If you're after a night out with a difference, why not head to one of the screenings at the Blue Pig in Manchester's Northern Quarter (lovingly referred to as Pig-turehouse). With the chance to watch a free film with free popcorn in one of Manchester's cosiest bars, what's not to love? Oh and did I mention, you can choose from some interestingly-named themed cocktails, too?
"The Blue Pig"
I popped down for the launch of Pig-turehouse's new sponsor, Licor43 to catch one of my all-time favourite films, Romeo and Juliet. It was an interesting set up in an intimate space, but the film choice was possibly a little too heavy for some casual drinks on a Tuesday night. But oh, how I love that film.
The themed cocktails which used Licor43 were tasty, and a little cheaper than the other cocktails on the menu. With a choice of three cocktails, I chose the Star Cross Lovers and it was delicious. A free shot of Licor43 was also passed around to everyone, which provided an extra treat for the evening.
Free hot dogs were also being offered as part of the launch event, so I ordered some dirty fries and BBQ beans to go with them. The fries were topped with bacon bits, crispy onion and cheese – delicious.
A cosy bar located in Manchester's Northern Quarter
It was my first time at the Blue Pig, and I will definitely be back. The staff were friendly, the atmosphere warm, and the toilets were clean.
If you fancy popping along to one of the screenings, booking a table in advance is advised as there aren't many available. It also ensures you can take advantage of the free popcorn. Whether you want to relive a favourite film on the big screen, or discover an old classic for the first time in relaxed surroundings, then this is for you.
Catch the late David Bowie in Jim Henson's 1986 musical adventure fantasy. Fifteen year old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) wishes her baby brother away to the evil kingdom of the Goblin King (David Bowie in fetching 80s inspired gear), only to have her wish granted. Cue an epic quest to reach the centre of an enormous, mythical labyrinth to rescue her brother Toby.
Tuesday 19th September, 8pm: Flash Gordon
Another eighties classic, Flash Gordon is an American football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr Hans Zarkov's rocketship, along with his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden. Flash must defeat the evil Emperor Ming, whilst avoiding the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo in order to rescue Dale and save the world.
Tuesday 3rd October, 8pm: Blade Runner
Ridley Scott's cult movie starring Harrison Ford. Rick Deckard prowls 21st Century Los Angeles, stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment is to kill them.
Tuesday 17th October, 8pm: True Romance
Starring Christian Slater, this rock 'n' roll adventure story tells the tale of two unlikely lovers who accidentally double-cross the Detroit mob by stealing valuable contraband.
Tuesday 31st October: Halloween Double Bill – Hocus Pocus (6pm) and The Exorcist (9pm)
The perfect Halloween-inspired double bill, beginning with Disney's Hocus Pocus. During Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, three witches are accidentally reincarnated whilst a young boy is busy trying to impress the girl of his dreams. Hocus Pocus is followed by the ultimate scary movie. Did you catch The Exorcist on the big screen? If not, here's your chance (if you can handle it).
Yummy cocktails at The Blue Pig
Tuesday 7th November: The Big Lebowski
This Coen Brothers classic is the typically bizarre mix of mistaken identity, hippy philosophy and ten pin bowling, Jeff is a laid back bowling buff who gets mixed up in a blackmail plot involving a millionaire namesake.
More information on these screenings, and other events at The Blue Pig can be found here.