It’s beginning to a lot like Christmas … cocktails, that is. We’ve rounded up the top spots to get into the spirit, from intense themed pop-ups, to bars and restaurants that are truly decked out for the holidays.
SNOWday in Brooklyn
Make your way to the winter pop-up experience located in the ground-level bar and dining room at Sunday In Brooklyn in Williamsburg. The pop-up is open daily starting at 5:00 p.m. through the end of February. Enjoy a festive a la carte menu of creative cocktails and après ski-inspired bites. The cocktails are broken down into festive categories ranging from nice to naughty, and cozy to Christmas in July, for warm or frozen drinks. Read our brunch review, here.
The Sunday in Brooklyn bar room pop-up is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 -11:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. 348 Wythe Avenue or 68 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn, NY. 718-360-9875
Moxy’s Pink Holiday Pop-Up
Celebrate the season at Bar Moxy with a pinktastic holiday takeover. The monochromatic living room features all pink items including a piano, grand fireplace, grandfather clock, holiday tree, menorah and more! Make sure to snap a pic with “Mrs. Claws,” a massive pink teddy bear, cozied up in a big pink chair. Enjoy a limited edition cocktail menu featuring delectable mulled wine, hot toddies and pink hot chocolate. Open daily until January 2nd.
Bar Moxy opens daily at 11 a.m. 485 7th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 967-6699
The Late Late’s Tacky Winter Takeover
It wouldn’t be the holidays without tacky decorations or tacky sweaters. The Late Late’s tacky winter takeover is not to be missed. Think your wacky grandmother’s living room exploding with holiday decorations. Warm-up with a number of specialty seasonal cocktails including “Red Ryder” with Sagamore Rye, Red Bull Plum Twist and cinnamon, or the “Oh, F…udge!”with Hennessy VSOP, Green Chartreuse, hot chocolate, marshmallow meringue, and peppermint candy. It’s the perfect option for those who know better than to wait in line at Rolf’s. It’s open daily until February.
The Late Late is open until 4 a.m. on the weekends. 159 E Houston St., New York, NY. 212-633-2000
The Skinny’s Helliday Inn
If you’re not feeling the holiday spirit this year, the Helliday Inn at The Skinny might just be for you. The Skinny takes a twisted approach to the norm, boasting an anti-holiday themed pop-up this year. Tacky decor, ornate lights, and decorations cover every square inch from floor to ceiling. Santa’s reindeer heads line red painted walls and living room vignettes complete with fireplaces provide the perfect backdrop for a Hangry Santa’s workshop. Helliday Inn is open now through the end of January.
The Skinny is located at 174 Orchard Street, New York, NY. (212) 228-3668.
For over 30 years, Pete’s Tavern has been decking out the historical Italian restaurant in lights. Adorable and intricate dioramas are prominently displayed in the windows for passersby to appreciate. The restaurant not only serves up incredible dishes but serious holiday vibes. Revel under the red lights with a warm cocktail in hand. We’re eyeing the “Cinnamon Toast” cocktail in particular.
Pete’s Tavern is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00-4:00 a.m. 129 E 18th Street, New York, NY. 212-473-7676
Rolf’s is an obvious choice for over-the-top holiday decor, but it is truly unparalleled. Year after year, the German restaurant never ceases to amaze us. Be prepared to wait in line if you’re determined to have a true experience. Wreaths cover the ceiling with lights and colorful ornaments draping down. Any surface that could be decorated, basically is. Sip on mulled wine, eggnog, and other festive drinks. Holiday decorations will be up until March.
Rolf’s German Restaurant is open everyday from 12:00-10:00 p.m. 281 3rd Ave, New York, NY. 212-477-4750
Miracle on 9th Street
Every year East Village bar Mace transforms into a Miracle pop-up. Enjoy festive takes on classic cocktails, kitschy Christmas decor, and nostalgic vibes. Miracle on 9th Street is just one of the themed locations. Enjoy holiday drinks in playful drinkware like Santa-shaped mugs, which are also available for purchase (10 percent of proceeds going toward Action Against Hunger). The pop-up runs until December 31st.
Mace New York is open Monday-Friday from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. 649 E. 9th Street, New York, NY. 347-866-7739
Looking for that Christmas in July feel? Enjoy a tiki Christmas twist at Boilermaker in the East Village for Miracle’s sister pop-up, Sippin’ Santa. Try fun tropical drinks like Kris Kringle Colada or a Hawaiian Milk Punch in themed glassware. It’s open until December 31st.
Boilermaker is open until 4 a.m Thursday through Saturday. 13 First Ave., New York, NY. 212-995-5400