Pin-Up Pops Up

The World’s First Pop-Up Bowling Alley with Diner, Cocktail Bar & Dancefloor at Spinningfields

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 12 September 2011

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The World’s First Pop-Up Bowling Alley with Diner, Cocktail Bar & Dancefloor

Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester – 15 September to 6 November

Pin-up, a unique 1950’s-themed pop-up venue featuring four full-size ten pin bowling lanes, an American diner, a cocktail bar and a dancefloor with an eclectic genre-smashing music policy, launches in the UK on 15 September at Manchester’s vibrant Spinningfields district.

Evolving from a cult London night and emerging as the world’s first fully pop-up boutique bowling alley, Pin-up’s eight-week debut at Hardman Square promises a whole host of exciting entertainment, from bowling, music, mouth watering food and irresistible cocktails, to magicians, dancers, themed nights, and regular collaborations with local promoters. Some of the UK’s most inspiring DJ’s will also be dropping in to play the 400 capacity temporary space, and original Pin-up residents will be on hand throughout to ensure the music flows as easily as the cocktails and strikes.

Pin-up opens for lunch and closes late 7 days a week. The venue can also be hired out for corporate meetings or events.

Fran Goddard, Head of Communications & Events at Spinningfields, said; “Spinningfields is synonymous with first-class events and is the perfect fit for Pin-up in Manchester. As the summer nights start drawing in, Pin-up will provide people with the perfect pick-me-up and something a little different to do. Pin-up is an exciting concept and will add to the diverse offering already in place at Spinningfields.”Launching with an exclusive invite only event on Thursday 15th September with Norman Jay heading musical proceedings, lucky Pin-up enthusiasts can get their hands on some very special tickets either by joining us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more or by limited entry from 9pm.
Pin-up then kicks off with a bang with a weekend of brilliant music and good times. Friday 16 September includes Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, while Manchester’s own El Diablo’s Social Club hosts the Saturday night with special guest Bill Brewster of Low Life and DJ History fame and Sunday showcases a takeover by one of Manchester’s premier nights, Bitch. All programmed to create the perfect soundtrack to a weekend of top-notch entertainment.

Pin-up has always been about providing a place for friends to get together, mess around and leave with memorable experiences. Bowling undoubtedly plays a huge part, but there’s something about having loads of things to do under one roof that gets people excited. And the fact that it’s temporary means that they make the most of it while it’s there.

Phil Dawson owner of Pin-Up told us “It’s always been a dream of mine to take Pin-up on the road and I’m really excited to see it finally happen. To be able to combine my love of music, diners and bowling is just amazing.”

For news and information about Pin-up and all future events visit


Spinningfields, Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB
Thursday 15 September – Sunday 6 November
Open: 7 days a week 11am – late.
Diner open from 11am every day.
Price: Free admission (except for Music events)
Music events free before 9pm, £5 after (subject to event)
Bowling £5 off peak (11am-5pm weekdays), £6 peak
Student, Spinningfields Yellow Card holder and corporate deals available (see website for details)
Bookings for the diner and lanes will be taken from 1st September 2011
For bookings go to


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