Behind its unspectacular metal doors, Fab Café is a magnificent basement filled with retro TV and film merchandise, collectors’ items, arcade games, retro sweets and a well-stocked bar.
From its full-sized Dalek to its replica Tardis and local ex-soap actress DJ with a penchant for 90s mix tape soundtracks, Fab Café delivers a nostalgic and reliably fun night out.
The menu is a good option for filling comfort food and Fab prides itself in serving the kind of TV dinners you would find balanced on children’s’ knees after school twenty years ago. Treat yourself to a fish finger sandwich, potato waffles with beans or cheese on toast with a layer of tinned ravioli.
During my 13 years in Manchester, Fab Café has been the scene of too many bizarre memories to count – from being greeted by a band dressed as horses to ending the night chatting to a seven-foot statue of a sea monster.
My favourite thing about Fab Café is that pretension is left at the door – this place is all about the fun rather than the frills. Wallflowers will be tempted to cut some rug after a beer or two by Fab’s infamously great music, with indie and rock classics from the likes of Pixies, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Smiths bringing guilty pleasures out of your bedroom and onto the dance floor.
Newcomers to Manchester should certainly spend an evening here, where a night of fun and bad dancing is more likely to gain you friends than disapproving looks.