Winter is here, and that means cozy holiday-themed pop-ups!
As we near Christmas Day, 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 cocktails! (Note: many also offer fondue)
If you’re looking to spread 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: There will be four Miracle pop-ups opening up this holiday season in NYC: Miracle on 9th Street, Sippin’ Santa at Boilermaker, Miracle on 12th Street, and Miracle in Brooklyn. The holiday-themed cocktail pop-up bar is open for its fifth season with their staple of kitschy holiday décor and festive, well-crafted cocktails.
Where: 3 Mitchell Place 26th floor
What: The glass encased rooftop will make you feel like you’re in a snow globe! The lounge is made to look like a jewel box in the sky, and is filled with garlands that have thousands of crystals as well as sparkling snowflakes above.
Where: 231 Hudson Street (SoHo); 11 East 31st Street (NoMad)
What: New York City’s Arlo Hotels have transformed into a cozy winter oasis for the season—an experience they’re calling Arlo Arctica. Arlo Arctica is a collaboration between Arlo Hotels and Shackleton Whisky to bring the Shackleton Antarctica Expedition of 1907 to life in NYC. The experience transports guests to The South Pole with cozy heated ice huts and a winter den that offers shearling blankets and a warm fireplace.
Where: 542 West 27th Street
What: Warm up by the fireplace with a plaid blanket or dine on one of their sleeping bunks. The rooftop is transformed into a cabin for the winter with a library and outdoor fire pit to enjoy. Enjoy a hot and cozy drink while you dine on one of their delicious fondue options of cheese or chocolate.
Where: 25 Cooper Square
What: Their Winter Garden has transformed into a Christmas Tree Market with heated alpine yurts that will make you feel like you’re in the mountains. The snug yurts have fur seats and complimentary fur coats to use while inside to keep toasty in style. You’ll need a reservation for a Fondue Feast to enter the cozy tents.
Where: 70 South Street
What: Industry Kitchen in the South Street Seaport has turned into a cozy winter chalet. There will be plenty of spiked hot chocolate to sip on and delicious holiday dishes like Gingernut Pizza.
Where: 1125 First Avenue (UES); 510 West 42nd Street (West Side); 301 South End Avenue (Downtown)
What: Apres Ski at each of the Treadwell Park locations will recreate the comfort of a lively ski lodge with fun antler-inspired chandeliers, fireplaces, and elevated comfort food.
Where: 180 Orchard Street 15th floor
What: Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple is also a rooftop ski lodge, but this one will feature a champagne bar!
Where: 224 Franklin Street
What: The Springs in Brooklyn is now Donner and Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge. The space has a Candy Cane wall, four fireplaces, and several floor to ceiling trees. Their cocktails are fun too, with names like Elf Nog and Rudolph’s So Bitter.
Where: 132 West 47th Street
What: Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel has become a wintery ski chalet for the season. It even features snow machines!
Where: 200 Fifth Avenue
What: The idea for the SERRA ALPINA theme was inspired by the Stella Alpina itself, a rare flower found in the Italian Alps across northern Italy. The space now features rustic inspired tables, twinkling lights, and of course, those breathtaking views of the city skyline.
Where: 124 West 57th Street, 29th floor
What: The Roof has turned into The Winter Room for the season with beautiful white lights and cool vibes overlooking Central Park.
Where: 230 Fifth Avenue
What: According to their website, the igloos are being redesigned this year! This means guests will get a fresh experience regardless of whether they’ve visited in previous years—and we can’t wait to see the update. There are 17 igloos, with plans for more to be added to the space as the season progresses.
PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown
Where: 210 West 55th Street
What: PHD Terrace has transformed into a Midsummer Night’s Dream for the winter with a gorgeous garden and plenty of lights. There’s even a floor-to-ceiling swing! Cocktail options include a S’mores Tini (made with crème de cacao, topped with graham cracker crumbs, three jumbo marshmallows roasted tableside) and Love Potion (which is a peppermint boozy milkshake with Baileys Irish Cream, vodka, mint chocolate, strawberry ice cream, nutmeg, peppermint bark).