If you fancy a New Year’s countdown with some seasonal seafood and a disco DJ set, we’ve got you covered
After being forced to ring in the last new year with a tv dinner and a firework outline of Captain Tom, we think it’s about time we indulged in some good food and great vibes to say "see ya" to 2021. Although we've already given you a whole load of things to do this December, we've still found room in our bellies for a New Year's Eve dinner spesh.
Whether you’re after an all-night boogie with some Grey Goose cocktails in a super-chic warehouse or a chilled-out pub sesh with seasonal ingredients, these Mancunian spots can provide a food-filled New Year’s Eve.
Read on for our pick of the top spots to eat and drink in Manchester this New Year’s Eve.
20 Stories |New Year’s Eve at 20 Stories |£150 per person
If you fancy welcoming in 2022 20 stories up, this sky-high spot is finishing the year with a bang and a unique dining experience. On the menu at 20 Stories, there’s a Manchester Gin cured salmon roulade with dill crème fraiche and keta caviar, a wild mushroom and truffle risotto for the veggies, a beef wellington with mushroom duxelles and potato puree, and a white chocolate fondant with lime and coconut sorbet. Keeping things a li'l hush-hush, there are more details to follow from 20 Stories regarding its New Years’ experience, but guests should book now to ensure that they spend their countdown in the clouds.
If you're feeling even more lavish, wine flights can be purchased for an extra £45 per head, but a glass of Tattinger is included in the original £150.
20 Stories, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester M3 3EB
The Blues Kitchen | New Years Eve at the Blues Kitchen | Free before 7:30pm or £40 per person from 9pm
Although a night full of food and music for the soul is business as usual from The Blues Kitchen, the blues and BBQ venue is stepping it up a notch this year with a full dining experience alongside its legendary house band. With three live sets of soul and funk, and DJ’s playing til 3am, dining tickets can either be booked for free before 7:30pm or for £40 per person from 9pm for a table that lasts all night long. In true Blues style, cocktails, beers, and bourbon will be a-flowin' alongside smoky soul food from southern USA. The celebrations don’t stop there as Norman Jay on New Years Day means you can get dolled up and boogie on down two nights in a row. These New Year’s plans will leave you feeling the opposite of blue that’s for sure. We can't promise elation the morning after though.
The Blues Kitchen, 13 Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HN
Ducie Street Warehouse | An Avant-Garde Spectacular | Free
Always one for effortlessly cool vibes and cocktails for the 'gram, Ducie Street are hosting an Avant-Garde Spectacular on 31 December in partnership with Grey Goose. Although some highlights from the itinerary include a 70s disco, burlesque performances, and a live fire show as the clock strikes 12, Ducie Street is also promising food and bubbles to keep you dancin’ all night long. Hosted by drag icon Cheddar Gorgeous, the warehouse is set to be “decorated in surreal opulence from head to toe” with a special winter cocktail menu curated by Grey Goose (bougie). With tipples ranging from a Grey Goose Citron to a spicy winter mule, and free tickets for anyone who’s funky enough, you’d be daft not to choose Ducie.
Ducie Street Warehouse, 51 Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP
Cibus | New Year's Eve set menu | £55 per person
Cibus was one of our favourite new openings this year with its modern but rooted in tradition Italian menu. If you're a Leve local or fancy getting out of the chaos of the city on NYE this year, you could do a lot worse than four courses at Giorgio's place. Sharing starters include porcini mushrooms and truffle pastry, and whipped salt cod on crackers, then there is a choice of pasta dishes or pancake cannelloni for primo, halibut, big culinary hitters: venison or white asparagus for secondi and the agonizing decision of whether to go tiramisu or chocolate fondant for afters (the accurate Italian word for dessert, well, when they're in Levenshulme anyway). A glass of prosecco on arrival gets the party started. Bookings are old-school stylee by telephone: 0161 278 6304
Cibus 847, 849 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PW
Eagle & Child | New Year’s Eve dinner |Usual Menu Prices
Champagne, disco balls, and 3am DJ sets aren’t everyone’s New Years bag, so if you’re after a cosy, wholesome vibe and some classic Lancashire pub grub, head for the Eagle & Child. Serving their full menu and specials until 8:30pm, this Ramsbottom local has a selection of proper pub classics including an award-winning “double bomber” cheese pie and slow-cooked venison with celeriac dauphinoise. With loads of options from the grill, a small plates tapas menu, and an extensive vegan and veggie menu too, this New Year hangout could be the perfect place to wine, dine, and be home by nine.
Eagle & Child, 3 Whalley Rd, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 0DL
Flawd | NYE ’21 | £25 per person
More of an all-day affair, the New Year's do at Flawd is running from 4pm-2am with three different seatings at 6pm, 8:15pm and 10:30pm. The line-up at this trendy Ancoats wine bar features grower Champagne chosen by the in-house natural wine experts alongside a selection of British seafood. A bottle of bubbles is included with each table reservation upon arrival and the menu will revolve around “pristine seafood from around the British Isles”. Grub is served til midnight leaving plenty of time to dance it off afterwards. A few spaces for walk-ins will be available throughout the evening in case you fancy a glass of fizz last minute, but bookings are advised to secure your spot.
Flawd, 9 Keepers Quay, Manchester M4 6GL
Flight Club | New Year’s Brunch Social |£30-£40 per person
If you’ve already got plans to ring in the new year with some heavy bassline at Mayfield Depot, you might wanna line your New Year’s stomach with some prosecco and bottomless pizza first. With a DJ blasting the best tunes and a bottomless menu, there are two options on Flight Club’s agenda with a classic brunch social or a brunch with social darts. If you’re more interested in catching up, discussing your resolutions, and partaking in the calm before the storm, the classic brunch option gives guests two hours to sip and munch to their heart's content. The social darts option then adds a competitive twist to your New Year’s gathering as one hour is reserved for perfecting your aim and flexing your skills before the second hour is spent celebrating your win (or loss) drowning in bottomless fizz.
Flight Club, Ship Canal House, 98 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WU
Fumo Bar & Grill by San Carlo | New Year's Eve at Fumo | Usual menu prices
With an entire menu of Italian favourites and a wine list as long as your champagne-weilding arm, Fumo Bar & Grill have got everything from fresh pasta and al forno to oysters by the dozen. Not just one to impress with food and fizz, Fumo have also got an entertainment line-up that includes a live sax sesh and a DJ team set to play all night long as you tuck into your ravioli zucca. The opposite of a dine and dash affair, Fumo is set to open til "well after midnight", and the Italian favourite still has some tables left for their New Year's bonanza. A £10 deposit per person required for bookings after 7pm.
Fumo, One St Peter's Square, Oxford St, Manchester M1 5AN
Grub | Vegan New Year’s Eve | £25 per person
New Year’s Eve also means the start of Veganuary is nigh, and if you’re looking for some plant-based street food and cocktail karaoke, the New Year’s Eve bonanza at Grub should be your go-to. The food at Grub will come courtesy of Seitan’s Kebab, Korean Grub Club, and Mus Mus, meaning you can sample everything from a roasted cauliflower and sage festive hummus to a crispy meat-free bao. A fully vegan bar and show-stopping BakeORama cake are also set to feature. The £25 ticket includes two cocktails, a glass of fizz, a slice of special cake, and your choice of either Cocktail Karaoke or Disco Bingo from 8 til late.
Grub, 50 Redbank, Manchester M4 4HF
James Martin Manchester | New Year’s dinner | 3 courses for £55 or 5 courses for £69
Entering 2022 in an almighty food coma sounds like a pretty solid plan, and with unlimited table time and a dine any time schedule, TV chef James Martin’s joint has got you sorted. If you opt for five courses, you’ll have plenty of time to tuck into a Roscoff onion consommé, Curthwaite tortellini, seared scallop, roasted cauliflower with mussels and Indian spices, brassicas, brown shrimp, salt aged beef, braised cheek pithivier and an apple tart tatin. We expect that's just a Tuesday dinner round at the Martins but it's an exciting prospect for us. This Great Northern Warehouse spot is a sure-fire trip to flavour town for New Year.
James Martin Manchester, 2 Watson Street, Manchester M3 4LP
The Midland Hotel | A Magical Midland New Year’s Eve | £50 per person
You’ve always got to have a glass of champers on New Year’s Eve, and The Midland definitely won’t be serving up corner shop fizz. To welcome 2022 with open arms and popping corks, A Magical Midland New Year’s Eve is a “celebration filled with live music, delicious food and champagne”. Priced at just over 50 quid per person, the evening is located in the Midland’s swanky Champagne Lounge with guests being promised a specially curated charcuterie board and a bottle of the finest Pommery. Expect house-smoked salmon, piccalilli with quail eggs, parma ham, peppered salami, Gordal olives and lots more cured creations. This charcuterie will be something to shout about straight through til next year. Live music from the in-house butcher-come-DJ John will also keep the party rockin’ 'til 1am.
The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS
The Oystercatcher | NYE menu | £65 per person
New Year's Eve is all about bringing out those special ingredients and dishes that only a big occasion seems to permit. Champers is the drink of choice and the perfect partner for biscuity bubbles is surely an oyster? The Oystercatcher in Chorlton is named after these slippery treats so it's a bit of a curveball that they don't feature on its NYE menu - maybe there will be a surprise on arrival? Nevertheless, there are plenty of top tier ingredients involved in this one: smoked salmon, tiger prawns, crab, halibut. If you're all into the fruits of the sea, this should get fireworks going in your imagination.
The Oystercatcher, 123 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9PG
Rendition | New Year's Eve | 5 courses for £45, 7 courses for £60, or The Feast for £90
If you feel like spending New Year's Eve trialling and tasting a whopping ten course feast or a seven course tasting menu, then Rendition is the haunt for you. Serving up a diverse selection of modern British dishes made from local, sustainable produce, Rendition are truly celebrating in style as all of their menu options can also be upgraded to include specially paired wines. If you and a few pals are willing to brave "The Feast", then a selection of ten dishes will be served full banquette style for you to share as we enter a new year with new levels of food envy. The more modest five and seven course taster menus then also play host to dishes like cider cured sea trout and a celeriac steak with black garlic.
Rendition, 209 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3NW
Peter Street Kitchen | New Year’s Eve | £110 per guest
If you’re feeling truly self-indulgent after the shit-show of a year we’ve had, we really don’t blame you, and neither do Peter Street Kitchen. For £110 per guest, this contemporary haunt provides guests with four courses and a glass of Moet & Chandon Brut to get the party started. There are several different exciting options for each of the four courses with highlights including a Robata-grilled stone bass, Mexican matchstick chicken, beef tataki with truffle ponzu, and a chocolate-filled bento box. If you can't flash the cash on NYE, when can you?
Peter Street Kitchen, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5QR
San Carlo | A La Carte Menu on New Year's Eve | Usual menu prices
Famous for providing "the very best in true Italian dining", San Carlo isn't promising a warehouse boogie or bottomless pizza darts, but it is serving up a quality, sophisticated menu with traditional ingredients. With private dining options also available for entertaining fam and friends, San Carlo's festive season is all about "glamour, gastronomy, and good times" so you'll feel just like Jay Gatsby this NYE (without the tragic unrequited love, hopefully). With a vast menu of antipasti, freshly made pasta, and a special San Carlo grill, menu highlights include the tagliolini lobster or the sea bass baked in black Etna sea salt, all washed down with a large glass of Barolo and some New Year's cheer.
San Carlo, 42 King Street West, Manchester M3 2WY
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