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 January 2020

Easy to book a pool table and friendly staff. Only area for improvement would be bigger pool tables. Other than that great spot for a game and beer. Well done.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 January 2020

We had a fantastic experience at Black Dog. When we arrived we were informed of the 50% off food offer currently running throughout January. It was a good job as we could have ordered one of everything on the menu. The food was fantastic and with all the sharing plates and pizza we were able to sample a huge amount of food. The service was fab and the atmosphere was good. The servers were really good with the dogs too. Bringing over water for them as soon as we arrived. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be heading back some day!!

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Visited On Saturday, 18 January 2020

-Place was packed out and although staff were friendly, they were clearly out of their depth and running around everywhere. Asked for orange juice and were told it would be a while before she’d have chance to get it. -although said bookings may be on separate tables, didn’t specify that it could be on two separate booths meaning that we were split in half and couldn’t even interact as we were completely separate -Food came out at different times, and some were ice cold. My friend had to ask for new veggie bacon as her whole meal was freezing -Booked because of the range of drinks, yet all we got was Prosecco. Asked for a drinks menu and no one brought us one or even asked us if we wanted a different drink - the being in two separate booths were a nightmare and if I knew this before hand I wouldn’t of booked it. We asked to swap to an empty larger table and were told no although it wasn’t reserved and was empty.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

I've been coming here for years. We always feel welcome and enjoy the food and service

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Staff very friendly

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Had a great time at the brunch, staff were extremely helpful, they let us arrange the tables to suit us as there was quite a big group. The food was very good and came out quickly. The drinks were proper drinks as opposed to jugs of pre mix which ive experienced elsewhere. We did not have to request any top ups, they were readily available and we were allowed to keep the table for slightly longer until the next group turned up. Would highly recommend and would go again!

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Impressed by the bar staff's service, given how busy it tends to get after 7pm!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Food was very good. Service was decent but not enough servers for the number of people. Definitely good value if staying to drink!!

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Visited On Sunday, 05 January 2020

Big good portions and great drinks. The bottomless brunch is amazing value for money.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

Had a great time. Awesome food and amazing staff. Would 100% come back again.

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Went for a few games of pool, couple of drinks and food. The pizza was really nice, and great value for money.

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Visited On Monday, 30 December 2019

Service was average, waitress was slightly rude but who wouldn’t be when working between Christmas and New Year? Food took forever to arrive and when it did it was ok. Took half of my pizza home for later and when I got it out of the takeaway box, I found a huge pubic like hair cooked onto the pizza, almost underneath the cheese. Was safe to say that I didn’t eat the rest of my pizza and will never be eating here again.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

This was my first experience at Blackdog NQ for bottomless brunch and I would definitely do it again! Great food and great service throughout!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

This was the first time trying your brunch having tried a few that have been hit and miss. We really enjoyed the food (steak benedict) and the service was great, your staff were very friendly and our glasses never got the chance to be empty. Also great to have a lager option for non wine/fizz drinkers which is a good point of difference. Would recommend above some either venues we have tried , thanks!

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

Came with 6 friends. Great service a staff were very friendly and happy to provide refills

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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

We had a fantastic time. The food was brilliant, and drinks really good. The lady who looked after us was absolutely fantastic, please could you pass on our thanks to her. I will email you direct with her name when I have a look at the receipt. Cheers

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

food and drink were of good standard but service a little slow - they needed more staff on. I also had to remind them about the pigs in blankets that were included

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

My friends and I attended on Saturday 21st for a bottomless brunch and had a fantastic time. The place was very busy with it being the Saturday before Christmas but despite this, the staff were wonderful and service was great. The food was excellent and my friend ordered a vegan meal which she was very impressed with. Great value for money and good atmosphere.

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

the process from booking to attending the event and leaving was great. Emma who helped with the booking was very efficient and responsive. Whilst at the venue, the staff were helpful and efficient. Food was better than expected to be fair so we were impressed. all in all a good night, thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 15 December 2019

Lovely bar with attentive staff - food was lovely and the drinks were free flowing! Minor issue with food which was resolved quickly and efficiently. Would definitely book again

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Great service and good food

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Visited On Saturday, 07 December 2019

Enjoyed our brunch at Black Dog ballroom and it was excellent value for money. The venue was very busy during our visit but our drinks were still replaced regularly - thank you to our waiter Dan.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 December 2019

7 of us went for part of our Christmas party, fantastic staff,really polite and helpful.Food was great and the drinks were flowing constantly. definitely recommend

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Very helpful with regards to a mistake on booking! Great staff would definitely recommend!

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