Best Events In January

Aah January. With its post-Christmas waistlines, depleted bank balances and general nothingness, it's never going to be a contender for your favourite month. But, across our city, you'll always find plenty of ways to have fun so the winter blues don't get you down. Check out our guide to the best events in Manchester this January, and make the most of what it has in store.

Last updated on 1st February 2023

When you're craving a little heat, venture 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.

Manchester in January 2023 wouldn't be complete without a trip to a Funnyboyz event. Brightening up your month with Benidorm bingo and drag-drenched performances from Maxi Shield, this company has laughs galore in store.

Students rejoice; we've got just the thing for you. Hashtag Parties are taking over some of the city's top venues with clubbing, affordable entry and drinks deals to boot. There's something every night of week when you fancy getting down on the dancefloor.

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


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After things to do in Manchester this January 2023? YO! have you covered with their sushi-making sessions at the Arndale. Expect to be guided through the process of making a number of different items, from salmon sashimi to a crunchy Cali roll.

Good Life Skates

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Good Life Skates sees you taking to the rink across beginner, DJ-led or bring your own boots sessions. But where to find this fun activity? On the mezzanine level of Escape To Freight Island, of course.

What's on at GRUB

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Looking for January events in Manchester today? Take a look at what's happening at GRUB, where this month has winter beer festivals, bottomless brunches and more in store across a roster of affordable things to do.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Saturday 4th February 2023

Hidden away in the heart of Manchester is immersive prison experience Alcotraz, offering the chance for you to smuggle liquor into a themed speakeasy. Your reward? Bespoke cocktails whipped up by master mixologists and being thrown into the heart of a dramatic story.

Cherry Jam

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What's on in Manchester this January doesn't get any tastier than Cherry Jam's bottomless afternoon teas, bingo brunches and grazing boards, which come complete with free-flowing drinks. Better yet, they're fronting a non-boozy version with mocktails for all of you cutting back.

Paint a Pic Manchester

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Create a masterpiece with the guidance of an expert at bars across Manchester this Jan thanks to Paint A Pic. Expect to nab drinks while you let your brushstrokes do the talking - ideal for dates and get-togethers with mates alike.