Unusual Event Venues in Manchester

On the hunt for an unusual event venue in Manchester? We've handpicked the best, from secret speakeasies to dive bars, ideal for all occasions. Enjoy!

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Impressive event space at one of Manchester's most illustrious venues for Christmas Parties. It features the 360° Big Picture Show which can transform the area to suit a limitless variety of themes or to screen short films. The experienced in-house events team can organise guided gallery tours as well as delicious dinners, drinks or canapé platters to complement and enhance all events from birthday parties, to anniversaries, award ceremonies, drinks receptions, wedding receptions and special social gatherings.


The beautiful Courtyard at the Islington Mill surrounds you with flowers and greenery with wooden benches for seating. This picturesque setting is a fantastic outdoor space, sure to add a tonnes of character for any drinks receptions, garden parties, birthday parties, corporate events and Christmas Parties.


The Concorde Room is a magnificent venue for a range of events including banquets, product launches and awards ceremonies. The venue offers bespoke AV and lighting and guests can even enjoy private tours of the iconic Concorde G-BOAC in between courses. With a capacity of 750 for receptions, The Hangar is the perfect venue to host any large-scale events.


The Great Nave at The Monastery Manchester is a large, beautiful space that’s also very functional and flexible, catering for a wide range of events including Christmas parties, private dining, banqueting or large-scale drinks receptions. This spectacular piece of ecclesiastical architecture has been restored to its former glory. The room can accommodate 450 guests in a banqueting style, or 320 people in a cabaret style.

Pendulum Hotel City Centre

As the largest of all the rooms at the Manchester Conference Centre, the Pioneer Room offers a versatile space for a variety of events such as large conferences, banqueting, formal dinners and exhibitions. The venue has direct access to the courtyard, so guests can enjoy the fresh air between meetings or dining courses. With floor space of 350 sq mt, and flexible seating arrangements, this is a highly adaptable venue for events.


The King's Arms is known as an outstanding performing arts hub in Salford and Manchester. The King's arms contains a beautiful theatre room on the top floor, an intimate performace and screening studio, a snug area and several bars. With a capacity of 275, The King's Arms is a superb venue for comedy, theatre, poetry, rehearsals and gigs and even bespoke festivals.

The Lowry Salford Quays

The Lyric Theatre is at the heart of The Lowry, and hosts dance, opera and theatre productions throughout the year. It is a highly regarded events venue, with top-quality facilities, bright and modern decoration, and seating for 1730 guests. The Lyric Theatre benefits from being the centrepiece of the Lowry, Manchester's most visited tourist attraction.


Seminar Room 5 is a medium sized space located on the ground floor of King's House Conference Centre. The room hire includes all standard equipment including flip charts, whiteboard, pull down projector screen and coat rack with hangers. The room is typically used for breakout space, exams, seminars and training sessions.


Room 6 is suitable for board meetings, training, panel meetings and support groups. This room has the capacity for 18 delegate’s boardroom style or 30 theatre style filled with natural light from the original church windows. Room 6 has direct access from the main hall and makes a great syndicate / workshop for large events.


The 1844 room at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel is a highly flexible and adaptable space. For business meetings and corporate events, the room can accommodate up to 30 in a theatre style seating format. Situated in Manchester’s vibrant business district, the hotel offers a comprehensive range of business services and equipment.


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About Unusual Event Venues


When you're looking for an unusual venue, everything quickly becomes quite samey. But Manchester really turns up trump when it comes to quirky and different spaces.

We’ve put together a list of our favourite unusual event venues in the city. From secret speakeasies to disguised dive bars, Manchester has plenty of venues that will keep your guests talking about your event for years to come. Hire Space know that the venue is the start of a memorable event.

If you’re looking for something even further off the radar, get in touch with us for our super-secret Manchester venues - the kind you won’t see on a list! You can enquire at venues through their Hire Space profile to receive quick quotes and availability, or use the button below to receive tailored venue suggestions from our experienced team. Venue finding has never been simpler.

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