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The bar at Dead Rabbit, now three-stories filled with decorations.
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NYC Restaurants and Pop-Up Bars Decked Out for the Holidays

Where to go in New York for extra-festive food and drink

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The bar at Dead Rabbit, now three-stories filled with decorations.
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The holiday season in New York City brings festive ambiance to restaurants and bars that go delightfully all-out with the holiday decor. From elegant, impeccably dressed trees and wreaths to intentionally kitschy, tinsel explosions of holiday spirit, here’s a range of bars and restaurants that have top-notch seasonal decorations around NYC.

Some of these establishments serve worthwhile food, but all of them are at least solid places to enjoy a celebratory cocktail or two. Ahead, 19 stops for some extra-festive food or drink this season.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2013.

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Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

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Astoria’s German-leaning Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden isn’t just a solid bet for summertime drinks in a spacious setting. In wintertime, there are decked-out Christmas trees, a 10-foot Santa sled, and festive lighting.

Tavern On the Green

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This classic tourist stop in Central Park is an excellent place to stop for a drink. For the holiday season, the bar room is full of greenery, a Christmas tree, lights, and live jazz. Try a spiced cider or other festive cocktail to warm up after exploring the park, and be sure to head to the courtyard for a photo opp with the towering tree.

Bacall's Family Steakhouse

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Frosty’s is a seasonal pop-up that’s also in Los Angeles and Chicago. For the holidays, it’s turned Midtown’s Bacall’s steakhouse into a three-level bar with Christmas trees, lights, tinsel, stockings, and more. The bar stays open until 2 a.m. most nights. Tickets are available online and at the door beginning on November 30; they start at around $30 per person.

Customers pack a dining room decorated with ornaments, Christmas trees, lights, and other festive decorations.
Frosty’s at Bacall’s steakhouse.
Frosty’s

Keens Steakhouse

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Holiday wreaths and ribbons, plus a tree, only add to the charm of this Midtown steakhouse relic, which all-year-round has warm, dark-wooded environs. Head here for a serious steak, or a stiff drink with a friend.

Serra at Eataly

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Eataly’s rooftop restaurant Serra always changes with the seasons, and its winter version is decked out with trees, fake snow, and a cabin feel. It’s especially nice to go on a snowy day, as the rooftop is glass. The menu includes hearty dishes such as osso buco; saffron risotto; and fondue with fingerling potatoes, bread, and root vegetables. Look out for seasonal cocktails, including a winter old-fashioned and a fig mule.

Old Homestead Steakhouse

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Lights align the walls and ceilings with holiday decor galore at this old-school steakhouse classic, open Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Rolf's German Restaurant

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If seeking truly extreme Christmas decorations, head to this kitschy, over-the-top Third Avenue German restaurant. Rolf’s is a sight to behold during the month of December, though the decorations are up year-round. Take note: It will be jammed.

Old Town Bar

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Old Town doesn't go overboard with the Christmas decorations, but the holiday spirit is definitely alive at the bar. This is one of New York's great, old taverns, dating back to 1892, and a very reliable Union Square go-to for low-key drinks, a simple burger, and a handsome mahogany bar. It's big, too, so there shouldn't be too much trouble finding a seat.

Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria

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You can see the massive Christmas tree that sits atop Rosemary's from three blocks away. The dining room at the charming West Village Italian spot also has some tasteful holiday lighting; another, smaller tree packed with gold ornaments, lights, and red bows; garlands on the ceiling; and wreaths adorning the brick walls and the garland-strung staircase to the second floor.

Ollie has brought back its Hanukkah pop-up bar for another year. The West Village cocktail bar is decked out with dreidels and other decorations. The menu has a full menu of themed drinks, like Manischewitz Jell-o shots, and latkes. The pop-up runs through December 30.

Partridge at The Standard, East Village

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Partridge is a ‘70s inspired pop-up with retro decor and a view of bedecked evergreens. Look for drinks with names like a Snowball Colada or the Partridge in a Pear Tree, and food like pickle platters, chicken schnitzel, and spiced custard tart with raspberry compote.

The Cabinet

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The Miracle pop-up that started it all returns to the East Village this year. Expect every inch of the Cabinet to be decked out with holiday decor, and cocktails that are better than the usual lineup of festive-themed cocktails: One of the main reasons that Miracle has been such a success is the quality of its drinks. The menu this year has drinks made with cranberry sauce, Christmas spices, gingerbread, and marshmallow.

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A cocktail at Miracle.
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The Skinny Bar and Lounge

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Lower East Side cocktail bar the Skinny is purposefully going with gaudy Christmas decor, including tons of ornaments from the ceiling, a twinkle-light reindeer, wrapping paper on the walls and tables, and snarky Christmas sayings on throw pillows. The idea is to create a naughty Christmas, complete with burlesque entertainment, an ugly sweater party, and more.

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten

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The backyard at Loreley Beer Garden is decorated with lights, ornaments, and outdoor heaters. In addition to the usual list of German beers, there are festive drinks like boozy eggnog, hot bourbon apple cider, and peppermint martinis with cold brew.

A backyard beer garden is decked out with lights, ornaments, and other festive decorations.
Loreley at the holidays.
Loreley Beer Garden

Thief is decked out with holiday decor this year at its cocktail bars in Williamsburg on the Lower East Side. The Brooklyn pop-up has seasonal drinks like a “Christmapolitan” and boozy egg nog from now through December 31 this year; in Manhattan, look out for the Merry Spirtzmas and other riffs. Reservations are available for both locations online.

Grinchy’s at Roberta’s

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Roberta’s is bringing back its holiday pop-up bar this year. From December 1 through January 16, the Bushwick pizzeria will serve suckling pig, prime rib, dry-aged duck, holiday cocktails, hot chocolate, and more in a space decorated with tinsel, lights, and an inflatable green Grinch. The enclosed space has overhead heaters. Reservations are available online.

Jingle Jangle at the Dead Rabbit

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Jingle Jangle, a pop-up bar at Financial District bar the Dead Rabbit, has three floors of decorations with wreaths, Christmas trees, hanging lights, and ornaments. Look out for a menu of seasonal drinks made with mulled wine, gingerbread spices, apple cider, and caramel cream. Jingle Jangle is open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. through January 1.

Krampus Cove at Someday Bar

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Krampus Cove is a dark holiday pop-up imported from Los Angeles that runs from December 1 through New Year’s Eve. Look for a black Christmas tree decorated with spooky ornaments and a “chilling playlist” of holiday classics. Cocktails include drinks like the Better Watch Out, with gin, spiced cranberry, Amontillado sherry and lemon.

Sleyenda at Leyenda

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From November 25 to December 30, this popular Cobble Hill cocktail bar is pouring holiday-themed drinks like a creamy coquito cocktail with tequila. The bar is decked out in Beyonce-themed references, over-the-top tinsel, lights, and ornaments.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

Astoria’s German-leaning Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden isn’t just a solid bet for summertime drinks in a spacious setting. In wintertime, there are decked-out Christmas trees, a 10-foot Santa sled, and festive lighting.

Tavern On the Green

This classic tourist stop in Central Park is an excellent place to stop for a drink. For the holiday season, the bar room is full of greenery, a Christmas tree, lights, and live jazz. Try a spiced cider or other festive cocktail to warm up after exploring the park, and be sure to head to the courtyard for a photo opp with the towering tree.

Bacall's Family Steakhouse

Frosty’s is a seasonal pop-up that’s also in Los Angeles and Chicago. For the holidays, it’s turned Midtown’s Bacall’s steakhouse into a three-level bar with Christmas trees, lights, tinsel, stockings, and more. The bar stays open until 2 a.m. most nights. Tickets are available online and at the door beginning on November 30; they start at around $30 per person.

Customers pack a dining room decorated with ornaments, Christmas trees, lights, and other festive decorations.
Frosty’s at Bacall’s steakhouse.
Frosty’s

Keens Steakhouse

Holiday wreaths and ribbons, plus a tree, only add to the charm of this Midtown steakhouse relic, which all-year-round has warm, dark-wooded environs. Head here for a serious steak, or a stiff drink with a friend.

Serra at Eataly

Eataly’s rooftop restaurant Serra always changes with the seasons, and its winter version is decked out with trees, fake snow, and a cabin feel. It’s especially nice to go on a snowy day, as the rooftop is glass. The menu includes hearty dishes such as osso buco; saffron risotto; and fondue with fingerling potatoes, bread, and root vegetables. Look out for seasonal cocktails, including a winter old-fashioned and a fig mule.

Old Homestead Steakhouse

Lights align the walls and ceilings with holiday decor galore at this old-school steakhouse classic, open Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Rolf's German Restaurant

If seeking truly extreme Christmas decorations, head to this kitschy, over-the-top Third Avenue German restaurant. Rolf’s is a sight to behold during the month of December, though the decorations are up year-round. Take note: It will be jammed.

Old Town Bar

Old Town doesn't go overboard with the Christmas decorations, but the holiday spirit is definitely alive at the bar. This is one of New York's great, old taverns, dating back to 1892, and a very reliable Union Square go-to for low-key drinks, a simple burger, and a handsome mahogany bar. It's big, too, so there shouldn't be too much trouble finding a seat.

Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria

You can see the massive Christmas tree that sits atop Rosemary's from three blocks away. The dining room at the charming West Village Italian spot also has some tasteful holiday lighting; another, smaller tree packed with gold ornaments, lights, and red bows; garlands on the ceiling; and wreaths adorning the brick walls and the garland-strung staircase to the second floor.

Ollie

Ollie has brought back its Hanukkah pop-up bar for another year. The West Village cocktail bar is decked out with dreidels and other decorations. The menu has a full menu of themed drinks, like Manischewitz Jell-o shots, and latkes. The pop-up runs through December 30.

Partridge at The Standard, East Village

Partridge is a ‘70s inspired pop-up with retro decor and a view of bedecked evergreens. Look for drinks with names like a Snowball Colada or the Partridge in a Pear Tree, and food like pickle platters, chicken schnitzel, and spiced custard tart with raspberry compote.

The Cabinet

The Miracle pop-up that started it all returns to the East Village this year. Expect every inch of the Cabinet to be decked out with holiday decor, and cocktails that are better than the usual lineup of festive-themed cocktails: One of the main reasons that Miracle has been such a success is the quality of its drinks. The menu this year has drinks made with cranberry sauce, Christmas spices, gingerbread, and marshmallow.

A santa-faced mug.
A cocktail at Miracle.
Gabi Porter/Miracle on Ninth Street

The Skinny Bar and Lounge

Lower East Side cocktail bar the Skinny is purposefully going with gaudy Christmas decor, including tons of ornaments from the ceiling, a twinkle-light reindeer, wrapping paper on the walls and tables, and snarky Christmas sayings on throw pillows. The idea is to create a naughty Christmas, complete with burlesque entertainment, an ugly sweater party, and more.

Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten

The backyard at Loreley Beer Garden is decorated with lights, ornaments, and outdoor heaters. In addition to the usual list of German beers, there are festive drinks like boozy eggnog, hot bourbon apple cider, and peppermint martinis with cold brew.

A backyard beer garden is decked out with lights, ornaments, and other festive decorations.
Loreley at the holidays.
Loreley Beer Garden

Thief

Thief is decked out with holiday decor this year at its cocktail bars in Williamsburg on the Lower East Side. The Brooklyn pop-up has seasonal drinks like a “Christmapolitan” and boozy egg nog from now through December 31 this year; in Manhattan, look out for the Merry Spirtzmas and other riffs. Reservations are available for both locations online.

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Grinchy’s at Roberta’s

Roberta’s is bringing back its holiday pop-up bar this year. From December 1 through January 16, the Bushwick pizzeria will serve suckling pig, prime rib, dry-aged duck, holiday cocktails, hot chocolate, and more in a space decorated with tinsel, lights, and an inflatable green Grinch. The enclosed space has overhead heaters. Reservations are available online.

Jingle Jangle at the Dead Rabbit

Jingle Jangle, a pop-up bar at Financial District bar the Dead Rabbit, has three floors of decorations with wreaths, Christmas trees, hanging lights, and ornaments. Look out for a menu of seasonal drinks made with mulled wine, gingerbread spices, apple cider, and caramel cream. Jingle Jangle is open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. through January 1.

Krampus Cove at Someday Bar

Krampus Cove is a dark holiday pop-up imported from Los Angeles that runs from December 1 through New Year’s Eve. Look for a black Christmas tree decorated with spooky ornaments and a “chilling playlist” of holiday classics. Cocktails include drinks like the Better Watch Out, with gin, spiced cranberry, Amontillado sherry and lemon.

Sleyenda at Leyenda

From November 25 to December 30, this popular Cobble Hill cocktail bar is pouring holiday-themed drinks like a creamy coquito cocktail with tequila. The bar is decked out in Beyonce-themed references, over-the-top tinsel, lights, and ornaments.

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