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Where to spend New Year’s Eve in Manchester

3 months ago

It’s the ultimate night to go out-out – and you’ve hundreds of choices of bars, restaurants, and clubs if you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in Manchester. Whether you want a high-energy all-night danceathon, a luxury hotel stay with a seven-course tasting menu, or a sophisticated soiree spent clinking champagne glasses, there’s an option for you in our list.

It’s our pick of the best places to see in 2024 in Manchester. Get your tickets or reservations sorted sharpish – these places tend to sell out.

  • Albert Hall, an iconic gig venue in Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Albert Hall

    Music Venues

    The upper floor of this Grade II listed Wesleyan chapel lay empty for 40 years before Mission Mars bought the building in 2012 and opened it up as a music venue. The only question is why didn’t anyone do it sooner?

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  • Bottomless brunch at Almost Famous
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Almost Famous Great Northern

    Restaurant - American

    Almost Famous Manchester Great Northern is a local legend. It’s OTT in every way. It’s brash, bold and doesn’t seem to care about pissing people off. None of that attention-grabbing means a thing if the burgers aren’t worth the hype. But they are. Almost Famous is the original dirty burger guru and it is by far the best.

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  • Band on the Wall - an iconic gig venue in Manchester
    Northern Quarter

    Band on the Wall

    Music Venues

    So called because the performers used to play on a stage situated halfway up the wall, Band on the Wall has been a stalwart of the Manchester music scene for about 200 years.

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  • party time at Banyan Spinningfields Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Banyan | Corn Exchange

    Bars

    Banyan in Manchester’s Corn Exchange has something for everyone and one of the best outdoor drinking and dining spots in the city.

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  • Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers
    Manchester City Centre

    Bundobust Manchester

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to win Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards, thanks to its stellar menu of Indian small plates.

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  • Cosy Club | Corn Exchange

    Bars

    If it’s all-day eating you’re after, all-day eating you’ll get at Cosy Club Manchester, and as you study the menu under the watchful eye of a selection of taxidermy and portrait paintings, you’ll quickly notice that there really is something for everyone here.

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  • Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Dakota Grill Manchester

    Bars

    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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  • Ducie Street Warehouse
    Northern Quarter

    Ducie Street Warehouse

    Bars

    Ducie Street Warehouse is all sorts of things, but one of those things is a restaurant. It’s an all-day affair with everything from classic brunches to late-night cocktails. On the menu you’ll find a good selection of small sharing dishes and large plates – it’s a sociable kind of place. And of course, you’ll also find Ducie Street Warehouse’s signature focaccia flatbreads.

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  • Ancoats

    Erst

    Restaurant - British

    “Yet more small plates in Ancoats?” we hear you cry. Well yes, but trust us, Erst is worth your attention. This is a place for serious foodies so don’t come looking for mac n cheese balls. Plenty of other places can satisfy that filthy craving for you.

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  • Christmas at Freight Island, Manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Freight Island

    Music Venues

    Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find at this regenerated rail depot beyond Piccadilly Station. 

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  • Meal at Fenix, a restaurant in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Fenix Restaurant and Bar

    Bars

    Fenix is a simple, rustic Greek restaurant as re-imagined by World of Interiors. The palette of creams and neutral stones is minimalist and sophisticated. It’s rather pared back considering Fenix is from the team behind Tattu but still a sense of opulence prevails.

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  • Cocktails served at San Carlo Fumo in Manchester city centre
    Book Now Oxford Road

    Fumo

    Bars

    With its terrace overlooking Oxford Road and its much-photographed spiral staircase, Fumo is a favourite spot in Manchester for dinner and drinks with friends.

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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

    Bars

    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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  • One of the fine-dining dishes served at James Martin in Manchester city centre.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    James Martin

    Restaurant - British

    A fine-dining restaurant inside a casino with a celeb chef name above the door? Alarm bells. Yes, James Martin has his name across the massive billboard outside, but this is not an ostentatious venue.

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  • The infinity pool at King Street Townhouse - one of the coolest hotels near Manchester Arena
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    King Street Townhouse

    Hotel

    King Street Townhouse is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It’s well known for its spa facilities – including a very special infinity pool with views of the city from the top floor of the building.

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  • Book Now Northern Quarter

    The Pen & Pencil

    Bars

    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

    Bars

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

    MUSU

    Bars

    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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  • Green Quarter

    New Century

    Bars

    Opened in the summer of 2022 after a hefty refurb which transformed the tired-looking New Century Hall of the mid-twentieth century into a newfangled music and dining destination in Manchester’s trendy NOMA district.

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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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  • Cocktail at Sexy Fish, a restaurant in Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Sexy Fish

    Bars

    Sexy Fish is no mere minnow in the UK dining scene. It’s brought to you by Caprice Holdings, the group behind some of London’s most glam dining spots. Think of it as more of a humongous mermaid – beautiful and ever so slightly improbable.

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  • The Warehouse Project - one of the best places to spend New Year's Eve in Manchester.
    Piccadilly

    The Warehouse Project

    Music Venues

    If you’re into EDM or club culture you’ll know The Warehouse Project as one of Manchester’s biggest nights out. It opened for the first time in 2006 and has returned for its four-month seasonal run every year since.

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  • Colourful veggie and vegan small plates at Indian restaurant, Bundobust Leeds
    Greater Manchester

    Bundobust Brewery

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    A real Northern success story, the second location for Bundobust in Manchester and the fourth in the family of northern-based restaurants (Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Liverpool have come before), the Bundobust Brewery is a welcome addition to Oxford Street at the southern part of the city.

    With a menu that mirrors its sister restaurants, the food is a reliable selection of Indian-style vegetarian small plates. Expect to find crisp okra fries dusted with black salt and mango powder and the iconic vada pav – a deep-fried mashed potato ball in a bun, with red and green chutneys.

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