Deansgate’s giant new bar BOX will open in time for the Christmas party season

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 18th November 2021

Some good news for those who have left planning the Christmas ‘do until the last minute, as award-winning sports bar BOX will open its new Manchester site in time for the festive season.

The giant new bar, already well-established in Leeds, is famed for screening live sports events, but will also be offering apres ski-style live entertainment and cocktails on tap.

Although not opening until November 27, bookings are now open for the festive season at the huge two-storey, 8000 sq ft venue.

Inside, there are 20 screens showing sports matches, two 21-foot European Shuffleboard tables, and a massive island bar.

As well as sports screenings, BOX will have live music at the weekends. Credit: The Photo Project

The upstairs level has been kitted out with booth seating and luxurious finishes for private viewings and parties – just in time for the festive season.


One of BOX’s main selling points will be its ‘Bandeoke’ nights, where guests will join a live house band on stage to belt out their favourite karaoke hits.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there’ll be live DJs and live bands too.

Food at BOX bar will include platters for groups and parties. Credit: Supplied.

Fresh Budvar will be delivered directly from the Czech Republic each week and stored in beer tanks on site.

Then there’ll be BOX’s secret-recipe Pornstar and Espresso Martinis, available on tap.

For groups, there are giant cocktail steins you can share, alongside a selection of wines, spirits and local beers.


Parties can also dig in to BOX Platters, which are packed with mini burgers, mozzarella fries, crispy popcorn chicken and succulent BBQ ribs.

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Other dishes on the menu include pizzas made with double-fermented dough, hand-formed burgers, and marinated kebabs.

BOX Manchester will be the fourth Arc Inspirations venue to open in the city, joining two Banyan sites (in Spinningfields and at the Corn Exchange), and Manahatta just down the road on Deansgate.

You can book a table or your Christmas party at BOX now at

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