As one of the UK’s most exciting cosmopolitan cities, it’s no wonder people are heading to Manchester in their droves. With culture, colour, and a killer nightlife, this city should be top of the list for your next party. Here are our top 20 restaurants & bars for private dining in Manchester. Check them out!

Tattu Manchester

With 3 distinct areas within the venue, Tattu is a real feast for the eyes, drawing on the influences from different body art styles in each of its zones.

Equally diverse are the food menu, featuring dim sum and a delightful range of contemporary small plates to tickle the taste buds, and the Susie Wong-designed cocktail menu, carefully crafted to complement the food on offer.

From the menu: 

  • Black Bean Baby Chicken: £ 15
  • Cheapest cocktail: £10

More info: Tattu Manchester

Cloud 23

For sophisticated style in the city, look no further than award-winning Cloud 23. Join Manchester’s style elite for exclusive cocktails and a great soundtrack, in this chilled but luxurious setting.

This opulent venue is known for its atmosphere and is the perfect spot for you and your guests to soak in some sounds and enjoy spectacular views of the city while exploring the Cloud’s exciting drinks menu. 

From the menu: 

  • Smoked duck salad: £9.5
  • Cheapest cocktail: £13

More info: Cloud 23

The Fitzgerald

Everybody loves a speakeasy, and if you’re looking for some prohibition fun in Manchester, The Fitzgerald is the place for you.

Channeling vintage vibes with 1920s style glassware and dark, moody decor, this hidden secret, accessed via a back street, is a delightful spot to experience the prohibition era.

Expect a buzzing atmosphere, delicious drinks, and a lively soundtrack to your evening or event.

From the menu: 

  • Cheapest cocktail: £7,5

More info: The Fitzgerald

The Hawksmoor

In an old Victorian courthouse, the Hawksmoor is a truly unique venue on Manchester’s Deansgate. Inside you’ll find a host of antiquities and reclaimed materials, creating a relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy the best of their food and drinks menu.

Known for their steaks and great British seafood, the Hawksmoor kitchen serves up delicious, simple dishes that are sure to impress. Hire out the whole venue or the private dining room to celebrate your next event in opulent style.

From the menu: 

  • Kimchi burger: £14
  • Cheapest cocktail: £9,5

More info: The Hawksmoor

James Martin Manchester

Serving up the best seasonal ingredients in a stunning setting, this award-winning restaurant from one of Britain’s leading celebrity chefs, James Martin, is sure to impress your guests.

You can clearly see Martin’s signature cookery style throughout the menu, and this stylish restaurant is a great place to explore the best locally sourced ingredients around.

From the menu: 

  • Lavender and honey smoked duck: £9,95

More info: James Martin Manchester

Manchester House

On Level 12 of Tower Twelve in Spinningfields, the Manchester House Lounge bar is a beautiful venue for events and private parties. Styled with a dramatic interior and designed to make the best of the 360 views, expect to feel like a member of the elite whenever you visit.

There are 4 outdoor terraces, complete with heaters and retractable roofs, giving that al fresco feels all year round, and embracing the best of the summer weather.

Whether you hire an area or the whole venue for your event, this is a great place to see and be seen in the city.

From the menu: 

  • Shorthorn Ribeye: £40
  • Cheapest cocktail: £10

More info: Manchester House

The Albert Square Chop House

A converted Victorian warehouse, this open space makes the kitchen the star of the show. Chef Carl Fraenkl-Rietti excels in this post-industrial style space, showing off the skills of his team to this luxurious 80-cover venue.

With authentic architectural style, and comfortable, flexible seating, the Albert Square Chop House is a great space to bring your guests to.

From the menu: 

  • Potted Duck & Figs: £7,95
  • Cheapest cocktail: £3,50

More info: The Albert Square Chop House

The Waldorf

Perfect for a formal function, an intimate family gathering, or a big party with all your friends, The Waldorf is the perfect space for your party.

The team goes out of their way to make sure you’re taken care of, and they have some of the best suppliers in the region so their food is top notch! Be sure to try some of their notorious hot dogs and burgers as part of your celebration.

From the menu: 

  • The Banger Bros Burger: £5,95
  • Cheapest cocktail: £6,50

More info: The Waldorf

Black Dog Ballroom

Known for its exquisite drinks menu, the Black Dog Ballroom is a great venue for both private and corporate parties.

Their collection of cocktails has been carefully created to tickle the taste buds of even the most discerning of clientele, so you and your guests are sure to have a good time exploring their menu. Ideal as a venue for a night out, the Black Dog Ballroom can also be hired out in its entirety for truly memorable occasions.

From the menu: 

  • Southern Fried Chicken Burger: £10
  • Cheapest cocktail: £7,50

More info: Black Dog Ballroom

The Lounge

Holding one of the latest licenses in Manchester, The Lounge is one of the best places to party the night away, every night of the week. Whether it’s a birthday, a wedding, or just because it’s Saturday night, you can expect the best with fire-eaters, dancers, and more on display.

The venue caters for groups of all sizes, from small groups of friends to massive parties with hundreds of guests. Whatever your event, you can expect personal service with a dedicated event coordinator to make sure your party is kitted out with the decor, catering, drinks, and entertainment.

From the menu: 

  • Birthday Packages: £250-350

More info: The Lounge

Lock 91

With a canal-side terrace and a home-from-home cosy vibe, this unique cottage venue features Victorian grandeur and unique decor at its very best, with several space options available for private hire.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate corner for a small gathering, a fully-equipped party space with dance floor, or a private bar on your own party terrace, Lock 91 offers it all in this exclusive Manchester venue.

From the menu: 

  • Cheapest cocktail: £5

More info: Lock 91

NoHo Bar

For an all-night party surrounded by historic originality and the best tunes in town, look no further than NoHo Bar.

Noho-Bar

Tucked inside a glorious Grade II listed property in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, NoHo is the place to find great seasonal cocktails, cool vintage style, and classic movies to take you back through the ages.

With space for up to 180 guests, NoHo is a great choice for larger parties, who will love the comfy chesterfield furnishings and funky wall murals.

From the menu: 

  • Cheapest cocktail: £6

More info: NoHo Bar

Epernay

One of the city’s most sophisticated venues, Épernay Champagne Bar is a favourite among Manchester’s nightlife elite.

The bar’s full-height windows and beautiful balcony offer spectacular views of the Amphitheatre and bustling Deansgate, making this spot great for people-watching with a glass of the best champagne.

Épernay’s glamorous interior with delicate lighting creates a peaceful, romantic atmosphere, and is ideal for intimate gatherings.

From the menu:

  • Cheapest cocktail: £5

More info: Epernay 

The Milton Club

Found at the crossroads of Deansgate and Peter Street, The Milton Club is a firm favourite in the heart of Manchester.

Known for its island bar, the club has an inspiring drinks menu and a specialist champagne bar, for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

If you’re planning a private party, be sure to check out their champagne bar and a private booth with bar, both of which are sure to delight your guests.

From the menu: 

  • Cheapest cocktail: £10

More info: The Milton Club

Cottonopolis Food & Liquor

Hidden behind Piccadilly, in the busy Northern Quarter, Cottonopolis is a real treasure on the Manchester music scene.

The industrial decor is a nod to the city’s past, and the whole building is crammed full of history, which when coupled with the divine cocktail menu, tasty food and some of the best DJs in town, offers up a really unique experience for visitors.

With a range of options available for private hire, Cottonopolis is a great choice for parties of all sizes.

From the menu: 

  • Roast Kabocha Pumpkin: £8
  • Cheapest cocktail: £8

More info: Cottonopolis Food & Liquor

Chaophraya

Experience the exotic in Manchester’s leading Thai venue, Chaophraya. The upstairs restaurant is a feast for the senses, but the downstairs bar is well worth a visit, even if you don’t want to dine.

This relaxed setting features traditional That sunken cushioned seating, and the attentive staff is on hand to make sure you’re totally relaxed and chilled, enjoying the atmosphere and their creative cocktail menu.

From the menu: 

  • Thai Green Chicken Curry: £12,5

More info: Chaophraya

Second Floor Bar and Brasserie

If you’re looking for the place in Manchester to be seen, the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie at Harvey Nichols is a super-stylish spot for dining at any time of the day.

With views across the Exchange Square, the Brasserie offers a delightful menu of modern, seasonal dishes with a European influence. In the Bar you’ll find an exquisite selection of wines and champagnes, making this the perfect spot for a sophisticated evening of drinks and canapes.

Their dedicated events team are on-hand to ensure your event goes without a hitch, so keep this sophisticated spot in mind for your next event.

From the menu: 

  • Corn-fed chicken Caesar, anchovies, Grana Padano: £13
  • Cheapest cocktail: £9

More info: Second Floor Bar and Brasserie

Australasia

For a taste of down under, look no further than Australasia for flavours from the Pacific Rim in this pan-Asian themed restaurant and bar.

The heated outdoor terrace is a wonderful retreat in the heart of the city, while the contemporary interiors offer stylish comfort while you drink and dine.

The diverse menu, devised by former Young Australian Chef of the Year, Paul Greening, blends flavours from across the Pacific Rim, visiting Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Australia and Japan, while the delightful drinks menu is sure to hold something that tickles your fancy.  

From the menu: 

  • Crisp suckling pork belly with pineapple curry: £16,75
  • Cheapest cocktail: £9

More info: Australasia

Fazenda

Offering a unique Brazilian rodizio dining experience in the city, Fazenda serves up delicious all-you-can-eat steaks and skewered meats, carved at your table.

In this sophisticated venue, you can expect to find some of the very best wines and cocktails on the menu, with something to tempt even the most educated palates.

Their luxurious private dining rooms are ideal for parties and celebrations, especially for those with an appetite for good food.

From the menu: 

  • Cheapest cocktail: £7,70

More info: Fazenda

eastZeast

Serving up traditional Punjabi food, eastZeast is a great authentic Punjabi Restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere.

With an established reputation in the North West, the eastZeast team regularly welcome corporate and celebrity guests through their doors, and are also known for their catering. For visiting guests, they offer a valet parking and concierge service, so you can relax and enjoy your evening in comfort. 

From the menu: 

  • EastzEast Mix Starter for 2: £13,95
  • Cheapest cocktail: £8

More info: eastZeast

Also, check out our guide to event & wedding catering.

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