A Really Cool Alternative Spoilt By A Rude Bar Man
I found the drinks at Hula to be horrendously expensive, with most things over £7. Because we were planning on moving on, two of my party didn't buy anything for that reason. That said, the cocktails were nice served in tall glasses. I had a Rum & Black which was nothing special.
The bar staff look happy in their Hawaiian outfits however the service was 'interesting'. At first the bar man was very pleasant and joking around with me and my friend, suggesting drinks we might like off the menu. When one of my friends asked what could she get for under £7, he told her 'a blowjob' and then sprayed her with water. She was very bemused and a bit upset. Safe to say, I don't think she'll be going back!
The atmosphere is good at Hula; the decor and the tikki vibe is great with good music.
The decor has been matched to its name and Hula is a cool place to be, if a little small. The fish tank is brilliant!
I thought Hula would be a really cool alternative to go, compared to our usual places. But the bar man being so rude to my friend would put me off going again
~ Gabrielle Banks, Manchester ~ NEW MEMBER (7/9/2011 ~ visited on a Friday after 11pm)
Broken Toilets and Pretentious Bar Staff Ruin Hula's Potential
The prices at Hula are a little high compared to other bars in the Northern Quarter but they are quite nice drinks though, ranging from standard beers to exotic cocktails.
Service is where Hula is let down. The service was so bad on our visit that a group of us left. You know that pretentious tendency some bar staff have if they feel they are working somewhere 'cool'... well Hula was full of it!
It was actually a little dead when we visited (8pm on a Saturday in the summer) and, when there are less people in, you can just see the flooring that clearly shows you're in a dank basement.
The decor is quirky and vibrant on the walls, yet dire if you look at the floor.
The toilets were broken when we went so they were directing people to other bars to use the toilet. I heard from someone afterwards that this wasn't a first.
Overall, Hula has the potential to be something interesting, like a dirty dive that has character but, mainly due to the awful service, I would avoid this place in future. Maybe go in after work before the pretentiousness kicks in at night.
~ SG, Manchester ~ NEW MEMBER (25/8/2011 ~ visited on a Saturday at 8pm)