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Frosty’s is taking over Bacall’s steakhouse in Midtown.
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6 Pop-Up Bars for Celebrating the Holidays This Year

Six-foot snowmen, light-up reindeers, Christmas trees, and lots of eggnog

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Frosty’s is taking over Bacall’s steakhouse in Midtown.
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New York City offers many ways to ring in the holidays: watch the Rockefeller Center tree lighting, take in a showing of the Nutcracker, or ice skating in Bryant Park. But let’s be real: The best way to cheer on the season is by tasting it — and there’s no better place than one of its holiday-themed cocktail bars.

New York’s obsession with holiday pop-ups began roughly eight years ago when barman Nico de Soto and operator Greg Boehm overhauled their bar, Mace, with Christmas vibes from head to toe. The takeover was a smash hit, with lengthy lines down the block in freezing temperatures. Since then, Boehm has committed to bringing the Miracle back every holiday season. In fact, Miracle has been such a success that the restaurateur has franchised the concept, with almost 100 locations internationally. The original, which lands at the Cabinet this year, is a must-visit, as are these other pop-up bars.

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Frosty’s

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New to the city’s lineup of holiday bars this year is Frosty’s, a massive pop-up that’s taking over Midtown’s Bacall’s steakhouse starting on November 30. The space consists of four bars spread out over three levels, with Christmas trees, lights, tinsel, stockings, and other over-the-top decorations completing the scene. Bartenders dressed in ugly holiday sweaters will be turning out festive drinks from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets, available online and at the door, start at $20 per person.

Customers pack a dining room decorated with ornaments, Christmas trees, lights, and other festive decorations.
Frosty’s is Manhattan’s newest holiday pop-up.
Frosty’s

Ophelia

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Cocktail lounge Ophelia is once again decorating its sky-high space (located on the 26th floor of a Midtown skyscraper) to look like a snow globe. Sheepskin throws and dangling snowflakes create a festive vibe that’s not overbearing, with cocktails mixed with horchata, walnut bitters, and other seasonal ingredients. Bar snacks like truffle fries, baked brie brulee, and wagyu beef tartare are priced between $20 and $40 each.

Sheepskin throws cover bar stools at an upscale bar with rows of bottles.
Ophelia’s seasonal decorations return this year.
Ophelia

The Cabinet

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The Miracle pop-up that started it all will return to East Village cocktail bar the Cabinet this year. Expect every inch of the place to be decked out with holiday decor, and cocktails that are better than the usual lineup of festive-themed drinks: One of the main reasons that Miracle has been such a success is the quality of its cocktails. This year, the menu lists drinks made with nutmeg, oat milk, and mulled wine, along with obligatory “naughty” (bourbon and cinnamon) and “nice” (rum, peppermint tea, and chocolate) shots.

A mug engraved with the words “Fa La la” appears in a festive background with pinecones, cinnamon, and carnberries.
Manhattan’s Miracle pop-up is back at the Cabinet.
Miracle

Loreley Beer Garden

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The Lower East Side’s Loreley Beer Garden is going all out this year with light-up reindeer, a six-foot snowman, gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, and lots of lights. That theme extends to the cozy outdoor seating areas with ample heaters. In addition to the usual list of German beers, look out for festive drinks like boozy eggnog with rum and whipped cream and a peppermint martini with vodka and cold brew. The pop-up runs from November 23 to January 8.

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

The Garret Coctelería

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Starting on November 25, Nolita cocktail bar the Garret Coctelería will once again outfit its dining room with paper snowflake chains, miniature Christmas trees, tables wrapped in gift paper, and a floating sleigh. The bar from the team behind Manhattan watering holes the Garret and Bandits is serving festive Mexican drinks mixed with epazote, mezcal, guajillo-infused bourbon, and marshmallow. Look out for a mariachi band in the dining room.

A bar booth is decorated with miniature Christmas trees, lights, and ornaments.
Drink among Christmas trees at the Garret Coctelería.
The Garret Coctelería

Williamsburg cocktail bar Thief is home to the Brooklyn outpost of Manhattan’s Miracle pop-up. From now through January 1, the space will be decked out with Christmas wallpaper, lights, and ornaments. Drop in for Santa mugs filled with a hot mix of rum, spiced butter, oat milk, and nutmeg, along with boozy homemade nog made from almond milk, cream, and cognac. Open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

A cocktail glass in the shape of a T-Rex wearing a Christmas hat appears to be running over a grandmother on a photo set.
New to Miracle’s cocktail list this year is Grandma Got Run Over by a T-Rex.
Miracle

Frosty’s

New to the city’s lineup of holiday bars this year is Frosty’s, a massive pop-up that’s taking over Midtown’s Bacall’s steakhouse starting on November 30. The space consists of four bars spread out over three levels, with Christmas trees, lights, tinsel, stockings, and other over-the-top decorations completing the scene. Bartenders dressed in ugly holiday sweaters will be turning out festive drinks from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets, available online and at the door, start at $20 per person.

Customers pack a dining room decorated with ornaments, Christmas trees, lights, and other festive decorations.
Frosty’s is Manhattan’s newest holiday pop-up.
Frosty’s

Ophelia

Cocktail lounge Ophelia is once again decorating its sky-high space (located on the 26th floor of a Midtown skyscraper) to look like a snow globe. Sheepskin throws and dangling snowflakes create a festive vibe that’s not overbearing, with cocktails mixed with horchata, walnut bitters, and other seasonal ingredients. Bar snacks like truffle fries, baked brie brulee, and wagyu beef tartare are priced between $20 and $40 each.

Sheepskin throws cover bar stools at an upscale bar with rows of bottles.
Ophelia’s seasonal decorations return this year.
Ophelia

The Cabinet

The Miracle pop-up that started it all will return to East Village cocktail bar the Cabinet this year. Expect every inch of the place to be decked out with holiday decor, and cocktails that are better than the usual lineup of festive-themed drinks: One of the main reasons that Miracle has been such a success is the quality of its cocktails. This year, the menu lists drinks made with nutmeg, oat milk, and mulled wine, along with obligatory “naughty” (bourbon and cinnamon) and “nice” (rum, peppermint tea, and chocolate) shots.

A mug engraved with the words “Fa La la” appears in a festive background with pinecones, cinnamon, and carnberries.
Manhattan’s Miracle pop-up is back at the Cabinet.
Miracle

Loreley Beer Garden

The Lower East Side’s Loreley Beer Garden is going all out this year with light-up reindeer, a six-foot snowman, gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, and lots of lights. That theme extends to the cozy outdoor seating areas with ample heaters. In addition to the usual list of German beers, look out for festive drinks like boozy eggnog with rum and whipped cream and a peppermint martini with vodka and cold brew. The pop-up runs from November 23 to January 8.

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

The Garret Coctelería

Starting on November 25, Nolita cocktail bar the Garret Coctelería will once again outfit its dining room with paper snowflake chains, miniature Christmas trees, tables wrapped in gift paper, and a floating sleigh. The bar from the team behind Manhattan watering holes the Garret and Bandits is serving festive Mexican drinks mixed with epazote, mezcal, guajillo-infused bourbon, and marshmallow. Look out for a mariachi band in the dining room.

A bar booth is decorated with miniature Christmas trees, lights, and ornaments.
Drink among Christmas trees at the Garret Coctelería.
The Garret Coctelería

Thief

Williamsburg cocktail bar Thief is home to the Brooklyn outpost of Manhattan’s Miracle pop-up. From now through January 1, the space will be decked out with Christmas wallpaper, lights, and ornaments. Drop in for Santa mugs filled with a hot mix of rum, spiced butter, oat milk, and nutmeg, along with boozy homemade nog made from almond milk, cream, and cognac. Open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

A cocktail glass in the shape of a T-Rex wearing a Christmas hat appears to be running over a grandmother on a photo set.
New to Miracle’s cocktail list this year is Grandma Got Run Over by a T-Rex.
Miracle

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