My last visit to recently renamed Art NQ (formerly Barcelona) was to seek solace from the torrential downpour that had once again decided to grace Manchester with its presence. I love the relaxed informal vibe, as well as the opportunity to people watch from the bar stools along the window – on this occasion to smugly observe drenched passers by running for cover.
There’s always a good mix of people in this bar – couples and groups of friends young and old(er), yet it’s also welcoming enough to visit alone. On my last visit a fellow punter mentioned to me that he was visiting Manchester from Scotland with work so it’s good to see that ArtNQ already attracts a mixture of locals and visitors.
Always busy enough to generate a good atmosphere yet rarely so chaotic to be unable to find a spot to enjoy one of the diverse selection of beers available. OK, I lie – the beers do sound appealing but I always settle for a glass of wine or two instead. Art NQ also offers a good selection of cocktails at reasonable prices with early evening offers always available.
Located smack bang in the middle of the ever popular Northern Quarter, ArtNQ seems to be reliving the 1990′s with its choice in music – not that I am complaining as its selection of songs closely resembles my ipod play list.