Party sea­son has ar­rived...

Christ­mas might be months away, but now is the time to book the fes­tiv­i­ties

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GLAS­GOW has al­ways done Christ­mas in style, not least be­cause there are so many dif­fer­ent venues and events which can make party nights that bit dif­fer­ent.

The trick in or­gan­is­ing a good party night is get­ting it right for ev­ery­one in­volved, which can be quite a chal­lenge if there’s a wide range of ages and tastes.

A lovely meal, fol­lowed by a drink or two and danc­ing the night away has been a tra­di­tional Christ­mas night out for years and that’s al­ways go­ing to be one of the favourite ways to cel­e­brate.

You can be slightly more for­mal, to­tally re­laxed or a pleasant mix­ture of the two, and in the city cen­tre ev­ery­thing is so ac­ces­si­ble it makes the whole ex­pe­ri­ence to­tally en­joy­able. On the other hand a well thought out pub crawl can be very re­laxed, in­clude some­thing to sat­isfy ev­ery­one’s taste and in­tro­duce a great va­ri­ety of food and drink. Although plan­ning it months in ad­vance is pop­u­lar to guar­an­tee a pre­ferred venue, it’s also good to check out new venues or rec­om­men­da­tions by oth­ers es­pe­cially since at­ten­tion to de­tail is usu­ally what turns or­di­nary into mem­o­rable. It doesn’t have to be just a meal and drinks, so let your imag­i­na­tion run wild as you look at ev­ery­thing else that’s on in the city over the fes­tive sea­son for some orig­i­nal party night ideas.

For a small num­ber it’s worth splash­ing out for fine din­ing, or get­ting in­volved in a much big­ger event, such as a ball or grand din­ner and ev­ery­one hav­ing a won­der­ful time dress­ing up to the nines and danc­ing the night away.

PICK THE PER­FECT PLACE

Or­gan­is­ing a big crowd is more dif­fi­cult, un­less you re­gard it as an op­por­tu­nity to have some­thing to suit ev­ery­one.

When de­cid­ing where to eat it’s worth tak­ing into ac­count whether any of the party will want to go danc­ing af­ter a meal, or whether some en­ter­tain­ment is pre­ferred and look for venues which also have a func­tion room or are close to clubs. Some restau­rants lay on ter­rific en­ter­tain­ment in the form of co­me­di­ans, karaoke, DJ’s or bands, so it’s al­ways worth look­ing around lo­cally as well.

Book taxis for the end of the event as noth­ing spoils a good night out faster than re­al­is­ing you face a three hour wait or stick a pair of flats in your bag so at least you can walk home comfortably

En­joy of­fice par­ties on a full stom­ach and min­i­mum of drink, which will hope­fully stop you try­ing to pull the boss.

Never leave alone or with some­one you don’t know and don’t let any­one else do it.

Drink can make you dis­cover attractions in the un­like­li­est peo­ple - en­list a friend and stop each other from do­ing any­thing po­ten­tially mor­ti­fy­ing, in­clud­ing tak­ing/shar­ing self­ies

Stay­ing up all night and go­ing straight to work is fine if you can hide it with an out­fit change and re­moval of party makeup.

Go­ing into work still un­der the in­flu­ence is never fine as col­leagues – and es­pe­cially bosses – have long, long mem­o­ries.

Glas­gow has op­tions to suit ev­ery­one’s Christ­mas party, cov­er­ing ev­ery price range

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