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

Things to Do This Weekend in London

Gin Bop
Friday 19th September. £10.

If you’re into your gin as much as we are, the capital is the place to be this weekend. Greenwich’s Rivington is once again hosting the annual Gin Bop, a night filled with expertly-mixed gin cocktails, delicious food and live music.

This year, the line-up includes the likes of Plymouth, Hendrick’s, Sipsmith, and Whitley Neill, all of whom will be on bar duty with the tonic provided by Fever-Tree. Who else!? Guests will be able to feast on tasty snacks from the Rivington kitchen, try their luck with the tombola, “Gin Bottle” hoopla and listen to live music from Pocket Cat Jazz.

Location: Rivington Grill, 178 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN. Nearest Station: Greenwich.

Jim Beam Joes Kitchen

Jim Beam at Joe’s Southern Table & Bar
All week and beyond

Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar have a special Jim Beam inspired menu on the go for a limited time. This includes a number of Kentucky flavoured favourites such as a delicious BBQ Beef Burger with a Jim Beam Red Stag glaze, pulled pork BBQ buns with a Jim Beam Apple based sauce and, our personal favourite, Tabasco and Jim Beam Honey wings.

Each of these fine booze based dishes comes with a recommended cocktail featuring, you guessed it, the relevant Jim Beam beverage. A Jim Beam Apple Sours for your pulled pork; a hard Jim Beam Honey based milk punch cocktail; a Red Stag based old fashioned finishes the trio off. This limited menu joins a regular line-up including Wingsday Wednesday and half price fried chicken for Friday lunches. We love the regular menu and the new and limited additions are a must try.

Location: Covent Garden and Kentish Town. Website for more info.

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Mind Sports Olympiad
Sunday 21st – Monday 29th August. £10-15.

If the Olympics have got you on the hunt for Gold but you can’t wait for Tokyo in 4 years, there is another way which involves far less sweat. The international Mind Sports Olympiad begins this weekend with over 60 different board game competitions spanning over the next week.

For us geeks, games such as Chess and Scrabble are the big hitters but there’s also an amateur poker world championship, a general knowledge quiz, and even a Tetris tournament. Anyone can enter, you’ll just need to make sure you register in advance.

Location: JW3, Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET. Nearest Tube: Finchley Road.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Lunch from Peel & Stone
Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, Sat 10am-2pm.

For those on the lookout for a place to grab some lunch in Birmingham, look no further than the awesome Peel & Stone. Their main bakery is located under a railway arch off Water Street in the Jewellery Quarter, but for lunch head to their Harbone cellar.

The menu at Peel & Stone Harbone changes daily so maybe check before you go, but alongside their plethora of freshly baked breads and cakes, there’s a good choice of delicious sandwiches and usually a meat special along the lines of Lamb Kofta or Chilli Brisket. We can’t recommend this gem enough!

Location: 374 Harborne High Street, B17 9PY.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Drink at 17 Below
Friday and Saturday 5pm-1am.

While the pizza at Manchester’s Dogs ’n’ Dough is incredibly good after a couple of jars, not many people know about the hidden basement bar which is located beneath it. 17 Below is all about the 80s and as such is filled to the brim with retro gaming. Yes, we’re talking Pac-Man and Tetris arcades.

Along with the arcades, there’s also some pink American pool tables, classic leather booth seating, and the booze isn’t too shabby either. There’s around 25 whiskies to choose spanning the globe, and there’s also some unique cocktails and Norwegian ales on tap if that’s your thing.

Location: 17 Bow Lane, M2 4FW.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Northampton

Atomic Vintage Festival
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August. £42.

If you’re into your vintage cars – as we know many of you are – there’s no better place to be this weekend than Northampton’s Atomic Vintage Festival. The 1950s car, music and fashion festival welcomes all pre-1963 cars and will feature BRISCA historic stock cars, as well as free rides in some of the best.

There’ll also be a traditional flag-start drag race and even a drive-in movie theatre. As well as all the motoring, there’s also a huge international line-up of over 20 top-quality bands, fairground rides and a huge vintage/retro market.

Location: Sywell Aerodrome, NN6 0BN.

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