A paragon of cool in the Northern Quarter, Odd has all the right ingredients and it serves them up with aplomb.
If this is Odd, who wants normal? Located on Thomas Street, Odd is now a Northern Quarter stronghold. There are big lampshades that look like they’ve been lifted from someone's front room and low stools are scattered around beige sofas that all combine to create a cosy, eclectic effect.
Dark pinks prevail here but with a funky edge even in the glaring light of day, when it is often just as busy as it is in the evening. Downstairs is the main place for discerning folk to hang out however, thanks to its massive screen at one end taking up almost the whole of the wall and beaming music video after music video. Very occasionally you'll encounter someone working behind the bar who is too pre-occupied to care about your order, but on the whole the staff are a down-to-earth, friendly bunch.
A funky, laidback crowd of graduates, post-grads, local intellectuals, art students, culture vultures, boho chicks and dudes who look like they’re in a band (and probably are) convene here in the afternoon and continue to party well into the evening, gathering more friends as the night progresses.
The food is good homely grub with a modern twist (albeit at inflated bar prices). Popular dishes include mini fish and chips (£4.75) and a fry-up (in herbivore, carnivore and vegan versions). The bacon sarnie is staggeringly impressive thanks to its melted cheese on top, red onion marmalade and even a green salad for £4.50.
Staropramen, Fruli, Becks Vier and Guinness are all on draught and Magners, Sol, Peroni, Budvar and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are in bottles. The Terre Cortese Marche Bianco is a good choice on the wine front and it’s only £10.95 a bottle or £2.95 for a small glass.
The Last Word
Now part of a trinity of bars along with its siblings Odder and Oddest, Odd remains one of the best bars in Manchester.