Fairfield Social Club’s Winter Pop-up

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Fairfield Social Club’s Winter Pop-up

Fairfield Social Club’s Winter Pop-up at Fairfield Social Club, Manchester 1 — 16 December 2023 Entrance is free — Visit now

The Green Quarter gets bigger and better, and here’s a winter preview to show what’s in store. Next spring sees the launch of Fairfield Social Club – a multi-purpose site in Red Bank, next to Angel Meadows Park. Absolutely refuse to wait until then? Get your big coat on and head out there as the brains behind this – plus Grub, and various other excellent Manchester institutions – are hosting a winter pop-up, held across the first three weekends in December.

So, what’s in store? No less than two bars, a huge 250-seater event space and a secret garden showcasing some of the UK’s finest street food traders. Oh, and, for this pop-up, a Christmas Tree shop. A winter essential, for sure. No room for the ghost of Christmas Scrooge, there’ll be gift-wrapping stations tied to local charities, including Mustard Tree and Lifeshare. 

Drinks-wise, there’ll be a fully stocked Blackjack Beers craft beer bar as well as pop-up traders including Foundation Coffee who’ll be on hand to provide caffeine hits. Isit Kitchen will be in residence for the whole month slinging out barbecued goodness to warm your winter cockles. 

Alongside all the food, drink and Christmas trees, you can rejoice at the return of much-missed Manchester institution Oklahoma which will be doing what it does best – selling colourful unusual gifts, decorations and homeware, plus its new Oklahoma tote bags. Ben Saunders’ Manchester Queer Art Market will make a festive appearance, and the event space launches with a special version of peerless comedy night A Lovely Time (wonderfully rebranded as A Lovely Christmas Time) with Amy Gledhill & Friends. 

The whole thing kicks off with Gaz’s Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, where legendary local quizmaster Gaz Jones casts a satirical eye back at the year 2023. It’s free entry, but you’re best off booking in advance. There’s also a Reform Radio Day Party & Moodswings Fundraiser, with the Fairfield Social Club Christmas Social to close out proceedings on Saturday 16th December.

Fairfield Social Club’s Winter Pop-up at Fairfield Social Club, Manchester 1 — 16 December 2023 Entrance is free Visit now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
1 — 2 December 2023
4:00pm — 10:00pm
8 — 9 December 2023
4:00pm — 10:00pm
15 — 16 December 2023
4:00pm — 10:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

Where to go near Fairfield Social Club’s Winter Pop-up

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Partisan

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1520 Studios

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Manchester Three Rivers Gin Distillery

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Café or Coffee Shop
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Independently-run coffee shop and bike repair shop on the edge of the Green Quarter in Manchester.

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Osaka Local

Wonderful Japanese street food vendor, often found at Grub and other street food events in and around Manchester and the North.

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Cinema
Cultplex

Billing itself as Manchester’s home of cult films, video games and cool nerd stuff, Cultplex is a small cinema offshoot of indie street food destination Grub Manchester.

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The Runaway Brewery

An exciting young Brewery on the Manchester scene, Runaway are creating a whole host of drinkable delights.

Virgin Red Room
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Virgin Red Room

The Virgin Red Room is a new private members space located at Manchester’s AO Arena, with VIP access to some of the city’s biggest gigs.

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Sadler’s Yard

Sadlers Yard is a public square and events space in Manchester from NOMA Mcr. Home of the Pilcrow Pub and PLANT NOMA.

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Allpress
at NOMA

Allpress at NOMA is a home to all things coffee, with a café and seasonal menu incorporating locally sourced ingredients.

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