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A huge beer festival is coming to town and the food lineup has just been revealed

Calling all craft beer lovers

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Having just announced its colossal lineup of local restaurants and breweries, the Manchester Craft Beer festival is set to be one hell of an event.

Whether you’re a lover of sour beers, IPA is your go-to tipple, you keep it simple with lager, or whether you’re wanting to simply take it easy with low ABV beers, the MCBF is here to celebrate beer in all of its glory with the help of fifty world class breweries.

Representing Manchester will be local brewing legends Manchester Union, Marble, Pomona Island, Track Brewing Co, Beatznikz Republic, and the brand new Bundobust Brew Pub. 

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Coming from overseas, on the other hand, breweries such as Norway’s Lervig, Denmark’s Mikkeller and Netherlands’ Fontaal and Kees will be on hand to give you a taste of their homeland brews.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – some seriously decent scran will be needed to soak up all of this beer, won’t it? 

Well, the MCBF has also partnered with the Kantina Weekender, a self-described ‘feast for the city’ celebrating the joy of food and drink in all of their depths and diversity.

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And naturally, where there are beers there are burgers, too. Patty Queen will be serving up LA inspired burgers, fries and shakes – some of the best burgers you can get outside of Santa Monica.

Alternatively, Belzan Pasta Kitchen will be dishing up some authentic Italian grub infused with seasonal British produce, Madre X AngloThai will be on hand to serve non-traditional, upscaled, tacos packed full of delicious Thai flavours, and Higher Ground X Things Palace will be collaborating to offer incredible Asian feasts.

And for the veggies and vegans in attendance – fear not! Freight Island’s in-house residents Plant Grill are teaming up with Green Lights to rustle up some fantastic plant-based dishes.

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There will also be DJ sets throughout the event by acclaimed local artists Craig Charles, Daddy G, Django Django and Queen B.

The festival will be taking place at Depot Mayfield between July 23rd-July 24th. Each ticket is priced at £49.50 and allocates guests entry to a five-hour session on the Friday or Saturday, includes all beer, access to all food traders and a special festival beer glass.

Tickets are on sale now here if you want to get involved.

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NEW OPENING: The hidden neo-Bangkok basement bar inspired by Blade Runner

District has officially unveiled it’s new basement bar

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Tucked away under Oldham Street’s new wave Thai kitchen District, you will now find a brand new Blade Runner-inspired basement bar serving up unique Thai cuisine-infused cocktails.

District, a project by the founders of Tokyo Ramen, has made quite the name for itself since its opening back in June, thanks mainly to its futuristic vision of Bangkok’s fire and barbecue lined streets being brought to the Northern Quarter.

District adopts a wildly progressive approach to its menu with wood-fired, modern barbecue cookery that creates an engaging, long-lasting dinner experience that promises to ‘touch mall the senses’.

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And this week, District are welcoming a whole new concept to their already celebrated kitchen – a neo-Bangkok Blade Runner inspired basement bar.

Yep, the basement of the restaurant has been transformed into a space perfect for those wanting to enjoy the District experience both before and after their meal.

The cocktail menu, like every part of District, has been developed to draw on every sense, with sight, smell and taste being heightened with every sip. All eight cocktails have been inspired by Thai cuisine, combining the best of bar and culinary techniques.

Menu highlights include the FORNAX, made using smoked beef fat rum, fish sauce caramel, tomato, Thai parsley; and DREAM GUN with grilled banana bourbon, milk of the poppy and turmeric.

The drinks menu also includes a ‘DISTRICT THAI-PA’ in collaboration with local brewery Shindigger, a selection of wines and in house made soft drinks such as the ‘TUMERIC POP’ and the ‘SCREWPINE SODA’.

District’s basement bar is open NOW from 5pm – late Thursday – Saturday. Make sure to follow the District Instagram for news and updates.

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There’s a massive free fitness class taking place in Manchester this week

Fancy trying out David Beckham’s workout for free?

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A huge – and completely free – fitness class is happening in Manchester this week, and it could very well be the opportunity to kickstart your health and fitness journey you’ve been waiting for.

Now, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that mustering the strength, the energy and simply the sheer will to attend exercise classes can be a challenge but, as the festive season and an abundance of booze and pigs in blankets approach, it is more important than ever to stay on top of your health.

And luckily for you lot, the opportunity to test the waters for free will be presenting itself this week courtesy of the globally acclaimed fitness company, F45 Track.

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Having made its debut in LA back in 2019, F45 Track does what it says on the tin by hosting forty-five minute outdoor training sessions that offer both the public and F45 members a variation of in-studio sessions, all with the aim to burn 750 calories in the forty-five minute time slot.

The ‘F’ stands for ‘Functional Training’, which is a mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts geared towards everyday movement. And the forty-five? Well, that’s the total amount of time for, in their words, ‘sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun’.

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The company has since expanded to locations all across the globe and has enjoyed a number of celebrity clients like Man United legend David Beckham, who took part in F45 Track workouts during the 2020 lockdowns. 

But putting the glitz and the glamour of celebrity clients to one side, F45 Track’s latest project here in Manchester is offering a FREE fitness class this week courtesy of F45 NQ and the F45 Salford Central.

Yep, completely free for anyone who wants to take part, no strings attached.

The ‘biggest fitness class in Manchester’ will be taking place this Thursday, September 21st and will be hosted by Cory George, F45’s Global Head of Fitness, who will be flying in from LA specially for the event. 

There will also be fresh smoothies, drinks, and healthy snacks provided throughout the event. 

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Those wanting to take part will simply need to bring a towel, a water bottle and plenty of energy to The Love Factory at 5:30pm, rearing and ready for the 6pm start. 

There’s space for 2,000 people to take part so register yourself and your friends here. You can also head over to the F45 website and Instagram page for news and updates. 

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A Manchester bar is giving away free drinks to anyone who beats the bartender at ping-pong or darts

Reckon you have what it takes?

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Manchester’s resident ping-pong bar Twenty Twenty Two is giving away free drinks to anyone who can beat their bartenders at ping pong or darts.

While Twenty Twenty Two has always been famous for its abundance of ping pong tables, underground brick bunker vibes, indoor cinema screenings and cool wall art, it is now known for something else: Darts.

The establishment’s Dead Eye Dart Club is a fantastic new addition to the Northern Quarter’s drinking scene; a no-fuss darts dive bar that pairs the game with music and signature cocktails.

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There’s also a wide selection of drinks available for guests to sip while they play, with happy hour offers including £15 bottles of prosecco and £5 cocktails every Wednesday.

And now, the venue has combined its love of both ping-pong, darts and booze with the launch of its ‘Beat The Bartender’ competition.

Every Thursday night, guests are given the opportunity to double their round for the price of one by taking on one of the bartenders in a game of ping pong or darts. If they win, they get their next round on the house.

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Speaking previously to the MEN, owner Jamie Scahill explained the inspiration behind the unusual concept, saying it actually came from a ‘drunken conversation in Dr Pong in Berlin’.

He said: “We had plans to open the ping-pong room and needed ideas for the Saturday night, and came up with the idea of combining the three together with a free party every week.

“I think because it’s off the beaten track a little bit it takes a bit more effort to find and we have interesting events mixed with some fine DJs and good booze.”

Beat The Bartender is available every Thursday – just ask your friendly bartender for more details.

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