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23 NYC Restaurants and Pop-Up Bars Decked Out for the Holidays

Where to go in NYC for some extra-festive food and drink

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The holiday season in New York City brings seriously festive ambiance in 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, 23 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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

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2919 24th Ave
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 274-4925
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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, with a lighting ceremony on December 6 for the 25-foot-tall one in the garden. There’s also a 10-foot Santa sled and festive lighting.

2. Tavern On the Green

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Central Park West & 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-8684
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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 frequent 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.

3. PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown

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210 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
(646) 756-2044
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For those looking to get into the seasonal spirit but with secular decorations, head to the PHD Terrace rooftop, where decorations are more winter-themed. There’s a ceiling full of twinkle lights, white and gold flowers everywhere, and tons of greenery. Seasonal drinks include a peppermint mojito and a Goldtini with almond milk, coconut Ciroc, creme de cacao, amaretto, and a gold glitter rim.

A window-wrapped bar decorated with twinkle lights on the ceiling Michael Kleinberg/PHD Terrace [Official Photo]

4. City Winery Pop-up at Rockefeller Center

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Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111

City Winery is popping up on Rockefeller Plaza while it builds its new Pier 57 location, and it’s added clear heated igloos for the holidays. They have views of the big tree, skating rink, and Radio City Music Hall, and it can be booked in advance at rockcenter@citywinery.com. Mulled wine, spiked cider, charcuterie and cheese, and more are available.

Igloo-enclosed bars on Rockefeller Plaza City Winery [Official Photo]

5. Ophelia Lounge NYC

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3 Mitchell Pl 26th floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 980-4796
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This swanky Beekman Place cocktail lounge is perched on the 26th floor in Midtown East, making for sweeping views of the East River and beyond. During the holiday season, the distinctive space is done up with a “snow globe in the sky” themed decor. That translates to glimmering garlands featuring thousands of crystals, sparkly snowflakes hung from the tall ceilings, and gilded candelabras, with white sheepskin throws draped over the furniture.

6. Moxy NYC Times Square

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485 7th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 967-6699
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Some of the Moxy hotels in NYC — Times Square, East Village, Chelsea — have transformed into a pink fantasy of the holidays, down to pink hot chocolate. Locations feature hot pink twinkle lights, overwhelming pink lighting, pink flowers, pink furniture, and pink Christmas decorations. That aforementioned hot chocolate is made with white chocolate, vanilla vodka, and edible pink glitter.

Hot white chocolate that’s been dyed pink Moxy [Official Photo]

7. Keens Steakhouse

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72 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-3636
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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.

8. The NoMad

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500
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The Library at the trendy Nomad hotel has a top-notch Christmas tree during the holidays: It’s quite tall, generously bedecked in lights, and trimmed with red and metallic ornaments. Garland-wrapped mezzanine railings complete the festive picture in the space for drinks and snacks. Plus, on Sundays through December 22, the NoMad Bar transforms into a “Holiday Spectacular” with holiday-inspired drinks like a boozy hot chocolate, milk punch with spices, and the Santa’s Little Helpers with vodka, sherry, passionfruit, vanilla, and lime.

9. Serra Alpina at Eataly

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200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

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. There are also warm and cold coffee cocktails, including the Truffletini with white truffle-infused vodka.

10. Rolf's German Restaurant

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281 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 477-4750

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. A word of warning: If going after 8 p.m., this place might feel like a sorority mixer.

11. Old Town Bar

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45 E 18th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 529-6732

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.

12. Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria

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18 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-1818
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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. Rosemary's is also still one of the top date-night restaurants in Manhattan.

13. The Springs

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224 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 227-7114
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Greenpoint cocktail bar the Springs becomes the Ho Ho Holiday Lounge in December with tons of festive lights, a tree, a fireplace, Fornino pizza, and themed cocktails. Plus, there’s a literal Christmas tree shop in the backyard that has a sled for photo opps. There’s a full calendar of events here, too.

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14. Chumley's

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86 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-2081
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Historic speakeasy Chumley’s has been open the last few years as a throwback American restaurant with dishes like whole stuffed squab and lamb Wellington, and come the holidays, the dark-wood dining room is bedecked. Ornaments hang from the ceiling, garlands line the walls, and there lit wreaths hang all around.

The Chumley’s dining room with Christmas decorations Nick Solares/Chumley’s [Official Photo]

15. Mace

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505 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009
(347) 866-7739
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East Village bar Mace has transformed into an annual holiday pop-up since 2014 — dubbed Miracle — going all-out each year on Christmas-themed decor. Beyond decorations, cocktails include a Christmapolitan (vodka with cranberry sauce), a Run Run Rudolph (tequila and cold hot chocolate), and a new one called SanTaRex, which comes in a Tyrannosaurus Rex mug. Mace isn’t the only spot in NYC to get the Miracle pop-up treatment: There’s also Miracle locations at the Cabinet nearby, plus Livingston Manor in Downtown Brooklyn. “Sippin’ Santa” has also taken over at Boilermaker, another East Village bar.

Mace’s bar room decked out with Christmas decorations Michael Marquand/Miracle [Official Photo]

16. The Standard, East Village

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25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5700
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The Standard hotel’s garden area is packed with reservable yurts, twinkle lights, cheese fondue, and seasonal drinks like spiked hot chocolate and hot cider. Various events like holiday markets, wreath workshops, and pop-up shops happen all month long.

17. The Late Late

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159 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 633-2000
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For those who prefer a “more is more” approach to holiday decorating, look no further than kitschy Lower East Side joint the Late Late. The ’60s-themed bar undergoes a “tacky winter takeover,” with excessive amounts of tinsel, ornaments, lights, and tchotchkes of all sorts. The intended effect is the vibes of a wacky grandmother’s living room. There are specialty holiday cocktails on the menu, too, and the bar is accepting Toys for Tots until December 19, when it’s throwing a holiday party with musicians, poets, and Christmas sweaters.

18. Lucky Strike

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59 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-0479
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Lucky Strike — the Keith McNally restaurant that everyone forgets about — is best enjoyed during the month of December, when the glowing dining room is wrapped in garlands and twinkling lights. It's an especially jolly place to visit during happy hour daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., when manhattans and martinis are just $8, and the snacks are even cheaper, like moules marinières for $6.

19. Mr. Purple

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180 Orchard St 15th floor
New York, NY 10002
(212) 237-1790
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Luxury Champange brand Veuve Clicquot has set up shop at Lower East side rooftop bar Mr. Purple. The theme is “funky après-ski lodge in the sky,” filled out with purple deer heads, digital fireplaces, and white fur throws. There’s even a life-size snow globe, seasonal cocktails, and cheese and chocolate fondue.

White couches and chairs with white fur throws and the city skyline behind Mr. Purple [Official Photo]

20. The Skinny Bar and Lounge

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174 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 228-3668
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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 a holiday claw machine with “awful” prizes.

21. Sunday In Brooklyn

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348 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 222-6722
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Brooklyn American restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn transforms into Snowday in Brooklyn this December, complete with ornaments hanging from the ceiling, wreaths in the windows, Santa figurines, garlands, and white fur throws. Cocktails include the Partridge In A Pear Tree (tequila, pear brandy, amontillado sherry, grapefruit, lime, celery root, cinnamon) and the Polar Bear Club (cachaca, aquavit, banana, pineapple, coconut, lime), and there’s also a raclette beer cheese fondue.

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22. Industry Kitchen

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70 South St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 487-9600
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Get holiday chalet vibes through this South Street seaport restaurant’s extensive decorations. Expect sparkling lights, Christmas greenery, life-size reindeer families on the terrace, snow-flocked Christmas trees, two giant nutcrackers lining the entryway, and decorated wreaths. The crowd leans FiDi worker type, and the food should generally be avoided — but it’s still worthy for drinks in the area. 

23. Leyenda

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221 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 987-3260
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The Boerum Hill Latin cocktail bar and restaurant has renamed itself “Sleyenda” for its third annual holiday pop-up. There’s wrapping paper wallpaper, tinsel galore, holiday tree lights, and more. The fireplace, with its garland-draped and stocking-strung mantle, is an especially cozy bonus. Cocktails include the Nutcracker Old Fashioned (hazelnut-infused bourbon, pecan-infused rum, macadamia nut orgeat, maple syrup, and bitters served in a nutcracker glass) and Santa’s Little Cider (Basque cider, mulled cider, dry sherry, and rum served hot in Santa’s Boot).

 

A cocktail in a cup shaped like Santa’s boot Shannon Sturgis/Leyenda [Official Photos]

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1. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

2919 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102

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, with a lighting ceremony on December 6 for the 25-foot-tall one in the garden. There’s also a 10-foot Santa sled and festive lighting.

2919 24th Ave
Astoria, NY 11102

2. Tavern On the Green

Central Park West & 67th Street, New York, NY 10023

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 frequent 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.

Central Park West & 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

3. PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown

210 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
A window-wrapped bar decorated with twinkle lights on the ceiling Michael Kleinberg/PHD Terrace [Official Photo]

For those looking to get into the seasonal spirit but with secular decorations, head to the PHD Terrace rooftop, where decorations are more winter-themed. There’s a ceiling full of twinkle lights, white and gold flowers everywhere, and tons of greenery. Seasonal drinks include a peppermint mojito and a Goldtini with almond milk, coconut Ciroc, creme de cacao, amaretto, and a gold glitter rim.

210 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

4. City Winery Pop-up at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
Igloo-enclosed bars on Rockefeller Plaza City Winery [Official Photo]

City Winery is popping up on Rockefeller Plaza while it builds its new Pier 57 location, and it’s added clear heated igloos for the holidays. They have views of the big tree, skating rink, and Radio City Music Hall, and it can be booked in advance at rockcenter@citywinery.com. Mulled wine, spiked cider, charcuterie and cheese, and more are available.

Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111

5. Ophelia Lounge NYC

3 Mitchell Pl 26th floor, New York, NY 10017

This swanky Beekman Place cocktail lounge is perched on the 26th floor in Midtown East, making for sweeping views of the East River and beyond. During the holiday season, the distinctive space is done up with a “snow globe in the sky” themed decor. That translates to glimmering garlands featuring thousands of crystals, sparkly snowflakes hung from the tall ceilings, and gilded candelabras, with white sheepskin throws draped over the furniture.

3 Mitchell Pl 26th floor
New York, NY 10017

6. Moxy NYC Times Square

485 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Hot white chocolate that’s been dyed pink Moxy [Official Photo]

Some of the Moxy hotels in NYC — Times Square, East Village, Chelsea — have transformed into a pink fantasy of the holidays, down to pink hot chocolate. Locations feature hot pink twinkle lights, overwhelming pink lighting, pink flowers, pink furniture, and pink Christmas decorations. That aforementioned hot chocolate is made with white chocolate, vanilla vodka, and edible pink glitter.

485 7th Ave
New York, NY 10018

7. Keens Steakhouse

72 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

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.

72 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018

8. The NoMad

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
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The Library at the trendy Nomad hotel has a top-notch Christmas tree during the holidays: It’s quite tall, generously bedecked in lights, and trimmed with red and metallic ornaments. Garland-wrapped mezzanine railings complete the festive picture in the space for drinks and snacks. Plus, on Sundays through December 22, the NoMad Bar transforms into a “Holiday Spectacular” with holiday-inspired drinks like a boozy hot chocolate, milk punch with spices, and the Santa’s Little Helpers with vodka, sherry, passionfruit, vanilla, and lime.

1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

9. Serra Alpina at Eataly

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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. There are also warm and cold coffee cocktails, including the Truffletini with white truffle-infused vodka.

200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

10. Rolf's German Restaurant

281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

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. A word of warning: If going after 8 p.m., this place might feel like a sorority mixer.

281 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10010

11. Old Town Bar

45 E 18th St., New York, NY 10003

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.

45 E 18th St.
New York, NY 10003

12. Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria

18 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

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. Rosemary's is also still one of the top date-night restaurants in Manhattan.

18 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011

13. The Springs

224 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A Christmas tree stands next to a bar The Springs [Official Photo]

Greenpoint cocktail bar the Springs becomes the Ho Ho Holiday Lounge in December with tons of festive lights, a tree, a fireplace, Fornino pizza, and themed cocktails. Plus, there’s a literal Christmas tree shop in the backyard that has a sled for photo opps. There’s a full calendar of events here, too.

224 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

14. Chumley's

86 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
The Chumley’s dining room with Christmas decorations Nick Solares/Chumley’s [Official Photo]

Historic speakeasy Chumley’s has been open the last few years as a throwback American restaurant with dishes like whole stuffed squab and lamb Wellington, and come the holidays, the dark-wood dining room is bedecked. Ornaments hang from the ceiling, garlands line the walls, and there lit wreaths hang all around.

86 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014

15. Mace

505 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009
Mace’s bar room decked out with Christmas decorations Michael Marquand/Miracle [Official Photo]

East Village bar Mace has transformed into an annual holiday pop-up since 2014 — dubbed Miracle — going all-out each year on Christmas-themed decor. Beyond decorations, cocktails include a Christmapolitan (vodka with cranberry sauce), a Run Run Rudolph (tequila and cold hot chocolate), and a new one called SanTaRex, which comes in a Tyrannosaurus Rex mug. Mace isn’t the only spot in NYC to get the Miracle pop-up treatment: There’s also Miracle locations at the Cabinet nearby, plus Livingston Manor in Downtown Brooklyn. “Sippin’ Santa” has also taken over at Boilermaker, another East Village bar.

505 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009

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16. The Standard, East Village

25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

The Standard hotel’s garden area is packed with reservable yurts, twinkle lights, cheese fondue, and seasonal drinks like spiked hot chocolate and hot cider. Various events like holiday markets, wreath workshops, and pop-up shops happen all month long.

25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003

17. The Late Late

159 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

For those who prefer a “more is more” approach to holiday decorating, look no further than kitschy Lower East Side joint the Late Late. The ’60s-themed bar undergoes a “tacky winter takeover,” with excessive amounts of tinsel, ornaments, lights, and tchotchkes of all sorts. The intended effect is the vibes of a wacky grandmother’s living room. There are specialty holiday cocktails on the menu, too, and the bar is accepting Toys for Tots until December 19, when it’s throwing a holiday party with musicians, poets, and Christmas sweaters.

159 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002

18. Lucky Strike

59 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

Lucky Strike — the Keith McNally restaurant that everyone forgets about — is best enjoyed during the month of December, when the glowing dining room is wrapped in garlands and twinkling lights. It's an especially jolly place to visit during happy hour daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., when manhattans and martinis are just $8, and the snacks are even cheaper, like moules marinières for $6.

59 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

19. Mr. Purple

180 Orchard St 15th floor, New York, NY 10002
White couches and chairs with white fur throws and the city skyline behind Mr. Purple [Official Photo]

Luxury Champange brand Veuve Clicquot has set up shop at Lower East side rooftop bar Mr. Purple. The theme is “funky après-ski lodge in the sky,” filled out with purple deer heads, digital fireplaces, and white fur throws. There’s even a life-size snow globe, seasonal cocktails, and cheese and chocolate fondue.

180 Orchard St 15th floor
New York, NY 10002

20. The Skinny Bar and Lounge

174 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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 a holiday claw machine with “awful” prizes.

174 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

21. Sunday In Brooklyn

348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
A bar with Christmas decorations include wreaths in the window Sunday In Brooklyn [Official Photo]

Brooklyn American restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn transforms into Snowday in Brooklyn this December, complete with ornaments hanging from the ceiling, wreaths in the windows, Santa figurines, garlands, and white fur throws. Cocktails include the Partridge In A Pear Tree (tequila, pear brandy, amontillado sherry, grapefruit, lime, celery root, cinnamon) and the Polar Bear Club (cachaca, aquavit, banana, pineapple, coconut, lime), and there’s also a raclette beer cheese fondue.

348 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

22. Industry Kitchen

70 South St, New York, NY 10038

Get holiday chalet vibes through this South Street seaport restaurant’s extensive decorations. Expect sparkling lights, Christmas greenery, life-size reindeer families on the terrace, snow-flocked Christmas trees, two giant nutcrackers lining the entryway, and decorated wreaths. The crowd leans FiDi worker type, and the food should generally be avoided — but it’s still worthy for drinks in the area. 

70 South St
New York, NY 10038

23. Leyenda

221 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A cocktail in a cup shaped like Santa’s boot Shannon Sturgis/Leyenda [Official Photos]

The Boerum Hill Latin cocktail bar and restaurant has renamed itself “Sleyenda” for its third annual holiday pop-up. There’s wrapping paper wallpaper, tinsel galore, holiday tree lights, and more. The fireplace, with its garland-draped and stocking-strung mantle, is an especially cozy bonus. Cocktails include the Nutcracker Old Fashioned (hazelnut-infused bourbon, pecan-infused rum, macadamia nut orgeat, maple syrup, and bitters served in a nutcracker glass) and Santa’s Little Cider (Basque cider, mulled cider, dry sherry, and rum served hot in Santa’s Boot).

 

221 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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