Whether you love the thought of wrapping up warm or scorn donning scarves and gloves, I think we can all agree on one thing about this time of year: the drinks are divine and we want lots of 'em. From hot toddies under fairy-lit tipis to festive cocktails at themed pop-up bars, here’s our pick of the cosiest places for Christmas drinks in Manchester.
From the indulgent Snowman - a muddle of Martell VS Cognac, Briottet crème de cacao, gingerbread, cream, and chocolate - to the orange and whisky-laced Fairytale of New York, there's every kind of festive cocktail making it onto Dirty Martini's limited edition Christmas menus. The bar is pulling out all the stops this season, including with a yuletide twist of their namesake drink, which has mulled syrup, cranberry juice and citrus bitters.
Whether you fancy a cute candy cane number or a moreish twist on an espresso martini, The Anthologist has the ideal drinks for Christmas in Manchester. Get your lips around these beauties as a post-dinner treat to your three festive courses here, such as chestnut hummus and roasted goose breast. Or, pair these mixes with yuletide bites and sharers at a full-blown party.
Fancy your concoctions topped with Santa hats? More of a gingerbread fiend? Whatever your leaning for drinks decorations and festive flavours this winter, Be At One have the cocktail for you. Making doubly sure you're snow excited for Christmas, the popular bar has the party packages to match their mixes, so anyone planning a do will be well taken care of too.
Booking a table at winter pop-up Miracle On Cross Street costs just £15 per person, which gets you a themed drink on arrival and unlimited mince pies for a whole heap of festive cheer. There's the espress-ho-ho-ho or apple pie martini flavours, alongside a Christmas Cracker cocktail, to get you in the spirit. Plus, the stunning space is decorated with fairy lights, tinsel, stockings and a traditional tree.
Forget kisses under the mistletoe; sprigs of it are topping off your steaming mulled wine at Flight Club. Whether you go for that juicy red number or try some of the winter spritzes, this fairground-themed den has plenty of fun besides its drinks. Take to your own oche, where the dartboard is decked out in its full Christmas attire, or chow down on pizzas fresh from the oven.
After bottomless Manchester Christmas drinks? Cherry Jam has a Saturday afternoon tea offering just that throughout the festive period. From the Bad Santa and The Grinch to a Mummy Guinness (that's right, there's no baby servings here), the venue's cocktails are something to shout about this season. Better yet, you can get unlimited mulled wine too, all while munching through tiers of sweet and savoury treats.
Not only is The Oast House serving up loaded pies, Yorkshire pudding wraps and live music, but this city centre pub has once again got seats in The Curious Teepee up for grabs. Hunker down across this courtyard retreat, which is invitingly decked out with fur, fire pits and fairy lights for all your comfy needs. And when you get thirsty? There's mulled wine and hot cocktails to sup.
Bar Hütte's famous Christmas huts set up shop outside Great Northern Warehouse each year, fronting après ski-style private spaces across the pop-up. You can expect a complimentary bombardino cocktail each (that's hot rum and eggnog tipples all round, swoon) with every booking. So, lap up these warming concoctions before singing your heart out with a little carol-oke at this wintry favourite.