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16 places for Christmas parties in Manchester you might not have considered

5 months ago

Updated for Christmas 2023

It might feel a little early to be thinking about your office party but the big ol’ Christmas clock is ticking louder every week.  Scroll away to find our pick of the best restaurants for Christmas parties in Manchester, plus some of the city’s top events venues for festive celebrations.

With indulgent seasonal menus, sparkling drinks, and a fantastic atmosphere, they’ll all make sure your Christmas do is a hit. No dry turkey or disappointing roast potatoes here – these places keep their standards high even during the busiest time of year.

Need more ideas? Here’s our full list of places for a Christmas party in Manchester.

  • The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Black Friar

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The Black Friar stood empty and unloved for almost 20 years before reopening in summer 2021 after a substantial renovation project. Now a modern British restaurant and a traditional pub, it has two distinct settings with menus to match.

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  • A negroni and passion star martini at Cicchetti
    Book Now Deansgate

    Cicchetti

    Restaurant - Italian

    As the first San Carlo Cicchetti, the Manchester restaurant had a lot to prove on opening in 2011. Over a decade and several awards later, it’s still going strong.

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  • Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Dakota Grill Manchester

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Dakota Grill Manchester is the work of former Malmaison owner, Ken McCollough and it is as dark-hued and handsome as the successful boutique hotel chain. It’s an inviting place with flickering candlelight, very retro-sexy – sure to be the setting for many a first date.

    The focus at Dakota is on steaks which are very good – all grass-fed, 28 day-aged, hand-cut Aberdeenshire beef cooked over hot coals.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Fountain House

    Restaurant - British

    The Fountain House is the newest lodger of the Gothic-arched Memorial Hall sitting one corner of Albert Square, and its modern old-fashioned surrounds and plentiful portions of proper pub grub – mostly British but with a little European inspiration – do the imposing building proud.

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  • Steak at Gaucho
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Gaucho Manchester

    Restaurant - South American

    For many people, Argentinian restaurant Gaucho Manchester is the destination in the city for very good steak paired with very good wine. Housed in a converted Methodist church on Deansgate, with an open kitchen, and the original church organ still in-situ, it’s also known as one of Manchester’s best-looking spaces for dining.

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  • Grand Pacific - one of the most romantic restaurants in Manchester for Valentine's Day.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Grand Pacific

    Restaurant - Pan Asian

    Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour. Not in a big chandeliers, glass and chrome Spinningfields way, but with a decadent blend of colonial Raffles-style grandeur and some of the best of the city’s Victorian architecture.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Gusto Italian Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    Gusto Italian Manchester may be the jewel in ever-expanding chain’s crown, even if the menu is the same everywhere from Heswall to Edinburgh. It’s a very polished affair with a definite Art Deco feel. This is a place that seems designed for good times and the service is slick.

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  • The Laureate restaurant at The Hyatt Regency - a family-friendly place to eat.
    Book Now Manchester

    The Laureate Restaurant

    Restaurant - Global

    So named because of Manchester University’s 25 Nobel laureates, The Laureate Restaurant is a large and luxurious space located on one of the higher floors of Manchester’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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  • Manchester Central is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
    Manchester City Centre

    Manchester Central

    Arts Venues

    It was built in the 19th century as a railway terminus, then in the 1980s and 1990s it became a concert venue hosting many of the big names of the Madchester era. Now Manchester Central is the city’s main convention and events centre, and stages everything from comic cons to the Conservative Party Conference.

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  • Book Now Spinningfields

    Masons

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Nestled in the Grade II Listed former Freemasons Hall, Masons Restaurant and Bar serves retro fine-dining fare in princely surrounds.

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  • One of the dishes served at MUSU in Manchester
    Book Now Spinningfields

    MUSU

    Restaurant - Japanese

    The Japanese word MUSU translates as ‘infinite possibilities’ and while Chef Patron Michael Shaw’s quartet of menus may not be infinite they are certainly unique for Manchester at least. With a combination of Japanese and more locally-sourced ingredients, the guest is invited to choose the way they prefer to dine at MUSU.

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  • Namii Kitchen and Cocktails is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Namii Kitchen & Cocktails

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    It’s got neon, it’s got pastels, it’s got faux foliage, it’s got innovative cocktails and it’s got Pan Asian cuisine with a definite lean Vietnam-wards. It calls itself “authentically modern”, but faithful to the Vietnamese way of life, it recommends ordering food for the table, tapas style.

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  • Book Now Northern Quarter

    The Pen & Pencil

    Restaurant - Global

    Whatever level of hunger you’re anticipating, you’ll not have a rumbling tum for long next time you head on up to the Northern Quarter, with the host of all-day eating options on offer at The Pen & Pencil ranging from light bites to proper sit-down dinners.

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  • Piccolino Caffe Grande is a Confidential Guides recommended Christmas party venue.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Piccolino Caffe Grande Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    With its terrace overlooking Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall, and a beautiful interior featuring a 40-seater private dining room, an open kitchen, and an oyster bar, Piccolino Caffé Grande Manchester is a real destination restaurant. (And, notably, it’s one that doesn’t price people out of the experience.)

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  • Book Now Deansgate

    San Carlo Manchester

    Restaurant - Italian

    San Carlo is Manchester’s most famous and, some say, best Italian restaurant. Run by the Distefano family, it’s said to have one of the largest turnovers in the UK. It’s also the place to be papped and you’ll sometimes see a bank of photographers outside to prove the point.

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  • An events space at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester
    Stretford

    Victoria Warehouse

    Music Venues

    Victoria Warehouse has been a fixture on Manchester’s industrial skyline for almost a century. Once used to store cotton, it’s now a huge events space that plays host to concerts, festivals, weddings, conferences, exhibitions and more.

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