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The Athenaeum, Manchester - pub details

Athenaeum

Address: 1 York Street, Manchester, M1 7DE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7282) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Manchester Victoria (0.4 miles), Manchester Oxford Road (0.6 miles), Manchester Piccadilly (0.6 miles)

Pub facilities/features:

General information: High ceiling and ornate from the pillars to the sculptures. Round bar in the centre.

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> Current user rating: 6.3/10 (rated by 15 users)
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THIS BAR HAS NOW CLOSED FOR GOOD!

It is now a restaurant called "Browns".
FlimFlamMachine - 27 Jan 2011 17:06
This former Parrs Bank Building was designed by Charles Heathcote in 1902 and is a great example of Edwardian Baroque with some art nouveau detailing particularly in the wrought ironwork.
Now a pub known as the Athenaeum, it is in red sandstone with an imposing corner entrance topped with a dome and was probably one of Manchester's most opulent banking halls it is now a great place to grab a excellent value meal from about £2.50 and a cheap pint or two.
It's a large building and they do not seem to have any heating so if you are going in the winter you might have to keep your coat on.
Balam - 5 Jan 2010 01:45
This place was probably one of the first bank conversions in Manchester. Itís a fantastic building inside with grey marble pillars and a couple of busts/statues. The carpet hasnít been changed since it opened though and itís pretty tatty in places. When it opened it was a very trendy place with a loud DJ and flashing lights all over the place. Itís changed track since then and is now a Wetherspoonalike with similar menus and clientele to match. There are loads of different types of seating around the one huge room with a raised area to the left as you enter and a number of sofas in the area to the right of the door. Thereís also a pool table and a quiz machine towards the rear of the pub. Itís an ornate island bar that has 3 handpumps on. One was turned round, the others were Deuchars and John Smiths Cask. I asked for a pint of Deuchars and was served vinegar instead. It was changed for a John Smiths with no problem though. The John Smiths was OK as well. Now for the shock, a pint of JS plus a 175ml glass of red wine (Blossom Hill) = £3.14!!!! We thought the barmaid had got it wrong but when we sat down and looked at the prices on the menu it was correct. No wonder the clientele has gone downhill, the nearby Waterhouse (JDW) canít compete with these prices. Itís worth going in for a look at the building but you wouldnít want to stay for long unless youíre very price conscious.
ROBCamra - 7 Oct 2009 14:59
Lovely building, crap beer. No real ale on, looks like one of the bank conversions fashionable some years ago. But doesn't really compare to the likes of Old Joint Stock in Birmingham, Counting House at Bank etc. A missed opportunity really. Still, better than All Bar One around the corner.
Carlurmston - 20 Nov 2008 01:40
Don`t let on if your an MCFC supporter in there.`cos they`re all barred.

And I mean ALL.
JohnZ - 6 Feb 2006 20:12

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