Through all of this panny D doom and gloom we’ve had over the past year, it’s no wonder we’re literally like a kid on Christmas Eve this year with all the festivities. And with a number of twinkling, cosy huts and igloos beginning to grace the city’s outdoor spaces, how could we not get excited? From twinkling igloos decked out with Christmassy decorations, to twinkling teepees providing shelter from the harsh temperatures – we’ve rounded up the best outdoor huts/igloos/teepees/you name it to enjoy this Winter in Manchester.
1. The Lawn Club
Opening up their brand new greenhouses alongside their existing lawn pods following the UK lockdown, The Lawn Club makes for the perfect social distancing spot this winter – including a number of lawn houses available to book 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 2021, this time at the Great Northern Warehouse. 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 headstart 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.
Revamping their fabulous alfresco space with a festive flair for winter, Piccolino Alderley Edge has gone all out with their winter teepee, including huge candelabras, stunning fairy lights and a cosy fire pit to keep guests warm in the colder months. Guests can enjoy gorgeous Italian cuisine alongside cocktails, fizz, or whatever tickles your tastebuds, with a number of festive treats in store for the season. Piccolino, London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD.
5. 20 Stories
A magical spot to visit all year round, 20 Stories boasts the best 360-degree views in the city, and this year you can enjoy that luxury in an extra cosy environment, specially created for the winter months. Dine on beautifully presented dishes in their gorgeous slow globes – which provide an extra layer of refuge from the chilly weather, with fireplaces dotted throughout and beautiful looming trees providing lovely scenery. 20 Stories, NO. 1, 1 Hardman Square, M3 3EB.
6. The Black Friar
Reopening after two whole decades, The Black Friar is celebrating its first Christmas back in style, with a number of handbuilt igloos popping up in their lovely beer garden. There, guests are able to dine under the stars with festive lights adding to the ambience, with an array of delicious, winter-themed cocktails on offer, alongside hearty, wintery dishes. The Black Friar, 41-43 Blackfriars Rd, Salford, M3 7DB.
For Ramona’s first Christmas in Manchester, the team has gone all out – with a massive winter igloo stealing the show for the occasion. There, 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.
8. 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 (in the form of sharing trees!), 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.