If you've seen the television series 'Boardwalk Empire', you'll know all about the prohibition era. It was a nationwide ban on the sale (as well as the production and importation) of alcohol that was in place in the United States in the early 1930's.
This ban saw the beginnings of the speakeasy, an establishment that illegally sold alcohol - so-called because people spoke quietly about such places when in public or inside it, so they didn't alert the police or the neighbours! They largely disappeared after Prohibition was ended in 1933, and now the term is used to describe retro style bars.
One such bar in Manchester is The Fitzgerald - which calls itself Manchester's best speakeasy bar, and I have to agree! The vibe here is laid back; cool, and quirky - and the cocktails are fabulous.
It's in the bustling Northern Quarter area of the city, and is a great place to spend your evening - at around £7 per fabulously mixed cocktail, it won't break the bank either. I'd highly recommend the Mary Pickford - a sweet rum cocktail which is combined with Grand Marnier, Grenadine and pineapple - yum yum!