Welcome to The Bassano Bar, an Italian concept with a local twist, originally The Bassano Bar at Magic Roundabout, London, now including The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress, Manchester.


Enjoy classic Italian drink serves mixed with local flavours and twist.


Following last summer’s successful debut for The Bassano Bar and its winning Italian drinks formula within the busy ‘Magic Roundabout’ venue in London’s Shoreditch, joint owners of Bassano Events Ltd – Dave Marsland and Nick Hopewell-Smith – are bringing an attractive and affordable range of Italian aperitivo drinks and craft cocktails to the UK, including the terrace of First Street, PizzaExpress’ newest restaurant in the city, located in one of Manchester’s most dynamic leisure areas.

Dave is a well-known drinks expert and trainer, creating brand agency ‘Drinks Enthusiast’ in 2011, with his own spirits retail business in Altrincham and a national social media and publication presence as a drinks journalist.
A marketing professional with over 35 years experience, Nick is the initiator and creative driver behind The Bassano Bar in London and a specialist importer of Italian spirits and liqueurs from The Nardini Distillery.

Check out some of our press clippings via Haze ManchesterTaste of ManchesterCalamity RayGin Fuelled Blue Stocking, Happiness On My Plate, Laura Kate Lucas, Ria Amber Tesia, and Lovin Manchester.

Bassano Aperitivo Season

An informal masterclass of the aperitivo category, hosted by owner Dave Marsland at our First Street, Manchester venue. A welcome Italian styled drink upon arrival, followed by an exciting look into the Italian flavours, including fresh lemons, almonds, oranges, juniper and spices. The exploration of grappa itself will be followed by a complimentary sharing board by PizzaExpress, their take on the classic Italian Antipasto!

Tickets are £15 (not inc. booking fee) and are available across August and September. Full details and to purchase, please visit here.

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