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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, 20 January 2019

Had a fab time, service was great and all the staff were lovely. Thanks alot

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Excellent Value Pizza and great service, also appreciated the free pool on a wednesday

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

The staff where very helpful and accomadating on the night and when I had to amend the order on the night it didn’t seem like too much trouble or a hassle. Food came out quick and was hot and tasty. I feel the booking process could of been quicker as information was spoon fed through several emails which could of been done in one but apart from that a great experience and would recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 13 January 2019

Everything was great apart from at the very end when we asked for a VAT receipt and the server was very abrupt and rude as he said we should have asked at the beginning of the evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

We had a great afternoon, good service and nice food. Bit drafty near the door but other than that, no complaints

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Exceptional. Will definitely come back again.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Great service, fast with drinks and such a cool vibe!

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Visited On Friday, 11 January 2019

We've come in to play pool lots of times and always been happy. This time we had food before our pool table booking. Service when we arrived and orded was fine. When we finished we went to the bar about our pool table reservation at quarter to. We didn't get served until 8. 3 people who just came to the bar when we were waiting were served before us, barman seemed very friendly with the girls who got served before us... One girl working had obviously had a glass smash in her station so not her fault. I hate leaving bad feedback I worked in bars for 10 years but it wasnt great this time :(

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Visited On Friday, 11 January 2019

Our lunch for 9 people was perfect. We’d emailed our order through beforehand and our starters were ready as soon as we arrived. The service was great and we’ll definitely be back!

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Service was great. Atmosphere was weird but it's not really a restaurant so to be expected. Food was really cheap, especially as it was 50% discount and the staff were lovely!

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

Fab service, great food and such good value for money! Had a great time celebrating an occasion with bottomless brunch, would 100% recommend!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 December 2018

Brilliant night and staff are genuine

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Visited On Saturday, 29 December 2018

My first experience of the BDB brunch. Excellent!

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Visited On Friday, 28 December 2018

Fanatic service

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Pool table could do with a clean, drink stains and pool cue poor condition which impacted on enjoying to hour book. Otherwise was ok

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

We went as a big group for the Bottomless Brunch. The food was great and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Highly recommend!!

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Great day. The table wasnt ready on arrival and staff wernt over helpful or quick to get this sorted. We were a big party of 16 and were sat over 2 tables which wasnt an issue but there was plenty of tables that we could of sat at together. Once we were sat down have no faults.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

We always have a great time at Brunch! Very pleased with the service on this occasion.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

We were very happy with the service provided. We had arranged a prepaid drinks and were advised of a different deal upon arrival which enabled us to get better value for our money. The venue and staff were great on the night. No complaints.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Came here for a staff night out that i had booked online. Emma really sorted us out and gave all the information I needed very quickly regarding food, deals and prices. The buffet provided was an absolute feast! Everyone managed to get some turns on the pool tables aswell which was great too. Jonny was a wonderful bartender! We had brilliant service from him all through the night and was very chatty with us all. Will definitely return! :)

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Always a good time

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Excellent but perhaps it would be helpful if you labelled the food as one of my colleagues poured custard all over her food thinking it was a sauce xxx

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Food was great and plenty of it. Good deals on wine and prosecco etc during happy hour. Although we didn't take the offer, I would recommend a drinks package as the bar gets quite busy.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

We had a private birthday party here in the ballroom. Jason, Tom and the team we’re super helpful and made sure it went by without a hitch. Thanks to the whole team for making sure we had a great night!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Very good all round for the brunch deal

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