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New Year’s Eve

Published on December 20th 2005.

For me, New Year’s Eve normally goes something like this:

7pm - Look out of the window. It’s cold and raining, and I really don’t want to go out. Consider calling friends and pulling a sicky.

7.30pm - Don’t want to seem boring. You HAVE to go out on new Year’s Eve. It’s the law. Try to pull myself together. Put some music on and pour some wine while I get ready. Call a taxi.

9pm - Taxi is half an hour late. Apparently it’s ‘just around the corner’. I don’t mind, having fun with my wine. Finish the bottle.

10pm - Taxi finally turns up. I am pissed and look a little like a drag queen after applying more and more make up while waiting for the taxi.

10.30pm - Get to the bar that I’m meeting my friends in. Wait in a queue in the rain for half an hour, next to a smelly drunk man singing auld lang syne. Start to feel very sober.

11pm - Finally get inside the bar after handing over my life savings in admission charges. Elbow my way to my group of friends who already have drinks, then elbow my way to the bar where I wait for half an hour on my own to get served.

11.40pm - Feeling very sober and tired. Have a tequila shot at the bar to try and get back in the mood, but it makes me feel a little sick.

12.01pm - Finally find my way back to my friends after being stuck in a drunken crowd for the strike of midnight and being kissed by the smelly drunk man who recognised me from the queue.

1.50am - Sober and tired and my feet hurt. Leave with my friend to get a taxi before ‘the rush’.

3am - Seems everyone else tried to avoid ‘the rush’ too. Finally manage to get a taxi. Need to stop on the way home to rob a bank to afford the taxi.

3.30am - Fall into bed cursing New Year’s Eve and promising myself that I will organise something better for next year.

Sound familiar? Well if you still haven’t organised anything for December 31st, you still have time to pull your socks up and make sure that NYE 2005 doesn’t flop as quickly as your nicely coiffed hair after queing for an hour in the rain.

It can be hard to know where to go in Manchester for a good night on New Year’s Eve. Edinburgh has its Hogmanay Street Party (incidentally with more Aussies than Scottish), New York has Time Square, Sydney has Harbour Bridge, London has Big Ben, what does Manchester have? Lots actually, you just have to know where to look. While there may be no central party place for tourists to gather (thankfully!), there are some great nights to be had as long as you book ahead.

As for me, I’m taking no risks this year. Call me Scrooge but I’m removing myself from the whole New Year’s Eve hassle by locking myself away for a romantic night in a Didsbury Hotel where I expect no rain, queues, or annoying drunk strangers trying to link my arm to sing (or rather slur) Auld Lang Syne.

If you’re a little more optimistic than me however, here is a selection of what Manchester has to offer this year, as you can see from the list of events below....

Erick Morillo Secret Ball

One for the clubbers, this New Year’s Eve Ball will be held in a secret Manchester ballroom from 9pm to 4.30am.
Tickets are £45, and can be purchased by calling 0161 832 1111
For more New Year's Eve Club events, click here for our events calender!

The Resolution at Tiger Tiger

With a Rat Pack style lounge singer, live band and DJs over three floors, customers can choose between a bar ticket and a restaurant ticket. The restaurant ticket, which costs £65, will get you a three Course Meal, Bar Admission and an Exclusive Table all night. Or £25 will gain you admission to the bar - Click here for tickets.


For £45 you can enjoy New Year’s Eve at Beluga. The ticket price includes a five course meal in the restaurant with live music, and entry to the late bar upstairs where there will be a dj from 9.30pm. Click here for more information.


There’s something fishy going on at Livabait this New Year’s Eve, with a three course meal, complimentary champagne and dancing for £50 a head. Click here for contact details.


Make Room this New Year’s Eve for Room, who are offering a special NYE menu for £65, or £95 if you want to pair your courses with specially chosen cheeky wines.

The Lowry

The Lowry comes over all Gaelic this year with their Hogmanay celebrations. Eat in the River Restaurant for £95 a head where you can be entertained by a piper and fireworks (hopefully not actually inside the restaurant), or opt for the gala dinner with pre dinner drinks and canapés, and entertainment courtesy of a Celtic Ceilidh Band, Scottish Dancers, Piper, DJ and Fireworks. Click here for details or to book your place.

If you know of anything else happening on New Year’s Eve, click here to send us details!

Jayne Robinson

With so many different New Years Eve parties going on around town we thought we'd bring you our pick of the best, whatever kind of night you're out for check below for our recommendations, these are the places we think you'd most like to be as the clock tick tocks right up to midnight and into 2006.

What: Tangled NYE Three Room Extrvaganza @ The Phoenix
Where: The Phoenix, University Precinct, Oxford Road/Booth Street West
Times: 10pm-6am
How Much: £20/£15

Room 1 is Tangled with John Graham (Quivver/Planet Funk) joining residents Phil Morse and Terry Pointon for a look back at the year just gone and a look forward to 2006. Expect all the big Tangled tunes from 2005 and some sneaky surprises!

Room 2 is Tangled Breaks, with a special guest appearance from B.L.I.M., playing alongside residents Steve Thorpe and Nick Dent.

Meanwhile, they'll be opening the bar underneath the venue with full decor and soundsystem as a third room for one night only, which will be hosted by Sourpuss all night long.

It's going to be another roadblock, and as far as New Years Eve party's go, this is the one you'll wish you were at. Avoid disappointment and make sure you get your tickets nice and early.
0161 408 1508 // Buy tickets online: Click here

What: Slammin Boys NYE @ Barca
Where: Catalan Square, Castlefield
Times: 8pm-4am
How Much: £15

Three of Manchester's hardest working promoters come together to say goodbye to 2005 and hello to 2006 at Castlefields finest late night venue, Barca. There will be 3 rooms hosted by The Slammin Boys, Stylus & Good for the Soul with music to suit all tastes from soulful sounds to party classics to bumpin house along with full décor transformation and a huge sound system courtesy of Blacka Acoustics. Tickets are only available at Barca in Castlefield .
07903 648 885 // 07776 184 940 // www.theslamminboys.com for more information

What: Funkademia Northern Funk - Nye All Night Extravaganza 2005-6 @ Zumeroom Nightclub
Where: Oxford Street (opposite the BBC)
Times: 8pm-8am
How Much: £8 (discount for groups)

Following the success of our recent move to the Zumeroom nightclub we have decided to keep it nice and cosy this year and have our annual extravaganza at home up in the Zumeroom & Zumeba. There will however be a nice little twist & for the first time we're gonna do an all nighter. Funkademia Mancunia – all night long.

Zumeroom: Funkademia will be taking over the Zumeroom nightclub for a night of unadulterated soul-funk, 80's rare groove, rap & contemporary r&b

Zumeba: Northern Funk will hold court downstairs in Zumeba for a night of quality soul and classic funk

DJs: All the resident DJs : Funkademia: ( Fritz Great Lakes, Trafford Lovething, Jon Busstop, Payney, Jason Vereker) Northern Funk: (Dave Booth, Myk Nolan, The Soul Manchester Duo) dj's will be doing a bit during the course of the night so the quality is guaranteed.
07971 468 635 // funkademia.manchester@virgin.net for more information

What: Twisted Elegance 'The Fantasy Ball' @ The Ampersand
Where: Longworth Street
Times: 9.30pm-4am
How Much: £30

This truly twisted affair will feature full production including a full club makeover, specially produced visuals, all of our very own twisted but elegant entertainers including transvestites, stilt walkers, dancers and a few special surprises to make this your most memorable New Years Eve party yet!

The final ingredient will be our legendary blend of funky vocal house music served up by our vinyl deviants Anton Powers (Juice FM/ Society), Alan Hartley, Pat Drury and Rob Drury, all of whom will be whipped into shape by the Twisted Sisters Tanya Cheeks, Pinky Pemberton, Bridget Bigguns. "So tonight Twisted Elegance I’m going to be" A naughty nurse, a sailor, a French maid, an officer & a gentleman, Marilyn Monroe, James Bond, Cat Woman, Pussy Galore, a police woman, a fireman, a Greek God or Goddess, a Britney schoolgirl, a film star, a pop idol, a soldier, Elvis, a dirty disco angel, Satan, a pimp, a bunny girl, Miss Whiplash, Barberella, a gladiator, a Roman soldier or Phantom of the Opera its down to your twisted imagination!!!!

(Please note, replica knives and guns etc. will not be allowed at this event)
0777 970 5828 // 0797 402 5674 // info@twisted-elegance.com for more information

What: All That Jazz, End of Year Party @ The Music Box
Where: 65 Oxford Street
Times: 10pm-3am
How Much: £6 Students, £7 on the door

Their last session of the year with resident DJs all night and the All That Jazz regulars ensuring a great night on the floor DJs Lee Speed, The Soul Twins, Richard Reason
allthatjazz_mcr@hotmail.com for more information

What: Culture Clash @ Po Na Na
Where: 42 Charles Street
Times: 9pm-3am
How Much: £6/£8

Tired of over elaborate & expensive new years parties? Po Na Na are offering guests the chance to come down on NYE and join in on their champagne toast for the New Year without breaking the bank.

Upstairs Chamalongo play a live set of the funkiest party tunes to brin gin the New year; Followed by Mike Chadwick (smooth FM) playing the best in funk, jazz and disco from all corners of the world.

Downstairs Irgan (rainy City Music) will be toasting the New Year in style playing all that old and nu Soul, Hip-Hop, Reggae and RnB

With a Champagne Reception to get the party started they're giving away party goodies through out the night along with more champagne to toast the New Year together
www.ponana.com/manchester // manchesterpnn@ponana.com for more information

What: Masquerade Party @ Tribeca
Where: 50 Sackville Street
When: 7pm-3am
How Much: £7

New years eve at Tribeca promises to be extra special... With resident DJs and true tribeca spirit, there's free bubbly on arrival, balloon explosions and masks provided. If you can't wait for the 31st there's also an 80's themed New Year's Eve EVE party, This is one of our hottest tips for the year!
0161 236 8300 for more information

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