If you’re looking for somewhere to aprés-ski-without the skiing – then tucked away in the Northern Quarter, by Chapter One books on the corner of Dale Street and Lever Street, a winter wonderland awaits behind a large green door with ornate railings.
Mala, which means ‘garden’ in Hawaiian, has transformed its secret garden bar into a festive ski resort complete with alpine chalets, cable car booths, heated huts and a large garden space with beer-hall type benches running throughout.
The venue has also launched a Christmas menu to match their new seasonal décor, including a twist on the classic cocktail trees, with a mulled wine version, decorated with real branches of pine trees, baubles and pine cones to resemble a Christmas tree.
Alongside this, they’ve also designed another cocktail, called The Berry 75, which combines a gin, lemon juice, sugar, raspberry and prosecco.
Other beverages available include a range of classic cocktails, beer steins and soft drinks such as coffee and hot chocolate, topped with plenty of marshmallows and whipped cream.
Although the bar does not offer food itself, they work in collaboration with other food venues in the area such as Salt & Pepper, Ply Squared, House of Habesha, MCR Poké and others, meaning that the choices are wide-ranging, and can be ordered through an app.
For dessert, there is also an on-site stall serving delicious pots of crumble from Crumbled, finished with a variety of toppings including blow-torched marshmallows, Oreo crumbs and rose petals.
Mala describe themselves as ‘an escape from city life within the city.’
“Nestled in the middle of Manchester, this unique garden space offers food, drinks and rest for all that pass through its doors. Perfect for individuals looking for a quiet space or friends looking to reconnect.
“Private huts, spacious booths and cosy seating all add towards an outdoor experience unlike anything else within the City Centre. This is a green space for everyone, hence why Mala means “garden” in Hawaii.”
Bookings are recommended for groups over six, but the bar operated a walk-in service for other visitors.
Mala is located at19 Lever Street, M1 1BY, and is open daily from 12pm-9pm. For more information, follow their Instagram here.