A new Manchester bar is aiming to put a fresh spin on the tropical concept.
Located in King’s Court, Atrincham, Marigot Bay is the first venue from Dave Marsland, founder of the agency Drinks Enthusiast Ltd. His inspiration for Marigot came from the St Lucian bay of the same name.
Through Marigot, Marsland seeks to convey the island’s tranquillity ‘instead of the usual tiki focus that most Caribbean venues go for’.
To recreate the laidback atmosphere of the bay, the 30-seat bar will run table service, saving guests from queuing at the bar.
Marsland has also made the choice not to have live music at the venue, instead opting for background music from Caribbean radio stations.
‘There’s no expectations, no fire, no live music, it’s just the experience of the Caribbean inspired by a bar on the bay,’ he explains.
The bar will stock a variety of traditional Caribbean rums, including Chairman’s Reserve, Appleton Estate and Havana Club. Classic rum serves like the Pusser’s Painkiller and the Dark ‘n Stormy will also be on offer.
But Marigot’s rum selection does not mean it is solely focused on the spirit.
‘The beers and coffee from the islands are an integral part to the venue as much as the rum is,’ Marsland explains.
Between the drinks, the service and the atmosphere, Marsland hopes his newest venture will bring a different perspective to the area’s bar scene.
‘It’s something I think Manchester hasn’t got, or indeed the northwest,’ he comments.
Marigot Bay is set to open 20 July.