It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s not even December yet. That means another three weeks of Christmas ads on the telly, worrying about what present to get your next door neighbour and eating so many mince pies you won’t be able to look at another one by the time the big day comes around.
Love it or hate it, the works do is an important part of the festive season. It’s the perfect opportunity to get up to all kinds of mischief and indulge in the kind of behaviour you will no doubt regret the following day without having to worry about getting sacked because you’ve got the perfect excuse – it was the office Christmas party.
If you – or your boss – haven’t booked your works do yet, it’s probably about time you at least started thinking about it. Whether it’s Christmas lunch, dinner or a proper bash, here are some places to consider…
Rosylee & The Fitzgerald
Rosylee will make sure you get that warm, fuzzy, nostalgic Christmas feeling as you tuck into their locally sourced, best of British food and drink, from roast turkey with all the trimmings to hot mulled wine and festive cocktails. Then head upstairs to The Fitzgerald to party the night away. Hold a private party at The Fitz in December and they’ll revive the hedonistic antics of the 1920s for you! Enjoy delicious cocktails served in cut glassware, along with DJs, dancing and a silent cinema. They’re even throwing in a welcome cocktail on arrival. From £24.95 per person.For bookings of 20 people or less, or for more information, please email [email protected]. For bookings of 20+ people please email [email protected]
11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB
Great John Street Hotel
Eclectic Hotels have an assortment of Christmas packages where you can eat ’til you pop and dance ‘til you drop, including themed shared parties at Great John Street. Shake out your tassles, unfurl those feathers and step back to the glamorous age of bootlegging and speakeasies with The Vintage Years or relive the ultimate party decades of the 70s, 80s and 90s with The Retro Years. Themed parties take place throughout December. Prices include arrival drink, three course festive meal and entertainment till midnight. Last orders 1.30am. From £30.00 per person. To book call 0161 831 3211 or email [email protected]
Great John St, Manchester M3 4FD
Whether you’re looking for an elegant Christmas dinner or an all-singing all-dancing party, Manchester235 has some fun festive options for you to choose from. From only £46 per person you can enjoy a Bavarian-themed party in a private events suite. These party nights include an arrival cocktail, three course meal, learn to play lessons and live music entertainment from a six-piece party band dressed in lederhosen. At James Martin Manchester, the restaurantyou can enjoy a Christmas menu perfect for parties of all sizes from only £30 per person. Book your festive dinner with friends and family or treat yourself after Christmas shopping in town. The restaurant will also be open for lunch on Friday, 18th December. Contact 0161 828 0300 or [email protected]
2 Watson Street, Manchester M3 4LP
Red’s True Barbecue
From succulent pulled pork stuffing balls to oak smoked turkey, Red’s True Barbecue has the perfect Yuletide feast that is a bespoke twist on the traditional Christmas dinner. Red’s Festive Feast includes dishes that are classic to the restaurant with a nod to traditional Christmas favourites. Munch down on sharing platters of Oak Smoked Turkey, Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Pork Stuffing Balls, Cheese and Jalapeno Links in Blankets, Jerk Country Rib, BBQ Chicken Wings and Festive Cornbread. And if that’s not enough to tickle your taste buds, sample sides of Candied Yams, Cauliflower Cheese Grill, BBQ Green Beans and, of course, Skin-on Fries. This feast of meat costs £22 per head, including a £10 per person deposit.
All bookings must be paid over the phone and a £10 deposit per person is required.
To book call: 0161 402 0142 and/or visit truebarbecue.com/manchester
22 Lloyd Street, Albert Square M2 5WA
THE ALBERT SQUARE CHOP HOUSE
Albert Square is never more at the heart of Manchester than during the festive season, with Santa, the Christmas lights and the famous market bustling into life around the statue of Prince Albert. It also has the perfect venue for every type of festive occasion. The Albert Square Chop House occupies three floors of a building in a location with a difference. Offering fine wine, good ales and the best of classic British cooking with a twist. For groups of eight or more. Smaller reservations may choose from the seasonal à la carte menu. £10pp deposit* pp to secure your booking. Book early to secure the date you want. From £39.95 per person.
For more information please download the Christmas brochure from .albertsquarechophouse.com. Call 0161 834 1866 or email [email protected]
14 Albert Square, Manchester M2 5PF
Black Dog Ballroom/Dog Bowl
Fancy buffet and bowling at Dog Bowl? Or a BBQ on the weatherproof roof terrace at Black Dog NWS? Perhaps a private bash in the Ballroom at Black Dog NQ? There are drinks packages, Tex Mex-style Christmas dinners, canapé parties and the option to hire your own exclusive area in each venue – including the whole of XOLO, a new 400-capacity, late night tequila den. Lots of options for all budgets and group sizes. But please remember, Black Dog is for life, not just for Christmas.
Call 0161 233 4033 or email [email protected]
Black Dog Ballroom NQ: Basement Affleck’s, Church St, Manchester M4 1P
Black Dog Ballroom NWS: 11 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP
Dog Bowl: Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW
Avalanche offers an intimate dining room comfortably seating up to 50 guests on the lower level of the main restaurant. Add that special touch to your party with your own personal bar and bartender. Christmas Lunch £24.95 Christmas Dinner £34.95. Call 0161 237 1101 or email [email protected]
2 Booth St, Manchester M2 4AT
Skyball at The Sheridan Suite
The Sheridan Suite is one of the largest event venues in the North West. Just 5 minutes away from Manchester city centre, it can accommodate up to 1,500 guests seated with free onsite parking for 300 cars. This year Sheridan presents Skyball, a James Bond-themed tribute evening. Following on from last year’s huge success as a newcomer to prestige Christmas parties, guests will be treated to all the razzle-dazzle you would expect from the world’s most famous secret agent himself. Arrive like a movie star as you walk down the red carpet to be greeted by Bond girl hostesses for a reception with hand crafted canapés. Enjoy a three course meal whilst enjoying some entertainment, including a soulful singer singing Bond theme songs. After dinner, enjoy a drink, shaken or stirred, from one of the elegant bars before you make your way onto the dance floor where you can show everyone your moves as you dance the night away. From £39.00 per person. To book call 0161 203 5444 or go to www.sheridansuite.co.uk
371 Oldham Road, Manchester M40 8RR
No.1 Watson Street
There is no better place for the ultimate after work chill out and wind down. With a collection of over 60 beers, an amazing wine and cocktail list plus a delicious pizza menu, No1 Watson Street is the perfect Christmas party venue for those wanting a fuss free and unforgettable office knees up. Operating business as usual on NYE, pop in and see us to bring in the new year with friends and family in a warm and comfortable home away from home. For reservations please contact [email protected] or call 0161 819 5167.
1, Great Northern Tower, Watson St, Manchester M3 4EE
Épernay Manchester is all about the world class champagnes, wines and exquisite cocktails. This beautiful candle lit venue will make your Christmas party the bubbliest one yet. Operating as business as usual for NYE. Packages are available upon request. Please contact [email protected] or 0161 819 5167.
Unit 1a, Great Northern Tower, Watson St, Manchester M3 4EE
Emirates Old Trafford
From The Point party nights with new party band Phunk Phenomena to The Pavilion party nights in a luxurious, more intimate setting, get ready to shine and sparkle at Emirates Old Trafford where they can cater for all your festive celebrations. Private party packages give you the option to take the individual approach. Choose a buffet menu, a carvery package or a formal dinner and tailor the mood to your requirements. From £29.00 per person.
To book call 0161 282 4020 or email [email protected]
Lancashire County Cricket Club, Talbot Rd, Manchester M16 0PX
Enjoy a NYC Xmas at one of Manchester’s most stylish independent restaurants. Located in one of Manchester’s old shipping warehouses means Urban Cookhouse has got space and loads of it! Perfect for large parties, Urban Cookhouse is planning Christmas and New Year celebrations like no other so make sure you spend Christmas in true New York style. 2 course Christmas lunch £15.95 3 course Christmas Lunch £18.95 3 course Christmas Dinner £23.95. Book now with just a £10 pp deposit. [email protected]
54 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6HS
From 19th November, Bavarian-style bar, Bierkeller, will be raising the roof with its live Oompah band, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in the run up to Christmas. There are party packages available starting from £30 per person, including entry to the show, a shot, a pretzel, either a cocktail or a stein of Premium Haus beer or cider, as well as an authentic German sausage meal – offering an alternative to traditional holiday festivities.
The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS