Black Dog NQ

Basement Affleck's Palace, Manchester, United Kingdom, M4 1PW
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Black Dog Ballroom is open 12pm-4am Monday-Friday, 11am-5am Sat and 11am-4am Sundays.

Facilities
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Free WiFi
  • Private Dining
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Event Space
  • Families and Children Welcome at lunch
  • Business Lunch
  • Bar
  • Dogs Welcome

About Black Dog NQ

Black Dog NQ is a New York inspired bar, diner and pool hall situated in the Northern Quarter underneath the famous Afflecks Palace.

The bar is the perfect venue for laid back brunches, impromptu cocktails and late night partying.

Cuisine: American, Brunch, Burger Joint, Cocktails, Diner, Pizza, Vegan Friendly, BBQ & Grill, Street Food Style, Vegetarian
Dress Code: Casual
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The New Menu at Black Dog Ballroom
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Eating food while having some drinks has its benefits and its drawbacks. The entirety of love for donner kebabs comes from the fact that most people eat them while pissed up – ensuring that you don’t notice the limp lettuce, dodgy meat and lashings of vein-clogging fats that you’re shovelling into your mouth. As a result, many pubs and bars typically tend to view their food as a complete afterthought, offering the standard pissed-up punter a burger and some steak cut oven chips or a Findus Spaghetti Bolognaise in which to soak up the Blue WKDs and continue to spend their hard-earned cash on liquids. One would assume therefore that the new menu at Black Dog Ballroom doesn’t warrant a review – as it’s primarily a drinking establishment and thus the food won’t be up to much. Well, that assumption would be incorrect, and I must say that I was pretty impressed when we went to try the grub in the NQ branch last Friday. Of course, Black Dog have always done food, and to be fair it’s always been pretty decent. Their pizzas are consistently impressive, their burgers can stand up next to most (if not all) of Manchester’s other establishments and they typically always have some form of cheeky sides that are perfect for tucking into while drinking a fancy cocktail. So, what is new then? Well – they’ve expanded some areas of the menu, tweaked here and there and added some brand-new bits to keep it all fresh and relatively exciting. They’ve expanded their nachos and fries considerably, added a couple of new starters and sides, as well as re-introducing the classic hot dogs after a couple of years away. There’s a lot going on so we endeavoured to try as much new stuff as possible and the list of things we got through was pretty impressive. To start things off we opted for the Spare Ribs and a one of their new, swanky Flatbreads – in this case the Sweetcorn, Red Onion and Pepper one. Now I should probably get this out there first – I wasn’t expecting too much from the Spare Ribs. With the likes of Cane & Grain just around the corner banging out juicy Baby Backs and St. Louis’ all over the shop, anyone looking to do ribs better make sure that they’re bloody good. I was pleased to discover that Black Dog pretty much smashed it out of the park. The ribs were not only massive but they were so meaty that I struggled to finish one, never mind the 3 that you get on your plate. The meat was soft, tender and juicy – exactly what you want from your ribs, and the sweet BBQ sauce that they were smothered in worked perfectly with the smoky meat. They were a revelation and one might be bold enough to say that they were better than what you could find at Cane & Grain. If one was bold enough that is. The Sweetcorn, Red Onion and Pepper Flatbread showcased the kitchen’s ability to create a chewy, crunchy, delicious bit of dough that their pizzas have been packing for years now. More in keeping with the New York style of base, the dough isn’t as ‘doughy’ as you’d get in places like PLY or Rudy’s – it’s crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle and with that characteristic semolina crunch that you’d expect from an NY base. The veggie filling was sweet and fresh and worked well with the dough – perfect for ripping and picking at while having a few drinks. Next up were the fries, where we went for Halloumi, The Northern and Peppercorn Steak. Halloumi fries are exactly how you’d expect – proper fit and proper naughty. Their ‘Loaded’ fries come with a choice of 7 toppings and 4 types of chip (Waffle, Sweet Potato, House and Thick Cut). Stand out here were The Northern fries, which is basically chips, cheese and gravy which, as you’d expect, goes perfect with the thick cut variety of fried potato. The gravy was rich and thick, the cheese sharp and stringy – these beauties were brilliant. One thing that can be a danger with thick cut chips is the odd rogue un-cooked bit that ruins the rest – well we didn’t have that problem here. The chips were crispy on the outside and light and fluffy in the middle – I just couldn’t stop eating the bloody things. If you only order one bit of food at Black Dog – make sure it’s these. Next up was the Goats Cheese & Mushroom Burger which comes adorned with a proper slab of Goats Cheese alongside a big portobello mushroom, bun and a bit of what tasted like a lovely sweet red onion chutney. We decided to go for this veggie option, not only because it’s new but because we love cheese. Well this beaut doesn’t disappoint and it acts as an excellent alternative for vegetarians who still want some burger action. They also offer a lovely sounding Curried Chickpea Burger which comes with halloumi but we didn’t try it because we were rather curried out from a previous meal. Next time though! Finally, we tucked into the Ruben Hot Dog which was rather substantial in both length and girth and came topped with caramelized onion, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and a sweet relish. Black Dog took hot dogs off the menu for a bit but I’m glad they’re back – this was very messy but very good with the 100% beef smoky sausage working perfectly with the sweetness of the relish, with a satisfying salty crunch of the sauerkraut and Swiss cheese at the end. Lovely stuff. By now we were too full to try anything else but let me assure you that the menu is impressively varied and impressively delivered. There’s something for everyone really but if you’re struggling, here’s my recommendation: get those fit Northern fries, some Spare Ribs and a few cocktails and you’ll have the best of times.
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Visited On Saturday, 18 May 2019

Really enjoyed our bottomless brunch experience. The service was fab! Staff were welcoming,friendly & very attentive & the food was great!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 May 2019

Our cocktail bartender was amazing. It was a hen do and everyone loved it.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 May 2019

Second visit and our teenagers love it We like the northern quarter and the bar staff doing a great job. Had to wait till quarter past for the table. Drinks and food well priced but soft drinks a bit expensive

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Visited On Sunday, 28 April 2019

From the initial booking to the actual evening the service from the team at Black Dog NQ was excellent! Emma who took my initial booking was super helpful and really accommodating, then the team on the night were really friendly and helped us have a fun evening!

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Visited On Saturday, 27 April 2019

Had a great time! Service was fantastic!

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

We had a great time at BDB NQ, the service was great, everyone was friendly, they double checked our food order, checked on us, kept the drinks topped up and were just very accomadating. Thanks again, we had a great birthday x

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

We went for a bottomless brunch. Staff were very attentive and couldn't enough for us. Food was nice also. I would Definatley go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

Great night thank you!

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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

Great service and friendly staff... our pizza was burned at the bottom... but was sorted and taken away for a fresh one with no fuss. Will 100% return

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Great bottomless brunch! Staff couldn’t be more helpful. Great afternoon and will defiantly be booking again

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Breakfast was nice ! Staff were helpful

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Great service and atmosphere

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Booked a pool table for 8.30pm....but it was only until 8.45 when one became available. When we eventually got on the table, the 4 blokes who were on it previously hung around the table for 5-10 mins drinking & chatting, in our way basically (& close to our jackets/phones/valuables) & I didn't want to say anything to them coz there were only 2 of us & 4 of them...they buggered off eventually, but you should state that once your time @ the table is up then you have to leave the pool-playing area. The pool is good value for money.... but your bar is massively overpriced IMHO. We only bought 1 pint each in 80 minutes there, coz I think charging around £5 for a pint (even bog-standard stuff) is frankly insulting. If your pricing was more reasonable, we'd 've bought more drinks for sure.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

First bottomless brunch and it didn’t disappoint. The food was great, and we didn’t have to ask for more drinks the staff kept topping up the prosecco and gave us orange juice to mix. Really enjoyable day

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Would highly recommend for bottomless brunch, it’s one of the best ones I’ve been to!! The staff are also excellent!!

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

What a fabulous night, I arranged for a reserved area for a retirment event with work, the staff were great and lots of bar staff on to serve drinks, atmosphere was fab music (not to loud) and venue was great, fab night had by all will definetly use again

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Booked pool for 2 hours. No problems and swift service. Will be back

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Had a great bottomless brunch here at the black dog. Initially it was really slow to get drinks going but had spells where top ups were contact. One waitress who was run off her feet did a grand job. Food was good quality how ever again service was slow as would bring a few plates at a time then had to wait ages for the next lot. All in all great value for money and would do it again.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

The staff were amazing. Quick at re filling our drinks and very polite.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

Was a great night

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

My girlfriend and I had our 30th party in the private downstairs room which was brilliant. From the moment I heard back from Emma the bookings manager, everything was seamless. We had 50-60 people there which was the perfect amount for that room. The bar staff were great and we were allowed to play our own music until 12pm which was great for us. We couldn't recommend this venue any higher.

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Visited On Thursday, 21 March 2019

Excellent

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Gorgeous brekkie and great service!

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

We came here as a hen party of 30 girls, it was brilliant for a Saturday night pre-bar. We had two tables which were reserved in advance and perfect location, bar staff were really friendly and the DJ played all the typical music that you would hope to hear to get everyone up dancing.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

We had to leave after only 10mins and the staff were really helpful and accommodating! Thank you so much!!

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