Last updated on August 18th, 2016 at 09:18 pm

Things to Do This Weekend

Every week we’ll be giving Joes the best things to do this weekend no matter where you are in the country. Whether it’s the best new bars, clubs, restaurants, films or events, we’ve got you covered!

Things to Do This Weekend in London

London Craft Beer Festival
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th August. £38.50.

If you’re a regular reader of Average Joes, you’ll know how much we love London microbreweries, and one of the best days on our calendar is undoubtedly the London Craft Beer Festival. Pulling together some of the best beers from around the capital – as well as further afield – the Festival returns this weekend to the Oval Space for its fourth edition.

The line-up this year includes London big hitters such as The Kernel, Beavertown, and Brewdog, as well as international stars such as Sierra Nevada and Stone & Wood. While the festival is certainly not cheap, the price does include unlimited refills on everything. Booking is recommended.

Location: Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT. Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green.

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Flamingo Pier
Saturday 13th August. £10.

One of the most fun pop-up parties of 2015, Flamingo Pier is back for this summer for Joes and Janes who like their cocktails flowing and their beats pumping to a tropical backdrop. The party takes place at Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick, and just like last year DJs will be spinning plenty of deep disco and hip house tracks.

As well as top music, street food, bespoke cocktails and craft beer from Crate Brewery will all be making an appearance. But you should probably be warned that Mick’s Garage isn’t the biggest of venues, so we’d recommend getting down as early as possible.

Location: Mick’s Garage, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN. Nearest Overground: Hackney Wick.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Deaf Institute’s 8th Birthday Party
Friday 12th August. £15.

This Friday marks the 8th birthday of one of Manchester’s most loved venues in The Deaf Institute. It’s gained a reputation of being one of the country’s best small music venues, and to celebrate the occasion they’re putting on a night of gigs and clubbing.

Bands who’ll be playing on the evening include Manchester’s very own Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles, as well as DNCN, Marc Riley and Doodle, among others. The club night after should be just as good as will only cost you £5 after midnight.

Location: Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

Eat at Sticks & Broth
Open Daily, Midday-10.30pm.

Finding a good bowl of ramen outside Wagamamas can be a tricky business in the UK, but one of the best we’ve had was at Bristol’s Sticks & Broth. The menu includes classic Japanese dishes with a modern fusion twist, with their 24-hour tonkotsu (pork bone) broth providing the base for the majority of their bowls.

We’d recommend you head down between midday and 4pm, where the Tokyo Express menu will only set you back £6.50. That’ll get you a ramen with tender brisket or a donburi (rice bowl). We honestly don’t think you’ll find better value for money all summer!

Location: Bridge House, 48-52 Baldwin Street, BS1 1QQ.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Drink at The Post Office Vaults
Open Daily, 11am-11pm.

For Joes who like to drink a real British boozer with no frills, look no further than Brum’s The Post Office Vaults. The compact cellar bar has a range of 8 perfectly kept real ales, with ever changing guest beers from micro-breweries around the country.

The Vaults are also, however, renowned for their mammoth range of foreign bottled beers which currently stands at just under 400, which means they have by far the largest range in Birmingham and one of the largest in the country.

Location: 84 New Street, B2 4BA.

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