The best things to do in Manchester this New Year’s Eve

From absinthe experiences to pizza raves, Manchester is a cracking city to enjoy a big New Year’s Eve knees up.

By Emma Davidson | December 20th '22

For many, New Year’s Eve is THE night. Mainly the night that they never remember, as it’s spent drinking far too many flutes of champagne and belting out David Bowie classics on karaoke. 

For others, it’s a nightmare, opting to spend it curled up in front of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year instead, with the remnants of a box of Twiglets and a disgruntled stare into the abyss of the Pure Gym homepage. 

But across Manchester, bars and restaurants are partaking in the annual celebrations, toasting in 2023 with hope, curiosity and optimism – as well as a shit load of fizz. Whether you want a chilled evening with a plate of oysters and your closest mates, or a mammoth 90s rave, our round-up will offer you something to suit your needs. 

And if you’re spending it at home, the soaps often serve as a nail biting pastime ahead of the clock striking midnight. 

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90s Baby NYE at Albert Hall

The largest 90s dance event packed with the decade’s most well-known names is heading to Manchester this New Year’s Eve. One of the most pivotal eras in music history, it’ll be honoured through a celebration of the decade’s biggest live acts and DJs, all reunited for an unmissable evening of nostalgic fun.

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Zero Hour at Albert’s Schloss

Entertainment extraordinaires have been working hard to bring you the annual Albert Schloss New Year’s Eve shindig. Expect live music, incredible cocktails and performers guiding you into 2023. Tickets are now available for entry from 7pm which include a glass of prosecco on arrival, canapes and midnight schnapps. 

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£2.50 drinks all night long at Alvarium

To celebrate or commiserate the end of 2022, Alvarium is offering £2.50 drinks all night long! Yes, this means £2.50 cocktails, glasses of wine and bottles of beer as you see in 2023. Also, if you book a table, Alvarium will be offering you a free bottle of Prosecco.

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A bottomless NYE at BAB

BAB is hosting a New Year’s Eve bottomless special featuring a two-course kebab menu and bottomless drinks for just £35. It runs for two hours, and features bottomless Amstel, Orchard Thieves, house wine and Prosecco, alongside some tasty dishes such as the Flat Iron Steak kebab with whipped blue cheese and truffle, Lamb Adana, Hot Crispy Chicken, and veggie options, too. 

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Keep It Unreal at Band On The Wall

Manchester royalty Mr. Scruff and MC Kwasi are ringing in the new year in style with a 6-hour DJ session of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, afrobeat, latin, electro, techno, new wave and everything in-between.

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Free Fizz at Black Dog

From 10pm – 5am, Black Dog is hosting DJs spinning party bangers all night long, alongside free glasses of fizz for just £5 a ticket. You can also book a booth for you and your pals for £50, which includes entry and a bottle of Prosecco on arrival. Email info@blackdogballroom.co.uk for more info or book below. 

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Disco Dancer at Bundobust

Bundobust Brewery has announced plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year with DJs, late night menus, and drinks until 1am. Tickets are now on sale for DISCO DANCER, Bundobust’s NYE extravaganza at the Oxford Road venue. ‘Bundobust Brewery goes to Bollywood’ is the theme with entertainment, projections, and an Indian party soundtrack all night long from International crate digger extraordinaire, Andy Votel.

Habitat at Canvas

Habitat are BACK at the city’s newest music hub, with a huge line-up of DJs to ring in the New Year. Expect sets from Tone Rarri, Chaise, AK Gramm and Faro spinning trap, funky, afrobeat, dancehall, RnB and amapiano.

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NYE Disco Brunch at Ducie Street Warehouse

The legendary club night, Girls On Film is hosting a massive NYE Disco Brunch at Ducie Street Warehouse next week. Expect live lip-syncing queens, a glitter station and Hattie Pearson spinning classics on the decks. Celebrate the last brunch of 2022 by rediscovering the best dance and sing along anthems. 

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Champagne Party Packages at Exhibition

Exhibition has launched party packages for New Year’s Eve this year, featuring impressive cocktails and food from its acclaimed high-end eateries. Guests can enjoy bottles of Moët and Chandon, Italian sparkling wines, as well as bottled cocktails and short drinks including brandy, vermouth and tequila. 

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Jaguar Skills at Escape To Freight Island

Manchester’s mammoth food hall will host performers and all-round good fun this New Year’s Eve, chiming in 2023 with a festival-inspired soiree complete with food, drink, DJ sets and more. The celebrations will kick off at 7.30pm on Saturday 31st December. Tickets are priced at £8 for General Admissions and £18.50 for Table Reservations.

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NYE Parade at The Firehouse

Dance into 2023 with The Firehouse’s biggest party of the year. There’ll be welcome drinks, a huge Firehouse feast, as well as incredible entertainment from the venue’s resident performers. You can join for dinner and stay all night, or get a party ticket and just stay for drinking and dancing.

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NYE Party Games Party at GRUB

This New Years Eve, GRUB will be open for a day full of fun. During the day, guests can enjoy a bottomless board game brunch, with access to over 200+ games and bottomless drinks. Swiftly after that from 6pm-9pm, GRUB’s New Years Eve Party Games Party will kick off. With a nod to classic games nights and house parties, guests will arrive in teams and play party games against each other. This event will be the perfect pre-drinking party for those looking for some pre-countdown fun.

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Love Noughties NYE Bangers at Manchester Academy

Get ready to dance the night away and end 2022 with a bang with an all-star DJ line-up playing the best in 90s and 00s RnB, Soul, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Garage, UK Funky and more.

Funkademia at Mint Lounge

Funkademia has been filling dance floors every Saturday night since 1995, making it one of Manchester’s longest running club nights. Now, at its spiritual home of Mint Lounge in the Northern Quarter, it is the only night club in the area open until 4am. It’ll be kick-starting the new year with Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and more.

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NYE Lock In at Neon Tiger

Bridge Street’s Thai fusion restaurant, Neon Tiger has announced a lock in for this year’s New Year’s Eve. The DJ line-up is in association with Gig Pig and across the evening 500 FREE pork, mushroom and beef skewers will be given away for free, as well as 5 quid Daiquiris all night long.

NoHo x Dusk til Pawn NYE

NoHo is an independent bar in a Grade II listed property with floor-to-ceiling windows and original parquet flooring. The venue is swinging open its doors for New Year’s Eve from DJs 7pm – 4am, with DJs, drinks packages and cocktails all night long.

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Soul and Funk Party at Pen & Pencil

DJ Faz is taking over Pen & Pencil this New Year’s Eve, spinning soul, disco and funk to the masses. One of Northern Quarter’s oldest institutions is a must-visit for curated cocktails, offering guests a space to drink, dance and dine into the future.

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An Absinthe Experience at Project Halcyon

One of Manchester’s newest and most impressive bars, Project Halcyon has announced a unique New Year’s Eve party, complete with a champagne reception, absinthe experience and legendary Manchester DJ, Dave Haslam. Taking place from 9pm at the bar that sits as part of Old Granada Studios, guests will be welcomed with a champagne reception when buying the standard ticket, which costs £25 or the absinthe experience is £600 for a group of up to 12. 

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Wine-oke at Provence

No booking is required for new Spinningfields wine bar, Provence’s famed ‘wine-oke’ sessions this New Year, just rock up and sing your heart out. Normally available as a bookable private group session only, Provence will be opening the venue’s secret downstairs space, The Cellar, for wine-oke walk-ins from 8pm. Guests can also enjoy a free glass of fizz when the clock strikes midnight.

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Pizza Rave at Ramona

Swan Street’s party time pizza parlour / party destination, Ramona is hosting a huge pizza fueled rave to kick start 2023. The Age of Glass will perform live, alongside Manchester-based DJ collective Bad Fun who will be spinning some of the finest house, disco, afro and techno. 

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Hit & Run at Six Trees Bar and Kitchen

Legendary Manchester club night Hit & Run returns to Six Trees for a New Year spectacle. The line-up this year includes; Zero T, KAZ, Rich Reason, JACK BANNER, DIRTY DOE, ROCCO HARRIS, LUCIDIK, YAZMIN C, SEBRED, T-MAN, SPARKZ and TRUTHOS MUFASA.

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High Sea Menus at Sterling

Sterling has announced a decadent New Year’s party this year, featuring glasses of champagne and, for an additional £50, the High Sea menu. This features Carlingford Oyster and Martini Granita, Native Prawn and Mary Rose, Brown Butter Béarnaise Lobster Roll with Frites and Eton Mess, Lemon Cheesecake and Black Forest Gateau Bon Bons. 

DJs and Dining at Tattu

Elevate your New Year’s celebrations with unforgettable dining experiences at Tattu. Offering contemporary Chinese cuisine, Tattu takes diners on an experiential journey from East to West, revealing that this year it will be picking up the tempo with the help of its favourite deep house resident DJs to welcome in 2023.

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Five-Course Tasting Menu at The Black Friar

This New Year’s Eve sees Salford’s cosy country-esque pub The Black Friar open its doors for a day of decadent dining to honour the end of 2022. Across the evening, the bar and restaurant will welcome guests with an exclusive five-course tasting menu that features hand picked favourites curated by head chef, Ben Chaplin, as well as an á la carte daytime menu for those stopping by earlier. 

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Live Music at The Blues Kitchen

The Blues Kitchen has announced it’s kickstarting the New Year in true Southern style. Soundtracked by the sounds of classic soul and funk by the legendary Blues Kitchen house band from 8pm, this will be followed by DJs spinning timeless dance floor grooves until 3am. 

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Local All-Night Party at The Loft

A rave den on the outskirts of the city, The Loft is hosting a mammoth ‘local’ pre 2022 party featuring a carefully curated line-up of some of the venue’s favourite DJs over the past 12 months. Kicking off at 10pm and finishing at 4am, friends and family are invited to join the all welcoming get together.

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Free Charcuterie at The Mews

To chime in the New Year, The Mews is offering you a bottle of Prosecco or a bottle of wine and a meat/cheese board for FREE, when you book a table with the bar on the last evening of 2022. Email info@themewsmcr.co.uk or book via the link below and let the bar know which package you would like.

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Festival Fiesta at The Refuge

To wrap up the year nicely, The Refuge will be turning up the heat with its awe-inspiring fiesta, Viva la Refuge. DJs Levi Love and Nossa! will be bringing the music alongside an immersive performance and a few other surprises along the way. Tickets cost £30pp with a free glass of fizz upon arrival.

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12am – 8am Rave at The White Hotel

The White Hotel is throwing its doors open this year for its usual debauchery, kicking things off at midnight until 8am. The line-up features Lefèvre, Rose A, Hesska, Clemency, Iceboy Violet, Rainy Miller, Conor Thomas and Vendel moving guests into another year at Salford’s infamous party pen.

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All-Night Happy Hour at The Whiskey Jar

Northern Quarter hidden gem, Whiskey Jar, tucked away behind a red brick facade on Tariff Street, is hosting an evening of live music, as well as a happy hour running from 7pm – late. This features 2 for £15 cocktails 3- for – £10 shots, as well as two bottles of Asahi for £7.50.

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A Huge Party at Thomas Street 

With 2023 a mere two weeks away, Northern Quarter’s Thomas Street has announced a massive all-night party to enter into the new year in style. Taking place across many of the bars on the street, including; The Bay Horse Tavern, Cane & Grain, Wolf At The Door, Lust Liquor and Burn AND Smithfield Social, the big NY bash will offer guests a free drink in each venue, as well as 20% off any other drinks for the rest of the night.

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DJ EZ and Annie Mac at The Warehouse Project

A mega line-up to end the year, there’s only VIP tickets left for this party so be quick! Headliners include Annie Mac and DJ EZ who will be joined by LF SYSTEM, Eliza Rose, KILIMANJARO, Meg Ward, Krysko, Ben Hemsley, Low Steppa, Arielle Free and more.