The festive season is almost upon us… Whether you’re getting in the Christmas spirit for the works ‘do’ or just catching up with friends and family, the Isle of Man is lucky enough to have a plethora of good pubs and bars to enjoy a tipple or bite to eat.
So, if you’re still looking for an excuse for a seasonal session, here’s a guide to some of the best the island has to offer…
Best for… Cocktails
The Blind Badger – nestled in the heart of our ancient capital, this speakeasy is a corker for both classic and modern cocktails, serving up Mojitos, Margaritas, and more!
The selection of cocktails is incredible and the theatrics of mixing them up well worth the visit in itself. Even better, they’ve got local rum from Peggy’s – what’s not to love?!
Best for… Live Music
The Thirsty Pigeon – with a wide range live music on at weekends for you to boogie away to. From local favorite bands like Toucan Party and Sunset Jet to a most acoustic chilled vibe there’s something for everyone.
With a great choice of local beers, wine and spirits you’re all set for a great night. Be quick, there’s also Werthers Original flavoured shots which are well worth a try, trust us!
Quids Inn? – It’s hard to pick just one local boozer that celebrates the musical talent we have on the island. Quids is ideal for those seeking a rockier night out or those wanting to check out emerging musicians – the open mic night is always a great success.
Quid’s support for local musicians is to be championed. Cheap drinks, live music, great vibes!
Best for… Drinks after Christmas shopping
The Front Porch – Hello mulled wine and moonshine. Worked up a thrist from all that shopping? Here’s the drinking hole to quench it. Don’t forget to check out the seasonal drinks too! When you’re ready, check out the all-American scran from hot dogs and dirty fries to tacos and wings.
Porch goers year-round will be familiar with the famed moonshine collection, so be sure to try the different flavours out.
Best for… Views
Foraging Vintners – In summer you might not be able to get through the week without seeing views from Foraging Vintners on Instagram, but year-round the scenery of Bradda Head right around to the beach is a sight that will never get old.
Grab a glass of fizz, wrap up warm and enjoy your company. Don’t forget to check out their winter specials too… Yes mulled wine is a given, but have you tried the FV hot tea toddy?
Best for… Quizzers
The Woody – What year was the Woodbourne Pub built? 1895. Known for being a traditional but very friendly pub the Woody is a favourite with regulars and never-been-befores alike! Why not put your knowledge to the test at the famed Sunday night quiz? While you’re there don’t forget to crack out the cues in a game of pool.
Best for… A G&T
The Fyn Bar – This is an obvious one right? You cannot beat a delicious Manx gin served up however you like it, and Fynoderee’s winter gin is a must-have! With hints of juniper, berries, liquorice, cloves and cinnamon, it’s literally Christmas in a bottle
There’s a number of seasonal events planned throughout December, Fyn & Feast, so be sure to check out their website for details.
Best for… Karaoke
The Saddle - Ahh we already can’t wait to hear Fairytale of New York repeated 5 times on an evening, at least! Saddleoke is a well-known Thursday night guilty pleasure and in the run up to Christmas it’s the place to be for some festive fun.
So get yourself down, have your singing voice ready, sit back and enjoy the experience of Saddleoke!
Best for… Those who can’t decide
Head to the Quay! We know what it’s like when you just can’t settle on a place to go, with so many great options along the quay, why should you have to choose? Start at Seven Kingdoms and the head to The Railway, The Bridge, The Saddle, Vino and The British and see where the night takes you.
So which are you heading to first?
Let us know your favourite pubs and why, and we’ll feature them – email [email protected]. Please do drink sensibly and know your limits – everyone loves a Christmas night out, but no one likes the hangover, or the consequences of bad decisions, the next day. Please drink responsibly.