Sunday, 28 February 2016

Hidden bars and crazy golf in Manchester

On our trip to New York last September Tom & I enjoyed a trip to Barcade, a bar full of vintage arcade machines in Brooklyn, and wondered why this concept hadn't caught on back in the UK yet. This weekend on a trip to Manchester we discovered a place that came close, 17 Below. a hidden 80's cocktail bar that has just opened up below Dogs 'n' Dough, down a side alley. We headed down on Saturday night to try it out.

While the beers were slightly pricey (around £4.50 for a bottle of craft beer) the arcade machines were free to play which was a bonus! There weren't as many games as there had been in Barcade, but we had a lot of fun shooting pool to an '80s soundtrack (think Bobby Brown & the Pointer Sisters). I also had a go at Pacman and Track & Field, but lost pretty badly! 17 Below is definitely worth a visit when you're next in Manchester, though I'd recommend getting there early before it gets too busy.

On Sunday, we headed to an indoor crazy golf course that my brother had tipped me off about, called Junkyard. It's housed in a UV-lit warehouse & built out of reclaimed junk. Although our game seemed to whizz by quite quickly it was definitely unlike any course I'd played before! Again, best to book ahead as it's pretty popular, (the whole of Saturday was full) and only there for 12 weeks in total before it disappears. After Tom was declared winner we headed for a Sunday lunch at the Knott bar nearby, which rounded off a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

February, Lately

Watching The Great Interior Design Challenge (dark blue walls and copper piping seem to feature heavily this series!), The People vs OJ Simpson, Transparent season 2.
Netflix-ing I'm really enjoying the new Judd Apatow series, Love.
Sewing some pyjama bottoms... or attempting to! From the lovely Tilly & The Buttons book.
Reading Carrie Brownstein's autobiography (along with most people I know, it seems!), Bust magazine
Learning a bit of Italian on Duolingo ahead of a trip to Italy in May (and watching The Trip to Italy series again for inspiration!)
Pinning pictures of lovely (small) kitchens. We are planning to re-do ours, DIY style, in spring. I'm a little apprehensive but Tom assures me it'll be fine...

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Food in Notts: A trip to Zaap

Last night I had chance to try out a new Thai street food restaurant that opened recently in Nottingham called Zaap

Tip: Get there early, as you can't book a table for less than eight people and it seems the word has spread about Zaap! We arrived about 7pm and had a 45 minute wait, which wasn't so bad as we sat in the bar and perused the menu.
Menu: Once we'd been seated, the food was quick to arrive and the waiter was super friendly. I ordered vegetable gyoza to start and a tofu Gang Massaman, a creamy coconut & peanut dish which was delicious! The menu is good for veggies as many of the dishes are either veggie or can be converted.
Value for money? With starters around £4.50 and mains averaging around £8 I'd say yes.

They've certainly gone all out on the decor, with tuk-tuks, street signs and brightly coloured lanterns adorning every corner of the deceptively large restaurant, and the place was really buzzing with energy on a busy Saturday night. After food, we headed to Galentine's Night at Rough Trade, a fun DJ night that's part of Fan Club, which celebrates women in arts & music.
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