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, 14 March 2020

Organised a work day out - value for money was brilliant. Staff were great, we had one member who was a little delayed so they put back our food order until they arrived, no questions asked!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Attended for a bottomless brunch and really enjoyed! Food was delicious and well cooked but small (had eggs benedict and it came on just one slice of toast with one rasher of bacon) so just depends on how big your appetite is! Waitresses were really polite and lovely and barely let us finish a drink before they were topping us up :) perfect!

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Very good mid week outings from work. Very easy to book over the phone (and email amendment). The only thing that would have been slightly better was choice of beers (not lager) and bit more toppings on the pizza. I understand due to the offer you may reduce the toppings a bit, but not to have done that would have meant I’d have given you 99.9% satisfaction.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 March 2020

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Amazing service. Staff were so attentive and great fun. We were a large group and it took some time for the all the food. Some of our group had finished eating before some had got food - that was the only area improvement could be made. I would most definitely return again. Fantastic.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2020

Staff were out of this world. Food was amazing and drinks too. Will be back soon for sure

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

All round great experience. Drinks were fantastic and brunch was mostly great. Only minor issue was the vegan chicken and waffles was a little dry, so needed extra syrup.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Excellent afternoon spent enjoying the bottomless brunch.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Loved the pancakes. Fab service, great staff. Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 23 February 2020

The food was sat on the side before being brought to our table for about 10 minutes so was hard when we got it. We were in a rush so couldn’t ask for it to be remade. The service was poor. Although the gentleman that served us was polite, we barely saw him and there were no staff around. Very slow service, we waited 20 minutes after asking for the bill so ended up going to the till ourselves.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 February 2020

Starters were ok, got to the mains and after a bit of messing around, saying they hadn’t got the steak for my order then string that they had. The halloumi fries were overcooked and chewy and the hotdogs were inedible. I would of brought it to the attention of the server had she come over and asked how our food was but she did not. I would of also mentioned it had I been asked how the meal was when paying but again I didn’t get asked. To add insult to injury there was added charges in the final bill, luckily I noticed before leaving. I would definitely not return or recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 February 2020

Excellent service. Great value for money. The food was amazing.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Been for the bottomless brunch a few times now and each time has been amazing. The staff are friendly and quick to serve. The food is delicious and of good portion size. Really cannot complain for the price, in my opinion the best bottomless brunch in Manchester by far! Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Booked for the bottomless brunch. Food was amazing, staff were really attentive, despite fact that it was very busy, would definitely recommend and visit again.Thank-you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Booked a table for 7pm arrived and didnt know where to sit so asked at the bar, the guy just said sit over there if you want. There was no food menu on the table so had to go back to the bar queue up again and then ask for a food menu. The food was ok to be honest, the sides are a lot better but it all seemed abit rushed :( my beer was flat too but couldn't be assed to queue up again.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020

Fabulous time for bottomless brunch. The staff were so efficient and friendly and were an absolute credit. Will definitely be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

The food was exceptional of which I was surprised as the boozy bottomless brunches most people are their for alcohol consumption. Staff were lovely & although working very hard to see to all customers at all times were enthusiastic & smiling. The noise level of customers was my only issue but that is to be expected when enjoying themselves. Could not fault anything & would definitely recommend & return again when in Manchester.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Another fantastic afternoon spent playing pool at BDB, tasty food and staff look to make it fun for everyone! Thanks

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Amazing experience, would definitely come back again ! Food and drink was great - not a single complaint

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Waitress was so lovely and helpful

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Great service thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Had a great experience. Great value for money and friendly helpful staff. .

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Good visit, lovely large portions for food. Prosecco servers were brilliant, bloody Mary’s and coffees were slow. Atmosphere was ok, very dark inside.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Had a 14 person bottomless brunch for my fiance's 30th. Great communication before the day (wanted to drop off some balloons and a cake etc). Everyone on the day was fantastic and everyone had a great time. Thanks to everyone at Black Dog.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Everything was fantastic, my only comment is that it was a little too dark. I get that it’s underground and it’s fine but that would be my recommendation

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