… And by ‘get merry’, we mean tipsy on this season’s hottest drink: mulled wine. An absolute staple at 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 a mulled wine this winter in Manchester.
1. Escape to Freight Island
Escape to Freight 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 in Manchester. Ramona, 40 Swan St, M4 5JG.
In true Hatch style, the shipping container complex is transforming into a festive hub. Serving up mulled wine and other festive creations such as festive parmos and clementine cosmos, 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 in those signature festive mugs.
Launching their Winter Village just in time for Christmas, Mala has gone the extra mile for the festive season. Sit back and enjoy the Manchester venue’s brand new alpine décor, alongside warming winter drinks, mulled wine, Aper-noël (hot Aperol) and a seriously decadent hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. Mala, 19 Lever St, M1 1BY.
6. Habas Christmas Market
Offering something a little different from the usual seasonal feastings, modern Middle Eastern bar and restaurant Habas is getting into the festive spirit with the launch of its very own Christmas market. Joining traders on King Street, the Manchester Michelin-restaurant will be serving signature seasonal dishes alongside mugs of spiced mulled wine, with a complimentary top-up for guests with the Christmas markets iconic mugs. Habas Christmas Market, outside El Gato Negro, 52 King St, M2 4LY.
7. Bar Hutte
Popping up again this year, Bar Hutte is back with 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
Back in Manchester for 2022, Miracle on Cross Street is bringing all things Christmas to the city – from its magical décor 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 Manchester 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 with all the trimmings, 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 2022, The Oast House is serving festive vibes by the bucketload this year – alongside a menu of warming drinks including mulled wine and winter cocktails. Pop in next time they have a band on and enjoy the season’s hottest drink. The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY.
This newly-opened Manchester wine bar has taken things up a notch and they might be onto something with the launch of spiced mulled orange wine. Provence in Spinningfields has revealed its new one-of-a-kind festive tipple, spiced mulled orange wine, guaranteed to be the hottest trend (and drink on the menu) this winter. The summer go to, has been re-imagined and is now served piping hot, with an infusion of classic festive flavours – star anise, clove, cinnamon and orange zest for £6 per glass. Provence, 3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields, M3 3HF.
12. Deansgate Square Enchanted Forest
Adding to all the sparkle currently in the city, Deansgate Square is also bringing some festive magic during the Christmas period in the form of an Enchanted Forest installation. Salvi’s has popped up in the festive-clad square with some wooden huts alongside blankets to keep you warm while you enjoy the likes of mulled wine, hot negronis or Poretti on draft. The Enchanted Forest, Deansgate Square, Owen St, M15 4TQ.