Going out with a bang! Our last minute guide to New Year’s Eve 2015 in Manchester

It is time once again to put on our best sequins and promise ourselves we’ll stick to the resolutions we plan to make ‒ well until the end of January at least.

And with Christmas well and truly over, now is the time to look forward to seeing in 2016.

But what about those of us who’ve got so wrapped up in the presents and the turkey and the boozing that we’ve forgotten to plan the biggest night out of the year?

MM has prepared a guide to the best New Year’s Eve events around Manchester for anyone who has left been a bit on the disorganised side.

For many, heading into the city is a dreaded thought, with little desire to wish strangers a Happy New Year to the dismal wait for taxis. New Year’s Eve is a night which divides opinions.

Despite this, New Year’s Eve remains one of the largest global celebrations. It marks the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.

It is a night which combines excitement for a New Year together with feelings of nostalgia as people reflect over the past 12 months.

Although there was uncertainty earlier this year about the annual firework display put on by Manchester City Council, it has been confirmed that this will return this year.

It is believed over 10,000 people will attend to see in 2016,  watching the skies over Manchester City Centre as they illuminate.

Thanks to contributions from local businesses, the event will start at 10pm in Albert Square and will run until approximately 12:30am on New Year’s Day.

For those who don’t fancy heading to the square to watch the fireworks, we have provided some alternative options for you to celebrate this New Year’s Eve.

The Milton Club, New Year’s Eve Countdown

Opened in 2013, The Milton Club is a modern private members club which can be found just minutes from the Spinningfields District.

With ticket prices starting from £25, the night promises glitz, glamour and even a red carpet!

Guests will be entertained by fire-breathers, showgirls and a saxophonist. This event will definitely ensure attendees enter their New Year in style.

An early arrival is recommended, as the first 200 guests are set to receive a free glass of fizz to kick start their night.

The menu boasts a range of cocktails and sprits including a selection of champagnes, there is something for everyone this New Year’s Eve.

Dive, NYE House Party

Situated underneath Affleck’s, this underground drinking den is one of the newest bars that the Northern Quarter has to offer.

Opening their doors at 9pm and promising a closing time of 5am, Dive is bringing guests the ultimate House Party.

Ticket prices start from £8 for standard tickets and go up to £25 for an ultimate wristband which includes props on arrival.

The event includes everything you’d expect from a traditional house party including a beer pong tournament.

With a laid back dress code, and music from all genres including hip hop through to reggae and soul, this event is ideal for those who want a relaxing fun filled New Year.

Albert Hall, New Year’s Eve with Black Butter Records

Manchester’s Albert Hall looks set to deliver another big night out.

Hosting artists such as Oneman and Rudimental this event will make sure those who attend see 2015 off with a bang.

Sets will be happening all through the night, with doors opening at 9:00pm running until 5am- this will certainly attract those on the party scene.

Although one of the highest priced events, the Albert Hall’s reputation for bringing some of the biggest stars to Manchester certainly justifies that.

Ticket prices range between £35 and £82.75 and can be purchased by visiting

Those attending the Albert Hall on New year’s Eve must be aged 18 or over.

The Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party

Just like the venue itself, this party promises all the elegance, glamour and excess of the 1920’s.

The hidden entrance can be found on Little Lever Street off Stevenson Square, above Hula and Rosylee.

Walking in to this event will transport guests to the heart of Fitzgerald’s classic novel. There will be DJs playing a range of Jazz and electro- swing music.

Tickets are £10 and include 1920’s props for guests as well as a glass of Prosecco on arrival.

The dress code is 1920’s glamour so flapper dresses and tuxes are a must.

Doors open at 19:00 and closes at 2:00am

Soup Kitchen, You Dig?

Soup Kitchen offers the best of both worlds, while being a canteen it is also a bar which is fast becoming renowned on the music circuit in Manchester.

Both You Dig? and Soup Kitchen has had heaps of success throughout 2015, meaning a combination of the two will be a big night.

For those who are looking for an evening which gets rid of the conventional New Year’s Eve traditions, this is the event for you.

Based on Spear Street in the Northern Quarter, DJs will be playing across the venues two floors, providing a mixture of Latin, soul and funk music.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting Tickets are £7-£10, there will only be a limited number of tickets available on the door.

O2 Ritz, Ultimate Power and Ultimate Anthems

Ultimate Power is bringing their famous night back to Manchester’s O2 Ritz this New Year’s Eve.

The event is the UK’s original and one of the biggest power ballads club nights, which promises a fun filled way to see in 2016.

Join fellow revellers in communal karaoke while you dance along to songs both past and present.

Doors open at 21:00-4:00am with tickets priced at £11.

To purchase tickets for this event visit

All Star Lanes Manchester, Swinging 60s New Year’s Eve Party

This venue is in the Great Northern Warehouse and for this New Year’s Eve it is hosting the ultimate 60s party.

All Star Lanes is offering guests the chance to eat, drink and bowl for just £30, including free prosecco at midnight.

The dress code is, of course 60s style, but with a £100 bar tab up for grabs for the best dressed we wouldn’t hold back.

With 5,000 balloons ready to be dropped at midnight, this event offers guest a fun filled way to welcome in 2016.

All-star lanes is opens 12:00pm- 2:00am

Deaf Institute, New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

This New Year’s Eve, The Deaf Institute will be hosting one big party, with all three of the venues floors mixing Manchester’s biggest nights.

Girls on Film will be in the Music Hall, a night packed with 80s anthems by artists such Blondie, The Smiths and even Duran Duran.

While in the Main Bar, Higher Ground will be offering a range of 60s classic from the likes of Motown and The Rolling Stones.

The basement will see the return of Goo, the monthly event hailing all things indie such as The Stone Roses and Pixies.

Doors open at 21:00 until 4:00am. Tickets are priced between £10 and £17 and can be purchased by visiting

Image courtesy of Sheri’s Berries, with thanks. 

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