As anticipation around the release of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' reaches fever pitch, we take a peak inside Manchester institiution Fab Café, one of our favourite Manchester bars, where horror and sci fi buffs can surround themselves with memorabilia from beloved films and TV shows. From Dr Who to Indiana Jones, the stars of screens large and small keep you company. Just don't let that life sized alien looming behind you put you off your fishfinger butty...
10 Fab Café photos
Pinhead, Stormtrooper and Catwoman
Dr Who - Daleks and Cybermen
Star Wars seating
Life size Alien and Facehugger
Captain Scarlet with friends Frankenstein's monster, Sooty and Sweep and a Dalek
Manchester's best bars
Fancy and Northern to the core, there’s something special about what the local restaurant group, Living Ventures, has done to Manchester’s food and drink scene. With several high-end restaurants and bars on their roster (Australasia, Manchester House) it would be easy to dismiss each as lacking that individual charm, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Stepping onto the podium as a case in point is The Alchemist. House classics include a smoking Old Fashioned and the foaming Bubble Bath, made with ‘apple fairy liquid’. Gold décor and the city’s most sun-kissed punters complete the look.
Housed between a florist and a kebab house, Big Hands is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of place. A deceptively small entrance belies the Alice in Wonderland adventure that dwells within, where backstage passes and posters from bygone shows adorn the walls. A tropical roof top terrace and touring bands at the bar create a party atmosphere every night of the week.