Staying in is the new going out, thanks to Covid.
Stuck for New Year’s Eve plans? Since the government dropped the bomb on us that we wouldn’t be going to the pub til 2021, we’ve been racking our brains for alternative ways to celebrate the beginning of a brand new year – and luckily for you lot, we had a few ideas that might soften the blow of having to stay at home. Read on for our guide to alternative things to do in tier 3 Manchester this New Year’s Eve.
1. Order a fancy food box
Not up for cooking this NYE? A number of Manchester restaurants have put together the perfect DIY boxes, allowing fans to recreate their stunning dishes from the comfort of their own kitchens. From Six by Nico’s ever-changing Home by Nico boxes and Rudy’s Bake at Home pizzas, to Hawksmoor’s fantastic home delivery service – there’s plenty to go at that’ll save you the job of cooking.
2. Go to bed early so 2020’s over sooner
Because face it, it’s been a crappy year. If you can’t bear ringing in the New Year because of the disappointment after wasting a whole night celebrating 2020, we won’t judge. Get yourself to bed and forget it ever happened for a while.
3. Party like it’s 1999 with your housemates at home
Can’t go to the bars? Bring the party to you and ring in the New Year with just your household. Get in the fizz, whack on a bit of music and party like it’s 1999 a la Prince.
4. Enjoy Schloss at home with their amazing NYE feast
Creating a special menu just for New Year’s Eve, Albert’s Schloss will be serving schweinshaxe, sformato, tiramasu, Espresso martinis, prosecco and more for the occasion – with all the food and booze you’ll need to have a good time while stuck at home. Find out more here.
5. Tune into 24 hours of party vibes with the Haçienda
Raising vital funds for the community, United We Stream will return this New Year’s Eve for an epic 24-hour party. The Haçienda will host the day-long party, with guests such as Peter Hook performing. The party has been created in order to raise donations for the Mayor’s charity, OneGM, and all funds will go towards those affected by the pandemic in Greater Manchester.
6. Start Avengers: Infinity War at 9:48:51pm so that Thanos wipes out half the universe as the New Year is rung in
Because after the year we’ve had, it’d be pretty fitting, wouldn’t it?
7. Enjoy Elnecot’s set menu, specially created for NYE
While the details are still TBC, Elnecot will be curating a special set menu for New Year’s Eve, following in the footsteps of the fantastic weekly menus that have been up for grabs at the Ancoats restaurant. All food will be cooked fresh for takeaway, so you can avoid the faff of slinging something up yourself. Keep your eyes peeled on their Instagram for more updates.
8. Just give up, order a kebab and watch rubbish on the tele til midnight
Can’t be bothered this year? Relieve yourselves of the pressures of celebrating New Year’s Eve and sack it all off for a naughty kebab in front of the tele. That’s probably what I’ll be doing this year, anyway.