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The one and only and original Manchester Whisky Festival is on it’s way…

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that this is a must for any whisky fan, fanatic or even whisky newcomer.

Now in its 8th year, the Manchester Whisky Festival has become an absolute must-do for the good folks of the capital of the North.

Not only will you have the chance to taste the best of homegrown whiskies from all over Scotland, but we will also have a good selection of whiskies from all over the world for your delectation.

Throw in a smattering of tremendous workshops and ‘Under the Counter’ drams and the grand surroundings of The Manchester Town Hall, and you have a fantastic day out on the cards.

As always you also have a choice of sessions in order to ease the crowds slightly and make your life more comfortable!

Early Session: 11am-3pm

Late Session: 4pm-8pm.

Early Entry Tickets – these are single tickets allowing entry to the festival half an hour before the official door opening time, allowing you to get a head start on your favourite drams!

Here’s what each ticket includes:

  • Entry to one session, either 11am-3pm or 4pm-8pm (select which above)
  • Glencairn tasting glass
  • A bottle of water (for obvious purposes)
  • The Festival Guide
  • ALL WHISKIES SAMPLED IN MAIN HALL (not including ‘under the counter’ drams)

 How the festival works

Simply approach any of the exhibitor stands, ask politely for a dram and you shall receive a tasty glass of whisky (it really is that simple) Every exhibitor should know their whiskies inside out and it’s well worth taking advantage of this knowledge. They’ll be able to answer all and any whisky related questions you may have and will happily explain why their whisky is so damn tasty.

Under the counter drams

The vast majority of whiskies on show are available to taste within your ticket price.

However, ‘Under the Counter’ Token drams simply allow you access to some of the rare and more exclusive whiskies in the festival. We have two tiers of tokens available which can be purchased on the day

White Tokens £2.50 each.

Black Tokens £5 each.

The Festival Shop

As in previous years we have our friends from The Whisky Exchange in the show to take care of all your purchasing needs and selling every whisky that you will find in the show.


Will keep appearing here at regular intervals, please keep checking back to see what whiskies are in store!



Please note:

‘Early-bird’ tickets are strictly limited and the offer will not be repeated once they are sold out.

Please ensure you buy tickets for the correct session. We cannot allow customers to ‘swap’ sessions on the day and you may be refused entry if you attempt this. If you mistakenly buy a ticket/s for the wrong session please email us at least 28 days before the event and we will endeavour to swap you over at our discretion.

To attend any of the masterclasses a session ticket is also required, please state the order number on your session ticket when booking a class.


Please also note:

‘Last Pour’ is always 15 minutes prior to the session end time. As it always has been and always will be. Please do not complain on the day when you not served beyond this time!

We do not send out ‘paper’ tickets. Once you have booked, you will be emailed a confirmation and your name will be added to our event register for entry on the door.

If they are a gift for somebody else and you would like PDF tickets emailed to you, please email info@thewhiskylounge.com, stating the names of the recipients.


  1. carl.potts February 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    with the new site do we still get emails when the festival tickets are going on sale for Manchester?

    • Eddie February 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Absolutely Carl, the new website does not effect the mailing list processes so as long as you are getting our emails still, you will get the info you need when it is released!

  2. alfonso June 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve been to a few of the previous manchester fests, including last year at the same venue. love the fest, and love the venue. The one thing that would improve it is if we had hot drinks like tea and coffee available during the event so we can have something more than bottled water to break up the whisky tasting. Not just my opinion, but also that of my mates who were there.



    • Eddie June 8, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Thanks for your message. There was a cafe stand inside the main hall last year serving food and teas and coffees, plus a cafe downstairs which I believe was open all day. Look forward to seeing you this year and thanks for your loyalty!
      Warm regards,

      • alfonso July 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

        Hi Eddie

        The cafe stand served hot food last year, but it definitely wasn’t doing hot drinks. We did see the cafe downstairs, but that was more of a formal sit down venue in the spirit of a Harrods high tea than a quick-pick-me-up.


        • Eddie August 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm


          Okay, thanks for pointing this out. Will try and rectify for this year!


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