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Quote: A few bars and venues in the wonderful city of Manchester, England

Solita

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Restaurant | "New York Style Burger Joint in Manchester"

Solita Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
Feeling a little peckish after our wander around Manchester and the Northern Quarter and with a long gig by Leonard Cohen to come, we happened upon a restaurant on the backstreets called SoLita (or South of Little Italy as the sign inside informed). Given that Manchester isn’t particularly renowned for having an Italian quarter I wasn’t sure that the New-York-theme particularly sat that well. If you have to explain an abbreviation then it doesn’t particularly work in my book; however the inside of the place looked nice and inviting, and it was fairly busy with people. The restaurant is one of those places where you can only book a table if you are in a party of more than 6. This always fee...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2013

Solita
37 Turner Street
Manchester M4 1DW
0161 839 2200

Manchester Arena

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Attraction | "Manchester Arena Good for Music; don't arrive too early."

Manchester Arena Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
For many years the Manchester Arena was known as the MEN Arena as it was sponsored by the Manchester Evening News; these days it is the Phones 4U Arena, as the mobile phone company have obviously made them a better offer. The Arena is very near Victoria train station on the edge of Manchester city centre. The arena has a capacity of 21,000 and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas. Although the construction of the building is the standard breeze block and concrete, the venue rather reminds me of a Roman Amphitheatre in layout (don’t get excited, it doesn’t look like one). There is an outer ring on the ground floor from where corridors and steps up to your seat are placed. The bars (such...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2013

Manchester Arena
Hunts Bank
Manchester, England M3 1AR
01619 505000

Holiday Inn Hotel Manchester-West

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn - Salford not Manchester West"

Holiday Inn Hotel Manchester-West Photo, Salford, England
Quote:
Rather than mention the city of Salford, most hoteliers prefer to use the words Manchester West. Even the Travelodge Central Manchester is technically in Salford, and the Manchester West Holiday Inn is actually to the West of Salford city centre. Unfortunately Salford is one of those cities that is difficult to love, despite the grand original Victorian buildings that abound. These days, the place is run down and our journey into central Manchester from the hotel took us past burnt out pubs, closed down and fenced off shops and scary looking railway bridges. While I’m sure we would have been safe after dark, we decided it was not worth the risk and paid £8 from Manchester city centre for a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2013

Holiday Inn Hotel Manchester-West
Liverpool Street
Manchester
0161 743 0080

Castle Hotel

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Attraction | "Original Victorian Manchester City Centre Pub"

Castle Hotel Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
One of my favourite traditional Manchester bars is the Castle Hotel based in the heart of the Northern Quarter on Oldham Road. There is always a lively atmosphere at the Castle Hotel and a huge range (and when I mean huge, I’m talking about a dozen) of well kept real ales on tap. Obviously, there is also the standard lagers (again actually there is a good choice), wines, spirits and a good range of herbal teas. The Castle Hotel has a mixed age range and so no one feels uncomfortable in the place. One beer that they always have on is Robinsons build a rocket boys! which was brewed by local rock band Elbow. If you are stuck for choice then it is a good stand by. The place has be...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2013

Castle Hotel
66 Oldham Street
Manchester
0161 237 9485

Artisan Kitchen and Bar

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Restaurant | "Good pizza and salad at Artisan Kitchen and Bar"

Artisan Kitchen and Bar Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
For a change we ignored the Northern Quarter of Manchester our regular haunt, and were on a hunt for a suitable lunch venue in the Spinningfields area of the city. Wandering though what looked a bit like a little shopping centre, we were lured into a small lobby area of a restaurant, Artisan, which sold pizzas, burgers, salads and the like. As weren’t in the market for anything too fancy, the place looked rather stylish and the pizzas were coming in for a tenner a head it looked a likely place to dine and we climbed the steps to upstairs. A rather stern woman sitting in a lobby area checked the reservations and decided there was space for us to dine. At this point, we still imagined the re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2013

Artisan Kitchen and Bar
22 Bridge Street
Manchester M3 3AB
0161 832 4181

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