This post has been written by BIANCA BAHAMONDES and JUSTINE GOLATA.
Winter is here—and that means cozy holiday-themed pop-ups are taking over!
As we near the holidays, we decided to put together a list of some of the most festive holiday-themed bar revamps around New York City. Each year various bars and restaurants go all out in holiday spirit decorations, transforming into magical winter wonderlands for a few months. Some rooftops become alpine lodges or igloos, while other spaces focus more on kitschy and colorful decor. However, the one thing they all have in common are their fun and festive cocktail offerings!
Whether you’re looking to enjoy some holiday cheer this season, trying to find the next venue for your holiday party, or just want to check out a new space, here are all of the holiday pop-up bars that should be on your winter bucket list!
Where: 649 East 9th Street (Miracle on Ninth); Various Other Locations
What: The holiday-themed cocktail pop-up bar reopens for its seventh season, with their staple kitschy holiday décor and festive, well-crafted cocktails. The pop-up originally began at Mace in 2014, but has since grown globally with over 120 locations worldwide!
2. Sippin’ Santa
Where: (Boilermaker) 13 1st Ave
What: Another one of Miracle’s holiday bars, Sippin’ Santa is once again taking over the Boilermaker in the East Village with its fun tropical-holiday vibes! Treat yourself to some North Pole Punch with bourbon, overproof & dark Jamaican rums, Creme de Banana, maple syrup, cinnamon syrup, and lime juice or Brah Humbug with scotch, Drambuie, mulled wine syrup served hot!
3. The Standard
Where: 25 Cooper Square
What: Their Winter Garden has transformed into a mini-Christmas Market with heated alpine yurts that will make you feel like you’re in the mountains. The snug yurts have complimentary faux fur coats to use while inside to keep toasty in style. You’ll need a reservation to enter the cozy tents, but once inside you can order things like baked cookies, fondue, and seasonal drinks.
4. Eataly Rooftop (Serra Stellata)
Where: 200 Fifth Avenue
What: The idea for the Serra Stellata theme was inspired by “starry nights in the forest (‘stellata’ means starry), encouraging guests to look up and admire the winter night sky this season.” The enchanting space “embraces the bounty and diversity of the forest” and features a wintery bosco-inspired atmosphere with velvety blues and delicate displays hanging from the ceiling that’ll make you want to cozy up to some warm risotto.
Where: Rockefeller Plaza
What: The Winter Domes at Rockefeller Plaza are a great way to warm up this winter if you’re looking to stay at the heart of all the holiday festivities in NYC, or just need a quick break from shopping. City Winery’s winter dome igloos seat up to eight and are of course completely heated (so you won’t have to hang out to your coat while you sip on your spiked hot cider).
6. Mr. Purple
Where: 180 Orchard Street 15th floor
What: Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple is a wintry rooftop ski lodge, but this one will feature a champagne bar! There will of course also be season cocktails and tasty fondue offerings.
Where: 89 South St
What: The seasonal conversion of “The Greens” will feature 28 individual dining cabins for guests to enjoy throughout the winter months. Each cabin is 12′ x 10′ and can seat up to 10 people. The cabins promise to bring customers winter décor, spacious banquette seating, a virtual fireplace, heaters, and floor-to-ceiling views of New York City. Each cabin is “ski-inspired” in design and the rooftop will even feature a mountain range sculpture on their stage space.
8. Industry Kitchen
Where: 70 South Street, At, Maiden Ln
What: Dine in your own private glasshouse! Each glasshouse is decked out in holiday lights glowing red or green. Warm up with their hot cocktails as you sing along to holiday tunes playing in the background!
9. Lillie’s Victorian Establishment
Where: 13 East 17th Street or 249 West 49th St.
What: Reserve a table at this ostentatiously decorated restaurant with lavish lights, trees, and ornaments galore. If you love all things Christmas you will feel right at home!
10. Snow Day in Brooklyn
Where: 29 Norman Ave
What: Snow Day in Brooklyn will be held at Yakitiki this season! Serving their winter-themed drinks in the most adorable glassware like polar bears, partridges, and Santa’s, as you sit beneath a tiki thatch roof. This pop-up plays holiday tunes and even has a projected cozy fireplace perfect for a December evening!
11. Feliz Coctelería
Where: 349 Broome Street
What: Experience holiday traditions of the latin world at this “Pan-Latin inspired holiday pop-up!” Reserve a mezcal cabin and try one of their festive cocktails like A Lump of Coal including blackberry, mint, mango butter, black sesame, tequila, lime, egg white, Chilean red wine, or the Coquito Poquito with rice milk, cacao, vanilla, urfa and aleppo pepper, cinnamon, toasted coconut, milk peppercorn, and a rum blend.
Where: 558 Broadway
What: Journey through the enormous (and positively pink) holiday-themed art installations that have taken over the Museum of Ice Cream. There’s delicious treats like the “Pinktini,” holiday merchandise, and even a sprinkle pool! Get your tickets today!
featured image source: Facebook/ Mr. Purple
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