It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Christmas season is in full swing as indoor and outdoor decorations are going up, music is blasting on the radio, and stores are starting to get busy with Christmas gift shoppers. The 6 bars listed below are sure to get you in the holiday cheer with their decorations, music and Christmas-themed “adult” beverages! Merry Christmas!
Miracle at Backstage Lounge, located at 2433 South Boulevard, is a speakeasy behind Southbound. Expect holiday décor and holiday-themed drinks. The bar will be first come, first serve. No reservations are needed. Miracle opened November 22nd-December 30th and will operate 4PM-12AM daily. It will be closed Christmas Day.
Toast to the Holidays at Supperland’s Speakeasy (beneath the restaurant) is located at 1212 The Plaza. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best ugly holiday sweater and post on Instagram with #supperland to be entered to win a gift card. Expect four cocktails, each paired with a dish created by Supperland’s culinary team. This pop-up will operate November 26th-January 6th, 2024, Wednesday-Saturday 6PM-8:30PM. Tickets are $150 per person plus tax and tip.
House of Krampus at Humbug, located at 2501 The Plaza, has once again transformed their entire bar into a holiday pop-up based on the folklore of Krampus. Expect a festive menu developed by owners Andrew Schools and Larry Suggs, holiday snacks and holiday decor. This pop-up is a reservation-only experience. Tickets are available for $10 in advance. Time slots are limited to two hours with a limit of 4 per person per reservation. The Christmas bar is operating December 1st-December 23rd.
Tinsletown at Billy Sunday is a cocktail bar on the first floor of Optimist Hall. This year, it’s transforming the inside of the space into “Tinseltown.” Expect holiday-themed cocktails, warm drinks, and a transformed space. The seasonal drink menu includes a sugar cookie martini, an apple pie old fashioned and house-made coquito. This pop-up will be first come, first serve. No reservations are available, but there will be a waitlist. The Christmas bar will operate from November 29th-December 31st, Monday-Thursday 5PM-10PM, Friday 4PM-12AM, Saturday 12PM-12AM, and Sunday 12PM-10PM. Arrive early, put your name on the list, then head up to Spindle Bar Airstream or Spindle Bar inside for a hot or holiday cocktail while you wait for your table.
Sippin Santa at The Royal Tot, located at 933 Louisa Avenue is under new ownership but its popular Sippin’ Santa tiki pop-up returns for a third year. Expect tropical holiday-themed cocktails and weekly events like stocking decorating, music bingo and pictures from Santa. The Christmas bar will operate November 21st-December 31st, 4PM-12AM Mondays-Tuesdays, 4PM-1AM Wednesday-Thursday, 4PM-2AM Fridays, 11AM-2AM Saturdays, and 11AM-11PM Sundays.
A Vintage Holiday by The Green Room, located inside of Lincoln Street at 1320 South Church Street. This cozy cocktail bar promises a time capsule of festive nostalgia with its Vintage Holiday pop-up. Expect an intimate setup reminiscent of holidays past. The Green Room calls itself a pocket bar, making it a solid option for a date night or small group outing. Featured cocktails include “Old Fezzwig,” made with scotch, cranberry, ginger and miso and “Sly Like a Fox,” Templeton 6 year Rye & Zacapa Rum, gingerbread, allspice dram, whole egg (can also be made as a mocktail. Vintage Holiday will run every Friday and Saturday in December from 6PM-12AM.