Staff at popular Canal Street bar Taurus have a novel way of celebrating a double award win - a game of bingo!
The bar won the Lesbian and Gay Foundation Homo Hero venue of the year award and the best night out award from the Manchester Tourism Awards, both of which were voted for by the public.
But instead of a wild night on the town, the staff are happy to draw the curtains and settle down to a nice game of bingo.
Taurus bar manager, Michael Pollard, said: “We’re going to celebrate with the staff next month; we’re going to black the windows out, be naughty and play bingo.”
Mr Pollard, affectionately known as ‘Polly’, said that the bar, nick-named the ‘gay Cheers of the village’, won the awards because it has a low staff turnover, adding that one member has worked there since it opened in 2001.
The LGF Homo Hero awards were announced on Thursday 22 September at the Mint Hotel.
The Taurus team didn’t even know about the Manchester Tourism Awards until they received a phone call from the MEN on Thursday, a day before the award were being held at the Lowry hotel.
Marketing Manchester had asked its social media followers to put together a shortlist of venues. The five venues shortlisted were then put to the public vote online.
Polly said: “We’ve had the most successful 24 hour period in our whole ten year history.
“I think the staff are the real winners of these awards, without them we wouldn’t have won either.”
He also said that the bar would be planning a party to celebrate with its regulars.