NQ64 is opening a second Manchester city centre site, and they’re on the hunt for some voluntary games and beer testers prior to the official opening on June 21st.
The popular Northern Quarter haunt opened back in 2019, and it has gone from strength to strength ever since.
The retro arcade game bar has since sprouted sites in various different cities across the country, such as Liverpool, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
The new Manchester venue, located in the former Club LIV site next door to Alberts Schloss on Peter Street, will have all those wonderfully familiar NQ64 qualities – nostalgia, retro gaming, cocktails – but this time, there will be a bigger bar area, more seating and a larger variety of games.
Guests can still expect to find the old favourites such as Pac-Man, Time Crisis 2 and Guitar Hero, as well as some new additions such as a Mario Kart arcade game, Time Crisis 3 and NBA Jam.
There’s the same token system in place to play, as well as free to play classic consoles including N64, MegaDrive, original PlayStations, GameCube and Super Nintendo.
Alongside games is a drinks list with specially selected beer including independent local brewers and a new themed cocktail list featuring NQ64 classics such as Princess Peach, Bubble Bobble and Pacs a Punch.
Retro bags of crisps will still be on offer, obviously.
There will be free drinks and merchandise for the first fifty guests who arrive during the first two days of their opening week (June 21st and June 22nd), but, more importantly, there will be the opportunity for a lucky few to test the games prior to the launch.
The bar’s owners are looking for volunteers on June 17th, June 18th, and June 19th to come and test their games – they will, of course, be paid handsomely in beer.
If you’re interested, head over to their Instagram page to register.
A RuPaul’s Drag Race UK premiere party with bottomless fizz is coming to Manchester next week
Engines at the ready, drag racers; there’s a massive bottomless RuPaul’s Drag Race UK premiere event coming to a cinema here in Manchester.
As fans of the hit drag show will know, the highly anticipated third season of the UK version is landing on BBC iPlayer next week and to celebrate appropriately, GRUB Manchester is throwing the mother of all launch parties.
On Thursday, September 23rd, you and your friends will be able to watch the first episode of the new season alongside an abundance of bottomless bevs and delicious street food.
Costing £20pp, tickets also include a selection of fun additions to enjoy throughout the evening, including a welcome cocktail, ninety minutes of bottomless fizz, draught beer or wine, and a private table to enjoy with friends, positioned for prime viewing on the night.
Indoor and covered seating in the event of rain (which, let’s face it, is looking very likely this month) is also available, as is a number of independent and local food vendors dishing up tasty food and extra drinks.
Though it is worth noting that this event isn’t an official RuPaul viewing event, it is just a bit of fun for Drag Race fans and their friends.
Tables can be reserved from 5:30pm onwards, and the bottomless drinks deal begins an hour later at 6:30pm. RuPaul’s Drag Race will be shown at 7pm.
BBC Three is yet to confirm which famous faces will be appearing on the judging panel. As for the regular judging panel, Michelle Visage will be back, as will Graham Norton and Alan Carr, alternating each week as they have done for the past two series.
Spice Girls are ‘hoping to do another tour’ in 2023 according to Mel B
Good news for Spice Girls fans
There’s good news for Spice Girls fans as the group are looking to do another tour in a couple of years time, according to Mel B.
The singer said she plans to ‘make sure’ that the tour happens, with 2023 looking like the potential date for it.
The iconic ‘90s girl group reunited back in 2019 for a huge tour of the UK and Ireland – including several sold-out gigs here in Manchester – although they were without former bandmate Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham.
Mel B revealed the good news as she hosted Steph’s Packed Lunch last week, adding that the Spice Girls were in talks to do another tour last year before the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to it.
According to Mel B: “We did our last tour and Victoria respectfully ducked out, and you have to respect when someone doesn’t want to go on tour.”
The singer added: “I’m always pushing to have a Spice Girls reunion and we were in talks last year but then Covid hit so it pushed everyone’s plans.
“I think we’re hopefully on the same page together.
“They’re going to kill me for saying this. We’re hoping, especially me – if it has anything to do with me, which it will have because I’m the driving force and will make sure it happens – to tour in 2023.”
The previous tour back in 2019 went down a storm with fans, with three dates at Man City’s Etihad Stadium selling out.
A huge spooky ice rink with ‘ghoulish skating monsters’ is coming to Manchester for Halloween
Skate Manchester is back!
As the city’s Halloween preparations get underway, Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens is getting ready to host a massive ice skating rink with a spooky twist.
The rink, which is a regular fixture here in Manchester in the months running up to Christmas, will be hosting a special Halloween event, Scare Skate, which will see families and friends take to the ice in true Halloween style.
Scare Skate will feature Halloween-themed music and lighting, along with a band of ghoulish skating monsters who will join skaters on the ice every hour.
The event is perfect for those wanting to retire their fancy dress costumes for the year, with the official description reading: “Not hunting monsters and would rather leave the fancy dress to others? No problem! As you glide along our spectacular covered ice rink, you will be sheltered from the elements whilst soaking in the spooky atmosphere.”
And, even more excitingly, this year’s venue will be nearly double the size of previous years, meaning more room for skating, fun, and memory-making.
Rob Derry, ice director at Arena, which coordinates the event, said on the plans: “There’s a real buzz around Halloween in Manchester. The city is a major destination for anyone looking to get into the spooky spirit thanks to Monsters in the City, an amazing spectacle that brings larger than life fun and fear.
“Scare Skate offers something brand new: an exciting, active, and creative activity, in a breath-taking setting, that brings chills and thrills for families, friends and colleagues looking to celebrate the season. We’re hoping to see as many people in fancy dress as possible.”
He added: “We’ve pulled out all the stops to provide a bigger rink for our customers so they can enjoy more room to skate. The ice rink will be nearly double the size of previous years so there will also be more room to pull off showstopping moves … Or stumble towards a barrier for balance! We think this will be our best year yet.”
Scare Skate will be taking place from October 22nd-31st, where it will then be transformed into its original form Skate Manchester from November 1st – January 3rd. It will be open daily, excluding Christmas Day.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.skatemanchester.com.