“ Small independent bar chain (2 in Manchester, 1 in Liverpool) student-orientated, cocktails and speciality beers, regular DJs „
Font is generally a trendy coctail bar and there are 2 in Manchester which are the ones I will be talking about. There is one on oxford road, very near to the train station, a revolution, subspace and a few other things including takeaways, newsagents, and bus stops, it is also only a few minutes walk from a few clubs.
Font in Fallowfield is on Wilmslow road and it is near to Gaffs, revolution, Baabar, tesco, owens park, loads of things, it has a really good location.
Font is open from 12 till 1am and they serve food untill 8pm which is pretty good really. It gets pretty busy on an evening between about 10 and 11 as lots of people go there before hitting the clubs.
I basically go to font for a quick plate of chunky chips or a sandwich and a drink to have a catch up with a friend, or as a place to go if I'm just touring Fallowfield and don't fancy a big night, or I go as a pre-drinking place as the £2 cockatails can't be beaten.
The decor of font is pretty nice and I think they do well to create a nice intimate feeling environment, despite it usually being prety full on an evening. They have candles in red holders and they are sometimes lit and they also have sofas, wooden tables and chairs (some small, some big enough to get a whole group around) and they have red fabrics atached accross ceilings and walls which make it feel more intimate and less like you are in the middle of manchester.
I have always found the staff very nice, the barmen are fine and love a bit of banter (sometimes) but you usually don't have to queue there a lot and the bar staff are nice although normally they are really rushed off their feet and very busy remembering what is in the cocktails which have been ordered and which ones they are making.
The cocktail list of £2 coctails is pretty large and it includes things like daquiris, mojitos, black russians, they also sell a wwide range of beers and a lot of shooters. There is a more recently added £3 cocktail menu too which has stronger drinks on it.
I really like going to Font and so do lots of other students, I just think we are all going to be surprised when we have to pay more than £2 for a cocktail when we graduate as you tend to get used to low prices as a student.
For more information please look at their website: http://www.fontbar.com/
*THIS REVIEW WILL COVER BOTH OXFORD ROAD AND FALLOWFIELD FONT BAR - BOTH IN MANCHESTER*
Font bar is a student favourite, boasting eclectic interiors, regular live DJs and most importantly, £2 cocktails! Also providing food 12-8pm, 7 days a week, Font opens at noon and closes around 1am, and is primarily a place to meet up and lunch, and essential predrink spot before hitting clubs.
The Oxford Rd Font Bar is around 20 seconds walk from Oxford Rd train station, and 2 minutes from popular indie club 5th Avenue, so is a hotspot for meeting up and drinking - beware, on most nights between 9-11 it's normally fairly packed. Having said that, I've never had to queue for more than 10 minutes to get in, and the 2 wide, well staffed bars do well to serve the hordes that flock for cocktails.
The newer Font Bar in Manchester is positioned on Wilmslow Rd, the main road through Fallowfield, and the bar is within spitting distance of Trof, Baabars, Vodka revolution and more - within the compact student scene, you can totter between all venues within a minute, with the additional plus that Fallowfield is away from the big city clubs and so isn't generally quite as busy. The interior is similar to the Font on Oxford Road.
The Oxford Rd Font Bar is blessed to be on the small street where some beautiful graffiti aft has been commissioned, providing a striking view on your walk there. A silohetted flock of birds adorn the window, and inside the eclectic themes continue with a collection of birdcages hanging from the ceiling, colourful butterflies scattered on the ceiling above the bar, and downstairs is beautified with cherry red veils and fairy lights creating a grotto feel. Fallowfield Font Bar has a cleaner feel, but both share unique handpainted designs on the walls, and the odd leather couch intermingling with the wooden tables, chairs and benches.
Now for the important bits! Font Bar is famous for it's bargainous cocktail menu, but what not everyone has realised is that the food menu is actually divine! Offering a range of fried breakfasts, salads, wraps and sandwiches, £5 will get you my favourite - a tortilla wrap of hot shredded pork, oven roasted sweet mixed peppers and wild rocket, drizzled with a fennel seed & parsley sauce , with salad, potato wedges, and a little change on the side. And yes, it is as utterly delicious as it sounds - and despite the ridiculous price, these meals are very generous in size. I have eaten in both Manchester Font Bars, and nearly wept with delight in each.
As for drinks... Font Bar offer a range of posh ciders and unique beers at good prices, and have a decent offer on a bottle of wine before 9pm. However the main draw is the cocktails. For £2, Font offer a range of shooters (my favourite, baby guiness, is black sambuca and baileys), and a myriad of cocktails! Most served in a chunky pint glass, these beauties must be experienced. Personal choice tipples include their classic apple mojito, sex on the beach, and more creative june bug (creme de banane, coconut rum, fresh lime and pineapple juice), or mudslide (milk, tia maria and baileys topped with whipped cream and chocolate powder, the ULTIMATE cocktail-as-a-pudding!) You watch as the barstaff juggle bottles to mix your drinks, occasionally being lightly dusted with chocolate powder thanks to the air con, and £10 will have you fairly tipsy.
What's more, good old Font have stepped up their game to bring you an additional menu of £3 cocktails, like Mai Tia and Long Island Iced Tea. With a little more class - and a little more liqour - these may appeal more to the after-work visitors of Font Bar, but nevertheless does not take it out of the student price range.
Font Bar is the prettiest of budget friendle watering holes - the toilets are in good shape, the style throughout the places are unique, and the nightly live DJ slots are testament to the popularity of the place. Yes, on busy nights the bar will be a little sticky, the queue will be four-deep and you will have to hunt a while for a seat - but it's worth it. Not to be missed, this bar will feed you, entertain you and get you dancing for a record price and in style.