Searching for a cosy space for a festive tipple besides enjoying one at home? With a number of twinkling, cosy huts and igloos popping up in Birmingham this winter, how could we not resist? From twinkling igloos decked out with Christmassy decorations, to cosy huts providing shelter from the harsh temperatures – we’ve rounded up the best outdoor huts, pods, tipis and igloos to enjoy this winter in Birmingham.
1. Gas Street Social
Gas Street Social has brought back their enticing igloos complete with fairy lights, comfy blankets, and delicious grub, taking your evening of drinks on a chilly bench up a notch to become a memorable and cosy winter night out. In these dining globes, guests can enjoy a sit-down meal and opt for either their seasonal set menu (like the two- or three-course menu featuring winter cocktails), or enjoy classics from Gas Street Social’s à la carte menu, which offers everything from flat-iron steak and chips to plant-based options such as their falafel and five bean chilli tacos. Better yet, you can also be the DJ in these Gas Street Social igloos as you can can bang on your favourite festive playlist and enjoy your own tunes through the restaurant’s Bluetooth speaker.
Gas Street Social, 166-168 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, B1 1RL
Adding to the festive cheer is a new bar that makes for the most cosy and perfect setting, allowing you to put your feet up after a spot of Christmas shopping. Winterlandia features chalet-style huts, igloos as well as an enormous tipi to provide you with both shelter and a place for a festive tipple or two. The alpine-esque bar winter wonderland pop-up bar will be outside the Bullring throughout the festive season and will be serving mugs of mulled cider and mulled wine as well as plenty of other drinks like decadent and boozy hot chocolates, wine, beer and spirits.
Winterlandia, The Bullring, Spiceal Street, B5 4BU
3. Sky By The Water
Escape the cold by snuggling up in one of Sky By The Water’s secret garden pods this festive season. Choose from one of their wintery-clad pods hidden up on the terrace located on the fifth floor of Resorts World Birmingham. Enjoy a winter wonderland escape on the bar and restaurant’s terrace which transports you into an elegant and cosy world decked in comfy chairs, fleecy blankets and Christmas lighting. Peek through the pod window and watch the world go or head to the balcony for a view of the water and beyond with a winter cocktail in hand. At Sky By The Water you can indulge in grazing boards filled with whatever suits your appetite as well as enjoy amazing gin trees or something from their carefully-curated cocktail list.
Sky By The Water, Resorts World Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, B40 1PU
4. Luna Springs
A magical spot to visit all year round, Luna Springs boasts some of the best entertainment in the city, such as their live music performances, bottomless brunches and moonlight cinema, and this year you can enjoy some luxury in an extra cosy environment, specially created for the winter months. Luna Spring’s offering this season will be bigger and better this year with eight private hire igloos, alongside the likes of karaoke, festive brunches and an ice rink to glide across, as well as other food and drink packages. Sip on delicious cocktails in their gorgeous party pods, which provide an extra layer of refuge from the chilly weather. Each pod is kitted out with its own speaker and toasty heater as well as twinkling fairy lights to create your own private, wintery party for you and up to seven guests to enjoy over the weekend.
Luna Springs, Digbeth Arena, Lower Trinity Street, B9 4AG
5. The Canal House
Revamping their fabulous alfresco space with a festive flair for winter, The Canal House has gone all out for the colder months with their Birra Moretti Winter Village, which includes cute rows of rosy red huts with stunning fairy lights and mini heaters to keep guests warm and festive in the colder months. Guests can enjoy gorgeous food such as hanging kebabs or chocolate orange cookie dough, alongside fizz, mulled wine, warm spiced cider or whatever tickles your tastebuds. To secure one of these cosy huts by the water at The Canal House, guests must pay £5.25 per person and will receive a refreshing pint of Birra Moretti on arrival.
The Canal House, 12 Bridge Street, B1 2JR