The decor: This joint offers the right amount of holiday cheesiness—yes, that includes fake fireplaces, gaudy wreaths, a crazy tree and a whopping 10,000 Christmas lights. Order The: Nog-Gonna Make It to Work Tomorrow. I’m not a fan of eggnog, but this version wasn’t too milky, and there’s enough rum to balance out the sweetness. Perfect for: Grabbing drinks with friends in a place that reminds you of the good parts of being home for the holidays. —Lindsey Washington, Tastemaker
Want to get lit like a Christmas tree? The best holiday bars in NYC are here to help. After you tire of ice skating and shopping at the city’s holiday markets, pop into one of these watering holes that have undergone festive makeovers. These spots have decked their bars with boughs of holly, lights and more holiday kitsch as they tempt revelers to give into their naughtiest sugar cravings. Spiked hot chocolate with a side of Christmas cookies? Yeah, you don't have to twist our arm. Normally, we can't resist a bar with a theme, but we've been busy elves lately. That's why we asked a few of our trusted Time Out Tastemakers to try a few of the most notable holiday bars in town. Don’t know where to go or what to order first? We'll steer you and your sleigh to the tastiest cocktail at each spot.
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