When you’re on a good thing, keep going. That’s the mantra organisers of pop up wine and beer garden Market Lane Live are running with, today announcing they will be continuing to tantalise tastebuds, offer a tipple, and let diners enjoy live music on balmy evenings the entire summer through.
The hip little beer garden pop up, situated in the quadrangle just outside Manly Library (in Market Lane no less), has confirmed it will keep operating right through the end of February.
Surrounding restaurants, including Momo Bar & Dumplings, Donny’s Bar, The Hold, Whistler St Pizza, The Cumberland and InSitu are offering delicious fare complemented by brews from Nomads Brewing, 4Pines, Dad & Dave’s and Manly Hops.
There’s been a few Market Lane Live events, the brainchild of local operator Matt Clifton, but this one was intended as a response to the challenges thrown at the hospitality and events industry throughout 2020.
Matt owns and operates local businesses Donny’s, InSitu, The Cumberland, MJC Security, Cove Deli, as well as Market Lane live, among others. He recently added executive committee member of Manly’s Business Chamber to his impressive CV, and we hear reports he has become a major player in the post-lockdown recovery strategy.
Matt was about to launch the summer pop up on December 17, when COVID forced the Northern Beaches into lockdown.
Back up and running now, operating Wednesday to Sunday from 4 pm to 10 pm until the end of February, Market Lane Live is proving a huge hit with locals and visitors. Dogs and kids are also welcome and QR Code ordering allows participating restaurants to deliver straight to table.
“It’s our way of showing support to those hit the hardest, by invigorating our streets and inviting visitors back to Manly to enjoy what we have all missed; good food, local tipples and some great local music,” Matt said.
A line-up of local music legends features Duan & Only, Mr Wilson Duo, Tom Southey, Ziggy McNeill and guest appearances by Mark Furze and Matt Evans from The Voice.
“We have had huge support from the Northern Beaches Council and the results of a survey we conducted among 2,000 are very positive,” Matt said. “There have been many calls for it to return next summer or indeed be continued all year round.”
Check out Market Lane Live on Facebook or follow IG @manlymarketlanelive for more information.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Pro tip – there are awesome large connect four games on a lot of tables. If you go to pick one up to move to the ground or another table, be sure to check the base is secure. SOME careless folks might otherwise find themselves scrambling under tables to retrieve the colourful discs while everyone eats up all all the tasty perogies from Donny’s.