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Star Wars-themed bar opens in Manchester

A Star Wars convention in Manchester will include a pop-up bar inspired by locations from the film series that aims to transport fans to a galaxy far far away.

The Star-Wars themed Cantina bar. Photo credit: Gary Louth

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, the bar at an exhibition centre in Trafford Park forms part of the For The Love Of The Force convention.

Named the Cantina bar, the space will serve blue “bantha milk” cocktails, which Luke Skywalker first drinks in Star Wars Episode IV.

In the films blue milk could be found on most planets across the galaxy and was known for being rich, refreshing and sweet. The Cantina cocktail is made with Irish Meadow Country Cream, Red Square Vodka and a dash of blue food colouring.

Other cocktails on pour will be Wookie Juice, featuring Red Square Sloe Vodka, lemon juice and sugar syrup; a Princess Punch made with vodka, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and soda; and Jam Jar Binks, which blends Red Square Toffee Vodka with apple schnapps and lemon juice.

The bar features an Ewok village, Yoda’s Dagobah swamp and Jabba The Hutt’s palace complete with an eight-foot model of the slug-like creature.

Before the convention kicks off in December, the bar, which boasts a full size replica of the X-wing Starfighter, will host a series of events to whet attendees appetites.

Manager of the convention Andy Kleek hopes the cocktail bar will become a permanent fixture if it proves a success. For The Love Of The Force takes place at the Manchester Bowler’s Exhibition Centre on December 4-6.

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