… And by ‘get merry’, we mean tipsy on this season’s hottest drink: mulled wine. An absolute staple as Christmastime, the season isn’t done right without at least one taste of the warming brew, and luckily for us, there are plenty of places to get your hands on one this winter in Manchester.
1. Escape to Freight Island
Escape to Fright Island has transformed into the ultimate festive destination, and let’s face it, it’s not the festive season without mulled wine. Serving the delicious, warming drink by the tankard, guests can immerse themselves in a twinkling ‘Winter Island‘ – which is complete with a Christmas tree forest, stunning Christmas lights, live entertainment, and even a huge ‘ice rink in the sky‘. Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.
Turning into a Winter Village especially for Christmas, Ramona is providing the perfect Christmassy refuge for Mancs to enjoy ahead of Christmas, with mulled wines, decadent hot chocolates and delicious Detroit-style pizzas to enjoy. Warm up by the campfire, dance to one of the many incredible bands, or simply kick back with a mulled wine this festive season. Ramona, 40 Swan St, M4 5JG.
In true Hatch style, the shipping container complex is going back to the 80s this Christmas – taking us back to a nostalgic time when mobile phones and ‘COVID’ didn’t exist. Serving up mulled wine and other festive creations such as pigs in blankets parmo and chocolate orange martinis, guests can escape the chill to one of Hatch’s many cool bars and terraces, or enjoy the festive courtyard with a spot of street food. Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, M1 7ED.
4. Manchester Christmas Markets
Probably the most festive thing to do in Manchester, the Christmas Markets are among the best in Europe – providing hundreds upon hundreds of Bavarian stalls to potter around. In addition to all the quirky, Christmassy gifts, guests can also enjoy festive tipples, too, including mulled wine, boozy hot chocolates and so much more. Find out more about the markets this year.
Launching their Winter Village just in time for Christmas, Mala has gone the extra mile for the festive season – launching epic Mulled Wine trees for friends to enjoy before Christmas day. Sit back and enjoy the venue’s brand new alpine decor, alongside warming winter drinks, Glögg mulled wine with cognac and port, mulled wine with apple and cranberry cider, and a seriously decadent hot chocolate topped with toasted meringue, marshmallows and Kinder Happy Hippos. Mala, 19 Lever St, M1 1BY.
Giving their menu a festive makeover for Christmas, Bab has introduced a number of new Christmassy treats, including delicious mulled wine and hot chocolate. Enjoy a classic mulled wine, chilli and orange hot chocolates, Sipsmith mochas and more, alongside roast turkey kebabs, lamb chops, pigs in blankets and filled Yorkshire puddings. Bab, 14 Little Lever St, M1 1HR.
7. Bar Hutte
Popping up again for 2021, Bar Hutte is back with a brand new home – opening a ton of wintery huttes at the Great Northern Warehouse. There, guests can enjoy mulled wines, boozy hot chocolates, beers and more, before taking to their own hutte for a bit of Christmas karaoke, or hiding in the bar and enjoying the festive atmosphere. Bar Hutte, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN.
8. Miracle on Cross Street
New to Manchester for 2021, Miracle on Cross Street is bringing all things Christmas to the city – from its magical decor to the festive drinks that grace its menu. Think mulled wine, Christmas-themed cocktails and more, all within the grotto-like basement bar that makes for the perfect escape from the Christmas markets. Miracle on Cross Street, 17 Bow Ln, M2 4FW.
9. The Botanist
The Botanist is getting into the festive spirit not only with their fantastic Winter menu, but with their drinks, too. Complementing the tasty new turkey hanging kebab, guests can relax with a warming mulled wine – all within The Botanists warm and welcoming Deansgate escape. The Botanist, 78 Deansgate, M3 2FW.
10. The Oast House
It wouldn’t be winter without The Oast House’s curious teepee, now, would it? Back for 2021, The Oast House is serving festive vibes by the bucketload this year – alongside a menu of warming drinks including mulled wine and cider. Pop in next time they have a band on and enjoy the season’s hottest drink. The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY.