17+ FESTIVE CHRISTMAS BARS ATLANTA LOVES TO IMBIBE IN FOR HOLIDAY ‘SPIRIT’ IN 2022

Tis the season for a bevy of Christmas bars Atlanta finds inspiring! At these fun bars and lounges, you’ll find delicious themed cocktails, plus tons of festive decorations.

Expect over-the-top decor, seasonal cocktails, festive food specials, and plenty of photo opportunities at holiday-themed bars all around the city. And don’t dawdle — most of the pageantry disappears after the new year.

Ready to grab a festive drink? Here are 17+ Christmas bars Atlanta loves!

11+ FESTIVE CHRISTMAS BARS ATLANTA LOVES TO IMBIBE IN FOR HOLIDAY 'SPIRIT' IN 2022

CHRISTMAS BARS ATLANTA LOVES

THE BLITZEN ROOM AT BILTONG BAR

Ponce City Market and Buckhead Village
DATES: Opening November 22, 2022

Biltong Bar is “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their space for the third annual holiday pop-up: The Blitzen Room.

The restaurant will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.

MINGLE & JINGLE CHRISTMAS BAR AT BEST END BREWING

Best End Brewing | West End | Atlanta
DATES: Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 2022

Best End Brewing is welcoming back the very first and only pop-up Christmas Bar in the West End of Atlanta, GA.  Nestled right off the SW trail of the Beltline in the Flamingo Room at Best End Brewing Company, Founding Partner Cory Burke and Vibe Engineer Suzanne Dieter are excited to celebrate the holidays with the fourth installment of the Mingle & Jingle Christmas Bar.  The opening is slated for Friday, November 25th at 4:00 pm and will be open on the following dates & times: 

  • November 25th – December 31st, Tuesday – Sunday 4pm – normal closing hours (unless the elves want to keep partying). 
  • With the exception of Sunday, December 25th. 

Past patrons know that Mingle & Jingle is THE best local Christmas Bar not only because it is locally run and because Cory and Suzanne sourced many of its decorations from Atlanta stores, such as Last Chance Thrift Store in Decatur, A Better Way Bargains in Peachtree City, and the United Way.   

Guests will love the abundance of décor, miles of sparkling tinsel garland and Christmas lights, and the experience of hugging a giant inflatable teddy bear (he hugs back!). And don’t forget to pose for Instagram-worthy photos in front of the famous giant bow wall!

The Christmas cocktail menu is peppered with delightfully named drinks like the School of Hard Nog, Santa Sleigh Bomb, and the ever-popular Is Your House on Fire, Clark? Add in the tempting food menu offerings, and you’ll find everything you need to make the holidays a little less stressful.

CHURCH STREET VACATION AT THE THIRD DOOR

The Third Door | Marietta Square
BEGINS: Nov. 25, 2022

The Third Door in Marietta Square will transform for the third year in a row into the Church Street Vacation in December, a holiday pop-up that’s themed after National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

At this pop-up, you’ll find cocktails like the “I Don’t Know Margo!” (a vodka gimlet made with candy cane cordial), the “Where’s the Tylenol” (a baking spice infused Old Fashioned), and the “Little Full, Lotta Sap” (a hot toddy featuring blended scotch, lemon, honey and pine).

The Third Door is all decked out in holiday decor to make the experience super merry. You may even see Cousin Eddie while you’re there!

JINGLE BAR AT TRE VELE

Tre Vele | 6017 Sandy Springs Cir | Atlanta
Dates: December 2022

Tre Vele is keeping all things merry and bright this season with their Jingle Bar. Our favorite tradition will continue on with the transformation of their rooftop patio into a holiday wonderland.

Spread holiday cheer with Tre Vele and enjoy festive cocktails + appetizers under the lights during the month of December. Tickets are available for purchase on Resy.

ROOFTOP HOLIDAY BAR AT 5CHURCH MIDTOWN

5Church Midtown | Colony Square
Begins: Nov. 25, 2022

‘Tis the season for celebrating, and 5Church Midtown kicks off the festivities with the launch of its Rooftop Holiday Bar at Virtue Rooftop on Friday, Nov. 25.

Jolly guests will jingle the night away with a selection of holiday-themed cocktails, a menu of light bites from culinary director Rodney Smith Jr., a playlist of holiday tunes and festive décor, and twinkly lights. Drinks from Virtue Rooftop’s full cocktail menu also will be available.

The Rooftop Holiday Bar will be open Thursday-Saturday evenings from 5-11 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis for those 21 years old and over with no cover charge. Guests are encouraged to check 5Church Midtown’s social media feeds (InstagramFacebook and Twitter) or call in advance for nightly schedules.

CHRISTMAS BARS ATLANTA: THE BLIND ELF

Blind Pig Parlour Bar | Buckhead
BEGINS: Nov. 10, 2022

Experience holiday magic at The Blind Elf in Buckhead this holiday season! The Blind Pig Parlour Bar will reopen as The Blind Elf to spread cheer throughout the holiday season! Guests can expect a festive, holiday-themed bar adorned with twinkling lights and holiday decor.

Guests enter a festive wonderland of over-the-top décor and twinkling lights to discover a variety of warm and chilly holiday-themed drinks, candy cane shots, beer, wine, and bubbles to ensure a spirited mood. Highlights of the Instagram-worthy drink menu include:

  • Sugar Plum Fairy – gin, lemon juice, Chandon, and pink fairy dust
  • Rudolph’s So Bitter – Campari, Antica, vodka, raspberry cordial, and lime juice
  • Feliz Navidad – mezcal, brown sugar molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest
  • Nog-Gonna Make It to Work Tomorrow – eggnog, toasted almond orgeat, and Black Barrel rum
  • Cran’ma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – rye, lemon juice, rosemary-cranberry syrup
  • Ski Lift – scotch, malted hot cocoa, and flaming mini marshmallows

Inspired by 1970s dinner party classics, The Blind Elf’s food menu is as festive as the cocktails. Guests will enjoy cheese fondue served with garlic focaccia, green apples, and broccoli along with a selection of savory and sweet bites that pair perfectly with the drinks. Among these are:

  • Reindeer chips and dip with house-made French onion dip with chips and veggies
  • Beer-battered mushrooms with herb-horseradish cream
  • Pigs in a Blanket with sweet Buffalo mustard
  • Brie bruschetta with Granny Smith apple and walnut jam
  • Maple-glazed bacon-wrapped dates
  • Sweets such as peppermint bark brownie and butterscotch-peanut butter haystack

The Blind Elf Experience ($54 plus gratuity and tax) features two cocktails and two food items per person. 

The Blind Elf is open at 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through Thursday, Nov. 24, and seven days a week starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25-Friday, Dec. 30. In addition, family-friendly reservations are available on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. 

Reservations open up 30 days in advance and are strongly recommended. Walk-ins are welcome based on limited availability.

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER BAR CRAWL

Halcyon | Alpharetta
DATE: December 15, 2022, 6-10pm

Grab your crew and join Halcyon for the fourth annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar featuring special guest, The Grinch!

Don your tackiest Christmas sweater, enjoy holiday cocktails from bars and restaurants throughout the village. Take photos with the Grinch, and stick around for your chance to win gift cards to select Halcyon restaurants when the Grinch announces the three winners wearing the ugliest Christmas sweaters!

All ticket proceeds will be donated to CASA of Forsyth. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Halcyon Facebook page. 

CAROLS AT OVER THE TOP BURGER BAR

Over the Top Burger Bar | Buford
DATES: Dec. 2, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023

Head over to Over the Top Burger Bar in Buford and experience their pop-up bar this year — Carols! This holiday-themed pop-up will have Christmas cocktails, décor & inspired food.

They did a Home Alone themed pop-up in 2020, and Kringle’s last year — and they were both a huge hit. The 2022 theme is guaranteed to be amazing. With live entertainment and decorations galore, this is one you’ve got to see.

Awesome burgers, yummy milkshakes, and some majorly awesome theming make this a must-do! They’ve got a kids menu too, so your little ones can join in on the fun.

HAPPY WHO-LIDAYS AT MERCANTILE SOCIAL

Mercantile Social | Alpharetta
BEGINS: Nov. 8-Dec. 31, 2022

Drink up, Grinches! Mercantile Social is up to SOOO good with a Who-ville transformation this month. Insta-perfect Christmas decor and a menu to match make this Alpharetta stop a must. Try the Grinch Nog, the Cindy Lou Who Martini, or the Mistletoe Margarita to get you in the spirit. Hungry? They’re even carving a Roast Beast!!

HOLIDAY SOCIAL BAR ON THE ROOF

Holiday Social Bar | The Roof at Ponce City Market
BEGINS: Friday, November 25, 2022

Just inside the tower lobby at PMC, the Holiday Social Bar will welcome Roof-goers with an over-the-top Holiday Social Bar on The Roof.

Just inside the tower lobby, the Holiday Social Bar will welcome Roof-goers with an over-the-top experience bursting with whimsical decor and holiday drinks.

MIXMAS AT 12 COCKTAIL BAR

12 Cocktail Bar | Ponce City Market
BEGINS: November 25, 2022

12 Cocktail Bar at Ponce City Market is celebrating the season with a Mixmas cocktail menu with returning MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar.

12 Cocktail Bar is celebrating the season with a MixMas cocktail menu with returning favorite “Sleigh Fuel,” a spiked coffee eggnog made with Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, plus new holiday-inspired cocktails. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at 12cocktailbar.com.

“ROCKIN’ AROUND THE URBANTREE” AT URBANTREE CIDERY

UrbanTree Cidery | 1465 Howell Mill Rd NW | Atlanta
DATES: Nov. 23, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023

UrbanTree Cidery has just announced that they will be transforming their tasting room into a winter wonderland for the 2022 holiday season.

Their Christmas bar, playfully named “Rockin’ Around the UrbanTree,” will host its grand opening on November 23rd from 5PM-12AM, where there will be a number of fun activities like karaoke, Christmas-themed cocktails, photo-ops with the over-the-top holiday decor, music, games, and so much more.

The specialty holiday menu will include two hot cocktails, four cold cocktails and a festive shooter. Each cocktail is priced at $14, and the shooter is priced at $7.

The fun will continue for the remainder of the holiday season and close Sunday January 8th, 2023. Guests can enjoy Rockin’ Around the UrbanTree during the cidery’s normal business hours: Thursday & Friday from 4-10PM, and Saturday & Sunday from 12:30-6:30PM. They will be closed on December 2nd, 24th, 25th and January 1st.

The tasting room is always child and dog-friendly– so bring the whole family! No reservations or ticket purchases are required to attend.

TINSEL TAVERN AT THE BATTERY

The Battery | 825 Battery Ave SE, Suite 610 | Atlanta
DATES: Dec. 1 – Dec. 24, 2022

Tinsel Tavern at The Battery is an over-the-top holiday experience unlike any other, located inside Tavern.

Featuring an explosion of tinsel and twinkling lights, holiday-inspired cocktails and small bites, and photo moments, the whimsical experience will be open daily Thursday, December 1 through Saturday, December 24 from 4pm until close.

Throughout the season, Tinsel Tavern will host festive themed nights – think Dancing Elves Silent Disco and an Ugly Sweater Party – and Family Day every Sunday from 4-7pm, where kids can visit Santa, enjoy coloring stations and more. Guests will be able to make reservations beginning early November or can walk in for drinks and socializing.

To join the priority waitlist for Tinsel Tavern reservations, guests can sign up here.

SECRET ‘STACHE AT AVALON ICE RINK

Avalon Ice Rink | Alpharetta
DATES: Nov. 11 – Dec. 31, 2022

Get into the spirit of the season at Avalon’s first-ever, immersive holiday pop-up experience!

From the creators of Atlanta’s hugely popular Santa’s Fantastical, comes a new festive pop-up, Santa’s Secret ‘Stache!

Step into this fantastical wonderland for over-the-top seasonally themed cocktails + decedent desserts from New York City-based Milk Bar, as well as other local bakeries.

All ages are welcome until 7pm daily. After 7pm until closing, it’s 21 & over only. 

Read More: AVALON ICE SKATING RINK: FESTIVE HOLIDAY SKATING IN ALPHARETTA (2022)

WONDERBIRD SPIRITS POPS UP AT AZIZA

Aziza | 1170 Howell Mil Rd NW, Suite P10b | Atlanta
DATE: One night only! December 15, 2022, 5-7pm

Aziza is teaming up with Wonderbird Spirits to offer a holiday pop-up for one night only! On Thursday, December 15, Wonderbird Spirits will partner with Aziza for a Holiday Patio Party.

Aziza’s Bar Manager, David Chapman and Beverage Director of Oliva Restaurant Group, Demario Wallace, as well as Wonderbird’s mixologist, Ivy McLellan who will be behind the bar for the evening, have worked together to craft a specialty cocktail menu featuring the beloved Mississippi gin.

The southern gin paired with Aziza’s modern Israeli cuisine will curate an experience unlike any other, creating an evening that will bring holiday cheer to all featuring a Christmas-themed menu showcasing all of the holiday spices. A Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Bah Humbug cocktail will all be offered for guests to enjoy.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION AT TRUCK AND TAP

Truck and Tap | Duluth
DATES: TBD (the following info is from 2021)

Truck and Tap Duluth will be doing a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation themed Christmas Bar.

In addition to the fun, holiday-themed bar, Downtown Duluth will be having their annual Christmas Lighting and “Deck the Halls” event, and Truck and Tap will be having an ugly sweater party contest with prizes for the winner and runner up. 

CHRISTMAS BARS ATLANTA: MIRACLE ON MONROE

Tapa Tapa | Midtown Promenade
Begins: TBD (the following info is from 2021)

Miracle on Monroe, like years prior, will set up shop at Midtown’s Tapa Tapa and is the classic stop for a jolly good time. The original Atlanta Miracle will run until Dec. 26 (closed on Christmas Day) – open Wednesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until midnight. 

Miracle on Monroe does not take reservations and seats guests on a first come, first serve basis. Guests must be 21+ to visit. Miracle on Monroe will be providing live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights ranging from Live DJs to holiday drag shows – cover fees will be charged on these nights. 

MOUNTAIN LODGE POP-UP AT HAMPTON + HUDSON

Hampton + Hudson | Inman Park | Atlanta
DATES: TBD (the following info is from 2021)

This holiday season, Hampton + Hudson, the community bar and restaurant in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood, will host a Mountain Lodge Pop-up to celebrate the most joyful and cozy time of year. The pop-up will be open 6-11 p.m. nightly, and walk-ins are welcome.

Centered around creative cocktails, the pop-up will be located on the restaurant’s mezzanine level and welcome guests to step into the comforting and cozy lodge atmosphere.

Servers will don checkered flannel and merrily serve holiday cocktails like classic Tom & Jerry’s, Tequila Eggnog and Hot Buttered Cider with duck fat caramel. Guests can also get the party going with Rumplemintz and Fernet Menta Shotskis served up on sets of wooden skis. To pair, guests can order fun snacks like tableside s’mores, a limited edition Apple Cider Doughnut from Sublime Doughnuts, classic poutine and a croque madame. 

GETAWAY IN A GLASS

While not a pop up, it’s still worth sharing the Loews Atlanta Getaway in a Glass flavors for those who prefer to sip under the colorful lights of their own tree. Here’s your make-at-home Midtown Gin + Tonic recipe so you can create their iconic drink for your family.

  • 1.5oz Hendrick’s Gin
  • Top with Q Bottled Tonic
  • Serve in snifter over crushed ice

Garnish – Rose petals, juniper berries, cucumber ribbons (or thin slices). Fill a snifter with crushed ice. Pour gin into glass. Top with tonic. Place garnish inside and on top of the cocktail to your liking using cocktail tweezers.

For those looking to enjoy the Midtown Gin + Tonic and have a complete Loews Atlanta Hotel experience, try Park, Play, Extend Your Stay

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