Steaming glasses of spiced, fermented grapes or glühwein; whatever you want to call it, this hot booze is a highlight of the festive period that's handed out across markets and winter bars alike. To help you along a little this season, we've rounded up all the most merry places to drink mulled wine in Manchester this Christmas, from rooftop spots to tinsel-decked pop-ups.
To make merry with the season's hottest (quite literally) serve, pop-up bar Miracle On Cross Street has your back. Need mulled wine near the Manchester Christmas markets? Tables here cost £15 per person, which includes a glass on arrival and unlimited mince pies. Sip your steamy welcome drink while admiring the grotto-like decor of decorated trees, wrapping paper walls and fairy lights galore. Plus, it's accessed via a secret door and a snow-covered pine forest for extra festive flair.
If a traditional boozer would be your top choice for winter drinks, then check out The Old Wellington just a stone's throw from the cathedral. A great shout for mulled wine bars near Manchester Christmas Markets, it's ideal when wanting to warm up after a stint around the stalls. Better yet, you can use this tipple spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to wash down classic pub grub, or nab yourself a mulled cider too.
The Botanist in Deansgate, Didsbury and MediaCity are perfect if you're after mulled wine in Manchester, as their impeccably presented muddles make a wonderful accompaniment to the Christmas menu. From the venues' famous hanging turkey kebabs to the Christ-misu - a riff on the Italian favourite - for dessert, there's all kinds of dishes that will be complemented by the flavours of your warm vino.
Street food, live music and bottomless brunch favourite Escape To Freight Island is also coming up trumps for seasonal festivities year-after-year. You can expect 12ft trees framing winter markets, along with the usual lineup of bars and restaurants serving yuletide treats here too. To top off your visit? Make sure to venture up to their mezzanine roller rink, Good Life Skates, before filling up and grabbing your booze.
For mulled wine-serving dining pods in Manchester, The Lawn Club has to be up there. Not only have they got those winter igloos available for booking, but also a whole new pop-up to celebrate the season too: an Alice In Wonderland-inspired yurt. This magical space has a tree, the Mad Hatter and a whole host of other unique decorations at its centre, while the menu promises hot glasses of red or Christmassy cocktails.
Cherry Jam's festive bottomless brunches are made up of boozy afternoon teas on Saturdays and sharing platters swilled down the hatch by unlimited drinks come Sunday. In the lead-up to Christmas, these free-flowing bevs take on the form of mulled wine, fizz and a range of special cocktails (think The Grinch or Bad Santa-inspired numbers). Each event is also finished off with rounds of music-themed bingo, which are sure to have a Christmas-themed twist to celebrate the season.
The best mulled wine in Manchester? Not only is BAB NQ up there for winter concoctions, which include orange and chilli hot chocolates or gin-laced mochas too, but the restaurant also whips up its famous fancy kebabs that boast a Christmastime twist to mark the occasion. These have included turkey, cranberry and Brussels sprout-topped numbers, with Yorkshire pud sides and succulent lamb chops to boot.
Mulled wine quaffing doesn't get much better than what's on offer at Bar Hütte, where you'll find bookable carol-oke huts decked out in après-ski style. While your arrival cocktail here is a hot rum and eggnog bombardino, cups of our favourite red liquid still make the menu. Otherwise, there's 'bark hütte' dog houses with pawsecco waiting too, alongside crackling open fires to warm yourself on if you don't opt for one of the private spaces.
The Oast House's Curious Teepee is back better than ever for 2022, fronting three whole tent spaces joined together in one communal hub - an upgrade on the previous years' popular set-up. Expect the same fairy-lit and fire pit-laden cheer though, plus hot concoctions or Christmas cocktails accompanying a seasonal menu. Whether you stuff your face with the loaded pies or Yorkshire pudding wraps, you're sure to have a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when you're here (and not just from the booze).
The Refuge's courtyard on Waterhouse Way turns into the 'Winterway Bar' every season, promising a tipi-style ceiling, huge decorated trees and the crackling heaters to match. You won't have to search long to find your favourite hot or sparkling festive bev either, as previous years have seen a mulled wine and prosecco-packed truck perched in the space. Not only that, but the area also holds wreath-making workshops, small independent markets and more throughout the Christmas period.
A favourite out of all the Manchester rooftop bars serving mulled wine, 20 Stories combines unbeatable views with fur throws and igloos in a stunning space. A date night pick of dreams, this sky-high spot is ideal for a romantic rendezvous to treat someone special. Plus, the terrace has its own menu of tasty lighter bites, like gooey Italian arancini and Lindisfarne oysters, alongside hearty cheeseburger or lobster meals.
Returning for another year is Ramona & The Firehouse's Winter Village, where the two venues, which are sandwiched between Ancoats and the Northern Quarter, come together for the festive season. With everything from fire pit-warmed tipis, tequila huts and Detroit pizzas to a roster of themed raves, there's something to suit every kind of gathering here. And, of course, there are bubbling batches of our favourite hot red liquid to accompany it all.