I love that bar and unfortunately it's not on my way to anywhere I normaly go so I don't get to visit often. But last night, a chance meeting with a busy mate meant NWS was an ideal meeting point so the Font it was, no brainer.
The selection of beers is pretty damn good and if you've seen my other review you're starting to get the gist that I am uncomplicated but demanding when it comes to beer and wine in bars and restaurant.
Font have got about 5 ot 6 hand pulls for a rotating selection of great ales, plus quality lagers and other more commercial beers. Their bottle selection is even better.
I have not tasted the food but I will have to be back soon because the prices are very decent, the vibe is really cool (although I feel rather old in that student hideout) and the music is really good too.
For me it up there with the likes of Knott and Cask
If you're a student, or your mates fancy a cheap cocktail then this place is great.
It does have a good selection of drinks, and quite often has a choice of 3 or so very good ales, which they served me in a pint glass with handle! GREAT! It even got recognised by CAMRA, which is odd for a student pub! However, I'm not a student, and if you fancy going with a bunch of mates you want to talk to after 9pm don't bother going. It'll get far too loud. Ironically if there's ever a band on you want to hear there, you wont be able to hear them due to everyone talking over them.
Great to nip into for a cocktail for a quick drink, or if you're a student.
If the truth be known, the Font has started to become a pretty random, regular and retro choice of mine - somewhere that I used to visit 9 years ago in Manchester (12 years ago as a student in Liverpool...)! Maybe it's me turning 30 last year that's making me want to start hanging out in studentsville once again, trying to potentially recapture my youth - maybe it's me starting to realise I can start breathing the air outside of the Northern Quarter and I'm not going to collapse into a heap onto the floor. Who knows - but I will keep going back to Font to find out why.
Font isn't the smartest, coolest or newest bar on the scene but I get the impression they don't really care about it. What they care about is great beers (over 100 craft in bottle and pint format), cheap cocktails - starting from £2 each and decent qualityfood that's standard for the area (burgers, wraps etc), but cheaper than going round the block to other places. The beer selection for me is always the most important part of any bar and I was pleasantly surprised to see a great range of Thornbridge, Brooklyn rarities and local brews from Buxton - all at pretty reasonable city centre prices.
The music is pretty damn good too - Bowie, QOTSA and Ladyhawke were well received - starting our evening off with a nice beat flowing from ear to ear!
I will even stick my neck out and say that Font is my new/old favourite bar - don't be surprised if I try and get you down there soon!
If you're in the area and want a great Indian restaurant - check out Zouk around the corner!
Well I think most people have covered the most important quality of Font - affordable cocktails.
Consequently it is frequented by students, myself included. I've been twice now, both during the week and neither time has the bar been uncomfortably busy.
The selection of cocktails have a bias towards sweet flavours over sour or fruity (my personal preference) but for £2 a pop I think most people are just grateful it's ingestable. The whiskey sour or the caipirinha are my personal favourites.
My only slight qualm was that when my friend ordered the Tom Collins she found it to be pretty light on booze and subsequently lacking flavour. I explained this to the bar man who didn't seem at all bothered and when I inquired about the possibility of purchasing a double TC in one glass he point blank refused. Not sure if this was due to company policy, but if so in a bar where the model is based around cheap and plentiful booze it seemed a bit of a pointless policy one at that.
Apparentley, Font is the only place for a decent breakfast past 12pm in this city. Okay, so maybe we shouldn't have slept in so late, but maybe places should start realising how amazing hash browns are.
Hungry for a Bank Holiday treat, we walked to Font and settled ourselves near the large window front in order to watch the world go by. Due to all attempts to be beach ready in a few weeks, I decided against the big breakfast and went instead for the tennessee chicken wrap with a side of curly fries - I never said they were the best attempts did I? I don't think I've ever eaten normal fries here. The 50p inflation is worth it. The chicken was smothered in Jack Daniels sauce, served with simple lettuce and a side salad and it was delicious. The big breakfast, as ever, impressed; hash browns, brown fried bread, seeded toast, eggs, tomatoes, beans, sausages, bacon - for £6! This is the meal that won my dad over.
I don't usually eat sweet at Font, but when you see cornflake tart on the menu, how are you supposed to resist? Pastry, topped with jam, topped with cornflakes and smothered in custard. Despite it being swimming in custard and looking not unlike vomit, it was delicious and I was fit to bust afterwards. The other half was more sensible and opted for a coffee, but these come with Freddo's, and the chocolately little frog is hidden away in one of my handbags now, waiting for me to find him in the near future.
A Bank Holiday treat that wont break the bank.
Jam-packed cheap cocktail dive bar!
If that's what you like, this is for you :)
What i like about this place is that it is cheap - but it does get rammed in the evenings and weekends...
I've only sampled chips in regards to the food selection so I can't comment here, but they weren't over done or dried out! Nom!
The selection you get can range from £2-£4 and there are even pitchers! I have so many favourites and the bar staff are very friendly (even when busy) and make suggestions to try your mojito with something else as the night progresses - if they do, take their word! Masters of the drinks! You will enjoy :)
Great for catching up with friends early evening, gets loud late evening but if you've bagged a table, great with friends!
My most frequented bar when I was studying abroad in Manchester, and for good reason. Good music, good vibes, good drinks (for England), good value. What's not to like?
With two stories and two separate bars, there was definitely enough room for all your friends, and there was even a balcony area to cool off on. There were a lot of tables and seats in the place too, and staff made sure our group had enough places to sit when we came in for a birthday! And they were very attentive when it came to clearing our overcrowding table of drinks, which got us to order more drinks... Totally got us on that. The atmosphere itself was really great as well. I really enjoyed the music that this place blasts, if I remember correctly, a lot of 90s-00s hip-hop! That is always the good stuff. And I remember being able to go in there with friends to get our "funsies" in on one night, and another night going in there to have a nice chill night with friends. I have no idea how we were able to do that, but it was done, and it was awesome.
And for the main attraction - the drinks. For £2-3 cocktails, you can't really go wrong, such student-friendly prices. And there's a good variety of mixed drinks to choose from, so you want to try them all! That's how they get you, again...Although, I do have to say there wasn't ever really enough alcohol (in my opinion) in those drinks, but that's pretty much the same everywhere in the area. So, head towards the beers and ciders, I guess. And they also have milkshakes for your non-drinking buddies! How considerate!
The crowd was, of course, made up of mainly uni students (as Fallowfield was right across the street! Lucky.), but I spotted a couple of families in there at times, and some older folks relaxing on a friday.
Oh the memories The Font brings back. I definitely recommend this place for a chill and non-chill night. Try all the drinks. Make some friends, or stick to your own. You're bound to have a nice night, or at least a start to it!
Hadn't been here in a very long time, it'd never been high on my list of places to inhabit as I just associate with cheap cocktails that I'm dubious of what's actually them for their price.
I hadn't associated it with beer before, as rarely had I got close enough to the bar with how busy it gets it's at least in the past anyways been a case of shouting what you want to the mate closest to the bar and hoping they get the right thing, so it was a pleasant awakening of an evening, quite enjoyed the various beers I sampled (even managing to ignore the jostles from my fellow drinkers over ordering halves n thirds, I like to make my way round as many beers as possible)
Quite a large place, it still gets rammed.
Having no student blood in me though I always feel like I shouldn't be there, everyone I've gone with though loves it so I'm pretty sure I'm just an odd ball
Font ohh dear! I have had so many night outs, goof ups and crazy evenings here.
Definitely is one of the best student bars in Manchester, you cannot go wrong with a 2 pound cocktail (I yes you heard it right). Remember those days when you were a student and buying a cocktail in a bar was a luxury? That is exactly where Font comes into play where you can get fancy cocktails for 2, 3 and 4 pounds (I doubt the amount of alcohol content sometimes but there definitely is some because I definitely have had a nice kick after). My favorites being the 2 pound Strawberry Cream Cocktail which is absolutely delicious and White Russian for 3 pounds! You can definitely have a good night out here for less than 20 quid. They have a great selection of beers as well and as I mentioned before price is something you don't need to worry about here!
Font is definitely the best stop over before hitting a club or if you are not in a mood to dance like a pop star then you can definitely spend the whole night here! The music is good (mostly pop and rock) and they have two floors so enough space to go with a big group (besides weekends when it is absolutely rammed). The bouncers can be strict with ID checks so make sure you carry one even if you are 25!
Verdict: Cheap cocktails, good music and a buzzing crowd!
Quote from my last review: 'I'm biased because popping into Font last night signalled an all-too-brief reunion with my much-missed friend, one of my dearest, and the shindig he organised for all of us was wicked.' Well, this is a blast from the past for me. You know who that gentleman is to whom I referred? He's going to be my husband.
(Let's just not pay any attention to the review before that which mentions a different boy. Nah. Look at that, my Font reviews are charting my life's journey! Who's to say that in a couple of years time it shan't say, 'I took my toddler to Font for curly fries and a bottle of Delirium.' Ah, Delirium. Sustenance enough for any baby.)
Font will always hold a special place in my heart, because it's the very place my fiancé in question first confessed to having more than friendly feelings for me. This is what £2 cocktails and 2 for 1 Tiger Beers will do, loosen the lips. But look at those drink offers. You're not coming to Font for a sedate evening of whisky sipping and expensive cocktails, you're coming for a down-to-earth bloody good time.
That said, I adore this place in the daytime, just as I do with the Fallowfield Font. Curly fries rock, and I've since enjoyed them on many an occasion with various sandwiches and snacks. They do a damn fine cup of coffee and it always comes with a Freddo bar on the side. As does tea. ALWAYS. How awesome are Freddo bars?!?
Also, when I'm in the mood for a *quiet* drink, it's one of the only places I've encountered apart from Trof that sells Delirium. I love this beer. It's Kevin L's fault. My boss got me into a new beer. Delirium's amazeballs and tasty, and the glass it comes in is as special as the beer itself. Designated Delirium glasses at Font are covered with pink elephants. YAY PINK ELEPHANTS!
Reasonably priced fodder, a great daytime atmosphere, buzzing at night and just bloody lovely, chockfull of sentimental value too. You're alright by me, Font.
Now, whoever keeps suggesting the picture of me drinking a bright blue cocktail as the primary photo for this business, just stop it! Good grief, it's awful.
Ahhh Font Bar my old friend. We go waaay back.
First thing to note about Font Bar...it is very popular with students. This is largely due to the £2 cocktails and 2-4-1 Tiger Beer promotions which run all day, every day. If you don't like students, you will not like Font.
Secondly, it's a great place for a good pint of beer. They do a huge range of beers ranging from ordinary lagers to obscure bitters and, my favourite, an ever changing range of fruit beers, both bottled and on draught. Cherry beer people, it's the future!
Music-wise, they play a bit of everything but they do tend to favour cheesy, poppy stuff. Then again, I tend to go before going to Subspace on a Thursday which is cheesy 80s pop night so they might be playing to that crowd.
It does get very busy and there is limited seating but this can be expected in a small bar selling cheap drinks. Also, of course the £2 cocktails have a low alcohol content, what were you expecting?! They're two pounds!
One other bad point, typical studenty bar toilets. Bleugh.
Formally a three star establishment in my mind, but a recent excursion to said bar has knocked that down to two. And no amount of cheap cocktails will change my mine at the moment..
Good points first: the £2 cocktails. They really are worth a go purely due to the different kinds you can get; sweet flavours such as Sex on the Beach and (personal favourite) Dune Bug, milky ones like Mudslide for the sans-lactose intolerance, and less "girly" ones like Whisky Sour. Stay away from the Choke, though. Made me do just that. Of course you get what you pay for so don't expect quality alcoholic brands, and expect to be sick from the sweetness rather than the drunkenness.
Now for the bad points.. The service is rather slow, but due to the nature of the drinks you are buying, this cannot be helped really. If you want crushed mint in your Sailor Jerry's Mojito you'll just have to wait for the people in front to get theirs first.
The bar staff are hit and miss; some smiley, some can't wait to see the back of you--but as a bar person at a pub a stones throw away I can empathise with them regarding the stupid clientele that they occasionally encounter.
IT'S SO LOUD! I swear the tinnitus I endure in my right ear is partly due to a couple of visits to this place. During the last visit I sat downstairs (which is rare--finding a seat in Font is not commonplace in the evening) and was annoying distracted by the music cutting out downstairs now and then. Next minute, it's booming in your ear again. Not good.
Despite this, I know I will go again, but it'll be on someone else's agenda and not by choice.
Popular with the uni crowds of the whole Oxford Road semi- 'burb, I found out about Font bar from a friend who actually went to Manchester Met for a year. Girls, come here for a good selection of £2 cocktails, 25 in fact and I promise I'm not lying. They just don't come in posh glasses.
For some this is clearly a destination bar but I see it more of a pitstop on the way to a club. The long benches on some of the tables are fun but you wouldn't want to sit there for long. Font Bar also just isn't big enough to accommodate all the spruced up youngsters who want to drink here. So many, wisely, just move along after a few drinks.
That said, they do put on a good mix of music: if you visited a few times in the same week you'd hear dub, electro, the obligatory indie and even a bit of 60s soul and funk thrown in there.
I've never been in to Font during the day for food but its open from lunch time and it has free Wi-Fi so I may be correcting that ve-ery soon.
Finally, I absolutely love the decor here finding that it walked the line between kooky and pretentious like a pro. There's nothing like a good looking bar on a night out in town.
I like Font. It has just about everything going for it when it comes to what you'd want from a bar with a difference...
- You can play Pro Evo soccer on a big screen
- There are always special offers on beer
- It's right next to some of the coolest clubs in Manchester
- The cocktails are stupidly cheap if you're into that sort of thing
It really does rock. And don't forget about those comfy sofas. Everyone likes comfy sofas! All they really need to do is improve the music and stop the overcrowding, and it'd be darn near perfect. Other than that, roll up and drink from the Font of brilliance!
For those who've read my review of Font Fallowfield, it won't surprise you that I don't like the original Font either. Here's why:
- weak, badly mixed cocktails.
- slowwwwwww service.
- too-loud music. It's a bar, not a club. In bars, people talk. Music this loud is bad times.
- the Pro-Evo screen means that boys are not entirely engaged with the group. Even if they're not playing Pro-Evo, they're craning their necks to see how the current game is going, how soon they'll be able to grab a pouffe and play imaginary football.
- the tables are always sticky.
That's it, in a nutshell. You want cheap cocktails? Well, here's news. Proper cocktails don't come cheap. So suck it up, go to a proper cocktail bar, and pay £5. If you want shoddy watered-down-Ribena cocktails, go nuts.
My problem with the Font is the fact is neither here nor there. Years ago when I had the energy to wander pub to pub along the way to a club this bar would have been a welcome stop, but now I chose more wisely the places I take my custom.
For a student bar this is not the cheapest bar I have ever come across nor the friendliest place I have visited. This place attracts the 'obvious' , the people who find it hard to think of anything but there next drink during their student years...quite rightly (best part of being a student).
The name just does not do it for me, and the food is pretty poor. As a quick stop off though....I can fogive you!
This place is just a larger version of the one in Fallowfield, so you could essentially take my review of that one and imagine a place twice the size. They also have a large projector screen on which you'll find two guys perpetually playing Pro Evo, locked into an eternal battle until the end of time. Other than that it's the same cheap cocktails, quirky two-tier layout, and student atmosphere.
It seems pointless to me to mark it down for having cocktails which are sub-par compared to actual cocktail bars that you would find in the Northern Quarter and similar upmarket areas. They're £2, what do you expect? If they were charging the same prices I'd be angry, but they know exactly where they stand on the quality spectrum.
I used to quite like the apple mojitos from here. £2 is cheap for a cocktail. However, it isn't really that cheap as you essentially get an Ikea glass full of ice. Even the biggest lightweight would need to buy at least 3 or 4 cocktails before they could feel the effect of the alcohol. Admittedly the cocktails are quite tasty, but I tend to go for the 2-4-1 beer offers they have on - at the moment bottles of Peroni are BOGOF every night until 10pm.
At the weekends this is one of the only places around the Oxford Road corridor which actually has a better atmosphere than throughout the week, although it can get pretty packed. On several occasions I've had to wait for 15 minutes-ish at the bar behind people ordering 10 different cocktails only to find on my return that my little section of the wooden bench has been commandeered by the group next to mine. If you're happy to stand for a pre-night out drink then Font is a great place to get you in the mood for drinking and dancing.
Also I don't understand why they got rid of the groovy frontage and put a load of bird silhouettes on the window. Maybe they had problems with pigeons flying into the glass?!
Font bar. Get in.
Sorry. I promise I will never say, or indeed, type "get in" ever again. Unless those two words act as a sandwhich for another two words; those being "some drinks". "Get some drinks in," I'll say, indicating the bar with a cock of the head and a roll of the eyes, the gentle rising lilt of my voice suggesting that it is I who fully intends to get this particular round in. The beauty of the situation is, in Font, having "got a round in" you might even have left over enough money for a further round later on! It's not too expensive and there are frequently offers on. So, er...look out! etc.
Most people will wax lyrical about the £2 cocktails. Please, allow me to join in these festivities. Though, if I'm honest, they had me at the names. They could have tasted like they were mixed by Bernard Manning and, with names like that and at prices like that, I was always going to love them - The Pink Floyd! The Purple Haze! Somehow, they taste exactly like they sound.
There's an area where, if you so wish, you can play Pro Evolution Soccer. However, why would you want to do this?
The layout appears initially labyrinthine - there's a staircase before you as you enter leading to an intimate downstairs area - it took me a while to realise that this area is identical to the one accessible by the staircase at the back. That's right - the layout is cyclical - you can do circuits of the place, if you want.
Oh god - I just got a vague memory of doing circuits of the place. Of seeing how many I could do in a certain time. That suggests that I once worked here and had time to kill one boring shift. But I've never worked here. At least, I can't remember having ever worked here...
...the potato wedges are particularly good, and sometimes in that space below they host acoustic performances. It being a very nice environment in which to sample music, this is highly recommended an experience.
Hidden into the corner with subspace beside it, Font really has become quite a hit with everyone in town! This font is bigger and better than the one that resides in Fallowfield. Of course, the best part of this place-
A huge variety of cocktails from classics to their own concoction all for just £2!! Yes, you've read just right, its just freaking 2 quid!
Spread over two floors and two busy bars, you can lounge around with your mates in the dark, red and black grunge surroundings created to give a very vintage and retro look to the place. An untidy but appealing look to the place does the trick. This place is extremely popular for the massive screen with playstation attatched to it. Boys, get ready to own your game!
The place is extremely friend and whether you come in two's or three's you're definitely leaving in plenty! People are somehow always really warm, lively and jovial! Ready for a killer time! What can one's favourite pub offer?
Font bar has been a firm favourite with students from as far back as I can remember anyone I know being a student in Manchester. It's been put on the map for it's £2 cocktails unfortunately, pretty damn scary how many of them I've knocked back. They're fun and tasty let's say, definitely will give you some type of sugar rush if nothing else.
These days to my much developed taste buds, I'll go for one of the beers on offer, much better deal in terms of the student's true objective and on the making me feel like vomitting barometer. When there's 241 on tiger beer, why the hell would anyone go for £2, £3 mix of slime? Ah well, why ruin the heart and soul of this place.
But enough of the infamous cocktails. Font is the student's staple pre bar hit, it's actual hit and it's prime hangover cure as well. It succeeds in drawing in the crowds day upon night upon day. You'll never not find a happy face screaming out tonight's gonna be a cheap cheap night. Overall it's got good intentions serving up the laughs, alternative music and the buzz for a great night out. It always i.d's me too, very sensible and very flattering indeed. Well done Font.
Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails. That is always the sole purpose for us to visit Font. Not because the other aspects of the bar are bad - but because the cocktails are amazing.
£2 for a cocktail - all day, every day. It really is a fantastic deal. The cocktails themselves are equally fantastic. They are of a very high quality, made freshly in front of you by amazing bar staff who don't even have to check what they are doing. These people know their craft inside out and it shows. The Margharita is by far my favourite, as it is almost the perfect cocktail. Crushed ice, fresh lime juice and tequila. It always gets me in a good mood, and is consistently delicious. Hurrah for Font.
The cocktail menu also extends beyond the £2 range, to incorporate a group of slightly more expensive cocktails (only about £3.50 each), which we also delight in indulging in from time to time. The Long Island is superb.
Food at Font is often overlooked as people don't necessarily visit during the day, but it is delicious. Cooked freshly to order, it is tasty, healthy and cheap. Chicken club sandwich combined with a cocktail makes a great lunch....
Just don't tell me that its too early in the day. When its £2, every hour is cocktail hour!
Cocktails for £2...sound good?
Hardly any alcohol in the cocktails. So much sugary syrup that its all you can taste and your tounge hurts. So busy you can't sit down or move. So loud you can't hear, but nowhere to dance. Still sound good?
No, it doesn't.
Really great bar just under the arches by Oxford Road station and what was A1 music back in the day, my own personal mecca for many years.
The best night out I had here was when the 'In The City' music festival was on in September 2001 and I saw the now legendary 'Honey Shop Screamers' perform Songs from English Motorways' - a classic gig. The band, as far I know, are now sadly defunct, but the bar lives on.
Well worth a look.
Unpretentious and thoroughly fun, "The Font" is a bar which refuses to take itself too seriously - something which makes a refreshing change from the many style bars you find around Manchester City Centre. Its great atmosphere - and its legendary £2 cocktails - have made it a firm favourite amongst Manchester's huge student community, and go in there on a Friday night and you'll often find yourself having to barge your way to the bar in order to get served.
Font also does a pretty decent selection of food, making it a great place to pop into for a quick spot of lunch if you're ever in the Oxford Road area. I particularly like their rather yummy wraps which are served with chips and go very well with the 2-for-£3 bottles of Peroni which are often on offer there.
All in all, The Font is a great little bar to pay a visit to if you're ever in the area, especially if you're watching your pennies and fancy a cheap - yet fun - night out.
It doesn't get much cheaper than this for cocktails! £2 for all standard cocktails (mojitos, gin tonics, etc.) and still only £3 for the expensive ones. They also had a 2 for 1 beer offer on before 10pm. Yes, you can get very drunk for very little money here.
Unsurprisingly, the crowd is pretty studenty, but it's a good crowd. However, being located in Manchester city centre almost necessitates having doormen unfortunately, but even so I was pretty surprised to actually get asked for ID on my way in.
I totally agree with Ellie R., the £2 cocktails are amazing value and the curly chips are ah-mazing! I love going here before a night out because of the cheap drinks, easy access from Oxford Rd Station and good atmosphere.
The food's lovely, but only go for it on weekday afternoons- at night there's literally nowhere to sit!
It's spacious, cheap and young and I can't really say a bad word about it!
Font is a funny little place. First off, it's clearly a student pub. If that's the kind of thing that puts you off then you should steer well clear of the place (and probably have a bit of think about your life as they're not that bad really).
The music is brash, as is the decor. It's a decent sized place that occasionally opens the doors to live music.
The beer is reasonable enough and one of the most important things about it is that, after a certain time when the pubs start closing, it's one of the few places down the side of Oxford Road train station that doesn't try charging you a fiver-plus to get in.
It doesn't really know what it is - it's neither pub nor bar. However, with cheap cocktails on the menu and bargain pints, it's a regular fixture for those on a budget.
Font deserves a big pat on the back for making cocktails so affordable. At £2 a pop, they're the cheapest in town! However, if a Sex on the Beach or Gin Fizz doesn't float your boat, there's also some great early evening wine and beer offers, as well as a few real ales to choose from.
The food is just as well priced. There's a simple Mexican and Middle Eastern inspired menu that's packed with veggie friendly dishes, like nachos, chilli, burgers, hummous and halloumi. I'm a big fan of the vegetarian burritos. YUM!
As you'd expect from a place that sells £2 cocktails, this isn't really a place for glamour girls. Still, if you like sticky floors, an Indie soundtrack and cheap booze, it's a winner!
What is one to do when totally skint, but up for a glam cocktail and a dizzy dance? Hot-foot it down to Font, that's what!
£2 cocktails? They must be flavoured water, right? Nope, these little concoctions are the genuine stuff, and the Pink Floyd has got to be my fave tipple. It's a great pre-club venue, can get pretty packed out on a Fri/Sat night, but well worth it if you can get a table/sofa downstairs. There are areas to book for private functions, and sometimes there's live music too.
Usually quite a young crowd, mostly students, but well worth a visit if only for the cheap cocktails before heading over to Sub-space or into town.
When I hear the phrase 'Cocktail Bar' it can strike some fear into my heart at times, with many in the city having more style than substance and almost zero atmosphere to offer.
Thankfully Font is a different kettle of fish. The cocktail menu isn't huge, but there's definitely something for everyone, even if you're uninitiated to the world of sexy drinks in silly glasses. Font's menu is very reasonably priced for the amount of booze in each glass, with 2 for 1 offers on regularly too.
The bar isn't overly glamorous, instead opting for cosy armchairs and pleasantly mismatched stools dotted around a sizeable two floor bar. The result is a more relaxed atmosphere, welcoming you in wearing your jeans and trainers just as much as those nights when you've got your party frock on. And it isn't totally packed with young women, either, instead housing a great mix of guys and girls of different types under one roof.
The clientele skews towards a student-aged crowd during term time, but there's rarely a rowdy feeling that can sometimes accompany that sort of crowd. Overall, a great place to stop off for one (or three) drinks at any point of your evening.
Slightly off the beaten track, down a dodgy liitle cobbled street just off Oxford Road, is Font bar.
A large, split level bar, popular with the student crowd, you'll struggle to get a seat on Friday and Saturday nights.
Don't miss out on the especially cheap cocktails, and make sure you don't fall down the tricky stairs!
Font is a great place to visit, offering hearty meals and night time entertainment on a budget in central Manchester. With a menu based around simple favourites such as burgers and sandwiches, with large sidedishes, and cocktails are a bargain costing £2 all day, every day. After eating, visitors can enjoy free entertainment from local DJs in the chilled out downstairs area, or play Playstation on the big screen upstairs. Font attracts a wide range of people, who mingle together in a friendly, laid back atmosphere. All in all, I would recomend it!
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Cheap cocktails, what more can I say.. It's possible to get drunk in there very quickly!
A student haven, it is full of pretentious types but life goes on. It gets real busy in there on the w/end so prepare for 3 row deep queues.
You'll either love it or hate it.
Nice chilled out student type bar. Cheap food and drinks at a decent quality standard. Good location as well next to oxford street station
We've all been on those nights where you are out with a group who you know through a friend or partner and therefore have no real say in where the evening's schedule. Not so long ago I was on one.
Leaving the Thirsty Scholar we took a sharp right down a dark alley. Looking around at my temporary gang I confirmed to myself that none of them look particularly Mafioso so concluded that it was probably safe to continue.
Out of the darkness shone a loud and shiny bauble and as we approached the bauble I could see that it was called Font. It was immediately obvious to my ex-student spidey senses that this was a place students go to get cheap drinks in early before 5th Ave starts then end up forgetting to leave and spend the night knocking over pints as they bounce along to Chesney Hawkes in a great sweaty mess. I prayed we were just passing but as the bauble grew larger, brighter and louder I braced myself for entry.
The bar was less than fifteen feet from the front door but timing how long it took to actually get to it would have been better done with a calender than a stopwatch.
After what seemed like a long and bumpy eternity, I got my pint. Turning around it was promptly knocked out of my hands by a student, bouncing, in a sweaty mess- I found no sense of satisfaction in my accurate prediction of how the Font was going to be.
Immediatly I sprang out the mental calculator and wondered- if it takes over twenty minutes to get served and another twenty to drink and then it's back in the queue, the rate of consumption here is one drink every hour- so how are all of these little twats so pissed?!!!
Brilliant place this chain of bars these. The unusual interior, funky music, interesting array of cocktails available and open-spaces make this a very popular place for a drink on a date or with friends.
The cocktails are the usual reason for heading to this bar varying from your £2 Irish Monkey to your £4 6-shot-galore Smoke on the Water cocktail.
During the busy periods at night, tables are a virtue however unlike many other places you are able to have a normal-volume conversation with each other since there's no awful music blaring.
The variety of cocktails on offer are staggering and they're all hand-made in front of you and normally a pretty packed bar however they're normally very well staffed so there's only about 2-3 minutes wait for a drink.
Very trendy. Relaxed. Student-friendly. The perfect bar for me!
With two bars now open (one off Oxford Road next to Space, the other down in Fallowfield where Sofa used to be) Font have really upped the ante with their cocktails. Famous for a great cocktail menu serving up anything from a classic Mojito to a Chocolate Monkey (milk, rum, banana liqueur, whipped cream and chocolate mmm...), all for a delicious £2! Font now boast a menu of over 30 £2 cocktails as well as some classic favourites and modern twists for £3. These include a Sailor Jerry Mojito and a classic Mai Tai.
The food is still good, with hearty portions of yummy pub food on offer from lunchtime to 8pm (try their famous stacked sandwiches or a good old cheese burger and fries). The venues themselves are well laid out with big bars (but often not enough bar staff), quirky décor, comfy sofas and a good selection of entertainment on offer. In the Oxford Road branch there are games consoles to while away the hours on, with regular tournaments in Fifa and Pro Evo. There are also DJs playing six nights a week including disk spinners from Revolver, up the racket, Cosmic Disco, Idle Hands and Bring on the Dancing Horses.
With table reservations for a society night or a big group, and plenty of little cubby holes to sink into, Font fits the bill no matter what the occasion. If you're looking for a pub lunch or a cheap night out, Font is where to go.
Another of Manchester's hidden gems, located next to the Space continuum on New Wakefield Street (the road between the Thirsty Scholar and Revolution).
It's a fun little bar on two levels with some of the cheapest bar food in town (pretty much everything on the menu is less than a fiver), they serve breakfast til five and all other food til 8pm, they've got wraps, burgers, sandwiches, salads - in my experience it's pretty good too ( :
They also do £2 cocktails and two for one on Tiger beer, given the prices in some bars these days, these are very good offers.
If you're a fan of the Pro Evolution football franchise on the Playstation, you might want to try here - they have PES '08 wired up to a big screen in the main bar, tho it can get busy round there in the evenings.
Well worth a visit, especially if you want a good night out without breaking the bank.
£2 cocktails all day every day. Close to other bars, usually gets very busy on weekends, one in one out policy, basement can be hired out for parties too! Attracts students, arty, laid back people- they have a ps3 upstairs too!
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