Black Dog Ballroom, the Manchester-based bar and nightclub operator, has secured its third site as it looks to expand out of the city and develop a new bowling and pool offer. The firm has secured a lease on the former Pure Space bar in New Wakefield Street for its second Black Dog Ballroom-branded site. The three-storey venue is to open in mid-May, with a New York speakeasy theme. The company opened its first Black Dog Ballroom in Manchester's Northern Quarter in 2009. Last year it launched another site, the Caribbean-themed Liars Club in Back Bridge Street. Company founder Ross Mackenzie said another site in Manchester is planned for this year, plus a further five to eight elsewhere over the next three years. More Black Dog Ballrooms and Liars are planned, along with a new concept called Black Dog Bowl, which combines bowling and pool. “We are looking for larger sites, 8-10,000 sq ft, in different cities where we can have the pool concept and bowling concept together. We are looking around the north west: Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield etc.” The expansion would be part-funded by loans from Carlsberg and by a private financial backer.

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