People: Interviews

David Waddington and Pablo Flack

Bistrotheque | Hoi Polloi | CULTUREPLEX

Pablo Flack (left), David Waddington (right)

Bistrotheque founders David and Pablo have recently brought their east London magic to Manchester, creating CULTUREPLEX, a new social and cultural destination with a restaurant, lounge, events spaces, outdoor terraces, cinema and more. With this in mind, we think it might be time for a Manchester trip; we caught up with them to find out some of their favourite Manchester spots.


UJ: Favourite restaurant?

David: There are so many great restaurants in Manchester, it’s impossible to have a favourite.

Pablo: I like Sugo Pasta Kitchen – it has great food and a great front of house team.

UJ: To celebrate…

David: When we’re not at the bar at CULTUREPLEX, we head to Science and Industry – they make killer drinks.

Pablo: I rarely drink.

UJ: To dance?

David: HomoElectric is really fun.

Pablo: Yes, HomoElectric, Meat Free or anything at the White Hotel.

UJ: For a bit of culture…

David: I’d head to the Whitworth Gallery.

Pablo: I’d go to the Manchester Art Gallery, Islington Mill, Contact Theatre, Royal Exchange, HOME and of course CULTUREPLEX.

UJ: For some R&R, head to…

David: The Peak District for a good walk, followed by a pint and a pub lunch in Glossop. Simple stuff.

Pablo: I’d go to The Moors, The Peak District, Glossop. As the notable Manc Thom Heatherington says about Glossop, ‘you’re never more than five minutes away from nature’.

UJ: For fitness…

David: I head to BLOK, or go for a run along the canal towpath.

Pablo: BLOK, our neighbours, obvs.

UJ: For hotels…

David: We like Native. It’s just up the stairs and the beds are super comfy.

Pablo: Yes, Native, upstairs. Loft living and CULTUREPLEX just a lift ride a way.


David: How natural light floods the space during the daytime. I also love the pale blue terracotta counter and walls of the klatch.

Pablo: I love the people that are starting to inhabit it. In Manchester, I love the buildings, the people, the ambition and the potential.

Originally published on
23rd September 2019


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