Best places to take clients in Manchester

If you’re entertaining clients in Manchester, you will no doubt want to make the experience memorable for all the right reasons.

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The following are our picks of some of the best places to entertain clients in Manchester. 

Indulge in tasty tapas at El Gato Negro

This stylish tapas bar is perfect for entertaining clients with either a drink and a casual bite to eat, or extensive dining experience. It offers al fresco dining, a terrace with a retractable roof and even a chef’s table. The menu consists of authentic Spanish charcuterie, cheeses and tapas, while the bar serves impressive cocktails. 

Tour Old Trafford 

Take a football fanatic client to tour the world-famous sports venue, Old Trafford. A stadium tour of Old Trafford includes the dressing room, a walk through the tunnel and the manager’s dugout seat. Combine the tour with a meal afterwards in the Red Cafe, for a memorable day.

Enjoy a luxurious dining experience on-board the East Lancashire Railway

With a range of dining options from lunch or afternoon tea, through to four-course silver service dining and comedy evenings, a trip on the East Lancashire Railway is a perfect option for business entertaining. Journey through the picturesque countryside of Lancashire and enjoy the first-class service. 

See a show at the Opera House

If you’d like to treat your clients to an evening of culture, then there is no better venue than the renowned Manchester Opera House. With a history dating back to 1912, the Opera House stages shows of all genres and offers VIP and champagne packages in the Ambassador Lounge. 

Enjoy an evening of live comedy at The Comedy Store

Put a smile on your clients face with a night of laughter at a comedy club. The Manchester Comedy Store hosts some of the top comedians in the UK and makes for an entertaining evening out. Treat your clients to a pre-show meal in the restaurant or after-show drinks in one of the three bars. 

Just don’t forget to keep a record of your receipts, because logging your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT shouldn’t get in the way of a good laugh!

Play a round of golf at Treetop Adventure Golf

The golf course has always been an excellent place for business entertaining, but traditional golf gets a modern twist at Treetop Adventure Golf. With two 18-hole indoor golf courses and a bar serving food and drinks, including cocktails, it has everything you need for a fun evening with your clients. 

An alternative night out at Vanishing Cabaret

Experience a night of magic at this intimate speakeasy bar, located at 1837, Alston Bar and Beef. Your clients will be astounded and intrigued by world-class performers and can enjoy a wide range of gins and great food. This is a venue with a real difference and is worth a visit, just don’t forget to request a receipt when paying with your company card.

Exquisite afternoon tea at Richmond Tea Rooms

Richmond Tea Rooms offers an afternoon tea with a difference with its Alice in Wonderland-themed experience. The tea rooms serve breakfasts, light meals and their superb afternoon tea menu includes an impressive range of exotic teas as well as the traditional favourites. It’s the ideal venue for afternoon client entertaining, especially if they love tea!

Escape the city and enjoy a meal on the Bridgewater Canal Cruise

If you’re looking to take a client away from the hustle and bustle of working life, a meal and cruise on the Bridgewater Canal may be just what you need. Offering private charters and public cruises, Bridgewater Cruises will keep your clients happy and relaxed as they enjoy lunch or afternoon tea on-board. 

Try a unique cocktail at Arcane

Set in the basement of the Queens Chambers building, the Arcane Bar has made an impression with its relaxed atmosphere and amazing cocktails. Taking a client out for drinks can be far from an everyday experience if you choose the right bar, and the Arcane is sure to impress. 

Admire Victorian Gothic architecture at The John Rylands Library

In the heart of Manchester, The ‌John Rylands Library is set in a magnificent Neo-Gothic building. The library is free to visit so no need to empty the business bank account, and your clients will certainly be inspired and impressed by the venue. The library’s architecture and spectacular collection of books, art, manuscripts, maps and objects offer an engaging experience.

Take a wander through the Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth houses a vast and eclectic collection of art and design, which means that whatever your client’s views on art, there is bound to be something of interest. Enjoy browsing the exhibitions and the workshop and grab a coffee and a bite to eat in the cafe, which has stunning views of Whitworth Park and the Art Garden, perfect for entertaining.

A cocktail masterclass at The Alchemist

For a memorable experience, why not try a cocktail masterclass. Treat your client to a private area and a dedicated mixologist. An explanation will be provided about each cocktail, its history, and how it’s made. The best part is you get to make and drink your own specially crafted cocktails. 

Grab a drink and enjoy the 360-degree view at 20 Stories

Take your clients to 20 Stories, and you can guarantee it will be a drink to remember. Nineteen floors up in the heart of Spinningfields, 20 Stories has a bar, restaurant and rooftop terrace with stunning unrivalled views of the Manchester skyline and is sure to impress. 

Experience the taste of Asia at Vermillion

If you are looking for a meal and drinks with a difference, look no further than Vermillion. Serving delicious Asian fusion cuisine, Vermillion prides itself on its stylish Eastern atmosphere and can offer you and your guests a memorable evening.

Whether your are entertaining clients in London, Leeds, Birmingham or Manchester, it usually doesn’t come without a cost. Managing your company’s entertainment expenses doesn’t have to be nightmare with clever solutions like Soldo. For helpful advice on managing business expenses, check out our complete guide on entertainment expenses here.

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