Any other time of the year and the idea of a warm beverage boggles the mind. But somehow at Christmas, it just feels right. Mulled wine is a must for all during the festive season. But in recent years mulled cider (which Bristolians especially love) has become increasingly popular too.
The sweet, cinnamon smell warms our hearts and frozen fingers every year. We just can’t get enough. That’s why we’ve been on the lookout for the very best places to find mulled wine and mulled cider this Christmastime.
1. Corks of Bristol
If you want somewhere that knows about good wine, it has to be Corks of Bristol. Both locations in Redland and Bedminster are perfect for picking up a bottle or two… or three, this Christmas. But head down to Wapping Wharf to grab a warm glass of mulled wine in Bristol.
Corks at Cargo, Unit 6, Cargo, Bristol BS1 6WP
2. Jäger Barn Bar
Bristol Christmas Market is in full festive swing. So where better to pick up a glass of mulled wine or mulled cider in Bristol than at Jäger Barn Bar. It’s the perfect drink to accompany you, as you wander around the Christmas stalls buying presents and trying bratwurst. If you fancy something even more snug, why not cosy up in your very own private igloo pod?
Broadmead, Bristol BS1 1UX
3. The Cider Box
Bristolians lover their scrumpy. So it only feels right that mulled cider has become all the rage here. Something to bring a little sunshine to these grey and rainy days. If that sounds up your street, look no further than The Cider Box. They’re serving fresh farmhouse cider “gently heated with spices including juniper, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and star anise” at both their Tap Room and Wapping Wharf store.
Arch 5 Silverthorne Ln, Bristol BS2 0QD
Unit 10, Cargo2, Bristol BS1 6ZA
4. Piste Ski Bar
This new après ski-inspired pop-up bar has only recenly appeart in Clifton Village. But Piste is the perfect Chritmas getaway without ever being far from home. Coverered in Christmas decorations, serving everything from hot chocolate to flutes of champagne, we’re tingling with festivity just thinking about. Of course, you can grab glasses of both mulled wine and mulled cider. A few too many, however, and you really will think you’re in a chalet in France.
14 Kings Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4AB
5. The Volunteer Tavern
Easily one of our favourite pubs in Bristol, The Volunteer is hidden away in the city centre. It’s traditional pub energy and glittering, large and warm garden mean it has bags of charm. You can also grab a pint of handmade mulled cider to make you feel extra toasty this winter.
9 New St, Bristol BS2 9DX
6. The Old Market Assembly
This special concotion was whipped up in honour of the newly tarmac’d Turbo Island. It consists of mulled cider with a shot of Havana and some cinnamon syrup. Warm, spicy, and just what we needed. We can’t garantee this will always be available. But we expect The Old Markey Assembly to continue with such creativity throughout Christmas.
25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF
7. The Architect
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
8. The Florist
Flowery and friendly cocktail bar, The Florist, has a new menu. Featuring festive foods and Christmas cocktails, there’s plenty of reason for repeat visits this December. A chai-spiced espresso martini and festive old fashioned are extra Christmassy. But all we want on a wintery day, is to escape the wind and warm-up with mulled wine. The Florist is guaranteed to stave off anyone’s winter blues.