We’ve all been to some awful Xmas get-togethers in our time. Boring buffets. Cheap wine. Three-course meals with service slower than The Mancunian Way during rush hour.

So we’ve put together a selection of cracking places and offers, from drinking dens and bar space to full-on three course meals, to help you with your search. Places that are sure to impress, whether you’re booking a workplace get-together, somewhere for a family meal, an intimate dinner or a proper knees-up.

Victoria Warehouse

Whatever your part size, take any event space at Victoria Warehouse for your private night of indulgence and festivities. Packages allow you to take an individual approach; choose canapés, a buffet menu or a more formal sit down meal to meet your requirements.  Add your own mix of entertainment and you’ll end up with the ultimate Manchester Christmas party. Alternatively, the venue hosts shared spectaculars or smaller groups – offering for you and your guests to join in with a mixed group atmosphere, a truly unique and glamorous affair where any hassle is taken out of the equation. To find out more, email christmas@victoriawarehouse.com

Great John Street Hotel

Enjoy your Christmas party in an elegant building in central Manchester steeped in history. The Great John Street Hotel is sure to impress, and you can pick from two shared Christmas party themes from as little as £25 + VAT per person. With Masquerade, you get to be part of a beautiful masked ball. If you prefer to roll with the beats, Motown comes complete with a live soul & funk band. Both parties include a full three course Christmas meal.

The Albert Square Chop House

Enjoy a Christmas get-together in a truly iconic Manchester location – the Albert Square Chop House, a place of Victorian splendour at the centre of the city, overlooking the town hall. It’s sure to be full of festive warmth, with a Christmas Restaurant Party Menu, with a function suite bookable for your event. Party planners get treated too, with a sliding scale of rewards depending on the size of the group, from a free bottle of wine to a complimentary meal in January. Christmas day options are also available.

Grafene

This innovative British restaurant close to King Street will serve you festive food like you’ve never tasted before. Enjoy the Christmas menu at £34 for two courses and £39 for three, including the likes of smoked ham loin, proper bronze turkey with a special sourdough bread sauce and iced Christmas pudding parfait. They serve a separate menu on Christmas day too. Fine dining meets festive season.

Macdonald Manchester

 

This year the guys at Macdonald will be throwing some of the most fabulous Christmas parties in Manchester, sparkling with festive cheer and providing a great festive night to remember. With a range of exciting options to suit your requirements as well as your budget, you’re sure to find a Christmas package to light up your festive season. From party nights to Manchester Christmas Markets and luxurious overnight stay deals, Macdonald Manchester is a great Christmas option. To book in, click here.

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel

Dine in an elegant elevated restaurant overlooking the River Irwell at the River Restaurant inside the five-star Lowry Hotel.  Christmas menus for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are available every day throughout December. Prices start from £25 per person for lunch or £29.50 per person for dinner and include festive crackers and novelties on the table. Book before 1st November 2017 for a Monday or Tuesday throughout December 2017 and receive 25% off your final bill for a maximum of 8 people. For all bookings of 10 or more booked before 31st August 2017, the organiser will receive a voucher for a meal for two from the Chef’s Choice Menu throughout January.

Don Giovanni

Celebrate the festive season Italian style with Don Giovanni – Manchester’s oldest independently owned Italian restaurant. They are pulling out all the stops with 3 course Christmas party menus starting at £32.95 per person, rare vintage boutique wines, Michelin star dishes from celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli – and they are even open on Christmas day with a special menu. Parties here are sure to be well catered for. Not only do they have a private dining room for up to 50 people and a show-stopping cocktail menu, but party planners get rewarded too. There’s a £25 gift voucher for the organiser of every party over 8 people and a £50 gift voucher for the organiser of every party over 12 people.

The Laundrette

This welcoming bar and kitchen serves up first-class indulgence on First Street – and they’ve put together a lush menu and a great selection of really naughty treats. The Laundrette is also brilliant value, with festive lunch available at 2 courses for £18 and 3 for £22. Festive dinner will also be served at £25 per person, and there are plenty of drinks options to enjoy well into the evening. Book your Christmas party on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in December and they’ll give you a £50 voucher to use at any time in February and March.  Capable of catering for up to 200 people, this place is sure to have you sorted.

Bierkeller

Celebrate Christmas in a great big Bavarian-style beer hall beneath The Printworks – which is actually three fantastic bars in one venue. The Bierkeller entertainment complex comprises the Bierkeller itself, the travel-themed Around The World Bar and Shooters Bar, famous for its shorts, shots and top sports coverage. They are pulling out all the stops for your Christmas parties with a package to suit you. At the Bierkeller, Christmas packages include the opportunity to have a hog roast, help-yourself hotdogs and even an oompah band. At Around The World Bar, there’s alcohol served by the suitcase, whilst at Shooters there’s brilliant bite-size food you can enjoy while you watch the game.

The Milton Club

Exclusive hire and sharer parties are available at this stylish bar on Deansgate – The Milton Club is one of the most glamorous venues in town with gorgeous interiors and Christmas cocktails a-plenty. Make the most of the Early Bird booking deals – a complimentary prosecco reception when you book a booth, and free venue hire and complimentary prosecco for 100 guests if you book the whole venue. Simply quote XMAS DEAL for it to apply.

Dive NQ

Enjoy a Christmas party in this massive underground bar beneath the Northern Quarter. Dive Bar can cater for groups from as few as five people all the way up to 600 – so get inviting. They offer a range of options to suit your party requirements including a unique Dive bite buffet, exclusive hire if needed, sharer parties, Christmas-themed cocktails and two special games – beer pong and prosecco pong! The venue is available for exclusive hire from Sunday – Wednesday with sections available to book 7 days a week. Even better, the first 5 bookings will receive free venue hire and/or round of beer pong with beer included – and there are freebies when booking for big groups too. Quote DIVE XMAS DEAL when booking to benefit from brilliant offers.

Thaikhun

Give your Christmas party celebrations a Thai twist at this vibrant Spinningfields restaurant. The bright and bustling interior of Thaikhun adds to the atmosphere of festive fun, along with food that pops with flavour. Forget monotonous Xmas meals, Thaikhun brings a buzz to its Christmas menu and is great value at £19.95 for three courses. So for less than twenty quid you can enjoy authentic Thai dining and if you book before 31st October you will receive a £50 voucher to spend in January too. Awesome.

Asha’s

The award-winning Indian restaurant Asha’s on Peter Street is a stylish venue for your festive celebration, serving food renowned for its authenticity. And they are utting on a Christmas party showcase so you can try it out for yourself. On Wednesday 20 September from 6pm they will be serving complimentary Christmas fizz and tasters from their festive menu. There’s also a 10% discount on Early Bird bookings that evening and an opportunity to meet the team behind the fabulous food. And be sure to check out the Bolli Bar brimming with brilliant drinks and glamour.

King Street Casino Dinner

Book the unique First Floor Small and Large Hub complete with its own private bar, dark wood parquet flooring, panelled walls and mood lighting to enjoy a festive party experience in a sophisticated setting. After dinner, head into the gambling den and try your luck on black jack or roulette or simply dance the night away. Full casino package from £75 per person based on minimum 40 guests (includes arrival drink, three course meal, casino hire and reduced room hire for limited dates.

Artisan

This Spinningfields restaurant in a 12,000 square foot semi-industrial space with a massive 20ft bar combines the best of Manchester’s heritage with innovative cooking. Expect traditional flavours elevated with flair at Artisan. The Christmas party menus will be served throughout December with lunch available throughout the week at £24.95, and dinner available Sunday to Wednesday at £29.95. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it’s £34.95 and comes with added Xmas sparkle, so prepare to be surprised.

George’s Dining Room and Bar

Have a traditional Christmas meal to remember at George’s Dining Room and Bar in Worsley. If proper food with all the trimmings and desserts to indulge in are your thing, then this is your place.  Here you will get home comfort combined with restaurant sophistication, with no stress at all. Whether you want an intimate meal for two or are looking to feed a big party, George’s will have you sorted. They offer 2 and 3 course party menus at £18.95 for a 3-course lunch and £24.95 for 3-course dinner. Brilliant value for beautiful food. They also take Christmas Day bookings and there’s a range of entertainment throughout the festive season, including live singers and DJs, Xmas Eve dining and a Boxing Day Happy Hour which lasts all day.

Breakout

Fed up with the same old sitdown meal? Breakout is the ultimate escape room challenge, a popular team building activity and big enough for 65 participants an hour.  There’s sure to be lots of laughs and some great memories if you pick this as your workplace party activity. Gift vouchers are also available – it makes an ideal present for those hard-to-buy-for people.

Zouk

Enjoy award-winning Indian and Pakistani cuisine in this contemporary restaurant over the Christmas period. Zouk’s famous lunchtime Christmas Tiffin is full of festive treats and is returning for the month of December by popular demand from 12pm-4pm. Even better, an updated Christmas version (£10.95) is available including Samosa Chaat, Butter Chicken and Lamb Laziz for meat eaters, and Palak Tikka, Tarka Dal and Milli Juli Sabzi for vegetarians. If you’re looking for a party try Zouk’s Christmas Party Banquet, with menus stating at £18 per head. Drinks packages are also available, like fizz for your evening with a prosecco reception at just £4.50 per person and plenty more options too. Zouk is also known for its gift vouchers – so you can give the gift of great food.

Walkabout

Celebrate Christmas right at the centre of the city with top tunes, great drinks deals and plenty of fun at Printworks party-place Walkabout. This Oz-themed bar is buzzing in the run-up to Christmas, with retro games and quizzes galore. Christmas packages include food and booze options with a three-course meal just £14.95 and drinks packages including spirit sharers and beer by the bucket. Buy five and you get the sixth free! And if you book before the end of September,  they’ll throw in some free prosecco. Brill.

Wood

Simon Wood

Treat yourself to a Christmas meal cooked in the First Street restaurant of Masterchef champion Simon Wood. Christmas lunch and dinner menus are available, with lunch £25 for three courses and dinner £30 for three courses.

The Alchemist NYS

Enjoy a Christmas meal inside the bar and kitchen known for its innovation and flair – The Alchemist on New York Street. It’s sure to impress. The Christmas menu is £28 a head for three fabulous courses, including beautiful bang bang tiger prawns, fresh turkey roulade, sirloin steak and desserts to-die-for. It’s not just a cocktail bar but be sure to sample a signature drink – or several. Book for 10 or more Sunday to Wednesday and confirm before the 31st October to receive a £50 gift card to use in the New Year or a welcome punch for your party. Of the alcoholic variety, of course.

Chaophraya

This elegant restaurant on Chapel Walks promises classic and contemporary dishes inspired by the tastes of Thailand with menus starting at £30 per person. Guests are sure to be impressed with the seasonal banquet menu, opulent decor and friendly Thai hospitality. Party planners are in for a treat too, as if you are the person responsible for making a festive group booking before Saturday 30th September, you’ll receive a £50 voucher which can be redeemed throughout January 2018.

Street on 1st

This contemporary restaurant in the luxurious Innside Hotel on First Street has a real cosmopolitan feel and festive menus start at £30. From finger buffets to fabulous sit-down meals, there’s an option to suit you. Follow their hashtag #festivefillers on social media and you’ll be sure to find a treat.

Hard Rock Café

Have the coolest Christmas celebrations ever at one of the city’s most iconic eateries. The Christmas party nights are ideal as a workplace treat. Dining options include a festive menu of 3 courses, complete with a welcome glass of prosecco for £26.95 per person, followed by a live acoustic set. If you book before 31st October you can enjoy three courses for just £21.95. And there’s something for all the family, as the ever-popular ‘breakfast with Santa’ fun is back on 23 and 24 December too.

Tiger Tiger

Tiger Tiger brings you a Christmas party experience in the Printworks guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. From light-up dance floors to opulent party areas, there’s something for groups of all sizes. Enjoy a relaxed Christmas dinner, night out with friends or your own private event in one of the most popular party venues in Manchester, as well as a variety of live entertainment and themed party packages. Reserve space and choose from a range of exciting dining and buffet options. It’s a Christmas experience like no other and for every enquiry through this preview, Tiger Tiger will offer a complementary prosecco reception.

Junkyard Golf

Time to get your Christmas balls out with brilliant games, bars and beats. Looking to par-tee with your colleagues Junkyard style?  This big entertainment, drinking and dining destination on First Street has a variety of golf puttin’ packages available from November to late December – including games of their American-inspired golf with great food and drink added in. Ideal for high-adrenaline fun. And if you fancy exclusive course hire and zero queues to get your bookings, be sure to email bookingsmcr@junkyardgolfclub.co.uk in advance.

Manchester 235

For a truly grown-up occasion, have your Christmas party in one of the city’s most luxurious casinos. There will be Christmas Sharer parties every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the private events suite from the 30th November – ideal for a big workplace get-together. Packages start at £40 per person and include an arrival glass of bubbly, learn-to-play sessions on blackjack or roulette, a three-course meal, free bet, live party band and DJ. What a line-up!

The Refinery

Fill yourself with festive cheer in the splendour of The Refinery bar and restaurant in Spinningfields. It’s an ideal place to relax this Christmas with a range of festive menus which will have you sorted at every stage of the day, from Merry Morning at £18.95 per person, Seasonal Feast at £32 – plus many more packages available for the biggest appetites. They’ll be hosting their first Christmas Showcase on Wednesday 27th September from 6pm – 7.30pm. A reservations team will be on hand to discuss and plan all your party requirements.

Favelas

Party at Favelas this festive season. This bar and cantina in the Northern Quarter creatively combines Manchester’s industrial heritage with South American influences, an eclectic menu and plenty of music too. Their cocktails and rum selection is sure to have your celebrations off to a good start.

James Martin Restaurant

One of Manchester’s top restaurants and named in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants 2015 , James Martin Manchester serves stylish, modern British food, combining classic favourites with exciting new dishes. A festive menu will be available from 1-23 December, featuring plenty of classic favourites cooked with flair. On Monday to Thursday it is £30 for 2 courses and £35 for 3 courses, Friday to Saturday £40 for 2 courses, £45 for 3 courses.

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