Uncle Norm’s Record Box

Last month we were able to announce a new vintage music night in the Northern Quarter, Uncle Norm’s Record Box.

Of course, we couldn’t just report on it, we needed to go and see it for ourselves – so in order to cure my January blues, I headed over last week to take a look, sample some cocktails and listen to the music provided by Vintage 78 DJ.

White dog spirit

Held in the Still – the basement of the Whiskey Jar in the Northern Quarter – the event is sponsored by Bootlegger White Grain Spirit, its Prohibition association making it a perfect match to the music on offer.

At the bar, there are a selection of free cocktails from Bootlegger on offer to welcome you to the Still. Selecting a Prohibition and a Moonshine Cooler, my partner in crime and I settled down to watch the dancing.

Cocktails in Manchester

It’s a bit of a disappointment to me that I have still yet to learn to dance – and I was very envious as I watched those move on the floor with such neat steps. Sadly I didn’t have enough Bootlegger to yet have a go. One day maybe.

Lindyhop in Manchester

For those of you who do have the fleet feet, the music is perfect to show off your moves – original blues and R&B to make your hips sway and your toes tap – and sometimes just close your eyes, listen to a soulful voice and the soft crackle of the rare Shellac. Heaven. This is music you won’t find anywhere else – both from the collection of both 78DJ themselves and from a special archive from Eastern Bloc Records’.

vintage nights in Manchester

Despite our visit being short, we’ll most definitely be heading back as soon as we can. With this night on offer monthly, we really have no excuse.

I just need to get myself some dancing shoes.