Whether it’s a networking event, showcase or even a wedding, Manchester’s got loads of great places to host the perfect event and meet-ups on the grandest scale – venues which reflect its status as the capital of the North and its industrial heritage. So why not hire one of these enchanting spaces for your next big event, office party or social gathering and sample some of the city’s famous hospitality for yourself?
If size matters to you, this one is hard to beat. They don’t get much bigger than Victoria Warehouse, one of Manchester’s biggest and most versatile events venues. Built in the 1920s, this former cotton warehouse close to Salford Quays and Old Trafford has been sympathetically and lovingly restored so that it remains a symbol of Manchester’s industrial heritage. The site is made up of The Cotton Sheds events space, which includes six separate rooms and a VIP mezzanine area. The Victoria Warehouse Hotel features The Skyhook (a bistro), spa, 33 hotel rooms and The Bays, a new events space. Victoria Warehouse is a canvas of unlimited potential and can cater for both corporate and creative requirements. Seeing really is believing to appreciate what’s on offer here.
The Bridgewater Hall
Showcasing the world-famous Bridgewater Hall at its best, the Circle Foyer is an unbeatable venue in Manchester city centre. The huge wrap-around glass windows, and modern, fresh interiors make a stunning backdrop to a drinks reception or banqueting event. Whether you are hosting an awards ceremony, corporate celebration, Christmas party or personal event, the Circle Foyer’s extraordinary views across Manchester make it a very special location.
The Sheridan Suite
Sheridan Suite offers a highly flexible space for conferences, exhibitions and business events. They are fully equipped with a top-quality in-house lighting and sound system, plus a loading bay and full disabled access. Whether you are planning a training, networking event, or product launch, Sheridan Suite can be tailored exactly to your theme and offers top quality on-site catering and three fully licensed bars for your guests. Loads of free parking
Emirates Old Trafford
Opened in 2010 the Point is a well-equipped, multi-purpose conference centre. It is a contemporary building which is a colourful contrast to the timeless and traditional Pavilion. Its strong technical specification and spacious nature make it well suited for meetings, conferences, presentations and corporate dinners. The Point can be subdivided into three separate areas. If more space is required, the Point can be hired with the Pavilion which is accessible via a bridge link.
Gorilla is one of Manchester’s favourite industrial chic bar/club spaces situated under the railway arches just off Oxford Road. If you’re looking for a party space with a bit of oomph, Gorilla have got a fantastic selection of function spaces that can be used for a whole host of events, whether it’s a birthday party, business meeting, presentation, music performance or hen do, we can help. Whatever you need they’ll try and accommodate!
Imperial War Museum North
Stunning exhibition space at one of Manchester’s pre-eminent venues. It features the 360° Big Picture Show, which can create a stunning backdrop and digital wallpapers to complement and enhance conferences, seminars, presentations, lectures, product launches, exhibitions, drinks receptions, corporate celebrations and events. It also boasts high ceilings and exceptional artefacts, including a Harrier Jump Jet.
National Football Museum
The museum is dedicated to celebrating English football, but you don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate the Museum’s superb facilities. The Suite, with its incredible views over Manchester, is perfect for drinks receptions, parties, and corporate days, whilst The Hall of Fame’s state of the art technology provides the perfect backdrop for larger gatherings, such as weddings, dinners, and team building events.
A choice of 3 separate event spaces and the main restaurant, all of which are fully customisable and can be tailored to suit your needs. A wedding license means both your ceremony and wedding breakfast can be catered for in-house. They can even provide your own personal bar and bartender to add a touch of comfort and luxury to your party.
Manchester Town Hall
The epitome of grandeur and decadence, adorned with Ford Madox Brown’s murals of Manchester life, this magnificent space is ideal for larger receptions, banquets and evening events. The ceiling of The Great Hall is panelled with the arms of the principal countries, cities and towns with which Manchester traded, making this space an authentic representation of the city’s heritage.
The Deaf Institute
The music hall is perfect for a boutique wedding with a more fun and relaxed atmosphere. They can seat up to 70 guests and hold up to 250 standing for the evening reception. Food and drink options can be catered to your needs to add a personal touch to your special day.
Being located in one of Manchester’s shipping warehouses sure has its advantages, one of which is SPACE – Urban Cookhouse has got loads of it! Perfect for large parties, corporate events, product launches, networking & fashion events. Buffet/canapés/set menus available.
The Milton Club
The Main Bar at The Milton Club is perfect for all occasions and can accommodate up to 250 people for a standing reception. This versatile space lends itself well to product launches, networking events and special celebrations and the sophisticated and chic decor will make a lasting impression on your guests. Drink and canapés packages can be tailored to meet your requirements
Cirque is a speakeasy-inspired champagne bar, a couple of miles from Manchester city centre. Cirque is a unique venue ideal for cocktail parties, stag and hen groups and birthday celebrations. They have an in-house dance troupe who specialise in burlesque and host a weekly Cirque du Burlesque night, so why not use them to add an extra dimension to your event? They can host product launches and fashion shows –there’s a perfect runway space in the Vintage lounge – and private events ranging from corporate parties to celebrations with friends.
Boasting the UK’s longest real snow indoor ski slope, 1,632 tonnes of snow, 12m climbing wall, Snowpark, an Alpine street with a diverse range of restaurants, bars and shops, as well as numerous well-equipped meeting rooms, Chill Factore is an amazing location for a unique birthday party, fun day out, conference, team-building day or corporate event.
The Lawn Club
The Lawn Club mixes comfort with glamour to provide the ultimate setting for birthday parties, corporate parties, and other celebrations. This is Manchester’s cosiest cabin, with roaring fires, comfortable lounging furniture, seasonal cocktails and fantastic food.
DoubleTree by Hilton
This comfortable and convenient Manchester hotel in the heart of Manchester city centre is close to all local attractions, and is an ideal choice for business and leisure alike. Handy for out of town guests as it’s opposite Piccadilly Station to which it is connected via a bridge.
An early 19th century cottage transformed into a bar, club and lounge nestled beside the Rochdale and Pennine Canal. Lock 91 has 3 floors, each with its own charming charisma and personality. Just seconds away from Deansgate station, Lock 91 is a superb location for birthday parties, engagement parties, corporate events and even wedding receptions.
Hope Mill Ancoats isn’t just Manchester’s newest theatre. This stunning Grade II listed industrial mill close to New Islington metro stop is also the perfect venue for your special day whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, art exhibition or private party. They can offer a totally blank canvas to create your own bespoke wedding or event that is personal to you. There really are no limits to what this space can bring to your special event. Free parking on site.
A 1950s styled tiki dive bar with bags of personality and tropical charm. This cool basement venue has two separate bars, so there’s plenty of room for private hire and booths can be reserved for smaller celebrations. But what really makes Hula is the bartenders. Fun, flirty and purveyors of flaming cocktails, they like a party as much as the customers and make Hula one of the best nights in Manchester. There is a total capacity of 200, and power points and a full sound system are available.
Great John Street Hotel
Originally a Victorian school house, Great John Street is a luxury townhouse hotel with a variety of thoughtfully decorated meeting and function rooms, chic bedrooms, stylish dining areas and charming terrace gardens. Close to some of Manchester’s most prestigious shopping areas, restaurants and theatres and can be hired exclusively for large or more intimate parties, wedding receptions and corporate events.
King Street Townhouse
Up to 150 people
Beautiful new boutique hotel with a variety of spaces for hire, including their mezzanine lounge and south terrace. The mezzanine creates a cosy home from home feel with deep comfy sofas, armchairs and a fireplace display. The balcony overlooks the Tavern below, a secluded view with a buzz of an atmosphere at lunch and dinner times. The mezzanine lounge is available for private hire, providing the perfect setting for small private dining groups and drink receptions. The heated south-facing terrace with overhead canopy and two-way facing fire has spectacular views of the spires and clock tower of the Town Hall. Inside the south terrace lounge is a large versatile space with solid wooden flooring, informal furnishings and a bespoke wooden bar. Available for private hire from meetings to weddings.
The Whiskey Jar
The Still: a rustically restored basement space with a private bar, relaxed seating and a built in sound system with dj setup. Ready to walk into for birthdays, gatherings, receptions, music events or conferences. They will sort out all your catering if needed and specialise in amazing cocktails which can be ready on arrival.
Fresh from a refurbishment, Walrus boasts an impressive mix of copper and wood décor with a laid back atmosphere and comfortable, luxury booths. You can enjoy drinks, and casual dining including pizzas and sliders for lunch and if you need more space there’s a further seating area and dance floor in the basement! Facilities include a full sound system, power points, DJ equipment and a staging area.
How about holding your meeting in the fun, retro surroundings of Infamous Diner? A 1950’s inspired NQ all-American diner opposite the Arndale Centre. As well as a menu bursting at the seams with tasty USA breakfasts, burgers, shakes and of course coffee, it’s equipped with power points, a full sound system, and a licensed television.
Beautifully decorated, Rosylee provides a stunning backdrop to host business meetings and corporate parties alike. The menu offers a stylish twist on a traditional British menu, making the food as impressive as the venue. The restaurant is equipped with power points and a sound system, and for warmer days the terrace is the best suntrap in the Northern Quarter and can seat up to 100 people.
If you want to add some style to a slick talking business meeting, The Fitzgerald is sure to do just that. The 1920’s speakeasy-styled bar is equipped with a projector and wall-mounted screen allowing you to add flair to presentations, business meetings and training days. The quirky interior also lends itself to more unusual events. 1920s Gatsby parties, murder mystery nights and live music events can all be catered for in this versatile space.
All Star Lanes
Perfect for a whole day/evening of entertainment for your clients or office party, they can organise bowling tournaments, a cocktail reception, canapés, drinks, karaoke and music for the duration as well as prizes for your winning (and/or losing) teams! They also offer spaces for meetings, company away days or large presentations. A private room also offers all you need for that special event.
Tusk’s tribal interior is warm and welcoming, and a great space for meetings and more intimate events. But if you do need something bigger, the doors can be pushed open into Walrus, allowing space for up to 320 people. Cocktail masterclasses, private parties and networking events also prove incredibly popular in this versatile space.
Hula West Didsbury
Hula West Didsbury offers a buzzing atmosphere for anyone looking for an escape from the humdrum of suburban life. This fun-filled, tiki paradise offers exclusive hire midweek as well as private areas and booths for smaller parties. With one of the only late night licenses in the area, you can carry on your party until late. The bar has a full sound system and a total capacity of 60, which makes it perfect for more intimate parties or cocktail masterclasses.