Mulled wine

If you fancy a drink in this lead up to Christmas but can’t be bothered with any of the Christmas markets, with the prices or the gridlock of human traffic, then fear not- there are options out there.

Albert’s Nottingham, 17 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JT

If you’ve never been to Albert’s then you should expect to find wooden flooring, pool tables and a central bank of squidgy leather sofas- all topped off with a rock/indie music theme of available-to-buy paintings of varying quality.

If you’re feeling festive, then they offer a mulled cider which steams from the white tin cups that they’re served in and with the added option of rum to the mix, the mugs aren’t the only things that are steaming.

If you aren’t feeling festive, but you’re with people who are; Albert’s offer a wide range of drinks- from ales to cocktails.

The Golden Fleece, 103 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN

This one is a new one for Nottingham and has just celebrated its first anniversary.

The image from the outside suggests nothing but traditional, stale-beer-smelling carpets and a chorus of, ‘When I was your age…’ aimed at anyone under 30 and during the day- there is a bit of that.

By evening however- it changes. The décor is a bit driftwood-esc rather than varnished old horse brasses which is refreshing, but the roof terrace is the highpoint (ha) where you could enjoy another offering of mulled cider. This one is a bit more homemade though and if you really love cinnamon, then you’ll really love this.

THOR’S Tipi Bar, Trinity Square, Nottingham, NG1 4AF

If you want the feeling of going outside and possibly even hear echoes of the Christmas market, then this might be the option for you. The pop-up in Trinity Square is Viking themed, following on from the name. The walls are adorned with shields and there are furs draped over wooden benches in the style of a traditional viking brewhouse.

This one is purely for the Christmas period and closes on 31st of December and the menu has a plethora of yuletide drinks from Fiery Ginger mulled wine to a rather boozy Thor’s Hot Toddy. Usually bustling in the evening, the small venue is warmed by the crackling fire and the bodies within.

The drinks from Thor’s are a little bit more expensive than the other options, attributed to the gimmick and the venue but may be the perfect place to get those sleigh bells jingling.