Pin-up bowling: Pops up and bowls over Manchester’s Spinningfields with series of new events

By Jen Lau

Spinningfields’ favourite new venue, Pin-up, is rocking and rolling up a storm as the world’s very first pop-up boutique bowling alley and with a series of exciting events coming up, this is just the start of the 1950’s experience popping up all over the country.

Tomorrow sees the T-birds and pink ladies out in full force for the Grease party with DJ Sidney Simon, while the fabulous Back to the Future party on Saturday 22 October will celebrate music from the film in preparation for Pin-up’s closing weekend event, the Enchantment Under the Sea Prom.

Enthusiastic cocktail inventor and Pin-up Bar Manager, Jamie Jones, recognises the new venue as an organic enterprise, which constantly evolves by responding and adapting to the Spinningfields’ community.

He said: “For two months this will be the fun-time bar for Manchester and they’ll miss us when we’re gone. With our really dedicated team, we’re going to enlighten every town we visit with our beats, booze and bowling bonanza!”

Over the last few years, Spinningfields has become renowned for its events programme with the likes of Screenfields, the Ice Rink and the Duck Race attracting thousands of people every year.

 “Pin-up is a new addition to this year’s line-up and we felt it would prove to be a big draw because of its bespoke nature. The retro feel of the interior and the music is unique to this venue and provides people with something completely different to do,” said Fran Goddard, Head of Communication and Events at Spinningfields.

“We’ve been delighted with the success of Pin-up so far and we’re confident it will continue to attract people throughout its run at Spinningfields.”

For the past four years, Pin-up creator Phil Dawson has imagined the intimate booths and sociable bowling environment as a way of bringing people together to create memorable experiences.

Pin-up regular Dan Stribling, senior marketing officer for Salford City Council said: “This is the kind of thing that Manchester needs, but it would be perfect if this could stay here forever. It’s good that people think of these experiences because this is really unique.”

The American-themed diner, cocktail bar, dance floor and bowling alley also hosts Lindy Hop dance lessons every Thursday from 7pm for just £5 and a happy hour on weekdays from 4pm-7pm, with a 2 for 1 deal on cocktails and two bottled beers for £5.

Other upcoming events include a vintage fair, a retro fashion show, a classic car show, a hip-shakin’ Funkademia night and an exclusive screening of The Big Lebowski.

Pin-up’s last night in Spinningfields is on Sunday 6 November and is guaranteed to be a fantastic wrap-up party with a gutterball glitterball theme. After that, we can only cross our freshly-shined bowling shoes in anticipation of their return to Spinningfields next year.

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