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Re: Manchester

Post by moopind » Wed Sep 02, 2009 18:03

Oh, well... I'll just have to take Time Out's word for it then.
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Re: Manchester

Post by humblebee » Wed Sep 02, 2009 18:55

I wish I could remember the name of that pub by Salford Central. It was great. Except the lady in the gents' toilets trying to get someone to have sex with her.

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Re: Manchester

Post by indiansummer » Wed Sep 02, 2009 19:59

If you fancy record shopping, be sure to check out Vinyl Exchange on Oldham Street (by Picadilly)... it's a pretty cool second hand place. Then there's Picadilly Records, pretty much across the road, which is a lot more expensive but very good nonetheless.

I'm afraid my knowledge of pubs and things is pretty limited, however. Sorry...
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Re: Manchester

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Sep 02, 2009 20:11

humblebee wrote:I wish I could remember the name of that pub by Salford Central. It was great. Except the lady in the gents' toilets trying to get someone to have sex with her.
That one with the ace jukebox?

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Re: Manchester

Post by humblebee » Wed Sep 02, 2009 20:33

a layer of chips wrote:
humblebee wrote:I wish I could remember the name of that pub by Salford Central. It was great. Except the lady in the gents' toilets trying to get someone to have sex with her.
That one with the ace jukebox?
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Re: Manchester

Post by crystalball » Wed Sep 02, 2009 21:06

Is that where we went the other year? That's the King's Arms. I only remember because the information is frozen in my brain. Fuck me it was cold that night. Great pub though, yes. Wasn't there a little theatre upstairs as well or am I making that up?

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Re: Manchester

Post by Mr Bear » Wed Sep 02, 2009 21:11

crystalball wrote:Is that where we went the other year? That's the King's Arms. I only remember because the information is frozen in my brain. Fuck me it was cold that night. Great pub though, yes. Wasn't there a little theatre upstairs as well or am I making that up?
Great pub. Yeah, there's a little venue upstairs - I've been to a couple of gigs there.

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Re: Manchester

Post by stolenwine » Wed Sep 02, 2009 21:57

can anyone recommend a cheapish but clean hotel in the city center?
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Re: Manchester

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Sep 03, 2009 06:39

I've stayed in the Ibis on Portland Street a few times, Sandy. It's always been fine.

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Re: Manchester

Post by moopind » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:55

Mr Bear wrote:
crystalball wrote:Is that where we went the other year? That's the King's Arms. I only remember because the information is frozen in my brain. Fuck me it was cold that night. Great pub though, yes. Wasn't there a little theatre upstairs as well or am I making that up?
Great pub. Yeah, there's a little venue upstairs - I've been to a couple of gigs there.
Thanks for that tip. It looks all right, that!
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Re: Manchester

Post by moopind » Mon Sep 07, 2009 20:30

King's Arms was a top tip. I liked it there. Had a wander up to the New Oxford whilst in the vicinity, which had a more-than-admirable beer range, even if it was a little bright. I'm not complaining really.

Other things enjoyed in the Mancunian area were the photo exhibition of Britain's remotest inhabited island in the Green Room near Oxford Road station, the bewildering exhibition at Castlefield Gallery near Deansgate Station, Chorlton-cum-Hardy by bus (including the new-to-me Beech Road run which included a lovely chilli hot chocolate and would have included cakes from a lovely-looking shop but for having breakfasted like a pig), Whitworth Gallery (including another bewildering exhibition, but also the opportunity to have a jam session with strangers using instruments made of waste products (not human waste) - I batted the fuck out of some lengths of tubing with some ping-pong bat type things in a giant-panpipe style), food (and decent bottled beers in bars) in the Northern Quarter (look at Market Restaurant's beer list - Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Chimay Bleue accompanied my meal!) and in Chinatown, Urbis (again) including a ludicrously poncy drink on the top floor and the brilliant, brilliant Marble Arch (they've moved the jukebox). Those Marble folks just can't put a foot wrong as far as I'm concerned.

Anyway, I know this isn't Tripadvisor, but all recommended if anyone pays a visit. The thing at the Whitworth ends today though.
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Re: Manchester

Post by humblebee » Mon Sep 07, 2009 21:18

That sounds fantastic. Tell me more about Marble Arch.

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Re: Manchester

Post by moopind » Mon Sep 07, 2009 22:15

It's a pub, fairly near the Northern Quarter, but on a dual carriageway heading out of town, among lots of predominantly empty-looking new flats.

You walk in at the front of the pub and it's quite a lot longer than it is wide, with the bar opposite you, the (partially-mosaic) floor sloping perilously down toward the bar. Around the wall just before ceiling height is a ceramic tile frieze mentioning different types of drink (gin, whisky, port, cordial, etc.).

It's always a really mixed crowd and a crowd which will invariably strike up a conversation. The staff are nice too.

They serve food. And it's brilliant. Real chips. Completely non-corporate, a chalkboard menu (exclusively now, it seems) showing the food on offer - and they serve breakfasts until 3pm at the weekend.

Anyway, the best bit until last: the beer. It's a brew pub (they have a smart-but-nice bar in Chorlton which sells their beer too, as well as other pubs and bars knocking the stuff out). Their beers are certified vegetarian and they have received awards from the vegetarian society for their eschewal of isinglass (thought you might dig that, humblebee) and some are organic too. For me though, the big deal is that they have an established range of winners. I am really quite spoilt with good beer being near the Sheaf View in Sheffield and being a regular in the Kelham Island area, but these folks really impress. They do a beer called Pint (geddit?) which is really low in alcohol but tastes amazing, a Stouter Stout, which is one of my favourite beers (and I'm fussy about stout), a Ginger, which is ace and a Lagonda IPA which is sensational. Oh, and loads of other beers. They stock a decent range of Belgian beers too. And draught cider.
I even really like their branding, which avoids the 'Pixie's Old Beard' school of beer branding (one of my bugbears - see an earlier rant on the guardian site under the name finkublubou here http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/ ... mentpage=2).

You can tell I'm a fan...
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Re: Manchester

Post by crystalball » Mon Sep 07, 2009 22:29

Stop making me want to move to Manchester. This is all wrong. That pub sounds amazing.

You reminded me of Urbis as well. I can't quite remember what we saw in there but we had a lovely couple of hours wandering around and going up and down the lift because it was operated by a lovely-looking girl. Aw. Manchester! We should have another Anorak meet-up there soon.

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Re: Manchester

Post by humblebee » Mon Sep 07, 2009 22:33

That sounds bloody great! I shall make a point of visiting next time I'm over there. Great post on that Guardian thing too, by the way - agree with every word.

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Re: Manchester

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:03

moopind wrote:It's a pub, fairly near the Northern Quarter, but on a dual carriageway heading out of town, among lots of predominantly empty-looking new flats.
It's not this place is it?

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I've always made a conscious point of never going in there unless I was armed.

I don't go out in my own town nowhere near enough.
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Re: Manchester

Post by moopind » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:29

No. It was this one:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/52/18479 ... 3d.jpg?v=0

Ooh, look at that interior, too - tiles everywhere:

http://www.citylife.co.uk/img/14882/265 ... e_arch.jpg
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Re: Manchester

Post by moopind » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:38

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&sou ... a=N&tab=wl if you were locating it on Google Maps! (Letter A)
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Re: Manchester

Post by photojonny » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:42

Wheatabeat wrote:
moopind wrote:It's a pub, fairly near the Northern Quarter, but on a dual carriageway heading out of town, among lots of predominantly empty-looking new flats.
It's not this place is it?

Image

I've always made a conscious point of never going in there unless I was armed.

I don't go out in my own town nowhere near enough.
I'm pretty sure I had breakfast there once. It was fine, except they had "American's worst car crashes" or something similar on the telly, which was a bit offputting given I was trying to have a fry up and was hungover.
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Re: Manchester

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:00

moopind wrote:No. It was this one:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/52/18479 ... 3d.jpg?v=0
Oh yeah, my pic is a bit further up the road.

I've never been in that pub, which I'm a bit ashamed of. May remedy that soon.
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