Best Events in January

Aah January. With its post Christmas blues (and waistlines), depleted bank balances and general nothingness, it's never going to be a contender for your favourite month. But this is Manchester, and as the late great man himself said - we do things differently here. In our city that never sleeps, you'll always find plenty of ways to have fun so don't let the winter blues get you down. Check out our guide to the best events in Manchester this January, and make the most of what the month has in store.

Last updated on 15th February 2021

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Do something creative this January and unleash your inner artist with Thirsty Painter. Offering a unique escape from lockdown, these sessions cover a wide range of different themes and are accessible to all skill levels, with the chance to connect with other participants. 

If the weather's getting you down? Bundle up in one of Manchester's cosy winter restaurants. From sky-high igloos above the city to charming pubs that are filled with cosy nooks and high end eateries with sublime seasonal menus, these are sure to lift those January blues.

While the whole tier system may be preventing our plans IRL, these online events are here to stay. Get your fix of immersive murder mysteries, head-scratching quizzes and virtual drinks tastings with or guide o quirky nights in in Manchester this January. 

Craving a little heat this January in Manchester? Head on over to one of Bougie Drag & Boy Toy's events. From Beyoncé-inspired bottomless brunches with stunning drag performances to raucous daytime parties featuring waiters in the buff, these are sure to spice up your winter schedule.

Looking to try something new from the comfort of your home? West London Wine School are bringing you a series of online tastings, complete with vinos from South Africa, Burgundy, Loire or The Alps delivered to your door. 


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If you're forgoing Dry January this month, be sure to check out Sipsmith's lineup of at-home events. Take part in a cocktail class, where you'll be taught to shake up a Gimlet and a classic dark fruit bramble, or go behind the scenes with a virtual tour of their distillery.

If you're skipping Dry January and setting up an at-home boozy brunch or if you're in the need of a top-notch hangover cure, get your chops around these brunch deliveries across Manchester. From hangover pizzas to stacked brekkie burgers, these spots are sure to fill you up nicely. 

Stuck indoors and craving a hearty Sunday roast? Fear not as we've handpicked the very best roast dinner deliveries in Manchester. This January, you can tuck into restaurant-quality feasts of succulent chicken, beef and veggie specials with seasonal trimmings and minimal effort. 

If you feel like you want to get up and moving after the festive period, ditch the bog standard fitness class in favour of something more fun. From online yoga sessions that bring in elements of voguing to online burlesque classes, working out never seemed so enjoyable.