From traditional dram-paired set menus in historically significant pubs to relaxed comedy and conversation in a local library, Manchester’s Burns Night schedule offers several evening events during which you can honour the globally adored verse of Scotland’s national poet with all of the mirth and none of the melancholy.

Burns Night @ New Century Kitchen | New Century | Wed 25 Jan | 6pm | FREE

Reborn last year as a pioneering music venue, creative hub and food hall, New Century hosts a free-to-attend evening of ‘poetry, whisky and Scottish-themed food’ from a diverse selection of artists and vendors from 6pm on Burns Night proper.

34 Hanover St, Manchester M4 4AH, Tel: 0161 552 6719
Burns Night Supper & Drams | The Britons Protection | Wed 25 Jan | 7.30pm-10pm | £25pp

Featuring a welcome drink courtesy of Edinburgh Gin, haggis, neeps and tatties, five select drams of whisky and ‘a few extras’, The Britons Protection holds the quintessential Burns Night celebration amidst open fireplaces and ornate interior features in one of Manchester’s most famous pubs.

50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE, Tel: 0161 236 5895
BQ Bitesize Scottish Supper Club | Manchester Craft and Design Centre | Wed 25 Jan | 7pm | £75pp

Promising to ‘wine and dine guests through an evening of all things Scottish’, Manchester Craft and Design Centre’s first ever supper club features a welcome snack and cocktail followed by three courses with three paired wines in a relaxed atmosphere.

17 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD, Tel: 0161 832 4274
The Chop House Burns Supper | Sam's Chop House | Wed 25 Jan | £60pp

Once the haunt of L.S. Lowry, Manchester’s 154-year-old culinary cornerstone sharpens its focus on hearty, traditional British food to create a sumptuous Scottish Burns Night menu featuring Loch Fyne oysters, pan-fried venison, customary haggis and more alongside an optional Speyside whisky pairing.

Back Pool Fold, Manchester, M2 1HN, Tel: 0161 834 3210
Our Place: Burns Night Supper Club | Open Kitchen | Thu 26 Jan | 6.30pm-9pm | From £35

Celebrating with a menu full of locally sourced produce, Open Kitchen at the multi-award-winning People’s History Museum offers a cheerily fresh take on Burns Night, with local singer-songwriter Sophie-Mia performing a live jazz and soul set both upon arrival and towards the end of the meal.

Vegan alternatives are available, and every £5 per ticket sold goes towards the work of Only a Pavement Away, which supports the homeless into stable life through employment.

People's History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER, Tel: 07707 974774
Blether Burns Night | Levenshulme Old Library | Fri 27 Jan | 7.30pm-2am | £8

Billed as a night of ‘words, music, performance, comedy and community’, Levenshulme Old Library’s Blether Burns Night celebration offers an intimate, eclectic alternative to the city centre festivities.

Cromwell Grove, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3QE
Wed 25 Jan - Fri 27 Jan
Wolf McFarlane
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Thu 26 Jan 2023