Our pick of the best last-minute Manchester Christmas party ideas


Attending an office Christmas is inevitable. And getting drinks on the company dime is always great. Watching your boss stumble through Last Christmas on a makeshift karaoke machine is priceless and stuffing your face with festive grub always makes for a good time. But we’ve all been to some awful Christmas get-togethers. Boring buffets. Cheap wine. Three-course meals with service slower than The Mancunian Way during rush hour.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

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.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini is one of the latest cocktail bars to launch in the city – just in time for Christmas. It offers an array of features to make it the perfect party location – glamorous interiors, beautiful banquettes, late night party DJs and plenty of food and drink. And forget generic bar snacks. This place is set to impress with Christmas food platters as well as set menus and brilliant ‘bowl food’ bringing together bites such as cranberry and brie wontons, beef and cheese with Bloody Mary ketchup. There’s plenty for vegetarians too. Fabulous Christmas cocktails will be available from 20th November. The venue has a capacity of 400 with VIP areas able to cater for up to 120 people.

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Sam’s Chop House

Sam’s Chop House

If you’re looking to book a Christmas Party that’s slightly less formal, why not book your Christmas party at Sam’s Chop House in the raised bar area which will be sectioned off and act as your own private party area. Tuck into a festive buffet and a Chop House Christmas classic dessert. You can view the full Christmas menu and prices here.

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Victoria Warehouse

Whatever your party size, there’s event space at Victoria Warehouse to suit your private night of indulgence and festivities. Packages let 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. The venue also hosts shared spectaculars for smaller groups so you and your guests can enjoy a mixed group atmosphere, a truly unique and glamorous affair where any hassle is taken out of the equation. To find out more email [email protected]

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Mr Thomas’s Chop House

This year, Mr Thomas’s would like to invite you to join them to celebrate the festive season in style. As the city comes to life with the German markets, what better way to celebrate your Christmas lunches and dinners than in the midst of it all, close to St Ann’s Square. The Christmas party menu here has been specially created to combine the best of British cuisine including all the traditional Christmas delights. Click here to book in. Rumour has it that mulled gin is now being served at this cosy 150 year old Manchester pub, along with Grandad’s sausages. If cider can be mulled, then why can’t gin join the party too?

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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 near the town hall with a function suite bookable for your event. Party planners get treated 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.

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Mr Cooper’s Christmas

Whether you’re looking to lunch with colleagues, have drinks with friends or dine with family, with its multitude of different settings under one roof, Mr Cooper’s is the perfect place for your Christmas get together. The festive menu has been carefully created to offer only the best seasonal flavours. Dishes include turkey breast with apricot and sage stuffing, dripping potatoes, root vegetable mash and red currant sauce, and chocolate, salted caramel slice with crème fraîche. Mr Cooper’s festive menu is available Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner from 30th November to 24th December 2017. Prices start from just £22 for two courses. Click here for more. Book now by telephone on 0161 235 4781 or email [email protected]

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The Corn Exchange Christmas

Now is the perfect time of year for you to plan your Christmas Party. Whether it’s a private event or an office party, the Corn Exchange is the perfect location. With a variety of restaurants to suit everybody’s taste, the Corn Exchange’s spacious atrium will be decorated and looking suitably festive for your Christmas Party in Manchester. Book in now. You won’t be disappointed.

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Nowhere parties like Malmaison. These guys are famous for it and their Christmas parties turn things up a notch. It all begins sensibly enough, with arrival drinks and pleasantries. Then, the wine starts flowing as you enjoy Malmaison’s Celebrations Menu, bubbles and party favours, and, before you know it, the DJ is playing your favourite tune and your legs are doing funny things on the dance floor. Click here to book in.

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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 and funk band. Both parties include a full three course Christmas meal.

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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.

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With the winter months comes the extra longing for fresh, comforting handmade food. These guys have comfort food down to a tee; fresh pasta that is made in the restaurant each morning and cooked exactly how you like it (maybe add a little chili for some heat or extra cheese for that gooey deliciousness) plus freshly baked, hot pizza that will keep you full for the whole day. Did you know that you can book your table for a party of 10 or more? There’s also a snazzy private bar area that seats up to 40 guests. Email [email protected] for more info or click here.

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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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 [email protected] in advance.

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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 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.

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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.

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The Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Create your own bespoke, private Christmas party for up to 550 people or, for smaller groups of 20 or under, choose from plenty of options. Festive Party Nights are the perfect mix of good food, wine, company and entertainment. Enjoy a three-course meal with freshly brewed coffee and mince pies, followed by an interactive DJ until 1am. Disco Party Nights are the ideal choice if you fancy a night filled with indulgent food,music and dancing this festive season. From 7pm enjoy a sparkling drinks reception followed by a three course meal and an interactive DJ. On Friday 22nd December, Key 103 DJ Mike Toolan is performing an extra special set at the event for one night only. For a more traditional option, choose one of the Podium Party Nights, a fun and relaxed evening centred around delicious food and drink. Come as you are, dressed up, or in your favourite Christmas knitwear, and enjoy a three course meal containing a choice of sirloin steak, lobster thermidor or a delicious mushroom ravioli.

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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.

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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.

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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 be sure to check out the Bolli Bar brimming with brilliant drinks and glamour.

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Casino Christmas 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 blackjack or roulette or simply dance the night away. A full casino package starts from £75 per person based on minimum 40 guests (includes arrival drink, three course meal, casino hire and reduced room hire for limited dates).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

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.

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Celebrate Christmas right in the heart 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. And there’s something for all the family, as the ever-popular ‘breakfast with Santa’ is back on 23 and 24 December too.

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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.

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Manchester 235

For a truly grown-up occasion, have your Christmas party at 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!

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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.

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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.

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James Martin Restaurant

One of Manchester’s top restaurants, 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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