With a number of twinkling, warming huts and temporary cosy spots beginning to grace the city’s outdoor spaces, how could we not get excited? From expansive pergolas decked out with Christmassy decorations, to twinkling teepees providing shelter from the harsh temperatures – we’ve rounded up the best outdoor huts, teepees, yurts, pergolas – you name it – to enjoy this winter in Manchester.
1. The Lawn Club
Opening up their brand new disco ski yurt alongside their existing lawn pods, The Lawn Club makes for the perfect snuggly spot this winter – offering cover for you and your mates. They take cosy to the next level, too, with twinkling fairy lights lighting up the lawn and providing a festive ambience. The Lawn Club has recently unveiled its brand new winter look, and you can check it out now. The Lawn Club, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, M3 3HG.
2. Bar Hütte
Bar Hütte is back and bigger and better than ever for 2023, this time at the Great Northern Warehouse AND popping up at Kampus, too! At one of the original Manchester winter huts, guests can rent their very own festive “hütte”, with their very own karaoke machine to enjoy for the duration. The fabulous drinks menu is, of course, festive-themed – with tons of Christmas classics on the karaoke to butcher, too, alongside pizza on the menu and Christmas vibes all round. Bar Hütte, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN.
3. The Oast House
The Oast House is an annual favourite here in Manchester, with their giant teepee taking centre stage every year in Spinningfields. And for those looking for a head start on the festivities, it’s officially open already. Complete with a cosy fire in the centre, fairy lights and festive details, the Curious Teepee is the perfect spot for some food and cocktails – where you can choose from pub classics or their famous hanging kebabs. The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY.
4. Miracle on Cross Street
Miracle on Cross Street, Manchester’s 100% grown-up grotto is reopening next Friday, featuring exquisite Christmas cocktails, non-stop festive music, mince pies, Santa hats, and a bar decked out like Santa’s own grotto. The hidden grotto takes inspiration from the classic festive film Miracle on 34th Street, and much like the movie, it’ll warm your cockles and your heart. Secret location on Cross Street.
For Ramona‘s third Christmas in Manchester, the team has gone all out – with an entire Winter Village stealing the show for the occasion. Until 31 December, guests can retreat from the cold with mulled wine around the campfire, tequila, Detroit pizza and delicious hot chocolates, with live music every single week bringing the festivities. Ramona, 40 Swan St, M4 5JG.
6. Mala Secret Garden
Mala has a new look for the festive season – and it absolutely does not disappoint. Boasting little chalets, ski huts and a bigger, alpine-themed retreat, guests can enjoy mulled wines, moreish hot chocolates and plenty of festive grub while hiding out at the new Winter Village, with plenty of private huts to retreat to. Mala, 19 Lever St, M1 1BY.
7. The Black Friar Winter Tavern
Iconic Salford pub and restaurant The Black Friar has transformed their garden bar into a wondrous medieval Winter Tavern where guests can escape the chill with fires, frolics and feasting. It aims to give guests a merry olde English knees up in unforgettable style, with a dedicated Christmas menu and, of course, the drinks to match. It’s set to be one heck of a season. The Black Friar, 41-43 Blackfriars Rd, Manchester M3 7DB.
8. Grandpa Greene’s
Luxury Diggle ice cream parlour Grandpa Greene’s is practically made for Christmas cosiness, and its outdoor private bubbles create the perfect vibes for sheltering from the cold. Indulge in the Christmas menu, including the likes of Hungarian Beef Goulash and Roast Turkey, Gravy & Stuffing Ciabatta, as well as warming drinks like the Lindt Lindor Hot Chocolate and classic Homemade Gluhwein – absolutely perfect for a cosy day looking out on the frost countryside. Grandpa Greene’s, Ward Ln, Diggle, Oldham OL3 5JT.