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Confidential Choice: New Year’s Eve

Trudie Robinson provides a New Year’s Eve guide

Published on December 21st 2007.

Confidential Choice: New Year’s Eve

Frog and Bucket
There’s always been a welcome at the Frog and Bucket on New Year’s Eve and this year’s no exception. With a line up made entirely of comedians based in and around the city, there’s a true Manc feel. The sumptuously attired Jonathan Mayor and his quick wit will command the room. He’ll be introducing the laidback, sometimes surreal, Oldham comedian Mick Ferry, Little Hulton born cheeky funster Steve Harris and the critically acclaimed, relocated Geordie, Jason Cook. There’s also a fine pre-New Year Eve line up on the day before with Mike Wilkinson introducing another local line up with North Manchester’s Smug Roberts, Stockport’s Steve Shanyaski and adopted Manc Dan Nightingale.
The Frog and Bucket 102 Oldham Street, City. 0161 236 9805

Comedy Store
Meanwhile at the Store, the line up is a touch more international with the presence of Aussie Steve Hughes with his incisive observations - though he does call Manchester his home theses days. Phoenix Nights’ Archie Kelly amiably comperes the bill and local boy Justin Moorhouse struts his comedy stuff, the boyish Andy Askins and the if.comeddie nominated Ivan Brackenbury who plays a series of highly inappropriate tunes in his Disease Hour on hospital radio. There’re food packages too and music to follow so it’s a complete New Year night out in the tidy surroundings of Deansgate Locks.
The Comedy Store Arches 3-4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, City. 0161 839 9595

Clubbing – Cheesy
Last year Pure nightclub celebrated its first year of opening with a Las Vegas style New Year with showgirls, magicians and a chance to be blessed by Elvis in their own little white wedding chapel. This year the Printworks venue is staging the Greatest Show on Earth - unsurprisingly the night will have a circus theme with clowns in broken-down cars, rampaging elephants and big lions. Well ok nothing so dangerous, though tackling the revellers outside in the Printworks is probably more risky. If you care to purchase a VIP ticket you’ll get access to the Island bar and have champagne and canapés laid on too.
Pure The Printworks, City, M4. 08712 305556

Clubbing - Cheesy
42nd Street
Anyone who’s been a student in Manchester will know how much of an institution 42nd Street is. Not that you’d go here for that extra special NY night like some poor sap did who was complaining on the net at having spent money on a hotel room and travel. But what it is, is cheap and cheerful and just a bit of a laugh. On the night they will be playing alternative and indie numbers from 2007 no less and the DJs are guaranteed to keep you entertained whilst you slowly inebriate yourselves into 2008.
42nd Street (Bootle Street, City, M2. 0161 831 7108)

Clubbing – Cool
Warehouse Project
The Warehouse Project injected both a bit of the nineties rave scene and the old Hacienda spirit into the Manchester clubbing scene with its large scale parties at various – as you might have guessed – warehouse spaces across the city. New Year’s Eve sees the encampment on Store Street by Piccadilly Station rolling to a close with this the penultimate party to celebrate the New Year. It’ll be a mammoth session lasting nine hours leading a full five hours into 2008. The DJs on hand to make it happen are former Hacienda DJ Mike ‘M-People’ Pickering, Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Lionrock’s Justin Robertson. Plus Krysko, Chibuku DJs, Danny Mac and others.
The Warehouse Project Store Street, City, M1

Clubbing – House
Sankeys Soap
Whilst the city was lamenting the demise of Manchester’s club scene and harping back to the good old days of the Hacienda one club that flew the flag for a cool, innovative space was Sankeys Soap. The club was on to a winner as far as atmosphere was concerned when it chose the site of its venue in the basement of a 200 year old mill split into three areas – the bar, the basement and the boutique giving an impressive 800 capacity. On the last night of the year it’s bound to be packed too with there’s a fine line of DJs including Ellesse, Mistress De Funk, Henrik B of Swedish Mafia, Filth, Smugglersrun, Matt Lightfoot and Big Brother Three victor Kate Lawler who has apparently turned to the decks.
Sankeys Soap Radium Street, Ancoats, M4. 0161 236 5444

Country Hotel Party
Nunsmere Hall Hotel
If you fancy a posh do out of town and have a little to spend tucked in your back pocket, try Nunsmere Hall Hotel. Situated in the not so rolling Cheshire countryside (in fact it’s in Delamere Forest), it’s a classic manor house once owned by the Brocklebank family - members of which designed the Queen Mary and QEII liners. It maybe situated in a quiet area of the countryside but the night promises to be lively with dancing throughout. The hotel will be bringing a little luxury to the New Year shenanigans with a champagne/mulled wine reception followed by a four course hot and cold buffet plus free flowing beer and wine. They also promise a few surprises too.
Nunsmere Hall Hotel Oakmere, Cheshire. 01606 889100

The Blow Out
Northern Belle and Lowry Hotel
If you want to welcome the New Year in style and have a few hundred pounds to blow, why not invest in this trip on an Orient Express style train combined with a night at one of Manchester most prestigious hotels? From your five star room at the Lowry Hotel you travel to Victoria station where you pick up the Northern Belle train. The train will then take a circular trip whilst you dine on board and will stop at a station for you to disembark to let the New Year in, then it’s back to the five star Lowry. A truly posh experience with no jeans or trainers in sight.
The Lowry Hotel 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, M3. 0161 827 4000

Posh Dinner
Radisson Edwardian
Alternatively if you want not just to celebrate the New Year in style but also in peace, try a simple evening taking a luxurious dinner at the Edwardian Radisson. A three-course meal will be served with starters such as wood pigeon or pumpkin soup, mains such as roast duck or pan-fried beef and there’s something for the veggies too. Rounding off with pudding and coffee you could always end the night by booking into the hotel and taking in the views across the city.
Radisson Edwardian Peter Street, City, M2. 0161 835 9929

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