What they say:
Montpellier's is the newest addition to the Northern Quarter bar scene. Hidden away in a former underwear factory in the warren of alley ways between Church Street and Thomas Street, the Tardis-like Montpellier's promises to be a tres chic space offering food, drink, and an extensive list of carefully chosen wines. The Francophilic name serves as a hint to what's inside - though owners are careful to point out that the venue will not be a Parisian pastiche, but rather a subtle nod to the je ne sais quoi of the Riviera.
Spread over two floors, Montpellier's features plenty of booths and tables on street level, while downstairs in the basement you'll discover cosy nooks and crannies as well as an intimate live room. The decor is cool, rustic and raw.
What we say:
Tucked away as it is down a narrow alley, Montpellier's is somewhat of a hidden gem that looks set to join the ever increasing list of secret bars in Manchester. Inside, the bar's interesting, rambling layout gives it a quirky feel; with plenty of seating areas of all shapes and sizes. Wine lovers will be delighted by Montpellier's extensive wine list that looks to France and Italy for its main inspiration, while the food menu offers a range of sandwiches and gourmet salads - in a culinary contrast to the ever increasing range of Manchester burger bars in the area.
We're sure this new Northern Quarter bar will be a huge hit in the already bustling and trendy area, and with its basement live venue adding an extra element to the cafe bar, Montpellier's looks set to be a lively destination day and night.