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 Sunday, 21 July 2019

Great service and fantastic value for money

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Visited On Saturday, 20 July 2019

Bottomless Brunch was mint. Decent food and plenty beer. Wasn’t waiting around for drinks at any point. Thankyou for making it a decent start to the day.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 July 2019

The service was great! Best bottomless brunch we’ e all had and catered well to a large group. Everyone was really impressed!

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

Had a great time, food was delicious and service was good

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

The staff were really friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was nice and it was great value for money. Would definitely book again!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

All perfect but one things. Had 11 people.for the bottomless brunch and felt we were chasing the servers for drinks orders. The servers we all very polite and got you exactly what you wanted, but could probably have had a couple more servers on, as it was very busy and for good reason. The food was delicious and plenty off it. And drink were really nice too. Bar staff a particular highlight too.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Great food and service

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Great day would highly recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

Great service and atmosphere love this place

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

Your website booking system is really misleading. I tried to book a table, selected drinks with it, and when I arrived it turns out I only booked a drinks tables and not a pool table. Suggest you edit the copy/images on the site as it looks like your booking a pool table, but turns out you can only book a pool table either on the day or via the phone. Very misleading. Guy behind the bar was apologetic but disappointing not to be able to play

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

Brilliant Cocktail Making masterclass for my Daughters Hen Party.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Our server was amazing! Really attentive, friendly and funny.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Great value for money. Food & drink great. Good atmosphere but a little too loud & dark for during the day. Customer service was not good.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Went for bottomless brunch for my birthday. The staff were very attentive and thought it was great value for money!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

Me and my friends had a fantastic time and the bottomless brunch is a great deal.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

I was unsure of the venue on arrival as the entrance is not particularly appealing but I absolutely cannot fault the food or the service. Well done x

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

Cool bar, pool was a laugh

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

Staff are pua Diamonds!

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 June 2019

Food really good and great value. Female member of staff hosting us was very curt and rude however.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Fantastic venue, top notch service. will definitely be attending again.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

Staff we great. It was rammed but never took long to get served. Only slight issue is your pool cues have all seen better days 😂 But overall it was brilliant

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

The service was exceptional. Waitress was there straight away to top our drinks up. All 3 waitresss asked how our food was. Very observent. Food was delicious. Amazing flavours. Only thing that could be better is the toasted bread as it was over cooked making it too hard to eat. We will deffinatly be back.

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Visited On Friday, 31 May 2019

Good food , great pool hall

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Had a great time at black dog! So easy to book a pool table for an hour and the staff were really friendly when we turned up

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Visited On Sunday, 26 May 2019

Hired out the ballroom for my 30th the other day. Staff very friendly and helpful. Bar service was excellent, and food very tasty. Generous portions. Everyone of my friends said it was a perfect size room (had about 40people attend). Would be recommending to friends. Thanks again for a great night.

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