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“Pretentious” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cloud 23 Cocktail Bar

Cloud 23 Cocktail Bar
Ranked #209 of 2,185 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: British, Contemporary
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Good for: View, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Cloud 23 is more than just a bar, it is a unique and memorable venue located at the highest point in Manchester. Experience the feeling of almost being able to touch the clouds as you look out at the panoramic views of Manchester's ever changing city scape and lose yourself in decadent luxury designed to appeal to all the senses. Served within the elegant surroundings of Cloud 23, enjoy a sumptuous afternoon of mouth watering indulgence. Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23 blends an innovative menu with classical combinations to infuse this timeless classic with contemporary style. Our famous Afternoon Tea is served daily from noon to 5pm. Dress Code - Smart/Stylish. Strictly NO sportswear, trainers or headgear. Please note, children under 18 are allowed between the hours of 11am and 5pm.
Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pretentious”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

As a regular guest in the Hilton Deansgate decided to take a work colleague for a beer here to see what it was like. I'm used to the view as I usually get a room on the higher floors, so wasn't here for that - more to see what the fuss is about.

Now, I was not prepared for the pretentiousness of it all - from queuing to get on the elevator - 15minutes (and when we got up to the bar it was half full) to the table seating and the over priced beer. I didn't feel the staff were that welcoming (compared to the rest of the Hilton staff who are fantastic).

It looks like the whole 'exclusive' feel is manufactured to make it feel exclusive - I guess some people fawn over having to put their names on lists, stepping into Willi Wonka's elevator and feeling like they are the chosen ones, but I just want to have a beer in a nice location - I don't want to have to faff around to get in - nor be made to feel grateful I was allowed in!!

Oh and the acoustics are awful so difficult to have a conversation which makes the atmosphere

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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“Views are lovely, cocktails are strong.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

The atmosphere at Cloud 23 is really nice, cocktails are a mixture of old & new. Extremely strong! Service was good & the views are amazing. Would definitely return!

Visited August 2014
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Afternoon treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

What a wonderful treat this was more than enough food and an endless amount of speciality teas and coffees you can even upgrade to champagne if you wanted

We were celebrating my wife's birthday together and even though we were with a good few other people it felt just like our own space wonderful

The views are amazing you can to north wales on a good day this place is great as a couple but also as a family
I dare any one to do the walk of faith lol

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Don't bother booking”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Booked a table 3 weeks prior to arrival for 2 people.Was greeted by a waiter who did not ask me for my name or the time of booking,but showed us to a table facing the lift that would have seated 6.There was no table for 2 available according to the next waitress .
The website clearly states that if you arrive 15 mins past your allotted time your table will be given away.My table was given away before I got there.
Feeling very disappointed we decided to leave.
The manner of service was shocking,we were treated like cattle.
Never again.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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“Something special, well worth the effort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

We didnt have a booking and were lucky to get a table at lunchtime by the window . Wow the views are spectacular. We ordered cocktails and a sharing platter. Three large slices of pork pie, a large pile of really delicious ham, picked, delicious roasted toms and three slices of lovely toasted French stick. Perfect for a light lunch. This is a high quality place and not McDonald's. Expect to pay above the average because of the views and top quality food.

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