shop when he worked for a local retailer in the Drinks Enthusiast early years. ‘The concept has always piqued my interest in offering against the norm, focusing on categories that wouldn’t normally be specialised in,’ he added.

‘The likes of pisco, port and sherry, amaro and agricole will be offered with simple recipe serves and special cocktail packs to offer the customer an opportunity to explore in their own homes, and become more confident when ordering within bars and restaurants.’

The shop will open to the public on 1 April and will be offering a series of five exclusive tasting events, free of charge.

There will be a variety of different tastings covering the worlds of gin, rum, tequila, whisky and vodka. Only 10 free tickets are available for each time slot, so be sure to book yours as soon as possible.

Tickets for these small tasting events can be obtained from Eventbrite, via a link on the Riddles Bar website:


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Holly is the newest addition to Imbibe team. With just over three years’ global drinks writing experience, the UK on-trade now has her undivided attention. She's partial to a Bramble or a peated whisky, and says the list of wine favourites is far too long to list. She's in the right place.

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