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100 - 102 High Street, Northern QuarterAdd To Favourites
Manchester. M4 1HP
0161 832 4529
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Socio Rehab review
Socio Rehab Review Update February 2009
?15 for two spirits and lemonade (automatically upgraded to doubles) is a shocker, and this hidden NQ bar is not just an assault on the wallet, it rips at the senses too. The blaring bassline is at a Warehouse Project level, but the annoyance of having to shout over it is countered by the sensible choice of tunes. Playing down-tempo 90s house appeals to the crowd, made up of well dressed, excitable punters, and they played some oft-forgotten classics. The bar man, dressed for golf , was so in my face that I was sharing his moisturiser. Minutes go by. Had he, in the midst of entertaining the buxom blondes next to me, forgotten my drinks order? Not so. Another bar man appears and delivers the drinks and the bad news. His animated cleaning of the bar, with what could have been a Vivienne Westwood dishcloth, leaves our clothes coated in a sticky liquid.
But the greatest part of hedonism is excusing yourself for taking part in it. ??15.50 is nothing?, says a friend from London, and the low-key obnoxiousness of Socio Rehab is infectious. The love-them-or-hate-them bar staff jump out and fire soda water at a colleague. The music gets even better, and we grab a table and put the world to rights.
Did we get old fashioned doubles, or are we downing two European measures? As we leave, our stumbles suggest the latter, and a glance at the queue for Bluu reminds us of why we tried Socio Rehab in the first place.
A lovely little bar that's situated in the middle of the 'new' northern quarter - a collection of bars and eateries that have appeared within the last year. Socio Rehab is by far the smallest and less mainstream than the rest. Bluu (opposite) is a bit more glam, Odd is a bit too big. Socio Rehab, however, is the maddest looking little place we've visited in a long time. Awesome cocktails, lovely ambience (think dimly lit & romantic) and well worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood.
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