The season of Santa Claus, Tannenbaum, and gift-giving is upon us. Whether you need a little holiday cheer or want a fun spot to go with co-workers, a date, or take a friend for a night out on the town, these pop-up bars are a great stop for a celebratory evening.Read More
Have a Holly Jolly Holiday at These Dallas Pop-Up Bars
Try these spots for the most spirited seasonal drinks and decor
Santa’s Workshop Christmas Pop-Up
Santa’s visiting and building a little winter wonderland up in McKinney at the Santa’s Workshop Christmas Pop-Up near the former Rye space — and this one is designed with cocktails by Apothecary. It featured Christmas movie-themed rooms inspired by classics, including A Christmas Story, Elf, and The Grinch. Kids are welcome until 10 p.m. daily, and some cocktails have non-alcoholic versions. It becomes 21 and up after that, with cocktails such as the Clausmopolitan (a white Cosmo with “icing” and sprinkles) and Santa’s Pick Me Up (a milk and cookies white Russian). It’s open until December 31 and will close with a New Year’s Eve bash.
Suburban Yacht Club
Pop into the Sleigh Club at this Plano spot to enjoy the lights, holiday decor, and themed cocktails, including Naughty But Nice Spiked Cocoa and a Blitzen’ Rita — among other options. It also servesIt’s house-made savory Tamales De Navidad and sugar and spice churros.
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Visit an array of holiday experiences at the Hotel Vin. Winter Wonderland is the holiday pop-up that takes over the patio outside with bubbles that cross between glamping and a cool Arctic experience. They have ski lodge decor with heaters and fur blankets. Reservations include a service with three-cheese fondue, a bottle of wine, and space for up to six guests for 90 minutes. There’s also the Holly Jolly Bar inside the Third Rail. It’s built using over-the-top kitschy decorations, and the specialty cocktails for the season are a must-try. This year, order the Peppermint Bark Martini and the Santa on the Beach.
Leela's Wine Bar
Let it snow inside Leela’s Wine Bar for its annual holiday pop-up at all locations. It’s red and white and lit up all over, with a menu of Holiday House-themed cocktails. Those include the Ornamint (strawberry and hibiscus-infused gin, italicus, strawberry, lemon and tonic served in an ornament glass), the Polar Expresso (espresso-infused vodka, Mr. Black, frangelico, cream and cinnamon), All Things Nice (a gingerbread espresso martini), and many more. The All Aboard! Espresso Flight will also feature mini versions of the holiday menu espresso martini, gingerbread espresso martini, and s’mores espresso martini.
Join the Miracle on Harwood Street at the Harwood Arms’ holiday pop-up bar. This British pub will offer a mini beef Wellington, Grinch dip (spinach artichoke dip, grilled pita and feta cheese crumble), baked brie with smoked honey and winter-spiced pear chutney, merry meatballs, and eggnog creme brulee. The seasonal cocktail offerings include the OH Dasher (gin, vanilla liqueur, lemon, creme, and soda), a Snowball Old Fashion, Polar Bear Espresso Martini, Santa’s Milk and Cookies (Irish whiskey, vanilla, gingerbread, coconut creme, and orange juice), and more including shots.
Pop on up to the rooftop of The Henry for its Winter Wonderland. Celebrate with plates of warm croissant bread pudding and light bites. For the extra festive, order the tequila tree, which features eight Patron margaritas in four flavors. Other holiday cocktails include a spiced pear cosmopolitan, sweater weather sangria, and a fig and ginger mule.
Yellow Rosa Cocktaileria
This Deep Ellum spot will make it snow this holiday season — literally. Amid its holiday decor is a snow machine drops a festive load every half hour. Try the holiday cocktails, including Christmas at the Ranch, Santa’s Flask, Jingle Juice, or a Christmas Staycation. And pop under the mistletoe in its Merry Kiss Me Photo Booth to make some serious memories.
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Looking for rooftop fun in downtown Dallas? The Statler’s rooftop has snow globes and winter cabanas that can be rented for a private winter cocktail hour, or the standing-room bar is open (it’s free to access before 3 p.m., and there is a $10 cover after). It’s also offering high tea service on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by reservation. And this winter experience will be around until February 11.
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The French Room Bar
Head to the Cocoa Lounge at the French Room’s bar in the Adolphus Hotel for adult beverages, hot cocoa, and its holiday food menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Guests can enjoy the Cocoa Tea Tier, a paired-down version of the French Room’s famous afternoon tea, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $45 per person. The holiday offerings this year include a Truffle Egg Salad sandwich on a croissant; cucumber and mint cream cheese on sourdough; tandoori chicken salad and pickles on challah; orange chocolate tarts; poached pear tarts; and sticky toffee pudding cake. No reservations are required, and kids are welcome.
The Adolphus Ski Lodge
Land your sleigh on the rooftop of the Adophus (or, you know, take the elevator up) for a visit to its Winter Village Ski Lodge. It’s got yurts, snowscapes, tableside s’mores, and holiday cocktails. The festive menu includes Adolphus Cider, Hot Toddy, Hawt Chocolate, ‘Tini Bear, Merry-Rita, and more. Bites are also available. The ski lodge is open Tuesday-Saturday evenings from 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. Private yurts and cabanas are available to reserve on Resy. Prices range from $250-$350. Additional seating areas are open on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Tipsy Elf has expanded this year and won’t just be in that one little spot by Paradiso — nope, this year, holiday revelers can find it spilling out onto Bishop Lane, across the street in Casablanca and Tejas — which means four Christmas-to-the-max themed bars and five “Karoling Karaoke” lounges. Live out all your Elf-themed dreams.
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