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Here Are All the Holiday Pop-Ups Opening This Season in NYC

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Bars and restaurants are going all in on warm cocktails and ski lodge looks

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Treadwell Park
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‘Tis the season for holiday pop-ups, and several bars and restaurants around NYC are capitalizing on the time of year by rolling out seasonal cocktails and revamping their spaces to look like snow globes, ski lodges, and other takes on winter wonderlands. Here are the holiday pop-ups swinging open in the coming weeks.

Miracle Pop-Up Bars

The Christmas cocktail pop-up concept Miracle has locations all over the country, but this year’s NYC locations include: Mace in East Village, the former Double Wide space, as well as a Brooklyn outpost. It comes from Cocktail Kingdom owner Greg Boehm. Opens November 23 at 649 East Ninth St., near Avenue C; 505 East 12th St., near Avenue A; and 177 Grand St., near Bedford Avenue

The Roof

Midtown rooftop spot The Roof will introduce “The Winter Room,” a sparkly white new look for its space, which overlooks Central Park. A new menu of warm cocktails, Belvedere-spiked hot chocolate, and fondue will be available. Opens November 26 at 124 West 57th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues

Moxy Times Square

For some reason, Midtown hotel Moxy has decided that pink is the color of the season. Its holiday pop-up includes a revamp of its second floor into an all-pink living room with a pink piano, fireplace, grandfather clock, and tree. The special cocktail menu offered at Bar Moxy will have mulled wine, hot toddies, and pink hot chocolate. Opens November 26 at 485 Seventh Ave. at West 36th Street

Vnyl

East Village 1970s-themed cocktail bar VNYL will serve seasonal cocktails in a snowy forest-inspired space. Opens at the end of November at 100 3rd Ave., near East 13th Street

Ophelia

The Midtown East rooftop lounge at the top of the Beekman Tower has been revamped to look like a snow globe with crystal garlands. New cocktail offerings include the “Rising Star,” made with cognac, rum, cinnamon simple syrup, and lotus cookie-infused cream. Desserts on hand include churros and tiramisu. Now open at 3 Mitchell Pl. at First Avenue

Arlo Soho and Arlo Nomad

Arlo’s SoHo and NoMad locations are taking cues from early 1900s Antarctica with a holiday pop-up concept in partnership with Shackleton Whisky and Symmetry Labs. The hotels’ indoor and outdoor spaces will be converted to reflect the Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907 Antarctic expedition to Finse, including ice sculptures and virtual reality LED light installations in the space. A whiskey menu by Shackleton Whisky will be available. Now open at Arlo NoMad at 11 East 31st St., between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue and opens at Arlo SoHo at 231 Hudson St., near Broome Street on December 1

Frozen Peppermint Slide at Industry Kitchen
Frozen Peppermint Slide at Industry Kitchen
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Industry Kitchen

The South Street Seaport restaurant will channel a winter chalet and features special dishes like a “gingernut pizza,” made with ginger crust, eggnog frosting, spicy pecans, candy canes, and sprinkles. Drinks include a large format frozen cocktail made with Baileys, candy canes, peppermint bark, and pretzel rods. The spiked hot chocolate has Nutella. Now open at 70 South St.

Treadwell Park

All three of Treadwell Park’s locations will become faux ski lodges, serving mulled hot cocktails like bourbon hot cider in vintage thermoses. There will also be a shotski available with mixed seasonal shots. Opens December 1 at Treadwell Park UES (1125 First Ave., near East 62nd Street), Treadwell Park West Side (510 West 42nd St., near 10th Avenue), and Treadwell Park Downtown (301 South End Ave., near Albany Street)

Westfield World Trade Center

“Holiday Market at the Oculus” is now open at the Westfield World Trade Center, featuring treats and drinks from brands like Eataly Downtown, Royce Chocolates, and Epicerie Boulud. Now open at 185 Greenwich St.

Grand Republic Cocktail Club

The Greenpoint cocktail bar will have a “Bad Santa” holiday pop-up with six cocktails from owner and head bartender Johnny Swet, including the “Boxing Day Hangover,” made with gin and vermouth, Salers Aperitif, star anise, and bitters, as well as the titular “Bad Santa,” made with everclear, peppermint liqueur, and dark chocolate. Opens November 28 at 19 Greenpoint Ave.

Leyenda

The Cobble Hill Mexican restaurant will have a charity attached to its holiday pop-up, with a new bar concept called “Sleyenda” popping up in the space that will donate $1 from every cocktail sold to women-focused organizations like Global Fund for Women, New York Women’s Foundation, Outsmart NYC, and the Me Too Movement. Opens November 27 at 221 Smith St., near Butler Street

Bourbon hot cider at Treadwell Park
Bourbon hot cider at Treadwell Park
Photo via Treadwell Park

JFK

Yes, even the airport is getting in on holiday pop-up action with a seasonal bar from Grey Goose that will include cocktails and guest appearances from NYC bartenders like Dante’s Liana Oster, Broken Shaker’s Evan Hawkins, Otis’ Channing Centero, and The Dead Rabbit’s Jillian Vose. Opens December 3 in JFK Terminal 4

Sunnyside Holiday Market

An outdoor market collaboration between Sunnyside Shines and Queens Night Market hits Sunnyside the weekend after Thanksgiving. Food options include Burmese noodles, baos, vegan cookies, German bratwurst, Colombian empanadas, egg waffle sandwiches, and more. Runs Saturdays and Sundays starting November 24 at Bliss Plaza at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard

Threes Brewing

The Gowanus beer bar is hosting just two limited-run holiday markets on the first two Sundays in December, starting with a partnership with outdoor lifestyle brand Best Made on December 2. Axes and other goods by Best Made will be available. On Sunday, December 9, there will be a pop-up record shop and products from food and beverage brand W&P. Runs on December 2 and 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at 333 Douglass St., near Fourth Avenue

Midnights

Midnights is yet another NYC restaurant bringing a sky chalet aesthetic to its holiday pop-up. There will be seasonal cocktails in a space decorated with wool throws, sheepskins, and vintage ski posters. Now open at 149 North Sixth St. at Bedford Avenue

Yurt at The Standard East Village
Yurt at The Standard East Village
Photo via The Standard

The Breslin

On December 7, The Breslin’s executive pastry chef Jennifer Costa will debut a gingerbread house replica of the Ace hotel at a holiday party. The unveiling will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and there will be complimentary gingerbread cookies and seasonal cocktails. Runs December 7 at 16 West 29th St., between Broadway and Fifth Avenue

The Standard East Village

The hotel will feature a “Winter Garden,” equipped with yurts, cheese fondue, and spiked winter drinks. The yurts can be reserved ahead of time. Through Christmas Eve, the hotel is also running a Christmas tree market, and proceeds will benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. 25 Cooper Square, between East 5th and East 6th streets

Mr. Purple

Mr. Purple is teaming up with Veuve Clicquot to build a snow globe-shaped dome on the rooftop terrace that will be called “Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple.” It will be decorated with ski lodge decor and feature a champagne bar, with space for 25 to 50 people. There will be seasonal and warm cocktails, champagne cocktails, and fondues. Opens first week of December at 180 Orchard St., near Stanton Street

The Springs

“Donner and Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge” is popping up at The Springs in Greenpoint with a candy cane Instagram wall, floor-to-ceiling Christmas trees, and multiple fireplaces. There will be mulled wine, candy cane shots, and spiked egg nog. For holiday snacks, there will be fondue, a cookie plate, fried s’mores, and more. Opens November 30 at 224 Franklin St. at Green Street

Freehold

The “Winter Lodge” at Freehold will be an enclosed heated courtyard and lodge-like space decorated with lights, a Christmas tree, a fireplace, and blankets. There will be a holiday market on November 30 featuring local designers, a tarot card reader, stick ‘n poke tattoos, and live DJ music. Opens November 23 at 45 South Third St., near Wythe Avenue

Haven Rooftop

The Sanctuary Hotel’s rooftop space will also channel a ski chalet this season, complete with faux snow machines. Holiday cocktails include a ginger hot toddy. Open now at 132 West 47th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues

Haven Rooftop
Haven Rooftop
Photo by Will Cadena

Sunday in Brooklyn

Williamsburg neighborhood restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn is transforming its bar and dining room for the winter, starting Friday, November 30th and continuing until Thursday, February 28. Cocktails include a Scroogin’ for a Bruisin’ (blended scotch, madeira wine, allspice, banana, spiced cranberry bitters) and Reindeer Games (rye, fernet, chestnut, apple cider vinegar, sarsaparilla). A stroopwafel bar will also be on-site. Opens November 30th at 68 South 2nd St., at Wythe Avenue

The Skinny

The East Village bar is putting some twists on its holiday pop-up, which it calls “Helliday Inn.” There will be a “miserable Santa” at the bar nightly, as well as a live piano player to accompany dirty Christmas caroling, and Krampus-themed karaoke and trivia. There will also be regular drag and burlesque shows and other events, like tarot readings, a “Sleigh and Lay” speed dating session, and a Goodfellas-themed costume night. Opens November 29 at 174 Orchard St., near Stanton Street

Monarch Rooftop

The Monarch Rooftop and Indoor Lounge will host a limited run holiday pop-up on December 15, featuring gingerbread house and cookie decorating. Tickets are $10 and include hot and cold beverages as well as snacks. Runs December 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 71 West 35th St., near Sixth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship Manhattan location will host a holiday pop-up in conjunction with Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur. The pop-up runs for two weekends on the store’s eighth floor and will offer Baileys-spiked hot chocolate and coffee with holiday toppings. Runs November 29 through December 1 and December 13 through December 15 at 611 Fifth Ave., near East 50th Street

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