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Where is snug to sip festive tipple? we pick city's cosiest seasonal bars to put you in that christmas mood...


MANCHESTER'S bars multiply to meet demand in December as the Christmas party season gets into swing.

Snug tipis and igloo domes have popped up all over the city ready to welcome you with a warm mug of mulled wine or a whisky cocktail.

So if you don't fancy sharpening your elbows at the Christmas Markets to get your gluhwein on, there are plenty of alternative places you can go to hibernate with something hot and boozy until winter's over.

We've rounded up our favourite cosy Christmas bars and winter pop ups here.

Check out our round-up of the best pubs with real fires to keep you cosy throughout winter too...

20 Stories' Christmas snow globes Perched on the terrace at Spinningfields' skyscraping 20 Stories are two giant snow globes kitted out with cosy faux fur rugs, blankets, candles and heaters - and one even has its own firepit.

Inside, guests can enjoy Talisker hot chocolates and mulled wine, along with a casual food menu.

Spanning 9.5 metres across, each igloo can accommodate groups of up to 70 guests and can be booked out for parties.

Otherwise, they're open to the public on a first come, first served, walk in basis throughout winter. Call 0161 204 3333 to make a booking.

The Refinery's Christmas igloos These cosy igloos are back at Spinningfields bar The Refinery, in collaboration with the aptly-named Snow Queen vodka.

A special Christmas menu has been created with wintry cocktails and festive food, including pigs in blankets, wild mushroom Yorkshire puddings and mini cheeseburgers.

Faux fur blankets and fairy lights create a hygge vibe inside each pod, which can accommodate up to eight diners or 10 people for drinks and nibbles. There are two igloos available for hire - you'll need to spend a minimum of PS200 on food and drink to reserve one. Email to book yours.

The Curious Teepee at The Oast House is always one of Manchester's most popular winter haunts and its Curious Teepee tent is back up and running in the courtyard, with fairy lights, fire pits and fur throws keeping things snug.

Mulled wine and spiced cider are among the winter warmers you can enjoy inside, along with a festive food menu featuring hanging Christmas kebabs stacked with turkey, pigs in blankets and stuffing balls; gnocchi with mushrooms, butternut squash, Jerusalem artichokes, chestnuts and truffle oil; rotisserie roast lamb mulligatawny soup, and Black Forest chocolate brownies.

If you're booking out the whole teepee for a private event, you can also order a rare-breed hog roast with apple sauce, stuffing, roast potatoes and gravy.

Bar Hutte, Spinningfields Bar Hutte and its carol-oke cabins are also back in Spinningfields, turning Spinningfields Square into an Alpine-style apres ski village where you can pick up a mic and channel your inner Mariah.

This year they've also spread to a second site in Crown Square, where they'll be hosting silent disco nights and live music.

The Nomad Caterin g Company will be popping up to feed the crowds with festive flatbreads and pizzas, and if you weren't already feeling merry enough a couple of Bombardinos will see to that - a hot rum drink mixed with eggnog and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. Open to December 22.

Tib Street Tipi at Dive NQ, Northern Quarter Dive NQ is transforming its beer garden into a winter wonderland with its own Christmas tipi bar.

The cosy hideaway will be serving wholesome winter fodder and platters, washed down with hot chocolate and marshmallows, spiced plum cider, mulled wine and other festive tipples.

The space can be hired out for private parties and will welcome walkins at other times. It's open until December 20.

Glogg, Barton Arcade There's only one thing better than mulled wine at Christmas - and that's mulled wine in more than 20 flavours.

Based inside Barton Arcade, Glogg serves up varieties including apple pie, salted caramel, gingerbread, pumpkin spice, cotton candy, and amaretto.

The pop-up space is strung with fairy lights, garlands and pine branches and there are armchairs draped in blankets to snuggle up on.

The bar is open from Thursday to Sunday until Christmas.


The Refinery's Christmas Igloos

The Curious Teepee at The Oast House

Glogg at Barton Arcade
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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Dec 14, 2018
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