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Cloud 23
Tel. 0872 437 9500*
(*=Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's operating charge)
Hilton Manchester, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ [map]
Swanky cocktail bar on the 23rd floor of the Beetham Tower inside the Hilton Hotel.
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Cloud 23 Manchester
Cloud 23 boasts an amazing cocktail menu and, compared to other hotel bars, is quite reasonably priced too, especially considering most are double measures. We highly recommend the Sally Cinnamon (£8) and Ena Sparkles (£8) - the Pride Of Manchester Award winning Cocktail of the Year two years running! The wines certainly aren't cheap with a small (175ml) glass of house Chardonnay (an Argentinean Etchart'07) setting you back a hefty £6. For beer drinkers, Cloud 23 may only offer bottles but it is one of the very few places in town that sells the beautiful oak aged Innes & Gunn (£4.50) and Kaseel Cru Champagne beer (£4). Bottled beers start at £3.95 (Peroni).
Once you've got past the rather tedious queuing system on the ground floor, which can be very annoying on busy nights with Beetham Tower residents and Hilton hotel guests able to queue jump, the table service offered by the friendly, largely Mancunian staff is fantastic. Unlike other hotel bars, Cloud 23 doesn't automatically charge 10% service charge either, although the staff do tend to do quite well out of many of the Premiership footballers who come up here to enjoy their Organic Peppermint Tea (£2.95).
The atmosphere in Cloud 23 is actually very welcoming and laid back, less pretentious than you would expect for the highest bar in Manchester and, because of the table service, you often find yourself in conversation with random strangers who you have been sat with on the same table.
As with many of Ian Simpson's buildings, the inside of the Beetham Tower is disappointing and the decor at Cloud 23 seems to be a missed opportunity, resembling more of an airport lounge than a chic cocktail bar. Whatever you think of the building itself though, there's no denying the view is fantastic - from one side you can view Castlefield, Old Trafford, the airport and the flashing blue lights of Moss Side, Longsight, Levenshulme and Salford, whilst on the other, you can see Coronation Street, the town hall and other famous city centre landmarks. There's even a glass floor allowing you to look down 23 floors to the swimming pool below. Unless you've prebooked, the greeter staff normally select where you'll sit in the three lounge 90 capacity bar, with a choice of settees, designer chairs and high bar stools.
The toilets are superbly designed, very modern and stylish. In the gents, the urinals offer a floor to ceiling window, giving passing paparazzi helicopter pilots a great chance to grab a shot of Cristiano Ronaldo showing off his... erm... dribbling skills.
Overall, Cloud 23 is great, if somewhat expensive, whether or not corporate hotel bars are your 'thing'. The fact that it won the most votes for Cocktail of the Year twice in a row at the Pride Of Manchester Awards is testament to its popularity. Other bar tenders across town would not begrudge it of its status, especially as many at the likes of Socio Rehab, Walrus, The Modern and Manchester235 have crafted their skills here in the past. Whilst the decor and the atmosphere could well be experienced in any town across the UK, the cocktail menu has been expertly made to celebrate Manchester's icons. From The Stone Roses to Manchester United, The Hacienda to The Happy Mondays, Coronation Street to The Smiths, and The Industrial Revolution to The Charlatans, they all have signature cocktails named after them. The waiting staff are largely Mancunian too and there's no denying that its main selling point, the view, certainly is!
~ Manchester Bars (April 2014)
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