This place can be hit or miss depending on who you are. You'll definitely get friendlier service if you actually know the people behind the bar. And sometimes this place can be a little too snooty for it's own good. But since I've caught myself here so many times, I guess everyone should give it a try once.
What I love about this place is that very few people know about its charm. Hidden away on Hull street, it has its share of eclectic furniture and knick knacks. It also has a very bohemian vibe and is a frequent hot spot for graduate students. This is definitely a place to go for a drink with your colleagues after a long day of academic pursuits.
The Manhattan is smoky and dark, but I love it anyway. The drinks are cheap and well made, the bartenders are clever and wonderful. Sometimes you will hear some assfaced film student blathering on about how great Igmar Bergman is to some drunk girl who wants to talk about how she made out with the bassist from The Max Weinberg 7 at am after party when she was in New York last week. You also risk getting yelled at by a 4:00 drunk who has 4 masters degrees, but mostly there are a lot of cute bearded fellows and girls who dress like they're from the 50s. They also have belly dancing and a lot of Elvis / Johnny Cash tributes and such. If you don't want want to get leered at by loud drunk college boys because you'd rather get leered at by jaded 30 something art school drop outs with emotional problems, the Manhattan is the bar for you.
Pros: cute wall paper
Cons: not enough people wash their hair; the sad kind of alcoholism