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Published November 22, 2023

The Most Festive Holiday Bars and Pop-Ups in NYC This Season

Nothing beats NYC for the holidays 🎄✨

by New York Bucket List


No one can deny the magic of the holidays in New York. From seasonal staples like the famed Rockefeller Tree Lighting to the annual holiday markets, the city lights up during the winter months.

Summer lounging lawns turn into ice rinks, and bars and restaurants across the city transform into festive holiday-themed spaces, bursting with lights and decor. This time only comes once a year, though, so we’ve rounded up the top holiday bars and pop-ups in NYC this winter to make sure you don’t miss out!

Five Can't-Miss Holiday Pop-Ups in NYC

The Holly Jolly Pop-Up Bar

Get into the holiday spirit with some festive spirits (the alcoholic kind) at the Holly Jolly Cocktail Bar. The halls of Mad Morton will be decked from top to bottom, and you’ll feel like you just stepped into a Hallmark movie. Tickets start at $15 and get you 90 minutes of good vibes, entertainment, and a welcome cocktail!

Where: Mad Morton: 47 7th Ave S, New York, NY
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47 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA
Holly Jolly Holiday Bar at Mad Morton
Starting at $15

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The Tinseltown Pop-Up Bar

Tinseltown is all about celebrating Christmas, so you can expect Santa, elves, presents, tinsel, festive tunes, and lots of winter warmer drinks, including a fabulous Christmas cocktail menu! The halls are more than fully decked with baubles, bows, hanging trees, wreaths, and just about every festive goodie you can imagine.

Tickets include entry to the themed bar and a themed drink on arrival. There will also be family-friendly sessions that will offer mocktails/non-alcoholic drinks only!

Where: Pekarna NYC: 594 Amsterdam Ave., New York
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Pekarna NYC, 594 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10024
Tinseltown: The Christmas Speakeasy "Where every day is Christmas" - New York
Starting at $22

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A Very Tipsy Winter Brunch at Selene

Selene is the perfect cozy restaurant to enjoy an amazing winter brunch and cocktails. Get out of the cold and try holiday-themed plates from gingerbread donut waffles with cream cheese glaze to avocado tree toast, plus a selection of fun drinks! Each ticket includes an entree from the brunch menu and unlimited cocktails.

Where: Selene: 11 Hanover Square, New York, NY
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Selene, 11 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10005, USA
Tipsy Winter Wonderland Brunch at Selene
Starting at $49

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The Santa Clauses' Winter Wonderland

The Rooftop at Pier 17 has transformed into the North Pole! Inspired by Disney’s The Santa Clauses, the venue is decked out in twinkling lights, a skating rink, private glass houses, and a gingerbread bar stocked with seasonal treats and drinks. Grab an Alpine Spritz, Winter Wonderland Margarita, or an Espres-snow Martini and soak up all the holiday vibes.

Where: The Rooftop at Pier 17: 89 South St, New York, NY
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Pier 17, South Street, New York, NY, USA
Disney's The Santa Clauses' Winter Wonderland at Pier 17
Starting at $15

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Oscar Wilde

Known for its lavish and quirky extravagance, Oscar Wilde in NoMad is a favorite for grabbing drinks and small plates. During the holidays, you can expect to find Christmas trees, wreaths, baubles, and twinkle lights throughout the already over-the-top Victorian-era space. They even hang stockings on the 1840s French fireplace.

Where: 45 West 27th Street., New York, NY
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