If you're looking for a unique place to drink this winter, why not head over to The Refinery? Offering everything from festive-themed cocktails to alpine eats, this place even has its very own outdoor igloos, making it ideal for family gatherings and Christmas parties in Manchester.
Winter Bars in Manchester
The nights are drawing in, the temperature has plummeted and I'm a Celeb is back on the telly. That's right people... winter is upon us. So don your warmest coat and fluffiest socks before heading to the bar for an evening of drinking, dancing and merriment. Whether you're looking for a cosy pub complete with roaring fires, a private igloo for meeting up with your bubble or a fairy-light adorned tipi, we've rounded up the very best bars in Manchester this winter. Ours is a mulled wine.
The basement bar of The Foundry Project screams speakeasy vibes with low-lit booths and velvet furnishings. Descend down the stairs for an evening of dancing, drinking and debauchery - a world away from the cold and wet Manchester streets outside.
This Spinningfields Kentish style pub comes into its own in the winter period, boasting its very own pop-up tipi. Lit with twinkly lights, decked out with fur throws and warmed with an open fire, The Oast House is one of Manchester's most atmospheric venues.
Not only is Dirty Martini the perfect pick for after-work drinks, date nights and Christmas parties in Manchester, but the cocktail favourite has got a special seasonal menu that you just won't be able to resist. Explore their menu of winter sips and get well into the festive spirit.
Impossible is bringing winter bar vibes all year round from its home on Peter Street. With a space made up of fur throws, leather booths and wooden interiors, this is the ideal place for whiling away the hours, especially when the weekend rolls around and bottomless Sunday roasts kick off.
The tables at Albert Schloss have specially created 'press for prosecco' buttons to ensure your glass never runs dry. Enjoy some Bavarian fun with a side of bratwurst at this iconic Manchester spot, all from the comfort of one of their roomy booths.
Cosy up under a furry throw at Sunset by Australasia, one of Manchester's best winter bars. This Spinningfields gem is perfect for alfresco drinking and dining in chillier months with its toasty heaters, seasonal cocktails and warming noodle dishes from the Asian-inspired menu.
Sam's Chop House always offers a warming and friendly welcome (especially the old fella who seems to always be at the bar). Covered in Christmas decorations with a festive-themed menu to match, this place is the perfect winter bar for chomping on classic comfort food dishes.
Bar Hütte is back once more this December, offering the people of Manchester one unique winter bar experience. Keeping to their signature après ski theme, the space is decorated with cosy chalets complete with festive lights, snug heat lamps and even a 'carol-oke' machine.
One of Manchester's highest bars, 20 Stories is the perfect spot to hang out this winter. Their infamous igloos will be back in December, offering the perfect place for sipping mulled wine underneath cosy blankets and stuffy your face with stunning dishes from the grill.
The Wharf is one of the cosiest bars in all of Manchester, with a relaxing atmosphere that comes from its picturesque location alongside the canal basin. Bursting with snug nooks, this place is perfect for a romantic winter date or relaxed night out complete with acoustic live music.
The Refuge's Winter Garden is a cosy place for sipping cocktails in chillier months. Head to this botanical beaut and recline under the indoor foliage while sipping cocktails against backdrop of Narnia-like decor that's just begging to be posted on the 'gram.
Bock Bière Café has become something of an institution for beer-loving Mancunians in recent years. Specialising in Belgian breweries specifically, the bar is home to 10 different beers on tap, and 50 types of bottles, all to be enjoyed along side a menu of continental sharing plates.
Never one to do things by halves, The Ivy Spinningfields is shaking things up on the roof garden this winter. Think cosy open fireplaces and warming bites to eat, with themed cocktails such as the Gingerbread Manhattan with bourbon, Lillet Blanc, Lillet Rouge and a gingerbread spice syrup.
Part of the well-loved Victorian Chop House Company, this classic winter pub in Manchester is jam-packed with cosy nooks to huddle up in with a warming drink. On Sundays, this place is heaving with guests all keen to sample the legendary Sunday roast and get toasty by the fire.