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Five Christmas nights out with a difference

Tired of the usual outing to the local pub for your office Christmas night out? Why not try some of these fun alternatives.

Published: December 8, 2016

Choosing a location for a night out at Christmas can always be a fraught occasion; so many people to please, finding value for money, dealing with the meagre kitty (and the tiny amount donated by management to supplement it) and the list goes on.

The local pub always seems like the easy option but that would be boring, and Steve from accounts will almost certainly ruin it like he did last year.

So instead, why not take some inspiration from us and try out one of these fun alternatives?

Enjoy a mass singalong with Christmassaoke

(Admiral Bar, 72A Waterloo Street, G27DA Glasgow, 23rd December)

Everyone loves a good sing-along and with Christmassaoke you and your friends can get into the Christmas spirit by joining in with the first ever visit of Massaoke to Scotland.

Already hugely popular in London, as well as at festivals up and down the country, the crowd karaoke club night will have you smiling from ear to ear as the live house band plays holiday hits from artists like Wham!, Slade, and Wizzard for you and the rest of the crowd to join in singing along with.

Don't worry if you don't know the words, they'll be projected onto a huge screen to ensure everyone can be part of the Christmas choir.

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Does being locked in a room with your co-workers with 60 minutes to get out sound like fun?

Well.. it is!

Work together to break codes and escape the room or compete in smaller groups to see who can get the best time.

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Think Crystal Maze minus the maniacal Richard O'Brien.

Tired of the Turkey? Try some Zebra at Khublai Khans

(26 Candleriggs, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 1LD, Festive menu available now)

One of the most novel dining experiences you can enjoy anywhere in Scotland, Khublai Khans in Glasgow offers authentic Mongolian Barbecue with some highly exotic meats.

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Get your 'I'm A Celebrity' game face on as you try crocodile croquettes, kangaroo haggis or wild boar dumplings (don't worry these treats are thankfully delicious) or select from cuts of zebra, ostrich and springbok from the cold cabinets, choose a sauce and watch as the chefs cook your meal in front of you.

Rudolph may even make an appearance, thought it might be in burger form.

Make cocktails fun again with a visit to Hoot the Redeemer

(No. 7 Hanover Street, Edinburgh)


So the term 'hidden gem' is possibly overused (especially by us) but Hoot is actually so well hidden away on Hannover Street, that it can be easy to miss and even when you do find it, you'll struggle to find the door (clue: it's hidden behind the Zoltar-style fortune telling machine).

Mixing all the fun of a vintage funfair with a dive bar, Hoot the Redeemer has a range of great beers, bespoke cocktails and even a custom-made arcade claw machine that offers a selection of cocktail flavours to individually choose from, allowing revellers to create their own bespoke concoctions.

And should you be in the mood, they even offer a range of cocktail slushies and don't forget to grab a tub of their alcoholic ice creams from Señor Scoop.

Enjoy a Christmas Cook-off with Tennent's Academy

(161 Duke St, Glasgow G31 1JD, 0845 166 6060)


Have a Christmas party with a twist where you learn to cook your own meal before tucking in.

Enjoy a glass of prosecco and a starter as the Academy's top chefs teach you the best techniques for taking on your own main, which you'll then cook, before indulging in dessert, a tutored wine and cocktail masterclasses.

As an optional extra, you get Karaoke & free bar hire until midnight, what more could you want?


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