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In at the deep end – Dive NQ, Manchester.

A new (still under 1 year) bar? In Manchester? What’s different about that then? Ahead of our September Elite Event at Dive NQ next week, we caught up with Holly Forster, Business Development Manager there, to find out what sets them apart in the ever changing Manchester bar scene.

Tell us a little bit about the business & what you do there? 

Dive is an independent bar, restaurant and nightclub, open 7 days a week its a multi-faceted venue serving American style food and unique cocktails, we were recently chosen by Sky Sports and Carling as the number one venue in Manchester to watch sports and with a 5.00am license at the weekends the venue transitions into one of the Northern Quarter’s biggest nightclubs every Friday and Saturday night. I am Sales and Marketing Manager for the venue, with all that going on I am very busy!

How did Dive get started? 

We opened our doors at the end of last November to a very busy Christmas period! The vision of our owners was to create a top casual dining venue but with a background in nightclubs it was key that the venue was able to easily transition into a huge party at the weekends. With facilities for private events, sports viewings, and live music gigs we are able to offer a wide range of options for our customers.

What has been/is your biggest challenge?

Undoubtedly the fact that we are a basement venue does have its challenges however we consider ourselves to be a hidden gem in the Northern Quarter!

Besides Dive, what is your favourite place in Manchester?

Ooh! I couldn’t possibly pick one! I am a fan of Allotment though, very cute venue.

What’s the best dish on your menu?

It has to be the beer can chicken…. (below)

Ok, best drink?

Jungle Juice which is one of our sharing cocktails…comes with a whole bottle of prosecco… (below)

What excites you the most about running a business in Manchester?

Manchester is just such an exciting place to be right now. There is so much development happening and with new places popping up all the time, it keeps it really interesting! No two days are the same!



We’re heading down to Dive this Monday to indulge in some foodie delights (think wings, burgers, cocktails & loaded shakes) but they also play host to pretty much every sporting event you can think of whilst serving up some amazing cocktails and tasty grub to took into. Make sure you check them out soon!