It’s late July, temperatures are in the 20s and the school holidays have just started. That can only mean one thing. It’s time to book your Christmas party. Whether you are arranging the office do or putting together a party for friends, now’s you’re chance to book early and celebrate in some of the city’s most popular venues before they are fully booked. And there are some great deals for early birds.
The guys at Dive like to do things a little differently and Christmas time is no exception. So why not stuff the turkey this Christmas and feast on their giant Thanksgiving Platter, pigs in blanket served with mustard and Orleans-style beignets with lots of runny orange chocolate sauce. They are offering various packages and have got an array of spaces suitable for any Christmas party. The snug offers an enclosed curtain area to give you a bit of privacy or, for a big blowout you can take centre stage in the main area. And as Christmas is the season of goodwill to mankind, Dive NQ are offering everyone who books their party before the end of August a free drink.
Fancy a trip back to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s for your Christmas party? The Fitzgerald is the place to be for themed Christmas gatherings, with Great Gatsby-style parties, cocktails served in cut glassware, DJs, dancing and silent cinema. Make it an event to remember, get your glad rags on and pick The Fitzgerald.
If cheesy Christmas songs and plenty of decorations do it for you, then Infamous Diner is the place to be. It offers a big US-style welcome, with their retro diner interior fully decked out for the festive season and a menu full of indulgent, festive treats. Great for a fun office party or a get together with friends.
This luxurious Thai restaurant has just released its Christmas menu and it certainly is impressive! Looking for something a bit different from turkey and trimmings? This Chapel Walks restaurant and bar brings an explosion of flavour to their Christmas menu. Start with the likes of sweetcorn cake and chicken satay, followed by mains which include green chicken curry and authentically prepared pad thai noodles. Served banquet-style and for as little as £16.95 per person for lunch, it’s ideal for an alternative office treat. There are also set dinner menus which include appetiser platters, with a special vegetarian selection too. Private hire is available free of charge, subject to a minimum spend.
The ultimate party venue, expect Christmas canapés and plenty of booze at this Northern Quarter bar and kitchen. Famed for their DJ sessions which bring a blend of reggae, roots and hip hop into the mix, the basement comes complete with it’s own bar and dance floor so you can really let your hair down.
Bring a slice of Africa to your Christmas celebrations this year, with the tribal surroundings and vibrant atmosphere of Tusk. Perfect for hosting a work’s ‘do’ with a tasty but affordable buffet on offer and an extensive selection of beers, wines and spirits. It may be small but it has big attitude.
The Milton Club
This stylish club is the home of Christmas Carnival Parties, an exclusive experience which is great for groups. There will be a mulled wine cart, live saxophone and showgirls with complimentary fizz and Christmas cocktails! DJs will be playing a mix of house, R&B and all your festive favourites. Dates available are either Friday 16 December or Friday 23 December.
The Liquor Store
Enjoy an awesome festive vibe with themed cocktails, great music and the most inventive mixologists in town at this Deansgate bar and kitchen. It’s a low-lit stylish venue which quickly fills with party bookings so hurry and make yours! They offer private hire as well as smaller party bookings over the Christmas period, with buffets for groups of 15 or more and deli boards full of festive favourites for smaller groups. The Liquor Store are opening a second venue on First Street which is opening soon and also taking Christmas bookings.
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill
Home to some of the best and flavour-filled party banquets in town! If you are tired of the same old Xmas buffets, then this modern Indian and Pakistani restaurant has the ultimate antidote. For lunch, there’s the Zouk Christmas Tiffin, a traditional box filled with your favourite curries, dahls and other delights, served with festive pickles, rice and breads. It’s the perfect present for food lovers and for little more than £10, an ideal opportunity to get a group involved! For dinner, their Christmas Party Banquets take it up a level, served as a massive Tiffin platter, with vegetarian choices and plenty to go round. Book now to avoid disappointment. They’re even open on Christmas Day.
Shack always impress with their US-inspired menu and Christmas is no exception. Last year they served up delights like butter-basted turkey and 21-day matured beef and this year is set to be better than ever with a number of vegetarian options, entertainment and of course, cocktails! It’s not just a restaurant but a club with a resident DJ, too, so you can dine, drink and dance there without having to go anywhere else. Hire a comfy booth or the whole venue!
This inventive Italian-inspired restaurant in The Corn Exchange can be booked for Christmas parties. No set menu with inflated prices, just pick the dishes as you like and there’s a bar full of cocktails, of course. There’s seating for up to 45 people downstairs and there’s a semi-private section on the first floor which can fit 24 across 2 tables. Great with their fresh flavours, cool, classy interiors and plenty of drink to get you into the festive spirit.
King Street Townhouse Hotel
Sample some of the finest views and facilities on offer in the city and make it a Christmas party to remember at the boutique King Street Townhouse Hotel. Looking out onto the spires and clock tower of Manchester Town Hall, you can hire the hotel’s 6th floor and South Terrace, which is heated and has an overhead canopy and two-way facing fire. It’s the ultimate alfresco experience, even in the winter time, with cosy outdoor furnishings. The lounge offers a range of dining options from fun themed BBQs to full sit down dinners. Christmas parties are available on this level for up to 170 guests and there is the option of added entertainment too. First floor festive private dining is also available with mood lighting, panelled walls and a wine display.
Great John Street Hotel
Celebrate in a luxury rooftop lounge or a south-facing garden at the Great John Street Hotel. Also featuring an oyster bar, library and outdoor terrace full of historic charm. It’s a truly special venue offering two choices of bookings for Christmas – Private Parties and Shared Christmas Parties where you can meet new people and enjoy some fantastic themed music and live acts with a 3-course festive meal. Themes include Retro and Motown.
Looking for a Christmas meal that isn’t just plain old turkey? Enjoy award-winning Spanish and Catalonian cuisine for your festive celebrations at Lunya. They have a Christmas tapas banquet available from Monday 28 November right up until Christmas Eve. It’s a 5-course feast including snacks from their deli counter, decadent dates stuffed with blue cheese and estaofado – a rich Catalan beef stew with cinnamon and orange and what sounds like the ultimate way of roasting parsnips – covering them in sherry, honey and chestnuts! There’s also a vegetarian tapas banquet and the opportunity to treat friends or colleagues to a Lunya Christmas box from just £6!
Emirates Old Trafford
Make sure your Christmas Party is one to remember at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. With three different Christmas Party packages on offer at this spacious and award-winning venue, there is something for everyone. Whether you choose A Starry Night In The Point with a brand new Chillout Zone, or the exclusive Work’s Finished For Christmas Party Night hosted by Key 103’s Darren Proctor, they’ll make sure your Christmas fun is all wrapped up! Drinks deals are also available for tables and there is an extensive wine list available. It’s ideal for even the biggest of workplace parties! Book now to avoid disappointment.
The Principal Manchester
With its art deco styling and Grand Room capable of seating up to 900 guests, the Principal (formerly the Palace), one of the most iconic hotels in Manchester, promises a truly stunning backdrop for your Christmas celebrations. With a dedicated Christmas party team it allows for the ultimate fuss-free booking, with a range of luxurious food and drink choices. Just over the road from Oxford Road station, it’s easy to get to and there’s no need to worry about where you are all going to end up after your Christmas night out as the hotel offers some great rooms
The Living Room
The name says it all. This spacious Deansgate bar is great for parties of any size whether you want to invite the whole office or just have a more intimate get together with friends. You can enjoy themed snacks or a sit down meal – just be sure to book soon as it’s a highly sought after place to party!
This is the place for ultimate party packages. A big venue in Salford MediaCityUK promising an even bigger night you won’t forget (unless you enjoy a few too many). Enjoy the scenic waterside location of the Lowry and their fun-filled party nights which include a welcome drink, festive three course meal, table magicians, live music and a disco! Party until the early hours. Ideal for big group bookings.
Their special 3-course Christmas menu is sure to make you warm inside with starters including beautiful grilled asparagus, a main of your favourite cooked meat, fish or nut roast with all the trimmings (there’s also a roasted red pepper option, so even more for vegetarians!) and hot puddings. Yum. At £24.95 per person, it’s ideal for a party of festive favourites. There’s even more incentive for you to book as if you are the organiser of a group bigger than 8, Annies will give you a voucher for a complimentary 3 course meal for 2 with a bottle of wine!
Known for its seriously inventive drinks and cocktails, this popular Deansgate bar is putting on a number of Christmas specials. It’s the place to be if you are looking for relaxed drinks rather than a sit down meal. With a massive drinks menu available, there is something for everyone!
Pen and Pencil
Make your Christmas Party a fairytale of New York and then some at this classy Manhattan-style bar and kitchen in the Northern Quarter. Expect great cocktails, drinks and food, for sure. With no minimum spend and no hire fee, it is ideal for big Christmas bookings so get that pen or pencil at the ready and take note!
This creative cocktail bar, with two sites in Manchester, is offering an inventive Christmas menu sure to impress. Start with the likes of pumpkin soup and bang bang tiger prawn salad, followed by mains which include sirloin steak, roast salmon with chilli cabbage and turkey roulade with bacon crumb. So much more exciting than your usual meat and two veg, and vegetarians can say goodbye nut roast hello flavour in the form of a spiced vegetable burrito. There are also three delicious desserts to pick from and of course, some special cocktails! Plus every party organiser responsible for inviting a group of 10 or more will receive a gift of £50 if the booking is made before the 31st October 2016. So what are you waiting for?