A few short posts while I try to sort out internet. Mrs RM has been “upgrading” our internet at home. My eldest son can’t play Oculus Rift or whatever he does, which is apparently a disaster.
On Friday night, ahead of City’s “match” against Bournemouth, I saw John Murry (no a) at Gullivers. Manchester is a wonderful place to see live music in pubs, but you need to search it out. The local free paper’s entertainment listings would you seeing Peter Hook murdering Joy Division songs, which really is a travesty.
Oldham Street may have lost a bit of the allure it had when Hooky and co. opened Dry Bar in ’89, but I still love it to bits. It’s about time I went back to the Castle and drank Robinsons there, but there’s just too much new to see in Manc, and I love newness.
Gullivers is a proper Lees pub with an excellent MPA (NBSS 3.5), and the feel of a city local rather than a pre-gig venue.
The small upstairs room looks straight out of Twin Peaks, and Nadine Khouri’s spooky acoustic set fitted in perfectly.
With 30 minutes to kill, I popped in Port Street Beer House to see how it was doing. It gets a bit of a hard time, though that often seems to be due to pricing rather than quality. Beermoth, Magnet and Piccadilly Tap cover similar ground, but PSBH has often been my stop-off of choice for strong beers on the way back from the Etihad.
Well I was spoilt for choice on Friday. The keg Jolly Pumpkin at £8 a half was getting the attention, and made the pretty wonderful cask Double Sonoma by locals Track a bargain at £3/half. If that’s how you make a decision on beer.
PSBH was packed with people of all ages enjoying good beer of all strengths, just as they will be at IndyManBeerCon next month. That’s all I have to say on the matter.
Back at Gullivers, John Murry strummed his guitar and rambles on about Ted Bundy, drug smuggling in Donegal and the last Arcade Fire record. “Little Coloured Balloons” is still one of the most terrifying songs ever written, and John looks like a star.
Particularly when he sings a snatch of Blue Moon half-way in.