20 stories opened earlier this year in February and quickly became a very talked about place. This bar/restaurant wasn’t at the top of my list but it was close to where my friend and I had just finished eating so we satisfied both of our curiosities.
I was immediately impressed with the view of Manchester and wish we had gone later to see the city light up at night but there’s always next time. 20 stories over all is full of natural light and is a very stylish, modern place.
This seems like the kind of place a lot of people come to for the cocktails, to be seen there and wear their most expensive outfits, a bit like Australasia. I have never been a fan of cocktails because I don’t see the point. I always fail to see the appeal. Thus, I cannot make a comment on their cocktail prices because I will always see them as overpriced. However, I can comment on all of the other drinks.
20 stories has a small selection of bottled beers to choose from starting from 5.50 onwards and 2 on draught which are Peroni (£6) and their own 20 Stories Pale Ale (£5.75).
Their wine selection is rather small with 3 rosés, 5 red and 5 white. There were only two options when ordering wine and that was either a 175ml glass or the bottle. The starting prices for red, rosé and white is £7.
Interestingly, I have never been to bar before whereby there are more options of champagne and prosecco than wine and beer. There are also a tonne of good quality spirits to choose from. Despite the high quality of the spirits, I was still surprised by how much they were charging for 50ml. The starting price for any of t he spirits is around £8.
It’s a nice enough place and the view is incredible from the restaurant, in the bathrooms, from the terrace, it’s nice to see Manchester from such a height. There’s a particular ambience in there which makes me feel a little uneasy, as if you’re underdressed even though you aren’t.
Unless you’re willing to spend the money, this isn’t place you can have a few beers, cocktails or glasses of wine without the bill adding up quickly. One or two yes but it easily gets expensive when only drinking in 20 stories.
The view is the main attraction of this place but it’s also the selling point of cloud 23 in the Hilton. Both beautiful…both expensive.
I’m not going to be eating there anytime soon as there is an automatic 12.5% service charge added to the bill and I prefer making sure the person who’s serving is the one who receives it. So if you do go and want to decide who gets a tip, if you’re a tipper anyway, it’s probably best to use cash or make it clear.
No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square
0161 204 3333