Artisan - Manchester Bar Review

Minimalist, modern and warm, Artisan restaurant bar in Spinningfields is a unique concept, constructed into a high standard, popular and interesting piece of art, that doubles up as a cracking bar. 

Artisan is kitted out with stunning decor and beautiful furniture. 

The Venue 

The bar lounge area of the venue contains a bohemian array of couches and chairs below a display shelving unit of manufacturing objects, harking back to Spinningfields’ industrial history, reminding me of the antique sewing machines on display at Urban Outfitters. The bare lightbulbs with visible squiggly filament and stripped back features create the feel of a blank-canvas warehouse, yet the space achieves a warmth that can only be attributed to the ensemble of decorative wall paintings, wood-panelled hanging light shades and objects with an almost oriental antiquity.

Cool lounge vibes draw in a blend of hot-shot professionals and glamorous fashionistas. 

The Atmosphere and Clientele

Despite the very tangible artists' warehouse feel of the venue, with concrete pillars, chunky wooden tables and paint slap-dashed on the walls, the space somehow also achieves an inviting and relaxing warmth. Business hot-shots, high aspiring fashionistas, families out for a treat, dating couples, and a few Average Joes could all be spotted around the venue. As the tables are partitioned well, it feels private and comfortable wherever you're sat in the restaurant. You don’t have to be an art connoisseur to appreciate the venue, but if you are, there are artworks on display, and a little info leaflet for you to peruse should you wish to make a purchase.

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Despite its warehouse layout, Artisan still manages to feel cosy and intimate. 

The Food and Drink 

Having been recommended the fragrant and floral Jasmine Martini, I just had to oblige; the ever so refreshing and elegant beverage came complete with tiny dried Jasmine flowerbuds. It was intricate and lovingly concocted; the creation of a skilled mixologist. Starters came in the form of a delicate plate of baby scallops, curried cauliflower florets and puddles of pureed cauliflower, and a rather indulgent baked camembert, complete with a roasted nut and seed mix and beetroot chutney for my companion. For me, as Queen of Desserts, the star of the show was absolutely the Salted Caramel Baked Banana accompanied with Gingerbread Ice Cream served in a shortbread cup. The menu offers rustic and homely dishes, displayed with a pinch of artistry and a good understanding of what satisfies. 


Successfully combining a complex mixture of minimalism and intricacy, capable of only the most skilled venue artists around, Artisan surely lives up to its name. A one-stop venue for drinks or food, it is definitely worth a visit.