I've been to AB1 several times over the last 2 years. It's a reliable wine bar, with a good selection of wines at reasonable prices. Visited for dinner in January, service was slow to start with, but once ordered it was turned around in reasonable time. Food was of good quality, nice selection of dishes, with good solid pub classics. There's a nice mix of seafood, beef and vegetarian dishes. Cocktail and wine list choice is excellent, staff are happy to help you choose as well. The staff are friendly, although I do get the impression that this branch is a bit understaffed as they are constantly run off their feet. Service can be slow, 2 staff to manage food orders on a Saturday night in central Manchester is not enough.
Bar has a nice ambience, with candle-lit tables, and if there are small parties in there's a pleasant atmosphere. Door staff seem to keep out hen parties :-))))
I enjoy eating here, there's always a good bottle to compliment the food. Only improvement I'd suggest is ensuring there are enough restaurant staff to cope with the demand. Will definitely go back!
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