Best UK pop up bars to keep you warm this winter

Christmas trees, presents, Santa’s grottos and reindeer petting – Christmas really is the time for the kids (and for kids at heart). But if you’re a stressed out parent, chasing the little ones from store to store and spending your change on festive rides – I have something for you today to lighten up the pre-Christmas chaos. Pop up bars have been springing up from the ground like never before in recent years providing us with tons of adult fun and relaxed chatter accompanied by warm mulled wine and candlelight. Here are the best and most enchanting winter pop up bars in the UK.


Once Upon a Wigwam in London

This little rooftop pop up at the Queen of Hoxton is simply enchanting. Follow the mysterious trail of fairytale books all the way up and wander among clocks, mirrors and stray branches to reach a place so pretty and illumiated with a dim, golden light that it’s sure to leave you spellbound. Sit on wooden logs inside, order some drinks and snacks at the gingerbread bar and chat to your friends while admiring the decorations. There’s also a fun lineup of workshops and events in store which you can check out and book tickets for online. It’ll take you back to the homemade wigwam sleepovers! The entire bar is inspired by the beloved tales of Brothers Grimm and the themed cocktails, such as the Envious Heart or Egg Snog, add a bit of a grown-up feel. It’s a must see, festive London attraction!

Apres ski bar, Bath

If you fancy a bit of an Alpine skiing flair, but don’t have time to organise a quick trip abroad, head over to Bath where the Apres ski pop up bar at the Abbey Hotel will make you daydream about the snow covered summits of the Alps. This bar gives the word ‘cozy’ a whole new meaning: just grab a soft blanket and head outside with a glass of mulled wine in hand, or enjoy the festive, friendly atmosphere by the fireplace inside and see for yourself.  If you can’t get enough of the wintery, festive spirit you can also wander through the Christmas market in Bath.

Montague Ski Lodge, London

Boasting the title of an ‘ultimate Alpine exerience’, this little pop up at The Montague on the Gardens is an exclusive winter bar and party venue, filled with soft snow and tons of fun. Enjoy a delicious sip of mulled wine or winter Pimm’s and snuggle up under a blanket on the world’s comfiest sofas. The Garden Grill becomes a gala of winter decorations at this time of year – lights, pine trees and snow will ensure that despite the weather, you can still say you’ve enjoyed a merry, white Christmas this year. Get yourself a £25 personal pass and you’ll be sorted, the price includes 3 drinks, some snacks and a competition entry, so you might even be walking away with a present!

Festive tipis

A rustic style tipi adorned with festive lights and filled with the delicious aroma of traditional turkey roast? What sounds like a winter fantasy is actually the reality you can experience at the heart of Manchester. The Oast House at Spinningfields brought back its beloved tipi this Christmas period, and you just have to go! If a turkey and a hog roast are not enough to tempt you, how about an excellent selection of local and craft beers available at the Oast House itself? Live music, a pint of ale and the magical glow of fairy lights makes for a pretty great evening to spend with friends and family, and the tipi is available for hire for work dos as well.

Another tipi filled with good times and delicious snacks is Thor’s Tipi in York. Aromatic pine branches, delicate festive lights, great ales and crackling open fires make for a mystical, Viking atmosphere and where a better place to put it than one of the most important Viking trade centres. It’s a great place to kick back and relax at, the open fire is sure to keep you warm and you’ll fall in love with the hot chocolate served there.


Whether you’re looking for a warming spiced cider or want to enjoy a nice, festive feast, wintery pop up bars all over the perfect place to slow down from all the hectic planning, shopping and cooking. Christmas is a time for joy, so just kick back, relax and soak up the festice atmosphere in one of these wonderful spots!