Top Events this Winter in Manchester

Don't think that Mancunians are denizens of the dark and damp, even a little snow and drizzle can't put residents of this city off from having a dapper time. From Scandi-themed pop-ups and cosy fireplace pubs to sought-after winter feasts and eccentric events, the chillier months of the year won't keep us down. Check out our recommendations for the hottest things happening this winter in Manchester. 

Last updated on 6th January 2021




Whether you're a long-time lager lover or an admirer of ale, find yourself something new to slurp at one of Manchester's top craft beer spots. Promising shabby chic decor, hearty meals and plenty of pints, these dens are perfect for riding out even the most miserable weather.

The hottest pop-up trend is back in Manchester, that's right... we're talking about igloos. Treat yourselves to a private get-together in your very own snow globe, complete with Insta-worthy interiors, themed eats and festive cocktails aplenty.

Work for your cocktails this winter in Manchester with this treasure trove of secret bars scattered about the city. Hidden behind washing machines, shop fronts and in basements, these fun spots are well worth braving the unexpected seasonal downpours for.

From afternoon teas and overnight stays to full-blown Manchester Derby packages, Hotel Football has plenty of events for the city's footie fans to check out. Eat, drink and sleep the beautiful game with a trip to this legendary location which overlooks Old Trafford. 

Keeping things naughty this festive season in Manchester? Swing by Bougie Drag & Boy Toy Events for the chance to indulge in unlimited fizz, delicious dishes and jaw-dropping entertainment from some of the UK's best dark stars, it's sure to get temperatures rising. 

'Tis the season for lazy weekends, hearty dinners and plenty of tatties. Head to one of these Sunday roast pubs in Manchester for Yorkshire puds, lashings of gravy, juicy cuts of meat and veggie alternatives, along with warming interiors by the bucket-load.

Head along to one of Tightrope Productions quirky events this winter and spend your Saturday chowing down gourmet cuisine and sipping on bottomless drinks while enjoying a lineup of live entertainment, from Queen tribute acts to power ballad spectaculars.

Looking for a cosy retreat to escape the Manchester winter chill? We've rounded up the very best places to hunker down with freshly poured pints, hearty plates and roaring fireplaces. From traditional boozers with old school charm to modern gastropubs, this city has got them all. 

The elves at Escape To Freight Island have been hard at work, turning the venue into a sparkling winter grotto this winter. From the 12th November, the Depot Mayfield pop-up will be welcoming you to eat, drink and be merry, with a load of big name DJs to get you grooving. 

Bar Hütte is back in Manchester this winter, bringing the city socially-distanced festive fun. Hire out a cosy ski chalet (think festive lights, snug heat lamps and a 'carol-oke' machine) with freshly baked pizza and bombardino cocktails filled with hot rum and eggnog. 

There's plenty of reasons to indulge in a takeaway this winter in Manchester. Whether you want to support your locals, fancy setting up a date night at home or simply can't be bothered to cook, check out our guide to the best bars and restaurants delivering dinner.