Sugar Lounge – Deansgate Locks, Manchester, M1 5LH map
- Sugar Lounge opened on the Locks a few years ago, an exclusive bar in Manchester catering for those lucky sod’s who had American Express black cards, tailor made designer suits and earning more in savings account interest each year than the rest of us receive as a salary. They had an expensive membership scheme and a strict guest list door policy. It was proudly highly pretentious and even the doormen wore tailored Versace or Hugo Boss uniforms. In reality though, most people with Amex Black cards (especially the footballers) can’t afford to be regularly snapped out on the town and most punters were probably spending more in credit card interest than they were earning as a wage. As with all these types of bars, membership schemes only work for a year or two until the next exclusive bar comes along. And whilst it may have hosted private parties for the likes of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Dias, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams, it also became just as well known for its attraction to the ‘street’ crowd. It was no surprise that the venue closed down in December 2005 after less than 3 years. In fairness, the rent on a property like this must be horrendous and with such small space inside (it’s the smallest of all the bars on Deansgate Locks), the owners must have been hard pushed to make a real profit out of it. This was notoriously reflected in the drinks prices too.
Sugar Lounge eventually re-opened in June 2006 under new management (rumoured to be a Premiership footballer) and has changed all its policies, although thankfully not the interior, drastically. Gone is the gangster-friendly r’n’b in favour of cool soulful house music. Also gone is the pretentious guest list in favour of a more friendly “you look smart enough, come in and enjoy yourself” attitude. It’s a welcome change and hopefully the new management will be rewarded for such a move because this is still one of the classiest bars in town!
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