The Umbrella Cafe

The Umbrella Cafe

An inclusive alcohol free social space in Manchester

We did it!

On 21st Oct 2014 we successfully raised £600 of £500 target with 21 supporters in 56 days

New stretch target

Our stretch target is £1000 - the additional £500 would be used to produce The Umbrella Café merchandise for sale in the cafe, to raise funds for future events.

The Umbrella Café

We are a brand new, inclusive, alcohol-free social space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Find us at Nexus Art Café (2 Dale Street, M1) every Friday and Saturday night starting 5th Sept 2014.

The Umbrella Café is for everyone who wants a fun and relaxing night out without alcohol or other drugs.

Who would come to The Umbrella Café?

People who come to The Umbrella Café might identify as in recovery, or sober, or straightedge, or their religion may preclude alcohol. They might be having a temporary break for their health or just trying a night off to see what it feels like. Whatever the reasons everyone will find a warm welcome – and a great night out in the city centre – under our Umbrella.

The Umbrella café is run by a not-for-profit Community Interest Company ‘The Dry Umbrella CIC’. As we are just starting out, we are currently self-funded. We are applying for a grant from Russell Brand’s Comic Relief fund ‘Give It Up’ ( but, while we wait to find out about this, we are trying to get together some decorations for the café, to make our forthcoming nights extra special.

We are providing new table settings and soft furnishings for the café in our chosen theme of purple. We are also using decals and umbrellas to decorate, and put together bespoke menus, flyers, banners and posters. In addition, Nexus are allowing us to have a display in their street facing window. Our estimate for the total cost of the decorations to be used at Nexus is £500

Already, we are on the way with building up our website, Twitter and Facebook feeds:

The actor and comedian John Thomson has agreed to act as out patron and we are already receiving lots of press and social media interest.

With your help, we can make The Umbrella Café a shiny, happy oasis for people in Manchester City centre who want to socialise without any pressure to drink. We would very much appreciate your help.


Friend of The Umbrella Café: £10+ - our thanks on Facebook and Twitter!

Individual super special member: £20+ - VIP free entry to one of our ticketed events (of your choosing) plus a mention on Facebook and Twitter.

Community sponsorship: £50+ - thanks on Facebook and Twitter. Sponsor logos  featured on our website:

Business sponsorship: £100+ -  Thanks on Facebook and Twitter. Sponsor logos featured on our website.

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