Cocktails at River Bar, The Lowry

 A little bit of luxury overlooking the river


Keeley Watts


This week our #MCRCocktailGirl Keeley has taken refuge in The River Bar at The Lowry Hotel for a spot of cocktail therapy.

As usual she’s issued them with our challenge  – to create a cocktail which embodies Manchester woman in a glass.

It’s that simple!


Over to you Keeley ……

Address: The River Bar at The Lowry, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, City Centre, M3 5LH
Visited: 6.00pm Wednesday 17th July 2013


Bar description and ambiance


The River Bar at the Lowry hotel is every bit as luxurious as you would expect. Light and airy with lots of seating space, it really excels with a beautiful terrace.

Luckily for us on the day of our visit, the sun was shining over the river, making it the perfect place to sit and admire the view with a good drink.


Lowry Hotel


Lowry Hotel


The bar is a quiet, chilled out and a fabulous haven to let the stress of your day melt away. You would be forgiven for thinking this is just a bar that guests from the hotel can enjoy, but this is far from the truth.

You’ll be welcomed with a warm smile and a decent cocktail from the impressive menu.





Tom has worked in hotel bars for a long time including Great John Street and the Palace Hotel.

He has a passion for cocktails and, being self-taught, loves to play with flavours to see what works. So much so that he designed his first cocktail menu whilst working in a hotel bar – he only brought out when it was his shift!


Tom Lowry Hotel


He’s now managed to get his hands on the menu at River Bar and designed a menu fit for the elite clientele the bar entertains on a regular basis, as well as you or I.

Tom loves traditional British flavours and products with a twist. He is keen to expand the bar’s collection of British wines and beers as well as the already expanding spirit collection.





The cocktail menu plays on traditional British flavours, including a twist on the mojito to include raspberry and apricot.

Another British twist on a classic is the cucumber Collins using Hendricks gin which is infused with cucumber and rose.


Signature drink


Tom’s signature drink and a popular one from the summer menu is the passionfruit and lychee margarita.

Recipe: Fresh limes are muddled with blanco tequila before adding passion fruit puree, sugar syrup and lychee liquor.

This drink is beautifully balanced with a lovely freshness without being overly sweet – the sugar syrup just adding to the flavour rather than enhancing it too much.


Making a cocktail





Manchester Women in a glass cocktail challenge


Tom’s spin on the Manchester woman in a glass cocktail has been ready for some time. So much so that it is now available on their summer menu!

This watermelon martini is vibrant, colourful and refreshing; just like a Manchester woman! Two wedges of watermelon are muddled with Ish gin (Brit-Ish, get it?) and Cointreau giving a rich and luxurious feel to the drink.

It’s then shaken with lemon, sugar syrup and cranberry juice before serving with a wedge of watermelon.




The rich and luxurious feel of this cocktail depicts Manchester women to Tom with an irresistible cheekiness – it’s one to stand out from the crowd. The watermelon gives this cocktail a summery freshness with a wonderful edge provided by the Cointreau.

It’s one that shouldn’t work but really does… pop in and ask Tom to mix you one, you won’t be disappointed.


alstaples's River Bar at The Lowry album on Photobucket



The River Bar at The Lowry, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, City Centre, M3 5LH

Tel: 0161 827 4000



Keeley x  (#MCRCocktailGirl)


Photographs: Mike Warren, Gareth Davies

Our cocktail reviews are not sponsored

Keeley writes her own personal blog – Phat Cupcake


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