Christmas nights out in Manchester

The real deal

Wael Makki | Date posted - 18 Oct 2018
It’s almost time for the festive season! And if you are as impatient as we are, you should start planning your Christmas nights out ASAP. There’s no city that does Christmas quite as spectacularly as Manchester.. The Christmas market lights up the whole town with magic and sparkle, and restaurants create their own special menus just for the festivities. We’ve picked the best venues for you to spend a memorable Christmas night out in Manchester, take a look!

TNQ Restaurant

British, Bistro, Cocktails, Contemporary, European
Located in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, this friendly independent restaurant serves contemporary British dishes and desserts with European influences. Head chef Anthony Fielden and his brigade of elves have created a Christmas menu available for lunch and dinner which contains all your favourite traditional Christmas dishes. Spiced butternut squash soup, citrus cured salmon, confit of goosnargh duck legs, classic Christmas pudding: they’ve got everything!

Tre Ciccio

Nothing like celebrating Christmas the Italian way. This fun Italian restaurant is located a quick 45 minute ride from the city centre, but trust us, it’s worth the trip. The chefs have created an appetizing Christmas menu which contains, you guessed, the classic pizza and pasta dishes, but it also offers other traditional amazing dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. So try their calamari fritti, pollo natale, bresaola e parmigiano, or branzino arrosto, you’ll thank us later (and if you didn’t understand a word of what we just wrote, just have a look at their menu in English).


Butternut squash, turkey, pudding… same old, same old… For the ones looking to spice up this year’s festivities with something a bit more original and different, Arnero is the place for you. With three different Christmas menus and many vegetarian options, the Arnero team will take you on a gastronomic journey through their street food culture and tradition. They take reservations for parties of all sizes, so “curry”up, book your table and enjoy a magical Christmas night out in Manchester.

El Gato Negro Tapas

At ResDiary, we love Spanish food. And there’s nothing like authentic tapas to warm up from the cold streets and celebrate the festive season, Ole! Head along to El Gato Negro Tapas, an award-winning tapas restaurant located in the heart of Manchester city centre. Their delectable Christmas menu is available for groups only and consists in a various selection of yummy tapas, from chorizo magno and tigers prawns to spiced aubergine and patatas bravas. Make sure to accompany your fabulous evening with a glass (or four) of their “delicioso” wine selection.


Did you know the holiday season in Japan is celebrated in an entirely different way to western countries? Christmas is the time for friends and couples to have parties, and Christmas Eve is the most romantic day of the year. It’s kind of the Japanese version of Valentine’s Day. So if you feel like celebrating Christmas the “Japanese way”, take your friends or partner and head on to Samsi, one of the best and longest running Asian restaurants in Manchester. They’ve prepared a lunch and dinner Christmas menu that will definitely meet your high expectations. From lamb teriyaki and chicken skewers to sea bass miso and tofu steak, you’ll be sure to spend an original and memorable Christmas night out in Manchester.

The Deaf Institute

Let’s say one of your friends is a vegetarian, another friend doesn’t eat meat but loves fish, the other one is gluten-free, and you… Well, you’re just fine with any type of food (we feel you). It can be very difficult to find one place that suits everyone’s restrictions. Well, not anymore! At The Deaf Institute, the food is suited to everyone’s desires. Their Christmas menu includes different succulent meats as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Come early, have a delish Christmas meal and party there the whole night. Check out their calendar, they’ve got lots of live music planned. It’s doubtless a great place for a fun Christmas night out with your friends.
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