Our Cornerhouse Review
Home to the artistic souls of Manchester, the Cornerhouse is one of the most creative places for a drink in the city. As well as two bars the venue boasts an art gallery, an independent book shop with a focus on local writers and design books and a cinema which shows arthouse and European films.
The downstairs bar is an open-plan, slightly transient-feeling space with clusters of seats and usually some fantastic artwork on the walls. Upstairs is more settled, with drinkers tending to linger at their tables for a good while. The beer selection is a winner with plenty of unusual bottles to try and the food gets good reports whenever it is reviewed.
If we had one criticism of the Cornerhouse as a drinking venue, it would be that it's not the sort of place you'd want to start a night out - unless, of course, you're going to see an experimental play or check out that great little Bolivian band on at the Bridgewater. But that's not a bad thing. There are plenty of places you can go to get in the mood for a banging Friday night. But how many places would you feel comfortable sitting in a quiet corner, sipping a cappuccino as you write another poem to add to your award-winning collection?
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70 Oxford Road, M1 5NH
(0161) 200 1500