Top 5 Christmas-themed bars across the UK

There's nothing like a tipple (or three) at Christmas. In keeping with the festive spirit, C&IT hunts down the best winter bars in the UK.

The Dome at Christmas
The Dome at Christmas

The Ice Bar, London

In this unseasonably warm December, the mercury’s barely dipped to ‘Christmas jumper’ levels. Anyone who’s been missing that arctic festive feel should head to The Ice Bar just off London's Regent Street, which is kept at a cool -5 degrees Celsius all year round. Accommodating groups of up to 270, it makes a quirky spot for an evening drinks party. No need to bring your ski boots either- they'll provide warm clothing to wear inside the bar. 

The Faversham, Leeds

To enter the pop-up Winter Lodge at the Faversham in Leeds, guests wander through a  ‘forest’, before settling into one of the hunter cabins for a drink. In addition to cocktails, visitors can order boozy hot chocolate and hot toddies to keep them warm. Catering for groups of up to 100, the cosy winter bar also offers a festive food menu.

The Abbey Hotel, Bath

While good co-ordination is required for winter sports, anyone can join in ‘Apres Ski ‘. In keeping with the chalet feel, the Abbey Hotel in Bath has launched a pop-up winter bar, where guests can get a taste of skiing in the Alps- minus the bruises. Serving mulled wine, hearty winter dishes and its signature ‘ski boot’ drinks, this venue can accommodate groups of up to 80 for Christmas cocktails.

The Dome, Edinburgh

Home to a range of event spaces, The Dome in Edinburgh does Christmas like Judy Dench does Oscar nominations. While the historic building is open all year, in November the venue is transformed into a festive palace, with decorations including a 50ft Noble Spruce Tree and iconic 80ft garlands. Groups can choose to drink in the Grill and main bar, which can cater for up to 200 or the more secluded Club Room.

The Churchill Bar & Terrace, London

Few things feel more Christmassy than a trip to Narnia, even if you don’t manage to get there through the back of a wardrobe. For those of us not blessed with a magical spare room, the Hyatt Regency’s Churchill Bar & Terrace has been transformed into a wintery wonderland, just a short walk from Bond Street. Offering a creamy cocktail menu designed by Greens & Black, visitors can curl up with blankets and hot water bottles to embark on some serious waistline destruction. Catering for up to 100 guests, it makes a great post-shopping treat. 

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