The Grill On The Alley
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5 Ridgefield, (corner John Dalton St), Manchester, Lancashire, M2 6EG, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 161 833 3465
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-11pm
Door: Open door
Style: Restaurant bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Plates & dishes
This large bar and restaurant’s name might lead the unfamiliar to think this place lies down a dark foreboding alley but it actually sits on a bright corner of a narrow lane (Ridgefield) and a major thoroughfare (John Dalton Street).
A zinc top bar lies at the entrance with surrounding high tables with bar stools and high banquettes against. Bare brick and white rectangular tiled walls add to New York grill room look and feel, which at the same time manages to be warm and homely.
The impressive drinks menu has a very reassuring page for the discerning drinker with cocktails listed under reassuring titles such as Martinis, Mojitos, Collins, Manhattans, Margaritas and of course Daiquiris. Order any of this and you’ll enjoy both fabulous American-style attentive service and a great drink.
While the bar is excellent, this remains chiefly a restaurant and beyond the bar and downstairs lie large seating areas. Simply cooked, high quality, fresh meat and fish with staples such as steaks and burgers attract an appreciative crowd of fashionable 30-somethings. Grab a seat by the bar and join them for a juicy steak.