Haven’t you heard? Christmas has come early, in the shape of Ramona and The Firehouses's Winter Village over in the Northern Quarter - and let us tell you, it’s an absolute cracker. This festive wonderland has decked the halls with tequila cabins, roaring campfires and seasonal sips, plus there will be exciting live music sets on the regular.
Ramona is the Detroit-style bar and restaurant that took Manny by storm just a few months ago, while The Firehouse is a neighbouring venue that draws inspiration from California and Ibiza. Having been launched by the same team, the two have now become one, resulting in this sprawling yuletide haven that would honestly bring any Scrooge joy.
Not only are there beaut alpine-inspired huts, each with its own toasty fireplace and chimney, but also plenty of fairy light-strewn teepees. These cover alfresco seating and, on Thursdays, transform into raucous festival tents. The live stage is be graced by a mix of artists – think Motown, afrofuturism and indie-pop - who are definitely bringing the party.
Alongside Ramona's popular pizzas, plus The Firehouse's flame-grilled peri-peri chicken and sumptuous Sunday roasts, there will be a mini-market of pop-up stalls from various independent traders. As for drinks, the venues have collaborated with Patron Tequila (hence the name of the cabins) to bring you an exciting menu of Crimbo cocktails and hot beverages, including bucketloads of mulled wine. On top of all that, you'll also find a margarita bar and an ample array of craft pints, vino and bubbles.
Ramona and The Firehouse's Winter Village is open 12pm to 12am from Thursday to Sunday and 4pm to 12am on Wednesdays, closing on the 31st of December You can find the pop-up at 40 Swan Street, M4 5JG. If that's got you into the festive spirit, discover all the best Christmas events in Manchester here.