This is the first time I have had to say this about a venue and it is very sad considering we live in a Multi-Cultural Society. ABACUS Bar is a RACIST establishment and I for one will never return and will be boycotting this bar. All my friends who appreciate the multi-cultural mix we have in society will be doing the same. This is 2013 and this cannot be allowed! My husband had booked a table for 15 friends in order to celebrate his birthday, he even paid the deposit with no questions asked (Probably because he has an English sounding name) and confirmation that it would be alright. When he arrived he occupied his table with 4 other people and all was fine, when his friends started arriving, they were stopped and denied entry to the bar as there were too many guy's in the bar already. While this was happening, white men were walking in without being stopped or approached. Our cousin arrived smartly dressed with shoes and was told that he was not suitably dressed but in the same breath, entry was granted to a white man dressed in jeans and trainers. Blatant RACISM! When my husband approached the bouncers, he was told to go and speak to the manager, Dan Perry (or Kerry) who was just as racist and had the audacity to put his hand on my husband and push him away and then said that he can make a complaint on the website. We are professional people and have NEVER been treated so badly. My husband left with all his friends. If you are a person of colour, AVOID this bar, if you are a white person who is disgusted with the way they behave, AVOID this bar!
Time Out says
Posted: Thu May 9 2013
In the heart of the City, close to the Royal Exchange, Abacus is well placed for wheelers and dealers to meet, eat and drink. As well as the main lounge bar with its chandeliers, leather and marble, there's a club area downstairs for those looking to shift their operations to the dance floor. The drinks menu includes cocktails and shooters, while food options are burgers, fajitas, fish and chips and platters.