Like the rest of the UK, and the world really, we’re absolutely buzzing for Eurovision this year, especially since it’s just down the road in Liverpool. Obviously, it’s only the lucky few that’ll get to see the campy extravaganza in the flesh, so the rest of us need somewhere to let out our Eurovision excitement, and there’s so many events going on around Manchester for that very function. Whether you’re looking for a full-on party or just a special place to sip a Buck’s Fizz and take in the action, here’s a rundown of where to watch Eurovision in Manchester this year.
If you’re up for an all-out Eurovision party, look no further than GRUB. The street food venue in Red Bank will be decking out all three of its rooms to host Manchester’s Eurovision spectacular. This includes their Cultplex cinema (formerly Chapeltown), the hall and the basement bar, ensuring guests are comfortable in their choice of viewing location, whether you prefer the social food hall experience or really want to focus on the competition on the big screen. Find tickets here.
GRUB, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF.
2. Freight Island
Everyone’s guilty pleasure for summer drinks, Escape To Freight Island is hosting a Eurovision extravaganza this May. Freight Island will host a huge Eurovision Karaoke party alongside new weekly event nights at this spring, where every Friday guests will be serenaded by The Soul of Hip Hop.
The Eurovision party is sure to be so much fun, fitting in with the festival-themed surroundings, although details are currently pretty vague, so do look out for more details on the Freight Island website and social media.
Escape To Freight Island, Depot Mayfield, 11 Baring St, Manchester, M1 2PZ.
3. The Refuge
Veterans in themed blowouts, the team at The Refuge are back at it again with a Eurovision special. Hosted by Family Gorgeous in The Vault, the party will be a fabulous affair, full of sparkles and flamboyance, so expect a night of cheeky commentary, DJs, activities and surprise performances. The Vault will be serving up Buck’s Fizz, cocktail specials and an exclusive collaboration with pizza aficionados, Crazy Pedro’s, who will be creating a Eurovision-inspired pizza topped with maximum cheesy flavour.
After the main show is over and the winner has been crowned, The Vault will continue the party into the early hours with the ultimate Europop bash – expect a tracklist of Eurovision royalty that will have you scoring douze points for dance moves. Grab your tickets here.
The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester, M60 7HA.
4. Native at Ducie Street Warehouse
For something a little bit different, throughout the week aparthotel Native Manchester and its ground floor destination hub, Ducie Street Warehouse, will host a series of cultural programming including a unique Eurovision brunch, Eurovision screening at the Mini Cini and a curation of local talents and DJs performing Eurovision-inspired sets.
The restaurant will also launch a special Eurovision dessert, available all week long from Monday 8th until Sunday 14th May with proceeds going to a Ukrainian humanitarian charity. Located right next to Manchester Piccadilly station, and just under an hour away to Liverpool Lime Street station, Native Manchester is also the perfect place for those looking for an alternative stay to elevate their Eurovision experience, if they’re lucky enough to have bagged tickets. Book a stay here.
Native Manchester, Warehouse, Ducie St, Manchester, M1 2TP.
5. Everyman Cinema
Boujie cinema Everyman will be hosting national Eurovision watch parties up and down the country, with Manchester’s being at their location on Quay Street. Everyman invites you to celebrate the campest competition of them all in style, where you can expect an evening of cocktails, dancing and of course the live screening of the sensational spectacle that is the Eurovision final.
Each ticket will include entry to the event, a drink, snacks and a scorecard so you can join in on the action and judge the performances for yourself. You are also encouraged to come in your best Eurovision fancy dress and bring your most chaotic dance moves for an evening to remember! Find tickets here before they’re gone!
Everyman Manchester St. John’s, ABC Building, 23 Quay St, Manchester, M3 4AS.
Get the gang together to celebrate the Eurovision Final on Saturday 13th May with a special live screening at MOTLEY Manchester. The stylish Deansgate venue will be decked out in full-on Eurovision decorations – from bunting to balloons and even a digital photo booth for guests to take home a memento of the night.
Mancunians can embrace Eurovision by cheering on the UK at MOTLEY’s special screening party, brace themselves for ‘nil points’ by taking a seat at the elegant bar, or enjoy Manchester’s spring weather and take in all the action on the venue’s outdoor terrace. For any big Eurovision fans, the venue will also show the Eurovision Semi Final on Thursday 11th May from 8pm.
Motley, 115 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2NW.
7. New Century
New Century will screen the final live from 8pm, with Eurovision-inspired DJ sets in between performances and during judging. Every table booked on the night will represent a different country, so guests can take their seats at tables ranging from the UK to Armenia for a night of Eurovision fun as the UK sets to host a competition that sees the globe ‘United by Music’. Guests can get comfortable, and order some incredible food from New Century Kitchen’s fabulous food traders Zumuku Sushi, Wild By Ply, Tallow, Spice Yard, Banh Vi, and Agreste, before enjoying the show. Those seated at the winning country’s table at the end of the night will even win a £100 bar tab to use at a later date.
The New Century bar team have also created a special cocktail for the occasion, which will raise money for Ukraine, with £2 from those sold on the night will go directly to Humanitarian charities supporting those in crisis in Ukraine. Fancy dress or accessorizing of any Eurovision-kind is encouraged and there’ll be two spot prizes on the night for those taking part. The runner-up in the fancy dress competition will win tickets to see ABBA tribute act Bjorn Again at New Century Hall later in the year! First place prize is VIP dinner and drinks in New Century Kitchens, and a stay at boutique hotel, The Alan.
New Century, 34 Hanover St, Manchester, M4 4AH.
8. Roby 1844
The Roby BBQ Grill at the newly reopened Roby 1844 waterside bar will take place every Saturday from 2pm – 6pm over the summer months, with a Eurovision Party taking place from 12th – 14th May. Looking at its relaunch event and celebrations for the Coronation, it seems we’re in for a treat when it comes to Eurovision! Keep an eye on the Roby 1844 social media to get the latest details.
Roby 1844, 25 Aytoun St, Manchester, M1 3AE.