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~ 2016 News ~

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

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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