Holiday pop-up bars are the newest trend sweeping the nation, transforming themselves into winter wonderlands throughout the country, including the South. Companies like Miracle are known for their over-the-top style. All have a similar menu but the decorations vary slightly.
The majority of the bars do not accept reservations, so you’ll have to go early to get a spot. In the case of the Miracle bars, the wait times can be hours long with the line wrapping around the building. The best way to get in is to go during off-peak hours, an hour before closing, and as soon as it opens.
Check each bar’s hours and mask requirements before you go!
What to Wear to Christmas Bars
Wear your best ugly sweaters to the holiday pop-up bars in the South. They can be purchased at places like Stein Mart. I purchased the alpaca sweater above from Michael’s. Amazon also has a great selection of festive gear.
Christmas Bars in Alabama
Seating is limited and is first come first served as no reservations are accepted. It’s open Sunday to Thursday from 4 pm to midnight and Friday and Saturdays from 4 pm to 2 am. There is no onsite parking and the food menu is limited so eat in advance.
Little Whiskey Christmas Club is a year-round Christmas-themed bar in Fairhope, across the bay from Mobile. It opened in 2018 to celebrate once the presents are unwrapped, complete with over-the-top decorations. They have karaoke nights hosted by Santa and Mrs. Klaus and festive cocktails like the eggnog Bushwhacker, a nod to the regional favorite.
Christmas Bars in Arkansas
Holidaze is the college town’s returning Christmas pop-up bar. The mixed indoor-outdoor setup at the Walton Arts Center Rose Garden is organized by the folks from Maxine’s Tap Room and Leverett Lounge. It runs through December 31. There is also a second location for 2021, one “Naughty” and the other “ Nice .”
Christmas Bars in the District Of Columbia
Archipelago is home to a Sippin Santa pop up at the U Street tiki bar. Tropical cocktails have a festive spin and a percentage of sales supports a local charity. The festivities run from November 29 to December 6.
For more information, visit Eater DC’s list of holiday-themed bars.
Christmas Bars in Florida
Miracle at Death Or Glory was the first outpost in South Florida. The pop-up bar in a 1920s home runs from November 25 to December 31. It is open Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 1 am, Saturday from 3 pm to 1 am, and Sunday from 2 pm to 10 am. There are no reservations.
Miracle On The Square is located at Jacksonville‘s Grape And Grain Exchange, an upscale liquor store and cocktail bar. The bar is open Sunday to Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 am and Thursday to Saturday from 12 pm to 2 am. They do not offer reservations.
Riverside Holiday Village at The Wharf, a popular entertainment district, has its own lounge from December 12 to December 22. It includes 30 different cocktails, over 500,000-holiday lights, and live music on weekends.
For more information, visit Eater Miami’s list of holiday-themed bars.
Miracle On Orange is located in downtown Orlando‘s The Courtesy Bar. It runs from November 24th through December 24th. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 pm to 1 am. Reservations are available via Tock.
The Kennedy is hosting Sippin Santa and starts on November 23.
St. Augustine will play host to Miracle at Forgotten Tonic from November 27 to January 6. It’s open from Sunday to Thursday from 12 pm to 11 pm and Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 12 am. Reservations are available via OpenTable.
Miracle At Mezzo is held at St. Petersburg‘s Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails, a short drive from downtown Tampa. It’s open from Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 2 am. They don’t accept reservations.
Miracle on Main will take place at Crafted Concoctions in Tavares from November 24 to December 31. It’s open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 12 am, and Sunday from 12 to 8 pm. Reservations are not accepted.
Christmas Bars in Georgia
The Blitzen Room at the Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market and Buckhead locations feature the restaurant’s menu of South African snacks alongside boozy hot chocolate and egg nog. It’s open during standard business hours from November to the end of December with drinks like Chartreuse Hot Chocolate and Frozen Egg Nog.
The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, a speakeasy in Buckhead, will turn into the Blind Elf for the holiday season. It will have holiday decor and drinks running from November 12 Wednesday to Saturday. Reservations are recommended.
Colony Square will become The North Pole, a 21 and over holiday bar with igloos overlooking the city.
Hampton and Hudson will transform into a Mountain Lodge Holiday Pop-up from December 13 through the 30th. The pop-up will be open 6-11 pm nightly and walk-ins are welcome. There will be festive drinks and snacks.
Little Christmas Spirit at Little Spirit in Inman Park transforms the small bar into a holiday-themed space starting November 22. The menu includes cocktails like boozy hot chocolate and mulled wine. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 5:30 pm to 2 am.
Mele Kalikimaka at SOS Tiki Bar is the Decatur tiki bar’s holiday concept, running from November 24 to December 31. Here you’ll find tropical cocktails and dishes inspired by Christmas movies. It’s open Wednesday to Saturday from 6 pm to late night.
Miracle On Monroe is back at Tapa Tapa after last year’s hiatus. Miracle at Wonderkid is also back for the Christmas pop-up, set in the bar at Atlanta Dairies. It’s open beginning November 20 and opens daily from noon to midnight. Call for reservations.
Red Sky Tapas in Marietta has its own A Christmas Story-themed space from November 19 to December 31. The restaurant has a holiday menu with items like turducken egg rolls and eggnog-like cocktails.
The Roof at Ponce City Market will also play host to festivities. The Holiday Social Bar starts on November 27 with holiday decor and specialty cocktails. Upstairs at 12 Cocktail Bar, the space becomes MixMas with their own festive cocktails. Reservations are highly recommended. There are also pods on the roof and fireside pods in The Yard.
Sippin Santa is back at Bon Ton, a popular Viet-Cajun restaurant in Midtown. It’s open from November 20 to December 31. The hours are Monday to Thursday from 3 to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to midnight, and Sunday from 12 to 10 pm. Reservations are available on OpenTable.
Santa’s Pub at Publico runs from November 26 through the New Year with festive decor and drinks, along with dessert. You can also book an igloo with your friends.
The Select in Sandy Springs is also decking the halls with over-the-top decorations and spirited drinks.
The Third Door in Marietta, a speakeasy in a former auto garage, will turn into a Christmas Vacation themed bar on December 1. There will be festive drinks and decor.
Yebo Ski Haus in Buckhead is one of two concepts the South African restaurant does, running until the spring. It takes on a ski-lodge style decor with cozy fire pits and blankets. The menu remains constant but warm cocktails are added. Reservations are available.
For more information, visit Eater Atlanta’s list of holiday-themed bars.
The Alida Hotel‘s Lost Square rooftop bar in Savannah will be transformed into a winter wonderland with private igloos, retro decor, and seasonal cocktails and bites. Held starting November 25, the igloos are available nightly for up to six people for 90 minutes. Reservations are required and there is a minimum food and beverage spend.
Christmas Bars in Kentucky
Miracle On Market in Louisville’s Galaxie Bar is the state’s only holiday pop up bar. It’s open from November 23 to December 31. They’re open from Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 2 am. Reservations are offered on weekends.
Christmas Bars in Louisiana
Miracle on Bennington is Baton Rouge‘s only Christmas bar, operating at The Station. It runs from November 22 on Tuesday to Friday from 5 pm to 2 am and Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am. No reservations are offered.
Miracle At Pamplona Tapas Bar is Lafayette‘s pop up holiday bar. They’re open from 5 to 11 pm daily. On Fridays, they’re open from 11 am and private events are available. Reservations can be made on the website or by calling (337) 232-0070.
Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 is an outpost of Sippin Santa in New Orleans, open from November 18 to December 31. It’s open Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, and Tuesday from 4 to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 pm. Reservations are available via Resy.
Miracle on Magazine Barrel Proof is open from 4 to 11 pm daily from November 22 to December 31, located in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. They offer events like an ugly sweater party as well as festive cocktails. No reservations are offered.
Snakes and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge is a year-round Christmas-themed dive bar. It’s open starting at 7 pm nightly in the Uptown Carrollton area. It has Christmas ornaments strung from the ceiling and other funky decor.
Christmas Bars in Mississippi
No Christmas bars are operating in 2021. Check back in 2022.
Christmas Bars in North Carolina
The Montford Rooftop Bar is Asheville‘s only Sippin Santa location, running from November 23 to January 1. The bar offers mountaintop views with Tiki-inspired decor. They don’t offer reservations and are open Monday to Friday from 4 to 10 pm, Saturday from 12 to 10 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm, closing from 1 to 4.
Miracle on Haywood will be at The Golden Pineapple, running from November 26 to December 31.
Bocado will transform into the holiday pop-up bar “Winter Wonder Bar” on November 26 with fire pits and seasonal cocktails.
Jingle City Bar is a holiday pop-up that is family-friendly by day but becomes a bar at night. There are themed evenings including an ugly sweater party and DJs. Buy your tickets on their website, which benefits local charities.
Merchant & Trade at the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel will be hosting rooftop igloos again this year. Each can fit 12 people and are available by reservation. The rental fee is $150 and there is a food and beverage minimum.
Miracle at BackStage Lounge in Charlotte is located in a South End speakeasy. It’s open Wednesday to Saturday from 5 to 11 pm starting November 24. Reservations are available by calling (704) 705-8447 and on Resy. Get the password from social media!
The Royal Tot is hosting Sippin’ Santa starting November 22 and running through December 31. Reservations are available through the website.
Unscripted Durham has transformed their rooftop into a winter wonderland, complete with heated igloos where diners can have food and drinks. There is a minimum food and beverage spend and reservations are recommended. You can also book a night at the hotel.
Jack Tar, located next door to the Unscripted, will be open for its holiday pop up starting November 26th, along with its bar, The Colonel’s Daughter. There will be festive drinks like eggnog and gluhwein.
Miracle will be at 158 on Main this year, running from November 18.
The Haymaker bar will host Miracle this year, starting November 26 and running until December 31.
The Katherine, the hotel at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, is hosting the Grinch Bar, a festive bar running from December 13 to 23 from 6 to 10 pm. They also have cozy globes for socially distanced drinks. Book a night at the hotel for the full experience.
Christmas Bars in South Carolina
The capital city will play host to Miracle at Prohibition Columbia.
Miracle At Handcraft Kitchen And Cocktails is located inside a restaurant in Mount Pleasant, a suburb of Charleston just over the Ravenel Bridge. It runs from November 23 to December 30, open from Monday to Sunday from 11 am. Reservations are available online or by emailing [email protected]
Christmas Bars in Tennessee
Miracle at The Liquor Store is new to Memphis, operating in the liquor store-turned-restaurant. It’s open from November 26 to January 3 on Sunday and Monday from 8 am to 2 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm, and Thursday to Saturday from 8 am to 9 pm. There are special events like ugly sweater contests, bingo, and holiday movie trivia. Reservations are available on Resy.
The Bobby Hotel Nordic Village is the trendy hotel’s rooftop retreat, featuring igloos and cabins for sipping festive drinks while admiring views of Nashville. It runs from November 14 from Sunday to Wednesday from 4 to 11 pm and Thursday to Saturday from 4 pm to 1 am. Reservations are required for the seating times and there are minimum group sizes. Guests can also stay at the Bobby Hotel.
The Fairlane Hotel hosts the Misfit Toy Bar featuring seasonal snacks and drinks.
HQ Beercade’s Reindeer Games is the downtown beer bar’s holiday installation with decorations, themed cocktails, and food starting November 19. There are also photo ops including one inspired by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s open during regular hours, from Monday to Thursday from 4 pm to 3 am and Friday to Saturday from 12 pm to 3 am.
JW Marriott Nashville will host Snow Globe, a multi-sensory pop-up bar from December 3 to 31. A LED wall transports guests to the North Pole for 90-minute seatings, complete with holiday cocktails and bites. Tickets can be purchased here.
Miracle will be held at The Pearl Diver on Gallatin Avenue.
Santa’s Pub in South Nashville is a year-round dive bar set in a double-wide trailer strung with lights. There’s karaoke nightly and a Santa mural. They also only take cash.
For more information, visit Eater Nashville’s list of holiday-themed bars.
Christmas Bars in Virginia
Miracle at Sense of Thai is a Christmas bar outside of Washington DC. The Thai street food restaurant is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm and Friday to Saturday from 11 am to midnight. Reservations are available here.
Sippin’ Santa this year will be held at Tiki Thai.
Miracle On Cary Street is located at The Jasper in Richmond is offering its seasonal drinks to go. The bar is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4 to 8 pm and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9 pm. No reservations are offered.
Switch Bar will become The Grinch Who Stole Switch on November 26.
Virginia Beach hosts Miracle at Tin Cup Kitchen + Oyster Bar.