New Year’s Eve may be overhyped and overpriced, but there’s no denying that it’s the biggest night of the year. With less than eight weeks to go before the big night, we’ve pulled together 10 suggestions for places to party in and around Manchester city centre. Whether you’re after all-night celebrations or a refined meal, here are our top suggestions for ringing in 2018 in Manchester.
The Lowry Hotel
Looking for an elegant way to ring in the New Year, complete with plenty of champagne but without the worry of late-night taxis? Book a room in the Lowry Hotel and a reservation for their black-tie New Year’s Eve experience in the River Restaurant. Guests will enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner, complimentary Champagne and an exciting midnight fireworks display.
The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Pl, Chapel Wharf, Salford +44 161 827 4000
The Oast House
The best bit about choosing The Oast House for your New Year celebrations is that you have the choice of exploring the main bar, the Teepee and the Courtyard throughout the night. There will be bands and DJs performing throughout the night and Wish Upon A Sparkle will be on hand to apply face and body glitter for the guests. The evening also serves as a temporary closing party since the venue is going under refurbishment for the first three months of next year.
The Warehouse Project
Book early to ensure that you get hold of a ticket to the best night of the year at WHP17. The legendary Warehouse Project has unleashed an epic line-up for its New Year bonanza, headlined by Hannah Wants and boasting a staggering array of DJs. The night goes on until 5 a.m., so this is for the most hardened party-goers only.
The Warehouse Project, Store St, Manchester +44 161 835 3500
One of Manchester’s favourite bars is welcoming in the New Year with their Zero Hour cabaret party. Featuring live acts, DJs and dancing, this is sure to be one of the city’s most popular New Year’s shindigs and we recommend purchasing tickets as quickly as possible. Dress to impress if you want to fit in with the cabaret theme.
Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester +44 161 833 4040
The Cosy Club
If you’d prefer more decadent celebrations, book a ticket for the Cosy Club’s Great Gatsby-themed party. Wear appropriate 1920s-style attire and look forward to a four-course meal, canapes, cocktails and live music. This unique venue is the perfect way to ring in the New Year; it boasts a dining area and a dance floor!
The Cosy Club, 3, Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester +44 161 933 8255
One of the biggest nights in the country returns to Manchester’s Albert Hall for a memorable New Year’s Eve party that’s guaranteed to be packed full of revellers. Expect epic power ballads, inflatable guitars and wake up with a sore throat from belting out your favourite tunes all night long.
Albert Hall, 27 Peter St, City Centre, Manchester +44 844 858 8521
Anyone with a penchant for rock and metal music should immediately book a ticket for Rebellion’s end of year party. Not content with giving out mulled wine on arrival and offering a chance to win a bar tab for the night, the club is going all out with a fairground theme. Expect classic fairground games, a magician and aerial performances.
Rebellion, 2B Whitworth St W, Manchester +44 161 236 9732
Free Manchester Walking Tours
Looking for something to do in the day before the champagne corks are popped? Joshua Martin is running his popular walking tour around the city centre from 11 a.m.–2.30 p.m. Josh’s informative tours take in two different periods of Manchester’s history, showing people around both the main tourist attractions and lesser known points of interest. The best part is that it’s completely free – just remember to tip generously.
Evelyn’s Café Bar
On a tight budget? Everyone’s favourite Northern Quarter café bar, Evelyn’s is taking table reservations on New Year’s Eve for anyone looking to celebrate with food, drinks and party vibes. Surprisingly, there’s no entrance fee, so this is the perfect option for anyone wishing to join in the festivities that doesn’t want to fork out extra cash, allowing you to save your money for Prosecco.
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib St, Manchester +44 161 834 3303
It may only be The Refuge’s second New Year celebrations, but after last year’s success, we’d recommend purchasing a ticket as soon as possible, because it is sure to sell out. Come As You Are is back with performances across all floors and a selection of Manchester’s best DJs taking over both the public bar and the basement. Choose to dine and dance for £40 to sample the restaurant’s eclectic menu or pop along later in the evening for just £15.
The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester +44 161 233 5151
Contact the Refuge for tickets (on sale soon)