Another new bar opens in Manchester and Dr C is invited along. Roxy Ballroom promises drinks, foods and games. So what did she think?
Over to Dr C… Roxy Ballroom is a bit of a Leeds institution, a cool hang out spot where you can eat, drink and play bar games till your hearts content. They’re expanding their empire and have opened bars in Huddersfield, Liverpool, Manchester and shortly Nottingham. I was invited along to the newly opened Roxy Manchester to play some games, try out the food and have a great time having the full blown Roxy Ballroom experience.
The Roxy Ballroom venue is huge! I still can’t believe it’s hidden upstairs right off Deansgate. The décor is pretty cool, with lots of private bookable spaces, perfect for parties, work nights out or Christmas parties. One of these areas really comes into its own in the evening when the lights dim and UV paint really pops.
We started our evening with some cocktails and ping pong. I went with the Balls of Fury – a brilliant Bourbon cocktail topped with prosecco, and I have it on good authority that the Long Island Ice Tea is rather excellent too! I haven’t played ping pong in years, and I’d forgotten how much fun it can be – although I also learned that I’m just a little more than competitive. The ping pong tables can be booked in half hour slots which come in at £4.50 off peak, and £6.00 off peak – which I think is pretty great, especially if there’s a group.
We then moved on to playing beer pong, a game I’ve only played once previously – but which I thought I was incredible at! I quickly realised that I’m not great at beer pong, but that it is an absolute hoot! The beer pong tables are free to use, and there’s no need to book them in advance. All you have to do is buy some beers, you’ll be given red cups and ping pong balls, then it’s over to you to sink those balls and attempt to win at beer pong.
We were also treated to a range of nibbles from the menu – jalapeño poppers, onion rings, chicken wings, nacho fries and pizza. All of which were pretty tasty and were the perfect thing to refuel us for some more fun and games. The last game that we played was some good old fashioned pool. These tables can be booked, and come in at the same price as the ping pong. I always fancy myself as a pool shark, but this just confirmed that whilst I find it fun, I’m by no means good at it!!
All in, I had a great night at Roxy Ballroom Manchester, and I’m sure I’ll be heading back next time I’m in Manchester with a bunch of friends. One of the really cool things about Roxy is that whilst it’s a bar and obviously geared towards drinking, it’s actually a pretty great place to hang out with friends and have some fun without drinking, which can often be a bit of struggle.
P.S. Dr C was invited down to Roxy Ballroom Manchester to try out what they have on offer. All photos, words and opinions are her own.
P.P.S. Roxy Manchester is located at 76-78 Deansgate, Manchester, 1st Floor, Manchester M3 2FN.