Cloud 23

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Central Manchester
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Cloud 23

Stunning cocktails with views to match at this classy bar within the city’s tallest building. Demand is through the roof, so book ahead

Halfway up Beetham Tower - Manchester's tallest building – and separating the lower Hilton hotel with posh apartments above, sits two floors of Cloud 23, a bar offering the best views of any in the city. Beetham Tower is an imposing landmark and its location on the site of Manchester's old Roman fort means that all roads into the city seem to head straight for it. 

As, so it seems, do Manchester’s most flashy customers, descending in such numbers that you’re best to book in advance for weekends rather than risk a long queue in the Hilton foyer waiting for the friendly security staff to wave you towards the superfast lift.

The bar itself impresses the moment the lift doors open and you're welcomed with a smile, shown to your sofa or table and offered a cocktail menu as dizzying as the heights that you're occupying. From traditional favourites to complex creations with dry ice wafting out of them, the drinks do not disappoint, and there's a fine selection of wines and beers too. 

Things can get a bit clubby at the weekend, and this is a favourite for mums having afternoon tea during the week, but, as the sun spreads a golden glow across the city and through the glass, everyone just stops and looks and smiles, and it’s beautiful. 

By: Rob Martin

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Venue name: Cloud 23
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Address: Beetham Tower
303 Deansgate
Manchester
M3 4LQ
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Jamie M
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Without the views, Cloud 23 is just your average bar. 


Cloud 23, everybody knows where it is, everybody knows what to expect - the views-, and everybody suspects it's overpriced, they suspect right. 


I went into Cloud 23, through chance, we were walking past and decided to check it out, i mean it had just celebrated its 10th birthday, so it would be rude not to. As soon as you enter the hotel, there is a lift that only takes you to the bar, one the lift opens you are greeted by servers who take you to a seat and give you a drinks menu, before looking at the menu, your eyes are pre-occupied with the magnificent views of the city. 


When you finally get round to looking at the drinks menu, don't be surprised if your heart starts rapidly pacing, if yours doesn't, then you're a better person that I am. They are so ridiculously over priced, but it is kind of expected considering it's in a Hilton hotel. The menu is quite well stocked, but nothing really jumps out screaming "pick me, pick me".


I would only recommend going to Cloud 23 for the views on offer which are second to none, but if you fancy somewhere a bit fancy, then there are plenty more fancy and characterful bar/restaurants around the city.