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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 8 best party spaces in Manchester

There is no denying that Manchester does the best parties. It's what the city is known for. Just take a look at the Manchester DNA: Madchester, the Haçienda, the birth of British rave. It's an embarrassing trove of rich partying pedigree.

The legacy continues, with the party scene ever-expanding, with parties becoming bigger and better than we have seen before.

There are many venues in Manchester that pay homage to its roots but still do new things. Whether it is an industrial warehouse, a food court, a hotel or a secluded space, there is a wide range of party venues which are calling out to you.

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1. One of Manchester's best party spaces: The Victoria Warehouse


Within this big 1925 industrial warehouse, any party as great and grand as Gatsby’s can happen here in Manchester.

This a large space to fill, with a maximum capacity of 5,000 guests. Proving itself to be one of the UK’s biggest event venues, any party is welcome. From business parties to personal parties, anyone is welcome.

The Victoria Warehouse in Manchester can tailor the venue to your type of party. Whether you want the venue to match your theme or play your favourite tunes, it will be your bespoke party.

There are many other venues around Manchester to choose from, so all you need to do is take your pick.

It is just a small walk from Wharfside train station.

2. Host your dream Manchester party in this blank space: SITU

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Nestled in Manchester’s centre is The Alan Hotel, a design-led venue spanning over 6 storeys. Located on the lowest floor is SITU, a vast space which provides a blank canvas for all your event ideas.

SITU has a capacity of 220 and embraces Manchester’s industrial feel with its exposed brick and silver pipes. It's a flexible space and can be easily customised to suit anything from a birthday bash to a brand launch.

Full AV and wifi are provided and in-house catering is available. Furniture can be hired from the venue and this space boasts a private bar and liquor license until 2 am.

With easy access from both Picadilly and Victoria, this space offers an exciting opportunity to personalise your ideal event.

GRUB manchester summer party
GRUB manchester summer party

3. A party in a magical Manchester garden: GRUB


Near the Red Bank Project is GRUB, a friendly food hub which is host to one of Manchester’s largest outdoor areas.

The buzzing garden comes draped in fairy lights and chatter. With ample seating for up to 200, the garden can be undercover (because we know about the Mancunian weather). An outdoor bar provides cocktails to match the season. We're talking frozen margaritas or eggnog. Their drinks menu gives space to local brews and independent drinks companies.

Exclusive hire is available for the entire space or partial hire to reserve a section. A selection of Street food is available to cater to all dietary needs and can be tailored to suit your event. Head to the green quarter of Manchester to enjoy an event alfresco whatever the weather.

4. For a hoppy pop-up party: The Runaway Brewery


Formally a brewery, this pop-up space is now a micro-brewery that resides under a double-height railway arch. It's overlooked by a cosy mezzanine and adjoining garden space.

This hidden gem welcomes events of all sizes with space for up to 200 guests. With GRUB managing the event, many catering options are available alongside locally brewed beer. Access to AV equipment and choices in entertainment are also ready to use. With sole booking available the venue is 100% private for your event.

flight club manchester party
flight club manchester party

5. A personal party space in Manchester: Flight Club


The Mini Fayre at the Flight Club is a great venue to have a party at in Manchester.

With space for up to 60 people, this venue complements any motive for a party.

With a rustic, old circus-esque interior, with decorated with bulb lights and dart boards, you can hire the semi-private space for parties and great drinks. So whether it’s the Dancing on Iced Tea cocktail or the Pink Spritz, you will have an enjoyable time.

This venue would be better suited to a personal party rather than a corporate party.

The Mini Fayre, Flight Club is just a short journey from Manchester Picadilly.

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kingstreet townhouse manchester party

6. A party venue in Manchester that has it all: King Street Townhouse


If you are looking to party in style, King Street Town House defines modern luxury.

There is a diverse collection of spaces suitable for large and small events. So if you are thinking of having a big party in Manchester or a small one, there is a space here for you.

Whether it be, The Small Hub Room, The Large Hub Room, The Wine Cellar, The Mezzanine or even the 6th Floor South Terrace, each room is unique and can be specialised to your event brief. You can even book the hotel to stay in afterwards.

The Dining at this venue is top-notch, with Chefs creating seasonal British dishes from local produce. There are packages to keep an eye out for also, such as the Meal & Movie package inside the private cinema.

This venue is suitable for all and parties great and small.

It is a short journey from Manchester Oxford Road Station.

The Living room manchester party
The Living room manchester party

7. A stylish party venue in Manchester: The Living Room


Privately Hire The Living Room’s largest space for a party in Manchester.

With a combination of booths and dining space, this modern-chic Dining Room can host up to 150 guests.

Whether it's a personal party with your closest friends or a business party, this venue accommodates all.

With a plethora of delicious food and drink, any party here will be thoroughly enjoyed. There is a team of people who will accommodate your brief, to make an event very special.

It is just a short walk from Salford Central train station

Maccie mayor party manchester
Maccie mayor party manchester

8. A party space in the Manchesters Northern Quarter: Mackie Mayor


Mackie Mayor is an industrial food hall located in Manchester's Northern Quarter and has many spaces to hire for a rocking party.

If you are looking to private hire a space, Mackie Mayor will cater for you, with locally sourced British Produce served in a feasting manner.

There is also a mezzanine terrace going around the outer wall to have a drink and enjoy the ambience of this buzzing space before going somewhere slightly more secluded.

It is just a short journey from Manchester Victoria station.

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Few cities know how to throw a party like Manchester. The jewel of North-West England takes the art of recreation into an era of renaissance, and the sheer volume of party venues ensures anyone’s party particulars can be satisfied with aplomb. From hen-dos and baby showers to corporate parties and after-work drinks, this is how to plan a Manchester party without the stress.

Know your audience

Party-goers make up a party. That’s not a controversial statement but it is an important thing to remember when throwing your Manchester blowout. You may want a party themed after your top 3 Spotify artists, but your guests may not – and a good party is one everyone enjoys.

Themeing isn’t the only thing that will impact your guests. It’s good practice to consider the needs of your guests before you start looking – do you require disabled access to your venue? Can all of your guests get to the Manchester party venue, particularly if it requires driving? Are your food and drinking choices catering to everyone’s preferences, including those who do not like alcohol or meat? All of these are great questions to ask yourself before you approach a venue, that way you’ll have robust criteria to assess the Manchester party venues.

Make it a very Mancunian party

Part of the joy of party planning is tapping into the recreational spirit of a place. Fortunately, Manchester has plenty of this spirit, and securing a great party venue in the city is an exercise in accessing the core of the Mancunion way. For dimly lit bars and foreboding buildings, you could do a lot worse than Salford – this ex-industrial quarter caters to a hip crowd and could prove a great locale for a low-key birthday party. For those who want a bit more glam, you may want to check out Deansgate – this mile-long stretch is the beating heart of Manchester’s club circuit, proving the stomping ground of footballers and students alike.

Do less, get more

When it comes to booking a Manchester party venue there are a few tricks you can use to ensure the very best venues respond without spending all day on the phone. Simply give us your enquiry, with as much or as little detail as you wish, and we’ll circulate it amongst Manchester’s top venues – then you’ll get a selection of responses to choose from all without lifting a finger.

Frequently asked questions

Victoria Warehouse - No space has seen quite the comeback like the humble warehouse. From a vast storage facility, occupied by boxes and mice, to the undisputed heritage site of partying. Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse takes the idea to a new level, with 4,500 square meters of unsullied concrete to dance, dine and schmooze in.

The Den, Deaf Institute - Fancy a subterranean soiree? Want your own intimate bar evening situated just off Manchester’s bustling University corridor? Deaf Institute offers a gorgeous, cosy space for you and 60 guests.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a party venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Manchester party venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best party venues in Manchester and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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