Amazing Group Activities In Manchester

If you're like us and you want to share plenty of experiences with your pals, you'll appreciate how hard it can be to find a venue suitable for everyone. So, we've thrown together a list of some incredible places for you all, including cool gaming, bowling and a host of other exciting nightlife ideas. Discover the best group activities in Manchester right here.

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Last updated on 13th June 2024

Boy Toy Events Manchester

Bougie Drag & Boy Toy Events are behind some of the most fabulous experiences in the city, offering a wide range of group activities that can't be missed. Join them for drag brunches, buff butlers and Lady Gaga tribute shows across the best venues.


1UP is a gaming bar with plenty of opportunities for things to do as a group, as the cool Didsbury destination is made for getting your geek on. Think D&D, Pokemon cards, board games, classic consoles and arcade machines all on the cards, alongside a UV room with beer pong.

Old School R&B Brunch

Your friends won't need much convincing on this one. Perfect for groups, Old School R&B Brunch's daytime events at Canvas are not to be missed. Not only does your ticket include a two-course meal and bottomless drinks, but also DJs blasting out your favourite tunes and immersive games.

Alcotraz Manchester: Cell Block Three-Four

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Friday 14th June 2024

One of the best nights out for groups in Manchester, Alcotraz is the prison-themed speakeasy that requires savvy smuggling skills. Bring a bottle of your favourite spirit and successfully sneak it past the guards, where you'll be rewarded by talented inmates whipping you up something special. 

The Spirit of Manchester Distillery

For a creative day out with all your best buds, head to The Spirit of Manchester Distillery in Spinningfields for a VIP tour of their headquarters, delish gin tastings, and the chance to become a distiller for the day with their immersive gin-making experience. Plus, as a special treat, you'll get 10% off the bill at their bar and restaurant, Three Little Words, and 10% off any merch purchases. Gin-joy.

Gin Masterclasses Second Wednesdays 7pm

@ The Liquor Store on Wednesday 10th July 2024 and 2 other Wednesdays

Get the gang together for a fun-filled gin masterclass at The Liquor Store in Manchester. Located in the heart of Deansgate, this atmospheric bar hosts sessions on the second Wednesday of the month or the first Saturday, from £25 each. Tickets include a free G&T on arrival, followed by tastings of four expertly curated tipples, alongside experts sharing their botanical knowledge.

Cherry Jam

Looking to get together with pals? Cherry Jam's bottomless sessions are just the ticket. Think afternoon tea or grazing platters washed down with unlimited cocktails. Plus, there's musical bingo to finish things off.

What's on at GRUB

Interesting activities in Manchester are plentiful thanks to GRUB. Spruce up your regular ol' group outings with everything from burlesque to disco bingo, bottomless brunches and cocktail or food masterclasses.

NQ64 Manchester Northern Quarter

Planning a group night out? Book a booth or simply head on over to NQ64 Manchester in the heart of the Northern Quarter and enter a retro gamers paradise. Complete with neon graffiti and a bar whipping up themed cocktails like the Kong Island Iced Tea, it's a spot that's far from short of entertainment. Take your pick from games like Pac-Man and guitar hero, munch on pizza from Crazy Pedro's and if you're near Deansgate? There's a location on Peter Street, too.

DNA VR Manchester

Looking for fun things to do for the whole gang? DNA VR Manchester is just the ticket. Get on down to the city centre VR arcade for all kinds of group activities. Each session lasts one hour and includes things like zombie battles, dancing and boat racing.