AO Arena unveils plans for new ‘luxury’ suite, bar, and restaurant as part of £50m redevelopment

The Mezz promises to take guests "above and beyond the show".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 11th May 2023

AO Arena has today unveiled plans for a brand-new range of ‘luxury experiences’ as part of its £50 million redevelopment.

As Manchester‘s flagship entertainment venue undergoes its major transformational redevelopment over the next three years, and continues to expand and elevate its premium portfolio, the venue has today unveiled exciting plans for a brand-new and exclusive ‘members only’ state-of-art luxury suite, bar and restaurant.

Called ‘The Mezz’, and set to open in early 2024 – with bookings being taken from this month – the new level promises to take guests “above and beyond the show” through two connected experiences.

The new premium bar and restaurant will serve up the best in modern British cuisine, champagne, fine wines, signature cocktails, and post-show entertainment – with freshly-prepared modern dishes using local and seasonal ingredients, complemented by an expertly-crafted wine list, and “impeccable service timed to perfection”.

AO Arena has unveiled plans for a new ‘luxury’ suite, bar, and restaurant / Credit: AO Arena

Master mixologists will pour champagne, and prepare a wide range of cocktails and mocktails accompanied with snacks and sharing platters.


Guests will have an unrivalled view of the arena bowl and world-famous stage from The Mezz, as well as direct access to the best seats in the house, and then after the show, the bar will stay open with a DJ on the decks to keep the party going.

The AO Arena says The Mezz will be “the ultimate space” to start and end a night of live entertainment. 

The Mezz promises to take guests “above and beyond the show” / Credit: AO Arena

Speaking on the unveiling of the plans for The Mezz, Jen Mitchell – General Manager at AO Arena – said: “With our redevelopment works well underway, we are absolutely delighted to announce the launch of The Mezz – a stunning new suite, premium bar and restaurant for guests right here in Manchester city centre.

“There will of course be access to watch the shows from some of the best seats in the house.

“We’re incredibly proud to be elevating AO Arena as we drive ahead to a bright future, so it’s fantastic to be able to reveal this latest addition in the works as part of our state-of-the-art premium portfolio.”


The AO Arena says The Mezz will form part of the long-term vision and investment to “future-proof” the venue as it looks ahead to exciting times at the heart of the action in Manchester city centre.

The AO Arena is currently going through a three-year £50 million redevelopment project / Credit: AO Arena

As well as The Mezz, customers will also see upgraded concourse areas with revamped bars and new menu offerings that “cater for diverse and evolving food and drink requirements”, all opening throughout 2023 and into 2024 as part of the redevelopment plans.

And crucially, the floor space within the arena’s main bowl is being expanded as part of the redevelopment to allow for increased capacity. 

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For more information on The Mezz membership, or to book the new venue, you can contact [email protected] or call 0161 950 1069.

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