Bars for Hire in Manchester

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Top Private Bars in Manchester

There are many different types of establishments where you can throw parties and events in the Manchester area. But one of the most popular kinds of venues to rent out is a bar or restaurant. Bars and pubs are convenient places to host birthday parties, reunions and any other kind of events. Bars available for private hire usually offer a room, food, drinks and desserts for your event, meaning you can kick back and enjoy the party instead of having to worry about all the details (and dishes!) Manchester has quite a few private bars available to rent. Below is our list of all the best bars to hire in Manchester. 

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Private Bars Hire Guide

Have you checked out the fab list of venues? If not yet, make sure you scroll through our fine selection and come back for a quick read after. We’re here to guide you through the venue rental process, and answer some very important questions! As it happens, Manchester is one of the best cities in the UK to hire private bars. The drinking culture here is truly one of a kind! When it comes to the bar scene, Manchester boasts one of the best selections of quality establishments in the country. There are all types and varieties of bars to choose from in Manchester.


If you’re looking for a quieter night out, then Manchester’s cosy and relaxed bars will suit you well. Find some cool spaces where you can sit down, grab a pint and maybe even play some fussball. As for those of us who like to have a more upbeat evening, there are a ton of unique and flat out wild bars and clubs in the city. Regardless of what you choose, finding a bar with a private room for hire in Manchester isn’t always the easiest of tasks, that’s why we made this page to help you find them! Gathering with your friends in a crowded and loud bar can be frustrating and can leave you feeling annoyed. Renting your own event space for a private party is a good idea if you want to have the peace and quiet you need to hear each other. They’re also great if you want privacy so you can be the loud ones without getting in trouble! We dare to say that both of these options sound equally good, and that’s exactly why we prepared some tips and tricks to help you out before you book a bar for your private party.

Private bars rental tips and tricks

  • How’s the food? – It is a good rule of thumb to always go to the bar you wish to host your event at and try their food before you make your reservation. A bar might talk a big game, but may not actually have a great menu. You won’t want to be disappointed by finding out the food isn’t what you wanted at the event. Besides, it’s a good excuse for going out and getting some eats on a weeknight.
  • Staff – Ask the bar if they’ll have sufficient workers on staff the night of your party. It can be frustrating to have to wait for the floor servers to make their rounds back into your private room. Most bars are willing to bring in extra staff for your event or even better bring in designated servers for your group.
  • Ask about cleanup – Most bars allow you to leave your mess for them to pick up after you’re gone. However, some bars require you to clean the space before you leave. It’s a good idea to check the bar's policy on cleanup before you reserve your party there -- after all, you won’t want to spend the night drinking only to find out you have to roll up your sleeves and work afterwards.
  • Check out the food options - Some spaces will offer simple finger food, others will go more into the fast food area and others will have full-on main courses which you can indulge in as you drink. Think about what type of event you’re planning to have and choose a space that will fit in with your vision!

So how much does it actually cost to hire a bar for a private party in Manchester? We investigated for you:

  • The minimum spend rate is the most common pricing structure for hiring a private bar in Manchester. The minimum spend rate is an excellent way to pay since you don't actually pay for the venue itself, you just commit to buying a certain cost of food and drinks as a group. The minimum spend rate ranges from £200-£2000 depending on the size of the space you are renting.
  • Many Manchester bars charge a hire fee for a private room hire; this is a flat rate fee for the usage of their facility. With hire fee pricing you can usually choose if you want to rent the space for a few hours or a whole night. The hire fee in Manchester ranges from £450 for a regular bar to £33000 for an entire estate.
  • Per person is also a common fee used by bars in Manchester. This should include food, an open bar and the venue. The per person price range for private bar hires in Manchester is £25-£80 per person.

Still have some unanswered questions on your mind? Take a look at these most commonly asked questions below:

FAQs about Private Bars in Manchester

Is it a good idea to host an event in a private bar? What are the advantages of bar venues?

Bar venues offer a convenient “one-stop shop” of sorts, where you can go to get drinks, food, games, and socialize. Renting out a room or an entire bar for your private use is no exception! You can find countless bars in any neighbourhood of Manchester that you can hire for your private event.

I am looking for a private bar in Manchester to host my birthday party. Any recommendations?

Check out some of the activity or arcades bars! There are a lot of bars to book in Manchester that offer a great experience beyond your traditional food and drinks that go really well with a birthday party!

How to hire budget friendly private bars in Manchester?

Booking venues doesn’t have to be an expensive experience if you know how to do it well. Before you hire a location make sure you’ve checked out all the cost-effective options. You can also try to contact the manager and negotiate a discount or ask about more affordable times to hire the space. Want to know another great way to save money? Make sure everyone chips in!

What events can I celebrate in private bars in Manchester?

Private bars are pretty flexible with the kind of events you can celebrate inside (although we don’t really recommend throwing your daughter's sweet 16 in one of those). But definitely think about any after work drinks, birthday parties (18+), engagement and anniversary parties and work events!

Guests Reviews of Private Bars on Tagvenue

Luke C.
Booked The Town Hall - Function Room. at Town Hall Tavern
Had a leaving party in the upstairs room that holds up to 50. It worked perfectly as a space for an small gathering with friendly bar staff throughout. A central location, just a short walk from the nearest tram stop, meant people found it easily. Many thanks to the Town Hall Tavern for hosting us!
Laura H.
Booked The Side Room at Twenty Twenty Two
Hosted my 30th birthday party here and it was a blast. Really good space, with plenty of room to sit, dance and play beer pong! Sarah was great throughout and answered all my questions quickly. Staff on the day were helpful and let us set up/decorate early and helped us figure out the sound system so we could play our own music and even have karaoke! Would highly recommend. Excellent value for a very central location in Manchester on a Friday night!
Claire R.
Booked Ground Floor Bar at Dirty Martini Manchester
We hosted a quiz for clients in the basement, service was excellent - bar staff good fun and super polite. We ordered a buffet and there was plenty of excellent food for all. Fantastic space we would definately book again and a few of our clients said they would have events there in future. Ladies toilets could do with a paint refresh but other than that spot on.
Lucy F.
Booked Full Venue at Sixes Social Cricket - Manchester
Absolutely phenomenal for a private event. Froom booking and organising, the communication was flawless.... but the credit needs to go to the chefs, kitchen staff, lead contact, bar staff, cricket sorters/ ball reclaimers........ the whole thing was above and beyond what we could have wished for
Scot H.
Booked Tap Room at Honest Burgers Manchester
Easy process to book. Food was brilliant and served when we asked for it. The hosts were superb and looked after us all night. The private bar is exactly what we were after as there were over 25 people from a work event and I wanted to keep everyone together. Will definitely return for any other work we have.
Nick C.
Booked Container Space at Foundry Project
Booked for a group of 35 for a work social. The container space was perfect for our needs and the staff were were accommodating and diligent. The food came out on time and was great - no complaints from anyone which is rare for a big group. Booking process was straightforward and Jonny responded to our enquiries quickly. We will definitely book here again for any future events in the area.
Nancy T.
Booked Basement at Dirty Martini Manchester
Incredible venue, really lovely staff both online organizing and working behind the bar. The venue organised a DJ and let us put up some of our own decorations too which was incredible. Food was lovely and drinks during happy hour were amazing!
Gabriella S.
Booked Basement at Lono Cove
Nick the manager went out of his way to accommodate my event. Let us set up before the event, helped with the catering. Anything I asked they helped, providing drinks for non-drinkers, and allowing us to play our own music. The staff are all very helpful, the space is newly renovated and clean, and the cocktails are great. Everyone commented on how cute the bar decor is. Highly recommend, already planning another event there.

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