Bar Review: Australasia, Manchester

Australasia – Subterranean Spinningfields Chic

After each of my (several) visits to Australasia, my opinion of Living Ventures bars and restaurants are consistently reinforced. One receives a solid theme which never fails to deliver. Australasia’s theme is the often poorly executed: ‘where to take your soon-to-be high-maintenance girlfriend on a first date’ theme.

Located at Number 1, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Australasia’s the G-Spot of Manchester’s W.A.G circuit. Australasia’s calming neutral furnishing matched with tranquil, coral-reef finishing is captivating. The attention to aesthetic detail running through the fixtures and fittings, to the glassware and crockery is wonderful, although “art” consisting of tiny fish with a knife (no, really) was odd.

Australasia’s bar itself has elegantly tall, stylishly lit, well-stocked shelves all kept spotlessly clean. The trendily minimal menus list drinks which all sound sexy and exotic – think lychees, hibiscus flowers and girly purees. I loved the swapping of Prosecco for Australian sparkling Chardonnay and oriental curioustities like jasmine foam and galangal.

Australasia provides healthy, small portioned, sharp flavoured, beautifully presented food to peck at; paired with light, citrusy, floral cocktails crafted from premium products. These are good things. Unfortunately, the clientèle are similarly small portioned, beautifully presented, citrusy and floral – giving a slightly obnoxious atmosphere – sometimes rubbing off on the otherwise well-organised staff.

Australasia Review Summary

Atmosphere 8/10    Cost 4/10    Quality 10/10    Service 8/10

Australasia Spinningfields Manchester Bar Review

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Australasia Spinningfields Manchester Bar Review


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