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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, 11 November 2018

Excellent service. Pricing was very reasonable.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

Excellent value for money and superb, quick service.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

I thought the food was really nice, the service was brilliant (never needed to ask for a top up!) and really liked the atmosphere of the place! Will definitely visit again!

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Visited On Friday, 02 November 2018

Fantastic service, great atmosphere. Very popular bar. Our group had the corporate table, would definitely visit again!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 November 2018

It isn't clear from the confirmation email which BDB the reservation has been made at. I wasn't aware there was more than one and so the group went to the wrong venue (Oxford road), where the manager was less than helpful in resolving the issue. Given that this was a 'stag do' for my father who is celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary this week and is not in great health I was very disappointed. Apprently they are not the first and are unlikely to be the last to make this mistake. Maybe it would be useful to make the venue more specific and obvious with the booking details. That said, when they arrived at the correct venue they had a fabulous time and reported that the staff and the food were amazing. Thank you BGB NQ!

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Visited On Thursday, 01 November 2018

Great value for huge pizzas and good cocktails.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 October 2018

Came for my hen do, had an amazing time ! The staff where absolutely brilliant, very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. My only negative is my food was a bit cold but it was still really nice.

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

I hired a room at Blackdog Ballroom for my engagement party. They were very helpful from start to finish, I highly recommend their events team. They are wonderful if you need to hire a room or just party in the main area. I can’t thank them enough!

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Visited On Friday, 26 October 2018

Really good value for money. Gorgeous food, great music and top service. Only thing that needs looking at is the pool cues, all seemed broke and chipped

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

Kelly was our waiter and he was ace. A few had dropped out of our party last min, but he was very accommodating. There was some confusion with food items missing and some people had to wait a little longer than other, but all were happy with food and Kelly was lovely keeping us to speed with the goings on in the kitchen etc. He even gave us one extra round of drinks after our allotted time had finished (bottomless brunch 2 hours). I enjoyed the food, atmosphere and the drinks were free flowing. Great experience and value for money

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Great food , loved the loaded fries. Drink selection fantastic & brilliant service. This will be my go to place when in Manchester.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Great food, great music, great service, nothing else to say except we will be visiting again!

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

We had bottomless brunch and loved that they came round with the bottle and you were never sat with an empty glass x

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

We had a great time at brunch, and thevsyaff were extremely helpful and lovely. My friend is a vegetarian, and would have liked a little more variety in savoury options for vegetarians. The food we had was delicious however, and we will definitely return!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Great nights DJ & Pools tables great combo

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

My confirmation of reservation came through on my email but when I got there I wasn't on this list. I had to wait 2 hours for a table. The bar man was good and gave us free drinks and a free game of pool but was just really not impressed. Also there were people standing next to the pool table that weren't playing pool in our way. When we asked them to move they weren't nice. We played pool for 10 minutes in the end. Really bad experience :( wish we hadn't of bothered and won't be recommending...

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

First time ever bottomless brunching, will definitely be returning! Guaranteed to get your moneys worth and the food was gorgeous. Chicken and Bacon Waffles... highly recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Had a great night shooting some pool and having a catch up with old friends. Good vibe

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Food and atmosphere were fantastic. Will definitely ne coming back thx

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Excellent friendly staff great value for money perfect place to unwind and have chilled fun

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Great atmosphere, and staff 😃

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

The waitress very rude. I arrived on time, but my friend was running late due to his train arriving late. The first server was polite and explained the bottomless brunch would begin when the first drink is ordered. Another waitress then came over 15 minutes later and said that the booking commenced at 2pm. It felt very rushed and she didn’t serve with a smile so to speak. It wasnt as if the place was overly busy as well, or I would’ve understood her frustration

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Bottomless brunch - food was just average - a bit cold and some were a bit dry.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Fantastic food and drinks. We booked for the bottomless brunch and the food was amazing! We did however have to ask a few times for our next round of drinks, this could have been due to how busy it was though! Staff were great!

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Great room, nice staff and excellent facilities.

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