31 events to beat the January blues in Manchester
ManchesterViews-Manchester House c Tobias Alexander

It may be cold and miserable, but there’s no need to stay in hibernating with our pick of the best events to beat the January blues.

From must-see film events to whisky tasting, a beer festival, special offers at your favourite restaurants, cool club nights, and live music from The Liberteens and Massive Attack amongst others, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Manchester this month.

1 Jan: The Warehouse Project’s New Year’s Day party – The Warehouse Project’s New Year’s Day party across both Albert Hall and Albert’s Schloss boasts sets from Julio Bashmore, Luke Unabomber, Joy Social and Krysko amongst others. Guaranteed to start 2016 with a bang. (Fri 1 Jan, 8pm – 5am, Albert Hall and Alberts Schloss, Peter Street, M2 5QR – more info)

1 Jan: 90s Acid House Party with 808 State – If you’re not ready to stop partying after New Year’s Eve, join Manchester legends 808 State for a 90s Acid House Party DJ set at South on New Year’s Day. The line-up also includes Solardo, Martinez & Quadelli. Steeve Mac and Craig Robinson. (Fri 1 Jan, 10pm – 5am, South, 4A South King St, M2 6DQ – more info)

1 Jan – 31 Jan: 25% off at Solita – Forget the January diet. Grab a voucher and enjoy 25% off food at Solita, from bacon-wrapped cheesy dough balls and short rib croquettes to burgers, hot dogs and steaks from the INKA grill. (Branches in the NQ, Didsbury and Prestwich – more info)

1 Jan – 31 Jan: Tryanuary – Even though the UK is in a beer business boom, January is traditionally a quiet month for independent pubs and bars, microbrewers and retailers. Tryanuary encourages Mancunians and the nation to try, share, and enjoy new beers and brews. Get involved and win the featured beers on social media. (more info)

2 Jan – 31 Jan: 50% off at The Alchemist – Enjoy half-price food at The Alchemist throughout January when you book online, whether it’s weekend brunch, Sunday lunch, or gourmet burgers and sandwiches. We love the salt and pepper chicken wings. (Branches at Spinningfields and New York Street – more info)

2 Jan – 31 Jan: 50% off at The Grill on the Alley – With 50% off your total food bill throughout January when you book online, now is a great time to treat yourself to a hearty Sunday roast or a great steak. How about that juicy 450g T-bone steak you’ve had your eye on for half the price? (5 Ridgefield, M2 6EG – more info)

3 Jan: Movies, popcorn and cocktails – With free entry, free popcorn and two for £10 on great cocktails, relax in atmospheric drinking den The Fitzgerald with movies and drinks from 2pm. (Sun 3 Jan, from 2pm, The Fitzgerald, 11 Stevenson Square, M1 1DB – more info)

4 Jan – 31 Jan: 50% off at GUSTO – Treat yourself to half-price food at GUSTO throughout January when you book online, from steak and seafood to pasta and risotto. (4 Lloyd Street, M2 5AB – more info)

Until 9 Jan: The Bodyguard with Alexandra Burke – Direct from its smash-hit West End run, the award-winning musical based on the blockbuster film stars three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke. (Until 9 Jan, The Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford St, M1 6FT – more info)

8 Jan: The Hateful Eight – In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception in Quentin Tarantino’s violent Western epic starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. (From 8 Jan, cinemas across Manchester).

9 Jan: JACO film screening – A compelling story of prodigious talent, self-taught adventures and raw human vulnerability, JACO presents the world of bass guitar phenomenon Jaco Pastorius through the eyes of his family and various musical collaborators. (Sat 9 Jan, 7pm, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, M4 5JZ – more info)

9 Jan: Llareggub Brass Band – Catch the Bronx hip hop-inspired, New Orleans-tinged brass band performing live at Matt and Phreds. Expect a heady mix of modern dance music, New Orleans Jazz, and Welsh pop music from this eight piece ensemble. (Sat 9 Jan, 9.30pm – 1am, £5 OTD, Matt and Phreds, 64 Tib Street, M4 1LW – more info)

11 Jan: Whisky tasting – A fun introduction into the world of Scotch whisky, held at The Old Monkey. The event features five whiskies from the various regions of Scotland, including a very rare single cask bottling, of which less than 300 bottles were ever produced. (Mon 11 Jan, 8pm, £20, The Old Monkey, 90 Portland Street, M1 4GX – more info)

14 – 24 Jan: PUSH 2016 – A chance to immerse yourself in two weeks’ worth of new and extraordinary theatrical experiences made by fantastic theatre makers, some never seen before, along with host of workshops and discussions led by the companies themselves as well as leading practitioners from around the country. (14 – 24 Jan, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

15 Jan: The Revenant – In an 1823 expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his hunting team. The Revenant, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Tom Hardy, follows Glass’ navigation of a vicious winter to survive and seek vengeance on those who left him to die. (From 15 Jan, cinemas across Manchester).

Until 16 Jan: Into the Woods – Catch this enchanting musical masterpiece – a contemporary vision of Sondheim’s multiple Tony Award-winning show – at the Royal Exchange Theatre until 16 Jan. (Until 16 Jan, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, M2 7DH – more info)

16 Jan: Slaves – Ahead of the release of their hugely anticipated album Are you Satisfied?, two-piece punk provocateurs Slaves are playing at the Ritz as part of their 11-city UK tour. Expect chaotic crowd-surfing and frenzied yell-alongs. (Sat 16 Jan, 6.30pm, O2 Ritz, Whitworth Street West, M1 5NQ – more info)

16 Jan: Indiependence – All the best from the world of Indie and Dance to keep you dancing all night long. Tunes from Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Daft Punk, Courteeners, Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Prodigy and more, plus drinks promos. (Sat 16 Jan, 10.30pm – 3am, the Venue, 29 Jacksons Row, M2 5WD – more info)

18 Jan: Crazy Pedro’s all-day happy hour – It may be so-called Blue Monday on 18 Jan, but Crazy Pedro’s Part-Time Pizza Parlour are running an all-day happy hour to help cure the January blues. They’re also offering 16-inch pizzas for £7.50 throughout January, usually priced at £12.50: try the Chicken and Waffle or the scotch bonnet and jerk chicken topped Kingston Rock. (Mon 18 Jan, Crazy Pedro’s, 55 – 57 Bridge Street, M3 3BQ – more info)

20 – 23 Jan: Manchester Beer & Cider Festival – Warm up with over 500 of the finest beers, ciders and perries at The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival. You’ll find the very best beers from the UK’s burgeoning craft beer brewery scene as well as range of draught and bottled beers from innovative and exciting breweries around the world. (Wed 20 Jan – Sat 23 Jan, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill St M2 3GX – more info)

23 Jan: Suede: Night Thoughts and Q&A – Iconic cult indie band Suede have career record sales of 2.5 million albums will release their 7th album in January 2016. This 52 minute film Night Thoughts sits alongside the album, and the event features Brett Anderson and Mat Osman from Suede for a post-screening Q&A. (Sat 23 Jan, 9pm, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

23 Jan: The Libertines live – Performing at Manchester Arena for the first time as part of their upcoming seven date UK arena tour, Pete Doherty’s band will play tracks from their highly acclaimed new album Anthems For Doomed Youth, alongside hits from their previous two albums. (Sat 23 Jan, Manchester Arena, M3 1AR – more info)

23 Jan: Ultimate Anthems – With nothing but anthems all night long, expect to hear songs you can punch the air to relentlessly, whilst hugging a stranger and screaming the chorus till your lungs give out at this club night. (Sat 23 Jan, 10.30pm, £6, The Ruby Lounge, 50 Newton Street, M1 2EA – more info)

24 Jan – 10 Feb: Gary Delaney – Widely regarded as being one of the most quotable one-liner comics in the country, with a huge twitter following, Gary Delaney’s talents have led him to write for 8 Out Of 10 Cats, A League Of Their Own, Live At The Apollo and more. (24 Jan – 10 Feb, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ – more info)

28 Jan: NT Live Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Following hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s hugely anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas, broadcast live from the Donmar’s London home and starring Dominic West. (Thurs 28 Jan, 7pm, AMC, The Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – more info)

28 Jan: Massive Attack live – A chance to see the English trip hop group from Bristol live at the Manchester Apollo, with support from Young Fathers, who won the Mercury Prize for their debut album Dead in 2014. (Tues 28 Jan, 7pm, O2 Apollo, Stockport Road, M12 6AP – more info)

29 Jan: Pearl Jam live – Catch this American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1990, performing live at Manchester Academy, with support from A Tribute To Eddie Vedder. (Fri 29 Jan, 7.30pm, The Academy Oxford Road, M13 9PR – more info)

29 Jan: Pacemaker club night – Night & Day presents Pacemaker, a free rock n roll club night hosted by Two Weeks Running. Expect to hear The Beatles, The Ramones, Pixies, Elvis, The Stones Roses, The Jam, Manic Street Preachers and more. (Fri 29 Jan, 11pm – 3am, Night & Day, 26 Oldham Street, M1 1JN – more info)

30 Jan: Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club – Craig Charles returns for another night of Funk & Soul prestige, with a DJ set from the man himself and live music from British singer-songwriter Juliette Ashby. (Sat 30 Jan, 9pm, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, M4 5JZ – more info)

31 Jan: Wintertime wild food forage – Expect to find a mixture of roots, leaves and fungi – of both edible and medicinal varieties – on this walk with Jesper Launder, a foraging teacher with over 30 years of experience identifying and eating wild mushrooms and other wild foods. There’s also the chance to sample some warming wild wines. (Sun 31 Jan, 11am – 3pm, Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury – more info)

31 Jan: Mitch Benn – “I’m a skeptic. But don’t take my word for it. Or indeed anybody’s. For anything….” and this is the basic premise of Mitch’s new critically acclaimed show. Laugh (and think too) as Mitch debunks myths, exposes nonsense and grapples with the very nature of knowledge itself. (Sun 31 Jan, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ – more info)

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