If you’re no stranger to the pubs and bars and the student scene around Oxford Road, then Pub/Zoo will be a familiar sight.
Host to gigs, laughs, and burlesque nights, Zoo has been a staple of the gig scene – even if you had to walk back out of the pub at the front and round to the back to get in.
Heaven help the support acts if it the weather was typically Mancunian and chucking it down and you fancied another round and some chips in Pub first.
Now both Pub and Zoo have had a massive revamp. Out front, The Flour & Flagon provides the pints and grub. Round the back, The Bread Shed – which is looking and sounding far more polished than its predecessor – is the new name for the old event space.
And even better, there’s now a connecting door. It’s the little things.
The floor space in the Flour & Flagon is bigger, lighter and, dare I say it, much more inviting for a working lunch treat.
They’re promising no nonsense food, with a range of burgers, steaks, subs and wraps.
A good selection of cask ales and cocktails are also on offer – and excuse me while I get a little happy about their gin menu, as I don’t know of anywhere else around Oxford Road offering such a great selection.
Tempting you away from your G&T and the pool table will be a range of exciting music and comedy nights hosted by The Bread Shed. Live music and comedy nights will be hosted on a weekly basis, with club nights for fans of K-Pop, guilty pleasures and alternative music midweek, and into the weekend. A number of XS Malarkey dates have already filled the calendar.
The bar in The Bread Shed itself is looking very well stocked. I had a good look around during a sound check and I’m told there are plans to add a pizza station to the rear of the space. Soon you won’t even have to pop next door to fill your tummy.
In fact, it’s the event space that is The Bread Shed that has them most excited. I have to admit I almost didn’t recognise it, with the new lighting, sound system and the smell of paint still in the air.
Manager Hayes and the team are looking forward to the start of the new academic year and are kicking things off with an 8-bit Discotheque launch party spectacular with DJ Barry Le Gaux.
Whether you’re a cheesy disco lover, prefer something a little funnier on a night out, or just want somewhere to go after work for a pint or two, this is a revamp that’s looking awfully good.
Gin and chips anyone?
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