Red Light: Manchester’s new LGBTQ+ cocktail bar opens and we tried its signature Apple Martini

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We tried some delicious cocktails at Manchester’s new LGBTQ+ cocktail bar at Kampus close to the Gay Village.

Manchester city centre's first LGBTQ+ cocktail bar has opened as part of the Kampus neighbourhood close to the Gay Village. Red Light serves innovative, house-made cocktails in a Victorian warehouse off Little David Street and opened its doors to its first customers on Wednesday 3 May.

The reservations-only space is a laid-back lounge which blasts disco beats and allows patrons to select from a list of specially- crafted cocktails, including some twists on modern classics.

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We went down to speak to its founder Deana Ferguson and try some of the bar's signature drinks.

The bar’s signature twist on an Apple Martini The bar’s signature twist on an Apple Martini
The bar’s signature twist on an Apple Martini | LTV

Deana said: “We’ve created a cool and edgy queer bar that couples’ incredible drinks with top-notch service, something that we know will compliment what’s already on offer in this area.

“Red Light is an LGBTQ+ space but everyone is welcome. Our walls will be adorned with queer local artists, showcasing Manchester’s finest talent, and celebrating icons from history.

“We have a selection of signature cocktails that I’ve been perfecting over the years. Red Light is dimly lit and intimate, the perfect date spot or somewhere to simply while away the night with some of the best drinks in town.”

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