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Cocktails In The City

Arcane - Manchester
Arcane Cocktail Bar Opening April 2016

After much deliberation and renovation work, ARCANE Cocktail Bar is set to open its doors to the public in mid to late April 2016.

The venue is located at 2 South King Street, a bustling, up and coming area of bars & restaurants, and is the brainchild of owners Mark Taylor and Gary Kilroy.

The word ARCANE is defined as meaning “hidden, mysterious and understood by few”. The location and design of the venue goes a long way in describing what the owners were looking for and it takes a bold step away from the areas many concept bars.

The demise is found in the basement of the historic Queens Chambers building and boasts Grade II Listed features throughout, which the owners wanted to retain wherever possible. “The building is very old and the brickwork needed an awful lot of restoration to bring it back to life,” said co owner Mark, “this was key for us in our idea to develop a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere where we can concentrate on our concoctions, products and service, and allow our guests to really enjoy themselves."
Work began in the former bookmaker’s in late December 2015 and the first job was to rip out the old MDF panelling that completely covered the walls throughout the venue. This revealed walls and tiles that date back to Victorian times and were in desperate need of some extensive TLC. Almost 5 months later, ARCANE is ready to open its doors.
For the owners, who have been friends for nigh on 30 years, this has been a lifelong ambition in the making. “It’s something Mark and I have talked about since I can remember,” said co owner Gary “so for us to be doing this is literally a dream come true! We’ve both worked in and around Manchester City Centre for about 15 years, so we know the area very well and feel that we can offer some extra qualities to Manchester’s bar frequenters. Great products and fantastic service go a long way and in an age where concept bars are rife, what’s wrong with just being a great bar?”
~ April 2016 ~
 

The Pen & Pencil - Manchester

Lazy Sundays in Manchester’s Northern Quarter just got hip hop, thanks to the new weekly Hip Hop Swap Shop launching at The Liars Lounge in Cane & Grain on Sunday 1st May.

Every Sunday from 2 ’til 7pm the top floor Tiki lounge of Cane & Grain is set to be transformed into a hip hop emporium with a variety of goodies available for Manchester’s most fashionable residents to buy from some of the city’s best second hand and artisan traders. Plus shoppers can enjoy great music, workshops and treats from Cane & Grain’s meaty menu.

Each weekly event will have a different theme and for the first event on 1 May there will be a special ‘Clothes Swap’ session as The Liars Lounge becomes a trading ground for Manchester locals to swap their threads for some fresh swag.

The process is simple, shoppers are urged to dig out their unwanted clothes and accessories and bring them along to the bar from 2-3pm. All items must be in a clean and wearable condition and there can be no more than 15 items per person. Entry to the bar is free, but there will be a £2 door tax for those who wish to participate in the swap shop. Assistants will be on hand to sort through items for viewing purpose and shoppers will be given tokens for each item of clothing they bring. The clothes swapping will then begin at 3pm and shoppers can exchange their tokens for the items they want to take home.
Anyone who doesn’t have clothes to offer is still welcome to come and grab something to take home: tokens will be available to purchase from the Clothes Swap Assistants at a price of £1 per token, and each token can be swapped for one item.  Items accepted include: ladies & mens clothing, as well as shoes and accessories.
Hip Hop Swap Shoppers can - of course - enjoy a bit of hip hop whilst they browse alongside some cracking food and drinks offers. The bar will be serving a special ‘Hip Hop Swap Shop £5 Menu’, with a choice of  1/2 Baby Back Ribs,  a Boneless Roll, Single Bacon Cheeseburger or a Mexican Bean Burger (v) - all served with fries or salad.
Lyndon Higginson, co-owner of Cane & Grain said: “The Northern Quarter is undoubtedly the city’s creative hub and we love hip hop so it made sense to throw all of this together and show our support to the independent retailers in the area. We hope the Hip Hop Shop will give Manchester locals something fun and different to do on a Sunday afternoon.”
The Hip Hop Swap Shop with music, fashion, gifts & workshops will take place in The Liars Lounge on the top floor at Cane & Grain, every Sunday from 2pm ’til late, starting on Sunday 1 May with the Clothes Swap Special.
~ April 2016 ~
 

The Red Door - Manchester The Red Door - Manchester

Property Developers Call Time at Elixir Tonics & Treats. Popular deansgate Cocktail Bar Elixir released the below statment confrimg the venue is set to close.

To all our valued, loyal and supportive customers… "Everything for a reason, a time and a season”.

It's with a little heartache that we share our news with you today. It seems the inevitable has happened and our story at the little house on Deansgate is coming to an abrupt end. Very recently we received news that our red brick building is to be flattened to make way for a new development, something modern, something befitting of the location. We’ve never argued the fact that we are an ugly duckling architecturally. And so it’s come to light that our lease won’t be renewed, in fact we have a few short months to vacate our beloved home at 123 Deansgate. The building will be quashed and with it goes Elixir, one of the last remaining independent businesses on Deansgate. The corporate jungle is relentless and we are powerless to its brute force.

The news came as a shock to our team and with much sadness, a little panic, disbelief and confusion but quite quickly followed with a quiet understanding that everything has to end, nothing lasts forever, change is inevitable and evolution takes many forms. We shouldn’t fight it when it’s beyond our control, we will ride the wave and hope there’s something great for us on the horizon. We will, in the meantime of course, suck the marrow dry and leave no thirst unquenched.
Our vison just over two years ago was to bring something soulful to Manchester, a sanctuary away from pretence, something real. A place where cocktails were the key to unlocking a door in ourselves and our customers, all we had to do was push. Behind the door we hoped there was a room, without inhibition or exclusion, somewhere that ignited fun, imagination and conversation. What a joy it’s been for us to watch magical nights unfold, faces light up, memories made and troubles forgotten.
It has been a pleasure to be embraced by this great city, a place where an independent, owner operated, small and indistinct cocktail bar can seemingly appear so big and shine so bright, only in Manchester!
To all those customers who’ve joined us for drinks, to the people who voted us “Best Cocktail Bar” in Manchester to the unique and wonderful staff who’ve passed through our doors and shared in the magic, we thank you!
There are many practical questions that we welcome in the coming days and safe to say we’ll be having one big-ass closing party. We are open as usual, we hope to remain open up to and including the 25th June 2016 so please join us for Tonics and Treats and help send us off with a bang! Any questions relating to our closure or bookings that post date 25th June please contact elixir and we can discuss with you personally and assist where possible
At this time we don’t have any new premises to move to, we aren’t sure what the future holds. Words cannot begin to express what Elixir means to our team
We are authentic, we have heart… we hope you could taste it. Elixir.
~ April 2016 ~
 

The Pen & Pencil - Manchester

The Pen and Pencil has joined forces with Mad Men artist Dyna Moe to launch its new drinks menu.

Manchester folk can now enjoy a taste of the Manhattan spirit as Northern Quarter bar and eatery, The Pen and Pencil, launches its new drinks list, with cocktails served with a ‘Mad Men’ twist.

Taking its name and inspiration from the infamous mid-twentieth century New York bar which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men (the original ‘Mad Men’), The Pen and Pencil has decided to make this legacy the focal point for its new drinks menu.  As a result, tipplers can play ‘spot the Mad Men reference’ as they pick a drink from the new cocktail list which includes a choice of ‘Benton’s Old Fashioned’ and ‘Next Stop Smalls’, amongst many more.

Mancunians will still have a cheeky reminder of where they are though, thanks to one particular cocktail: ‘A Manchester Minute’. Set to be a favourite of Northern Quarter regulars, it’s made with Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Cocchi Torino vermouth, maraschino liqueur, bubblegum syrup and orange bitters. Be warned, this one is not for the faint-hearted and has a real Mancunian kick to it.
Other favourites include the ‘Tomorrowland’, made with Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Licor 43, Mozart Gold Chocolate Liqueur and mint chocolate chip ice cream, The Long Pink Stick, with Portobello Road gin, elderflower cordial, raspberry syrup and Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade, and ‘The Fixer Upper’ made with Pistachio shell infused Aylesbury Duck vodka, Amandine liqueur, cardamom syrup and espresso
The bar invited the public to get involved in the design of the new drinks menu by launching a Twitter poll so people could vote for their favourite iconic Manchester advert to be featured in the menu. New York based artist Dyna Moe was then tasked with putting her expert, Mad Men spin on the adverts. Specialising in all things Mad Men, Dyna Moe is the the creator of the AMC’s very own Mad Men Yourself avatar app and Mad Men: The Illustrated World book, so she was the perfect person to help with the new menu look. Designs featured in the new menu include famous ads from Boddingtons, Harvey Nichols, Manchester Art Gallery and Johnnie Walker, all done in a slick 1950’s Mad Men style
Open seven days a week, The Pen & Pencil offers the perfect place for the NQ’s creative locals to chill, think, meet and enjoy great food and drink.
~ April 2016 ~
 

Vermilion Manchester

Vermilion is proud to announce their most exciting news since they opened their doors in 2007.

Over the last few years Vermilion has been busy creating a vast space for grand weddings and corporate events of Manchester. This new space will be located on same premises and will be able to accommodate up to 800 guests. As always with the Vermilion team, it will not be any ordinary Event Hall, this will be one of the North West's most opulent halls, with eye to detail and luxurious atmosphere. Coupled with Vermilion's renowned service, management and food, set to be one of the most exciting projects from Vermilion.

They are very excited to announce the first phase of the Hall will be complete this July and accommodate 200 guests. The second and final phase (600 guest accommodation) will be completed in December. Altogether a massive 800 people capacity.

For more information or reservations please contact 0161 202 0055.

~ April 2016 ~
 

The Red Door - Manchester The Red Door - Manchester
Find Out What’s Behind The Red Door In Manchester….

The team who brought legendary split-level venue JW Johnsons to Manchester have reunited to bring Red Door to the exact location on Deansgate in Manchester, underneath The Botanist.  Leisure icon Tim Bacon has joined forces once again, with Chester based entrepreneur Dave Hinds and former Living Ventures bar expert, Lee Lynch, to bring this stylish and fun bar to the heart of the city.

A return to this site will trigger a lot of reminiscing for anyone involved with JW Johnsons.  The vibrant restaurant and bar was located on the ground floor, but it was the basement club where the happiest and possibly haziest memories were formed.  It was a melting pot of people from all walks of life (TV personalities, musicians, sports stars, journalists and office-workers) who all had a common bond, a love of good music, live music, and a zest for dancing and forming lasting friendships.

Tim and Dave’s business relationship stretches back to the early 90’s when they set up JW Johnsons, followed  by Via Vita and Life Café across the UK, at which time they were joined by business partner Jeremy Roberts.  Together, the trio spearheaded a revival of the dining scene in Manchester city centre.  Those venues were sold to Whitbread in 1999 after which Dave Hinds decided to concentrate on his property interests, leaving Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts to establish Living Ventures.

The subterranean Red Door will undergo a major overhaul costing £350k and is set to open in June 2016.   Occupying 2800 sq ft with a capacity of 250,  it will create 20 jobs.  Opening times will be 8pm-2am 7 days a week.  Red Door, 78 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2FW.
 Managing Director, Lee Lynch, who has worked with Tim Bacon and Dave Hinds since 1998 and is a partner in Red Door said “Following the huge success of our venues in Chester and Liverpool, we are delighted to bring Red Door to Manchester, our intention is to make it one of the best bars around, with highly trained bar-tenders and live music.   It will hopefully make a significant contribution to the return of a positive and thriving bar scene at that end of Deansgate".
~ April 2016 ~
 

Oddest - Chorlton Oddest - Chorlton

Oddest Bar in the heart of Chorlton has launched a mouth watering spring/summer menu.

Created using only the best ingredients (including locally sourced meat, sustainable fish and free range eggs), Oddest’s food bursts with fresh, and quality ingredients and comes with a price tag that won’t break the bank.

The selection includes beautiful burgers, wonderful wraps and superb sandwiches, plus brand new sumptuous small plates for creating your own perfect Oddest plate; why not pick any 3 mouth-watering small dishes for only £13 - ideal for sharing!  Check out the full menu here.

Oddest's amazing 50% off food Quiz Wednesdays continues with selected dishes half price all day every Wednesday; perfect paired with happy hour drinks (5-9pm) and Chorlton's top quiz Quizimodo!

~ March 2016 ~
 

Crazy Pedros Crazy Pedros

Cult Manchester pizza joint rallies the city’s best street artists to raise money for The Christie.

Crazy Pedro’s might be best known for their unashamedly weird and wonderful pizza creations but they’ve also been dipping their toes into the world of art the past couple of months; pizza box art to be exact. The popular pizza hang-out has enlisted the help of local artists from across the city to put their artistic stamp on their pizza boxes, all in the name of charity.

Amongst the pieces submitted you’ll find a Tony Wilson-inspired gem by Northern Quarter street artist Stewy and an eye-catching Mancsy original (adorned with a giant bee as standard). Speaking of his contribution, Mancsy said: “I’ve been asked to do some unusual things, but never to custom a pizza box! The Christie is my nominated charity so I jumped on the chance to take part in Crazy Pedro’s Pizza Box Project. I usually make editions of prints so I hope this one off piece will attract a few bids and raise money for The Christie.”

The boxes are currently on display in the venue until the 6th April where they will be auctioned off for The Christie at a special event. Stepping up to the title of honorary auctioneer is none other than Crazy Pedro’s founder Lyndon Higginson. Speaking of the project Lyndon said: “A pizza parlour might not be the most obvious place you’d expect to see art handing from the wall but at Crazy Pedro’s we like to do things differently. We’ve got some great artists on board and we’re hoping the pieces will raise lots of money for The Christie. To get a pizza the action be sure to come down on the 6th!”

The boxes will be auctioned on 6th April at 6pm, all proceeds going to The Christie. To attend please email crazypedros@downatthesocial.co.uk

Due to the project’s popularity Crazy Pedro's has decided to host regular charity auctions, with all money raised going to a different nominated charity each month. Local artists can show their support by grabbing a box from the venue and putting their unique stamp on it. On returning their masterpiece they'll be rewarded with a pizza and beer for their efforts.

For more information visit their Facebook page or tweet them.
Crazy Pedro’s Part Time Pizza Parlour is open daily from Midday ’til 4am.
~ March 2016 ~
 

Infamous Diner Infamous Diner

Infamous Diner has launched an epic new menu, bursting at the seams with all your diner favourites, plus lots of exciting new dishes from diner classics to wings, burgers and dogs.

Part of the MAD Ltd group of bars and restaurants, the 1950s inspired diner has also updated its cocktail menu and will launch ‘Late Night Liquor, Beats & Eats’ on Friday 4th March - offering 2 for £10 cocktails every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm, with late night food options and a cult movie and soundtrack.

Group Exec Chef Jason Latham, who is renowned for his love of smoke and BBQ cooking, is blazing a trail with his new menu, which has more variety, more flavours and there’s even a new Pancake Challenge - for those who like to push their eating to the limits (or just fancy a huge feast).

Competitors will have 30 minutes to eat 21 Infamous pancakes; seven, x three stack pancakes with all of the toppings. The T&Cs state no sharing and no bog runs. Those who manage it will be spared the £25 price tag and will get a T-shirt, pin badge and their name on the wall of fame.

New ‘Diner Classics’ include; Chicken and Waffles (£10.95), Infamous secret recipe fried chicken, with homemade bacon stuffed waffles and white sausage gravy, the All American Breakfast (£13.95) a feast of all your breakfast favourites plus pancakes and waffles with Infamous syrup and Hash and Eggs (£9.95) pulled beef brisket with street cart onions and fried potatoes.

Burger lovers can rejoice, as there are now 15 to choose from, with options to take them single or as double patties plus three new vegetarian options.

New mouth-watering burger options include the ‘Nacho Mama’ (from £10.95) with Mexican cheddar, salsa tortilla chips, sour cream, pickled red chili and jalapenos. California Love (from £11.95) loaded with smashed avocado, smoked bacon jam, crispy onions and sweet red pickled chili and the piece de résistance ‘Go Big or Go Home’ (£16.95) their biggest burger, with a beef patty, buttermilk chicken breast, pulled pork, bacon, crispy halloumi, Monterey Jack cheese, BBQ and burger sauce!
Smaller eats include all-new Sub Rolls, with tangy ‘Meatball’ (£8.95) served with basil and Parmesan cheese and the Big Philly (£9.95) loaded with beef brisket cooked for 12-hours and topped with sweet pickled chili and cheese sauce.
Infamous Salads are perfect for the summer months or those wanting a lighter option; with avocado, chopped baby gem, cucumber, tomato, red onion, egg and ranch dressing (£7.95) and can be topped with a variety of tasty additions from Beetroot Falafel, Chicken and Bacon, Pulled Pork and Crispy Panko Fried Halloumi (from £2.00 extra).
Jason Latham, MAD Exec Chef says; “I’m really happy with this new menu it’s big, it’s tasty and it’s full of flavour – just like an American diner menu should be. Those who know me, know that this style of food is my signature so you will not be disappointed.”
Dessert fans can tuck in to six different cheesecakes, including Banana and Toffee, Candy Bacon and Choc Chip Cookie (all £5.95). Or sweet pies (£4.95) come in the form of Cookie Dough, Banoffee and Deep Filled Apple. Pancakes, waffles and Ice Cream Sundaes also feature
And MAD’s mixologists have been working up new additions to the cocktail menu, which will all be available as 2 for £10 from 5pm (Sunday – Thursday) and from 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays until close.
New retro tipples includes the colourful classic; Alabama Slammer with Southern Comfort, Amaretto, Absolut vodka, grenadine and orange juice and the June Bug – a fruity affair with Malibu, Midori, banana, lime and pineapple.

The new Infamous Diner menu is now available and the Late Night Liquor, Beats & Eats launches on Friday 4th March from 9pm.

~ March 2016 ~
 

Scene Street Kitchen Scene Street Kitchen
Scene are bringing the far east to Manchester with the launch of their quarter-of-a-million-pound heated riverside terrace to their Spinningfields restaurant.
With a seating capacity of 150, this spring will see Manchester diners treated to fabulous soft furnishings, swinging cuddle sofas and lanterns lighting up the River Irwell, all designed and installed by top Manchester creative studio, NoChintz.
No expense has been spared for Scene’s latest offering. 6 months’ worth of planning and executing is due to be unveiled at a private pre-launch on March 1st with the terrace being officially open from March 2nd. Managing director Asif Ali is pleased Scene’s vision is coming into fruition. He said: “The whole team at Scene are excited for our guests to experience something never seen before in Manchester. We’ll be taking our diners to India without the need to step foot near the airport! Every little detail of the riverside terrace has been meticulously designed to offer visitors a first class experience.”

As the temperature heats up, Scene will be guiding diners through a culinary journey, alighting the senses and taste buds with their flavours and spices from the sub-continent whilst watching the water world float by. The terrace is ready just in time for the launch of Scene’s new drinks menu with a selection of signature cocktails, mocktails, wines and beers.

As Scene Indian Street Kitchen approach their first birthday, they are firmly becoming regarded as one of the North-Wests top Indian restaurants. Their executive chef, Sudesh Singh, has worked throughout India with the 5 star Taj Group before spending many years at the helm of Manchester’s legendary Shimla Pinks kitchen. He said: “We encourage sharing at food at Scene so our guests get to try a variety of dishes. The riverside terrace will offer the perfect tranquil surroundings to enjoy our menu whilst relaxing beside the waters and I am looking forward to welcoming current and new customers to the terrace.”

~ March 2016 ~
 

Hard Rock Cafe Hard Rock Cafe

For the sixth year, Hard Rock continues its commitment to aspiring musicians by holding a worldwide search for talented bands to showcase on its international stage. Hard Rock Rising, the world’s most far-reaching global music competition gives local groups a shot at stardom by performing in the world’s largest one day music showcase taking place at Hard Rock Cafes around the world on Wednesday 1st June.

What’s the prize? - $50,000, a professionally produced music video, a Fender Instruments prize pack and an all-expenses-paid trip to perform at Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza. The Hard Rock Cafe Manchester finalist will win a showcase gig at the cafe, taking place as part of the cafe’s weekly live music Fridays.

What are the competition dates?

Phase 1 - call for entries ends on 11th March 2016

Phase 2 - fan voting takes place between 17th and 23rd March

Phase 3 – the world wide live music showcase at each cafe takes place on Wednesday 1st June
Phase 4 – Regional and Global Winners Announced 15th June

Please note that if you are successful, you will need to be available to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe Manchester on Wednesday 1st June. So are you ready to rock in front of a home crowd at Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester and possibly at the Hard Rock in Ibiza?

Then enter today HERE, the closing date for applications is 11th March 2016

~ March 2016 ~
 

The Blue Pig The Blue Pig

Ahead of the official opening on February 22, El Gato Negro has lifted the curtain and provided a glimpse of the interior of its new home, located at 52 King Street, Manchester. Images from the interior of El Gato Negro reveal a scheme that pays homage to the building’s past life whilst incorporating modern design elements. The former retail space has been transformed to create a restaurant set across three distinct floors.

Leading the design of the project is Mark Mason of Mark Mason Design, a Manchester consultancy. Commenting on the scheme, Mason said, The original building probably started life as possibly two or three houses that have been altered many times over a few hundred years to retail. This can be seen by looking at the layers and styles of brickwork that we have left exposed purposely to show the building’s heritage.The challenge was to convert a long, high building into a viable restaurant by fitting in steelwork, kitchens, mechanical extract and, of course, bars and seating.  Obviously the focus is on quality Spanish cuisine, speciality beers and cocktails, but we didn't want to create a specific Spanish theme to the design concept.  We designed a comfortable relaxing urban bar/restaurant that would sit easily in London or New York. We’re proud it's in Manchester.”

El Gato Negro founder and Chef Patron Simon Shaw said, “We’ve been careful to make the most of our new home in Manchester and to maintain the intimacy and character which has always been a key appeal of El Gato Negro. We wanted to make this a venue that is inviting, comfortable and that will appeal to those looking to drop by for half an hour over a selection of tapas and a glass of wine or sherry, as much as it will for those taking time to enjoy a bigger occasion. We’re very much looking forward to sharing our vision with diners when we open our doors this month.”

At El Gato Negro a casual drinking and dining space unfolds at street level with a relaxed bar area and charcuterie counter serving a thoughtfully selected range of Spain’s best cheese and cured meats.

The food offering takes centre stage on the restaurant’s first floor with an open finishing kitchen, which will allow diners to experience the theatre and thrill of tapas in a Spanish style. Here, vistas over the King Street conversation area can be enjoyed from sumptuous seating and provides the perfect environment for longer dining experiences.

The Black Cat at El Gato Negro, a dedicated cocktail bar at the top of the building, will provide a relaxed setting with a retractable roof, which opens to reveal the Manchester sky.  Treasures sourced from local antique dealers and reclamation yards, add character and personality to a bar stocked with both premium local produce and a select range of Spanish wines and sherry.

El Gato Negro is renowned for seasonally-inspired dishes reflecting a mix of modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques with influences from closer to home.

~ February 2016 ~
 

The Blue Pig The Blue Pig

Brand new Saturday residency at The Blue Pig with PB&J collective bringing you the best hiphop, funk, soul and R&B known to man at their Saturday Jam sessions.  Seriously good booty-shaking tunes and best times in NQ.

Between them, the three DJs -Adil, Dean and Korin- of PB&J collective have pretty much played in every bar and club from the Northern Quarter, Deansgate, Chinatown to the spots tucked away somewhere in the City centre.

Focusing on keeping an organic sound and feel, expect to hear the likes of James Brown, A Tribe Called Quest, Aretha Franklin, Erykah Badu and Kaytranada. PBJ have a consistent flow of sounds that are sandwiched with edits and remixes that keep the feel of the old with the new. 

~ February 2016 ~
 

Blackdog NWS

Popular New Wakefield Street venue is set to host BRIT Awards screening party. 

Manchester music lovers are invited to celebrate this year's BRIT Awards with a special screening and fancy dress party on Wednesday 24th February at Black Dog Ballroom NWS.

The most important British music event of the calendar is just around the corner. To celebrate American speakeasy-style bar and diner, Black Dog Ballroom NWS, is inviting guests to dress up as their favourite music icons for a very special BRIT Awards screening and disco on the rooftop terrace.

Ross Mackenzie, owner at Black Dog Ballroom Group, said: “Everyone wants to be at the BRIT Awards and this year we’re going to do our hardest to make people feel like they are. What better way to watch the awards than with a cocktail in hand, surrounded by friends?”

The bar will be holding a pre-awards quiz from 6pm followed by a live BRIT Awards screening straight after. There will also be a special BRITS disco running late into the night. 

Awards will be given for the best fancy dress and guests are encouraged to share photos of their outfits on social media using the hashtag #BlackDogBRITS2016. 

Entry is free but the event is expected to fill up fast so guests are advised to book in advance to secure a spot.  To reserve a table call 0161 236 4899

~ February 2016 ~
 

Dog Bowl Dog Bowl

Manchester-based singles hoping to find a date for Valentine’s Day now have the perfect opportunity to find that special someone, thanks to the speed dating event set to take place at Dog Bowl on Wednesday 10th February at 7pm. 

As the 14th February looms closer, singles are invited to mingle over a game of bowling at boutique bowling alley, Dog Bowl. The venue is giving destiny an extra nudge by playing Cupid for the night.

Instead of wasting time swiping their phone screens or placing anonymous ads online, lonely hearts aged 18+ with a GSOH* can head to Dog Bowl for some PnP*, NSA*, who knows it may even spark a LTR*. Lonely hearts can come and show off their best spin and curl tricks to attract potential partners with mixed team games and speedy rounds. 

Daters will be given the chance to try a series of five ball games with potential partners and if they sense enough of a spark to want to take it further Dog Bowl will offer them the chance to have dinner together that night with 50% off their food bill.

Dog Bowl co-owner, Ross Mackenzie said “First dates can be awkward - especially when faced with a stranger over a dinner table. We hope our five ball speed dating game will give potential lovers enough time to get to know each other and decide if they would like to take their date to a table for a more intimate second round. We’ll even give them 50% off their meal that night to help cupid on his way.”

Who knows, if the sparks do fly, new couples may well be heading back to Dog Bowl for Valentine’s Day to make the most of the special couple’s package on offer. For just £25 per person loved-up Mancunions can enjoy 2 courses, a glass of Prosecco and a game of bowling.
Click here for mere information

*GSOH - Good Sense of Humour , *PnP - Play and Party , *No Strings Attached, *Long Term Relationship

~ February 2016 ~
 

Crazy Pedro's Manchester Crazy Pedro's Manchester

2016 is about to get a lot more exciting in Manchester thanks to Crazy Pedro’s new lunchtime offering. The new lunch menu includes two slices of pizza, large nachos or a hoagie and soft drink for just £5, however, for just an extra pound you can swap the soft drink for an ice-cold beer.

Manchester’s favourite party bar will also continue to offer their infamous Happy Hour deal. From 5pm to 9pm customers can enjoy two-for-one cocktails, 16” pizzas for £10 instead of £15 and single slices for just £2 instead of £3 (Sunday-Friday).

The full menu includes The Fried Chicken & Waffle (Fried chicken, smoked bacon, maple syrup and waffle) and The Mac Daddy (Mini hamburger, jack cheese, mac sauce, gherkin and shredded iceberg lettuce).

Crazy Pedro’s Part Time Pizza Parlour is open daily from Midday ’til 4am serving pizza throughout.

~ January 2016 ~
 

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Argentinean Steakhouse CAU has opened in Media City.  Their vision is to capture the spirit in a restaurant that would fit right into the heart of Palermo, Buenos Aires. The restaurant offers a melting pot of comfort food inspired by Italy and Spain alongside the jewel in Argentina’s crown, its beef. Mouthwatering steaks, burgers and steak sandwiches are joined by a tempting selection of more-ish favourites, each with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist. _ 18th January 2016


INNSIDE Manchester, the four star hotel located in the heart of the city centre opposite the legendary Hacienda and home to Street On 1st Restaurant has been sold for £30.45m. _ 15th January 2016


Altrincham City Centre is to undergo a major regeneration project. The Alitar development has finally been given approval. The building is set to cost £15million pound and will include an eight-storey block of 59 apartments, leisure and retail space. As well as a new entrance to the town’s ice rink and a public square, including a café. _ 15th January 2016


Salford brewery Seven Bro7hers has applied for a licence to open a craft beer bar in Ancoats. The family behind the business have submitted an application to serve their ales from a unit in the Ice Plant building in Blossom Street. _ 15th January 2016


Fast food giant Burger King has applied for an alcohol licence at his Manchester Piccadilly train station unit. _ 8th January 2016


Long term Northern Quarter breakfast haunt Koffee Pot has had a licenced approved to sell alcohol and extended its opening times to be open in the evenings _ 8th January 2016


The latest addition to the ever growing Norther Quarter Lost In Tokyo has now opened its doors. The Japanese themed bar offers something unique to the Japanese whisky collection which includes Togouchi, Yamazaki, Hibiki, and Hakushu – which are priced from £4 for a Nikka All Malt up to £20 for an 18 year old Yamazaki single malt. The bar is co-owned by Steve Pilling _ 5th January 2016


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