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Adventures in Bolton

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I came across a great quote on my travels this week; it was on a poster for a local bar. I didn’t catch the name of the bar but remember the saying;

 “A pub for romancers, dancers, soul boys, beat kicks, young go getters and should know betters”

Now it’s not often that I watch football, in fact it’s never, that it is if I got my way all the time. Alas that is seldom the case.

After spending a few days in Manchester I popped across to Bolton for a catch up with some old friends, a few not so cheeky drinks and a spot of dinner then it was a case of…see where the night takes us.

We started in The Capitol which is right next to the church, which may I say in the night light looked very pretty. So The Capitol…what can I say about it? It reminded me a lot of the Varsity bars ive been too before which made sense considering I was told very soon after making that statement that it indeed did used to be a Varsity. It would seem that im drawn to Varsity’s!!

The Capitol had a few similar traits of The Alibi that I visited in my last blog. They had a gazebo type thing in the entrance where there were 20 or so light bulbs hanging down. I liked it, thought it was a good effect. Upstairs was a large seating area but there was a semi hidden seating area to one side of the bar down a small step, I think if someone wanted privacy or a quieter bit of the bar, that would have been perfect.

Drinks were cheap, and fresh cocktails were flowing but I opted for a glass of white wine, chilled perfectly and soon I became perfectly chilled too!! It would just so happen that the football was showing so what was meant to be a nice catch up with friends ended into a screaming competition with the TV screens (of which there were 3 or 4). Another – shall we say lively – bunch was on the table near us and seemed to be enjoying the football too. Good job their team won!

Feeling a little peckish we ordered a few bar snacks, Jim Bean and sesame seed chicken bites and chicken tikka skewers. The Jim Bean bites were AMASING, really sticky and with the slight hint of Jim Bean. The tikka skewers were good too but a bit too curry-ish for my liking. Drinks were nice and cheap and all bombs were on promo for the night. Bombs away!

So after Capitol came the next pub…The Dragonfly.  This was your typical pub in my opinion, good crowd of customers, friendly staff up for a bit of banter and a warm atmosphere. Just as we got there a huge pink limo rocked up and out came 20 pink cladded girls on a hen party, their party looked fun, and the bar had created a little area for them and decorated it with balloons and confetti and the likes. About 15 mins before we left the DJ hit his stride and was throwing out some dance floor classics, I hope the hen and her chicks had a good time.

Scores on the (royal) doors: 

Food and service:  Jim Bean chicken all the way!

Atmosphere and decoration:  Great northern atmosphere in both pubs.

Facilities:  Very cosy and comfy.

Talent Radar:  not too shabby, the hen party looked awesome; I hope Bolton locked up their sons.

Fun Factor: not too wild but had a great time anyway.

Capitol Perfect for: Sports, shots-a-hoy, light bar snacks, a great warm-up bar.

Dragonfly Perfect for: dance floor boogie, ale, hen and stag parties.

In 3 words: Friendly Northern Atmosphere.

My Alibi in Manchester

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Hello to my beautiful subjects!

Last week I ventured up to Manchester again alas on a work mission not a party trip which is never as fun, but when life gives you lemons….ADD VODKA! Tee hee.

Given I work for a website, it’s pretty important that I have access to the internet…well tell that to our IT manager, I couldn’t log on to the Wi-Fi and after an hour of procrastination and with my in-tray piling up by the hour, I hauled ass and tried to find a free Wi-Fi spot.

I found a nice little bar/coffee stop/restaurant on the corner of Portland Street, very close to the town hall square called The Alibi. The warmth hit me as soon as I walked in and this was a welcome break to the freezing winds outside.

Logging into the Wi-Fi was so easy and so quick; I was very grateful but not so grateful when I saw my email inbox.  I was going to need some serious motivation tunes and some coffee. I could have kissed the barmaid when I saw that they served Costa coffee, so 2 Americano’s later I was in full swing and finished my workload in record time which gave me an hour or so the chill out and enjoy the rest of what The Alibi had to offer.

I really liked the decorations, there seemed to be lots of areas, by that I mean, at the back of the bar were several semi-circle booths with low lighting and atmospheric wallpapers, the middle of the bar were higher tables perfect for perching on a stool with an equally tall cocktail. (The cocktail menu did look pretty awesome)  The front of the bar was filled with smaller tables, benches and gazebos. I liked the idea of bringing the outdoors inside and gave the bar a nice air-y feel to it.

The stairs were lined with oversized vintage pin up posters. I LOVED the posters; I will have to get my hands on some of those for my flat I think. The VIP area was also upstairs which had a great view of the rest of the bar.

6pm came along and the bar slowly filled with people celebrating the weekend and I would agree The Alibi is the perfect place for a post-work drink or 3… or 5 or 6 and a spot of dinner. I ordered a bacon and tomato melt which normally come with chips but swapped the chips for extra salad – It is nearly party season. Well its always party season for me but sequin dresses never look good with a tummy full of chips.

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  All seemed very friendly.

Atmosphere and decoration:  different atmosphere and décor in each corner, loved it.

Facilities:  Liked the huge posters on the way to the loos.

Talent Radar:  Not too bad, possible hotties….

Fun Factor: would have been better if I had my party peeps with me

Perfect for: pre-drinks, Lunch time filler, free Wi-Fi, Yummy cocktails

In 3 words: Dark, atmospheric, sexy.

For other reviews visit Manchesterbars, qype and Viewmanchester or Citylife