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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 Thursday, 21 March 2019

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Gorgeous brekkie and great service!

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

We came here as a hen party of 30 girls, it was brilliant for a Saturday night pre-bar. We had two tables which were reserved in advance and perfect location, bar staff were really friendly and the DJ played all the typical music that you would hope to hear to get everyone up dancing.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

We had to leave after only 10mins and the staff were really helpful and accommodating! Thank you so much!!

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Visited On Monday, 11 March 2019

Staff were very friendly, attentive and helpful. Even when I had to call and advise I was running late. Food was amazing and the cocktail was great.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Fantastic service for a big group of 15 people the staff were excellent and we will be returning for the brunch!

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Great place to visit, all staff were very friendly! Food was lovely

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Visited On Friday, 01 March 2019

Excellent!

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Visited On Friday, 01 March 2019

food, drink and service were very good. However the pool tables for £8 an hour are very poor. Tables are very slanted that all the balls roll to one side, stains all over them and genuinely not well kept. shame as they are supreme tables which are the best but they have not been looked after and I don't recommend playing them at that price.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 March 2019

Took an hour for our order to be taken!

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Visited On Friday, 01 March 2019

First time at the Blackdog and fully enjoyed it. I had a pool table booked for 2hrs with a party of 4 which was ready and prepared on our arrival. Great choice of drinks including cocktails, we had a few nibbles from the kitchen to keep us going which was perfect finger food. Atmosphere was lively up in the bar area and the music bounced out classics old & new. I won't hesitate to go back for more, great evening, thx to all.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 February 2019

At first they couldn’t find my reservation, then it turned out that the system didn’t recorded and they had no pool table to give for another hour. But the guy offered free drinks while we were waiting. He had an outstanding customer service. Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 24 February 2019

Service was great, and we felt it was great value. Will definitely be back!

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Visited On Sunday, 24 February 2019

Our waitress was amazing! She was so attentive. Everything was really great.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 February 2019

Excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 23 February 2019

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Timely & well presented

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Really simple to book and great since it was a Saturday night so didn't have to wait for pool. Great service!

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 February 2019

We had a great evening and the event was exactly what we were looking for. A great choice of drinks were on offer and the management looked after us very well. We will definately be back here for future parties.

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

Excellent - thanks for having us!

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Great bar lovely staff was a really good night would definitely go again

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Great bottomless brunch

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

We really enjoyed ourselves yesterday, the food was excellent & Amy was an awesome server. The choice of meal & drink was good & it felt good value for money. I would definitely recommend the Bottomless Brunch here to anyone, it set us up for a great day out.

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Such a cool vibe at BlackDog, always enjoy the food and service is amazing!

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Visited On Monday, 28 January 2019

Great food and great value but took a long time to get service

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