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The Manchester

100/10 Independence Avenue, Colombo (Next to Agra)


Occupying the former Agra bar, Shimmer, the Manchester dons the mantle of the previously Indian themed space, changing pretty much nothing except its name.



The Manchester is a new bar in an old location. Following the standard trajectory of Colombo's upper-end drinking establishments, rebranding has reared its seasonal head to breathe life back into a flagging establishment (remember the MKOP -> Onyx -> Underground -> Club Mojo evolution?).

Occupying the former Agra bar, Shimmer, the Manchester dons the mantle of the previously Indian themed space, changing pretty much nothing except its name. And entrance. While you could enter Shimmer through the Agra restaurant before, the Manchester now has its own entrance - an elusive unmarked passage, seemingly privy only to those in the know. There's little to no indication of Manchester's existence otherwise - both physically and online.

While the service here is excellent - the staff are incredibly friendly and obliging - we can't say much of the venue and decor. Think gold canopied booths, copper flambeau lights, plump cushions and drapes. Lots of drapes. A sad hangover from the former Indic days.

It's likely that renovations and redecorations are pending - a pub christened 'Manchester' couldn't possibly remain indifferent to such incongruous surroundings. But for now, we're not so sure how we feel. Drink prices are fairly standard (Rs. 350 for a large Lion, Rs. 600 for a glass of wine, Rs. 600 upwards for cocktails, and so on) and the snack menu is limited to about five or six items.

The Manchester could have potential. There's no other bar within walking distance from Independence Square - so location wise its good. At the moment, however, it just doesn't seem to make sense. Hopefully that'll change.

TIP

Good papaya juice. And yummy mayo.

Address

100/10 Independence Avenue, Colombo (Next to Agra)

Directions

Manchester is behind Agra, which is near Independence Square. From Independence Ave, turn down the road past the National Library Board. Then turn left and immediately right again, down Foundation Ave.

Contacts

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Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Fish And Chips

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3
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