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Join the après party

Thought après ski was just for the mountains? Think again, as a wave of pop-up winter-themed bars, cool cabins and chic chalets open across the UK just in time for the snowy season

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London’s Latin-inspired Floridita has opened the Soho Ski and Rum Chalet – an Argentinian-style ski lodge serving winter blends of rum, hot cocktails (try the Ski Break: hot chocolate, rum, chocolate liqueur and cinnamon) and winter classics alongside a Latin-American tapas menu. You’ll find it hidden beneath the restaurant’s famous sweeping staircase. Until February 2015, www.floriditalondon.com

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The Winter Terrace at The Narrow
Fairy lights twinkle across the water, fire pits crackle and the gentle hum of Christmas movie classics on the big screen… The Narrow’s Winter Terrace may be outdoors but you can cut through the cold with a mulled beer, French Toddy or soul-warming Le Poire Chaud (hot Perry to you and I). Festive food includes Walnut & Gorgonzola Dumplings, Goose Rillettes Crostini, and Pigs in Blankets. Until 28 February, www.gordonramsay.com

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Après Skate Bar, Bristol
At Clifton on Ice – a temporary indoor-outdoor ice rink in Bristol’s Clifton Village, local company Beerd Brewery has opened Après Skate, a rustic, Alpine-themed bar serving a selection of posh dogs, Beerd beers, champagne and hot chocolate. Until 4 January, www.cliftononice.com

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Le Chalet, London
Shop till you drop… with a drink in your hand at this pop-up winter chalet on the roof of Selfridge’s department store. Alongside mulled wine and choc-tails (hot chocolate cocktails), there’s an Alpine barbecue menu – think spit-roast pork and smoked Highland venison – and a cosy interior of tartan wool blankets, candle-lit tables and trees twinkling with fairy lights. Until 28 February, www.selfridges.com

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Curious TeePee at the Oast House, Manchester
This impromptu fairy-lit tent of a bar returns to Manchester’s Oast House for another festive run, with rustic wooden benches, animal fur rugs and woolen blankets – not that you’ll need them, this place gets so busy with Christmas revelers that body heat, and winter spiced cider, are enough to warm the teepee. There’s a hog roast and turkey roast on the menu, too. Until 31 December, Theoasthouse.uk.com

Piste at Archer Street, London
Snowshoes, vintage skis and boots line the wood-clad walls of this basement Alpine pop-up at Archer Street. Grab a seasonal apricot and cinnamon Bellini or a Let it Sloe (sloe gin, lemon, chestnut liqueur, plum liqueur, egg white and grated nutmeg) then raid the themed dressing up box to really get in the après-ski mood. Until March, archerstreet.co.uk

Tio Pepe x Pop, Cardiff, Leeds & Bournemouth
Sherry and popcorn? Sounds weird, right. Wrong. Tio Pepe has teamed up with gourmet popcorn specialists Pop to create a festive fino and popcorn menu. For a fiver you get a glass of smooth, dry sherry and three different savoury corns: pigs in blankets, roast turkey, and stuffing with blue cheese. Until 24 December at Ambiente, Leeds; The Larder House, Bournemouth; Bar 44, Cardiff.

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Winter Cinema at The Berkeley, London
Christmas? It’s all about snuggling up and watching a classic festive film. Now you can do so in added style at this pop-up rooftop terrace that has been transformed into a pine-filled forest cinema, complete with fluffy cushions, Moncler blankets, hot chocolate and mince pies (or wine and canapés if you want to make a night of it). Bring on ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Until 31 December, www.the-berkeley.co.uk

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Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy Bar, Edinburgh
Warm up with a hot apple toddy in this not-so-inventively-named bar that sits next to the glittering Princes Street Gardens ice rink. It’s worth going for the design alone – inspired by the surreal art of Salvador Dalí – the Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy Bar serves other festive cocktails, too, and is the buzzing centre of Edinburgh’s Christmas, that includes cabaret, a funfair, market, theatre, comedy and even a Christmas tree maze. Until 4 January, www.edinburghschristmas.com

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The Winter Cabin at York & Albany, London
Part sauna-part hunting lodge – think tartan, animal skins and taxidermy – the snug rustic cabin in the York & Albany’s courtyard holds just 12 guests, so it’s worth booking ahead (there’s are two-hour slots so that as many people can try it). Keep cosy with a warm buttered rum hot chocolate with marshmallows and snack on hearty wild boar sausages, black pudding scotch eggs and venison sausage rolls. Until February. www.gordonramsay.com/yorkandalbany

ALISON TYLER

This article appeared in Metro on 23 December. 

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