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“Great fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Alchemist

The Alchemist
Ranked #118 of 2,246 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
North Wales
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great fun”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Visited for an early dinner prior to a visit to the theatre. Nice surroundings and would describe the atmosphere as lively but welcoming.
Food was well presented and the staff are friendly. The food menu is not extensive and if this is important then I suggest you dine elsewhere.
On the other hand the cocktails are well worth the visit and the staff are clearly knowledgable in this respect. i would recommend trying 2 or 3 and include a 'Cherry Bakewell.'
Recommended for an early evening drink before moving on elsewhere.

  • Visited April 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great cocktails, arrogant staff.”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Great bar with great cocktails, therefore I was surprised at the customer service from the bar staff.

I visited the bar on a Friday night and expected it to be busy and that I would have to wait to be served. However the bar man continued to serve the ones who pushed in and shouted at him, instead of recognising who had been waiting, something which a good bar staff should do. The man who served me had no manners nor did he show any good customer service skills. Something which should be expected from a bar like this.

Even after placing my order he still continued to serve other people. All in all I waited about 30 minutes to be served.

It is a great bar with a wide variety of cocktails but perhaps peak times such as Fridays and Saturdays aren't the best time to visit.

  • Visited March 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“ok food for light lunch”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Food is ok if limited in its aspirations.Jing teas are excellent and cocktail menu looks interesting.Visited for Saturday lunch and was busy. Service fine except calling customers love etc is a touch patronising.Cost was neither cheap nor outrageous.Not fine dining but doesn't pretend to be .

  • Visited April 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pretentious "place to be seen"”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

This place is great if you want to be seen to be in a really "cool" bar. It's in the area where a lot of the banks have their offices in Manchester, and it's full of people being really cool in suits.
They do do great cocktails, but because of this, the queues at the bar are always really long. The drinks take so long to make - so when you just want a pint, it can take ages!

  • Visited April 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Favourite”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

One of my favourite bars currently. Lovely atmosphere to catch up with friends and have a drink. I prefer the new bar on New York Street to the Spinningfields branch - more room and a nicer atmosphere, and not so much in a wind tunnel if you want to sit outside

Visited March 2013
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