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NYC’s top holiday pop-up bars this season

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Amber Sutherland-Namako

The holidays seem to start earlier and fly by faster every year. One way to extend all that cheer and good will is to pack these fleeting weeks with all manner of topical activities. In addition to the classics like tree-peeping and light-looking, New York City has plenty of on-the-reindeer’s-nose holiday pop-up bars to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season—with spirits—throughout the most wonderful time of the year.

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Holiday bars in NYC

  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • East Williamsburg
  • price 1 of 4

Famed for its pizza near and far, Roberta’s is hosting its first ever holiday pop-up this season. From December 1 through January 3, Roberta’s will host Grinchy’s at its Bushwick Tiki Bar. Christmas lights, giant candy canes and tinsel will ornament the space and hot toddies and frozen eggnog will join the menu for the occasion. 

  • Things to do
  • Events & Festivals

This Hanukkah pop-up is new to NYC for 2022 by way of Boston. It will be open at Ollie in the West Village from December 13 through December 31, when you can order cocktails like the Latke Sour (apple brandy, potato, lemon, tobacco bitters) and the Hebrew Hammer (vodka, "leavened" sugar, lemon, raspberry). Previous iterations have also served lox, chicken liver and actual latkes. 

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

One of the classics of the genre, Miracle on 9th Street has returned to The Cabinet with Christmapolitans, nogs, “naughty” shots and other seasonally-titled tipples. The Brooklyn Branch, Miracle on Union, operates at Thief in Williamsburg. Expect string lights, faux snow and events like ugly sweater parties across locales.  

  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • Midtown East
  • price 4 of 4

Salon de Ning, The Peninsula Hotel’s rooftop bar, has been transformed into Chalet de Ning, intended to emulate a Swiss après ski experience from now until December 31. Vintage prints, slope accoutrement and faux-snow-dusted artificial foliage are all under those pop-up staples: huge plastic domes. Fondue, smoked trout rillettes and seasons cocktails are on the menu. 


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