Christmas decorations hang from wooden beams surrounding the old building, while laughter and chatter fill the air.
Outside the building there's a teepee but it's impossible to see inside the secret hideaway. The door opens and another dimly-lit Christmas scene is before me – Christmas trees, lights decorating the beams, benches for people to sit at, even a roaring fire.
But this teepee has a dancefloor. And a bar. And I'm not in Santa's grotto in Lapland, I'm in the Oast House bar in Spinningfields, Manchester.
My description might sound a little far-fetched, but it really is a seasonal wonderland.
It gets even better when smooth live jazz filters into the teepee through speakers from the packed main bar (on a Wednesday evening, not late), which is the cherry on top and secures my mood for the evening.