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 and head to the bar for an evening of drinking, dancing and merriment. Whether you're looking for a cosy pub complete with roaring fires and lively locals, a rooftop igloo boasting views of the city or a fairy-light adorned tipi, we've rounded up the very best bars in Manchester this winter. Ours is a mulled wine. 

Last updated on 16th April 2020




Sam's Chop House always offers a warming and friendly welcome (especially the old fella who seems to always be at the bar). Decked out in Christmas decorations with a festive-themed menu to match, this place is the perfect spot for a bite to eat, offering hearty classics such as steak and kidney pudding and Sam's famous corned beef hash.

Part of Manchester's well-loved Victorian Chop House Company, this old school boozer is jam-packed with cosy nooks and crannies to huddle yourself in with a glass of something warm. On Sundays, this place is heaving with regulars and visitors to the city alike, all keen to sample the legendary Sunday Lunch menu and grab a spot next to the open fire.

The Oast House

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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. 

The Wharf in Castlefield is one of the cosiest bars in all of Manchester, with a relaxing and laid-back atmosphere that comes from the picturesque location alongside the tree-lined canal basin. Bursting with snug nooks, this place is perfect for a romantic waterside date, or a relaxed night out listening to acoustic live music.