It’s that time of year again when people put on stupid outfits and drink massive pints until they pass out. No, it’s not a typical Friday night in the Printworks, this is Oktoberfest. Even though we’re not even in Europe anymore, people still like to get involved in some harmless German drinking so you’ll see loads going on around the city. Crazy Pedro’s have some specials, Oast House have steins and if you’re looking for a cracking German Pilsner – you’re gonna find one easily over the next few weeks.
NQ64 at Dog Bowl
I go on ‘holiday’ for a week and everything changes. Even though I didn’t actually go on holiday anywhere and in fact just sulked in my house, I’ve come back and not only is the brilliant Dog Bowl open once again, but they’ve got a massive section that’s been taken over by the team at NQ64 – meaning you can get the complete bowling experience – just like when you went down to Megabowl for Craig McCoy’s birthday as a kid. I don’t know how long they’re going to be there so you should probably get involved ASAP – perfect for a lazy Sunday or how about a lovely little date?
Dia do Frango @ KBOM
Thursday 8th October
KBOM over at Hatch have introduced something brilliant to Thursdays. Basically it’s their ‘Chicken Day’ and you can get 40% off their frankly outstanding chicken dishes. So 20 of their Chicken Wings will cost you just £9.95 while their Whole Chicken Platter, which I happily devoured a couple of weeks back, can be purchased for just £11.95. It’s an absolute Chicken-fest every Thursday in this place – and considering that their Piri Piri stuff is 100x better than ‘You know who’ – then it’s a no-brainer really.
All You Can Eat Pizza at Tariff & Dale
Friday 9th October
Tariff & Dale in the Northern Quarter are starting up their brilliant Giro Pizza offer this Friday. You know what that means?! Do you!? Well, it’s quite simply this; 2 hours in which you can engorge yourself with as much pizza as you can handle. Sort of like the Pizza Hut buffet but much, much, much better. It’s £9 if you want it with a soft drink, £11 with a beer or wine or £14 with a cocktail or gin. Booking is highly recommended.
STEAM Radio Launch
Friday 9th October
There’s a new radio station in town you lot and it’s called STEAM. Just like that song by Peter Gabriel. Or that better one by East 17. Anyway, the station will feature a “schedule packed full of local creatives and amazing tunes every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening” and if you’re a creative yourself, it might be an idea to get in touch with them if you want to do something. The whole thing kicks off this Friday with a night at The Old Abbey Taphouse with Phoebe Valentine, LUXE, Abena and Mystique. Be sure to tune in!
LA Priest live in the Pink Room at YES
Saturday 10th October
Guess what!? GIGS ARE BACK BABY! Although they don’t actually look like any gig you’ve been to before – but it’s still a gig though so we can’t really complain can we? YES have been hosting a few socially distanced gigs so far, and this weekend sees then host LA Priest in the Pink Room. You’ll have to sit down while in there, but the foot tapping can continue.
Lou Lou’s Manchester Vintage Fair
Saturday 10th October
Heading to Manchester Cathedral this Saturday, Lou Lou promises a huge selection of unique and affordable vintage and retro items – where you can shop ’til you start to stumble and then fall over and graze your knees. The whole endeavour has been meticulously COVID-proofed with advanced tickets, capped customer numbers, social distancing and loads more to ensure you can get some decent clobber and not end up in bed for 2 weeks.
Drag, DJ’s and Dining with Amuse Bouche @ Escape to Freight Island
Sunday 11th October
Taking place every Sunday from 7pm until 10pm – Amuse Bouche is a socially distanced Drag Show, featuring the best of what Manchester’s queer scene has to offer. They’ll be performing, singing, doing a bit of cabaret, or just slagging off your new bootcut jeans, all while you enjoy some well-earned beers and street food on the terrace. I highly recommend the Double Cheeseburger from Patty Queen alongside a couple of pints of cider – that’ll have you merry in no time.