The owners of Sankey’s and the Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar in Manchester have collaborated together to open a ‘speakeasy-style’ restaurant club and bar.
Currently operating in the space underneath Afflecks Palace as BLINK, the Blackdog Ballroom will open in September following an extensive refurbishment to the property beginning in July.
The venue will be reminiscent of New York City’s infamous speakeasys, with dark wood panelling, funky lighting, eclectic seating arrangements, and secret rooms policed by password. Blackdog Ballroom will serve a range of gourmet pizzas and burgers, as well as draught beers 16 hours a day.
Ross Mackenzie, owner of Sankey’s and One Central Street, said he and partner Jobe Ferguson felt there was a gap in the market for ‘something with the personality of Blackdog Ballroom’.
“Our inspiration comes from the speakeasy style and secrecy of the unique bars found in NYC such as Employees Only and PDT,” he said. “The name is inspired by Churchill’s infamous ‘black dog’ depressive moods in an attempt to create the ultimate environment to lighten even the darkest of days.”
The venue will also feature live DJ sets from the likes of Calvin Harris, MJ Cole and local indie-electro band Delphic.