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The bar at SOS Tiki Bar in Decatur decked for the holidays.
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Those Wacky Holiday Bars Are Back Again in Atlanta

Ice skating with skyline views, mulled wine and themed cocktails, extra festive decor, and bartenders kitted out in tacky sweaters, there’s no shortage of cheer at these Atlanta holiday bars and pop-ups

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The bar at SOS Tiki Bar in Decatur decked for the holidays.
| Ryan Fleisher

Those whacky holiday bars and pop-ups are back in Atlanta hoping to get people into the spirit of the season. This year’s crop of bars and pop-ups throughout ATL promise plenty of good cheer (and themed cocktails), walls and ceilings trimmed in extra festive decor, and the return of a beloved holiday market influenced by those found in Germany during Christmas. Here’s the latest list of bars, restaurants, and menus transforming for the holidays around Atlanta.

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Disclaimer: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here. It is highly advised people wear masks indoors or when in crowded situations, regardless of vaccination status, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Third Door

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On December 1, the Marietta cocktail bar transforms into “Christmas Vacation” to include an explosion of lights, decor, and movie-themed cocktails on the menu. There’s even a photo booth featuring Clarke Griswald and Uncle Eddie. Look for the return of the annual Not a Hot Toddy cocktail competition on the patio, too.

Best End Brewing Company

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Starting November 28, the West End brewery and pub brings back its holiday bar Mingle and Jingle featuring a life-sized hugging bear, miles of garland and tinsel, a bow wall with a giant wreath for those Instagram photos ops, and holiday drinks.

 

Ice skating and holiday lights show at Atlantic Station

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Starting November 19, Skate the Station ice skating rink returns to Atlantic Station in Midtown. Tickets are $15 per person. People can also expect a giant Christmas tree lit up for the season, a holiday show on the central green featuring tree lights throughout, and animation on the jumbotron with snow shows every hour, beginning at 5 p.m. daily. Then, pop over to the drive-through holiday lights display set up in the events area just beyond Dillards. Purchase tickets here.

“Christmas Vacation” at Foxtrot Liquor Bar

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Head to Foxtrot in Midtown for a National Lampoon-themed bar inspired by Clark Griswold and the movie Christmas Vacation. Expect milk punch and cocktails, including a beer and a shot combination called Where’s the Tylenol? Next door at Foxtrot’s sister bar, Tiki Tango, it’s all about Whoville from How the Grinch Stole Christmas paired with hot buttered rum and snacks themed after the movie. Even the parking lot for the Midtown bars features a holiday pop-up with cocktails, outdoor games, and fire pits.

Santa’s Pub at Publico Atlanta

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Starting November 26 though New Year’s Day, Midtown gastropub Publico becomes Santa’s Pub decked out from floor to ceiling with holiday lights and festive decor. Expect holiday movie-themed cocktails and food here during the season, like Buddy the Elf’s spaghetti breakfast and build-your-own giant gingerbread person. Patio available.

Blind Elf at the Blind Pig Parlour Bar

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The Buckhead bar transforms into the Blind Elf for the holidays this year. Expect twinkle lights, festive decor, and holiday-themed snacks and cocktails on the menu. Look for boozy sips like hot apple cider infused with whiskey or a rye cocktail with peppermint syrup paired with eggnog shortbread, Mrs. Claus lemon squares, and roasted Bartlett pear and pancetta hand pies. Open now through December. Reserve online

The North Pole and Ice Skating at Colony Square

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Starting November 19, the Grove at Colony Square in Midtown becomes the North Pole, complete with a holiday bar within an igloo serving festive drinks from nearby bar Establishment at the complex. Sorry, this igloo is 21+ and limited to just 50 folks. Check in with the concierge near the Establishment patio. In addition to the pop-up, starting November 19, the Plaza at Colony Square will turn into an outdoor skating rink through the holidays. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Winter Wonderland at the Select Restaurant + Bar

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With the ceiling decked out like a winter wonderland inside a snow globe, the Sandy Springs restaurant is serving a special holiday cocktail menu throughout the season to include drinks like spiked hot chocolate and a coffee and coffee liqueur-laced toasted s’mores cocktails.

Sippin Santa at Bon Ton Atlanta

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Starting November 26, tiki and beach-themed holiday bar Sippin Santa is back again all day on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Bon Ton in Midtown with special cocktails and other holiday drinks on the menu. The restaurant’s regular drink menu will not be offered on pop-up days, but the holiday cheer extends into the dining room every day of the week with holiday lights and decorations and Christmas tunes on the sound system. This holiday bar is all ages and requires proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry. Two-hour table limit and 20-percent service charge added to each bill.

The Christkindl Market at Buckhead Village District

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Partnering with the German American Cultural Foundation this year, the Christkindl Market returns to Atlanta, this time at Buckhead Village. Opening November 26 and running through January 2, the German holiday market features over 50 retail, food, and beverage vendors. Expect mulled wine and hot chocolate paired with Bavarian pretzels, schnitzel, and brats while shopping for ornaments, wooden toys, and other handcrafted items for the holidays. Be sure to check out the holiday bar Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar for festive cocktails, too, and the Plum Fairy Forest at the Veranda.

Wonderland at Willow Bar

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Starting November 26, Willow Bar at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead becomes a holiday winter wonderland. The garden bar will feature igloos channeling ski lodge vibes, twinkle lights and festive decor, and a menu of hot cocktails and themed drinks paired with hearty cold weather snacks.

Miracle Bar Atlanta

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Miracle on Monroe is back at Tapa Tapa at Midtown Promenade, starting November 26. Atlanta’s original holiday bar includes floor-to-ceiling decorations and lights, seasonal and Christmas movie-themed cocktails, and celebratory light bites and cookies. Look for live music and drag shows here on Friday and Saturday evenings, too. This holiday bar is 21+ and requires proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry. Two-hour table limit and 20-percent service charge added to each bill.

Ice skating and igloo dining at Ponce City Market

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Igloo dining and ice skating are both back atop Ponce City Market, starting November 26. The Skate the Sky ice rink transforms the rooftop terrace into a skyline winter wonderland, complete with holiday decor, fire pits, and even igloo dining. Expect drinks like hot toddies, coffee juleps, and boozy hot apple cider here, along with champagne. Ice skating is $15 for adults and children (plus admission). Click here for igloo reservations. Igloos 21+.

The Yard at Ponce City Market

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Flanking North Avenue at Ponce City Market, the Yard offers several fireside pods for up to four people to toast s’mores on weekends over the holidays. Reserve a fire pit pod for an hour, starting in late November.

MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar

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Beginning November 26, 12 Cocktail Bar on the roof at Ponce City Market fills its cocktail menu full of festive drinks for the holidays, including bourbon-spiked eggnog. Reservations highly encouraged. Dress code. For a more casual affair, check out the decor and drinks at Holiday Social Bar on the Roof, just inside the tower lobby.

Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar

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Both the Ponce City Market and Buckhead Village locations of Biltong Bar become the Blitzen Room for the holidays, complete with festive decor and cocktails, including the popular chartreuse hot chocolate and frozen eggnog from years past. Opening mid-November.

Little Christmas Spirit

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Starting November 22, Little Spirit in Inman Park becomes Little Christmas Spirit once again for the holidays. The petite cocktail haunt with its musical patron saints, like David Bowie and Biggie Smalls, plans to serve festive drinks throughout the season, including hot toddies, boozy hot chocolate, and mulled wine. Runs through December 30.

Mountain ski lodge at Hampton + Hudson

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Starting December 14, the mezzanine at the Inman Park pub turns into a mountain lodge for the holidays complete with boozy eggnog, hot buttered cider, and Fernet shots on skis. There’s even tableside s’mores, poutine, and apple cider doughnuts from Sublime for snacking.

“Mele Kalikimaka” at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar

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tropical-themed holiday bar takes over S.O.S Tiki Bar again this year. “Mele Kalikimaka” includes plenty of rum-soaked holiday cocktails, Christmas tunes ranging from surfer rock to crooner Bing Crosby, and bartenders kitted out in tacky festive sweaters. This bar is covered ceiling to floor with colored string lights and gaudy garland, dancing Santas, and a few plastic reindeer pulling jolly old Saint Nick. Even the alleyway patio can’t escape the over-the-top holiday decor here. Runs November 24 through New Year’s Day. Patio available.

Mercantile Social

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The Alpharetta restaurant on Main brings back its Whoville and Grinch-inspired pop-up throughout the holiday season, complete with movie-themed cocktails, food, and decor.

The Third Door

On December 1, the Marietta cocktail bar transforms into “Christmas Vacation” to include an explosion of lights, decor, and movie-themed cocktails on the menu. There’s even a photo booth featuring Clarke Griswald and Uncle Eddie. Look for the return of the annual Not a Hot Toddy cocktail competition on the patio, too.

Best End Brewing Company

Starting November 28, the West End brewery and pub brings back its holiday bar Mingle and Jingle featuring a life-sized hugging bear, miles of garland and tinsel, a bow wall with a giant wreath for those Instagram photos ops, and holiday drinks.

 

Ice skating and holiday lights show at Atlantic Station

Starting November 19, Skate the Station ice skating rink returns to Atlantic Station in Midtown. Tickets are $15 per person. People can also expect a giant Christmas tree lit up for the season, a holiday show on the central green featuring tree lights throughout, and animation on the jumbotron with snow shows every hour, beginning at 5 p.m. daily. Then, pop over to the drive-through holiday lights display set up in the events area just beyond Dillards. Purchase tickets here.

“Christmas Vacation” at Foxtrot Liquor Bar

Head to Foxtrot in Midtown for a National Lampoon-themed bar inspired by Clark Griswold and the movie Christmas Vacation. Expect milk punch and cocktails, including a beer and a shot combination called Where’s the Tylenol? Next door at Foxtrot’s sister bar, Tiki Tango, it’s all about Whoville from How the Grinch Stole Christmas paired with hot buttered rum and snacks themed after the movie. Even the parking lot for the Midtown bars features a holiday pop-up with cocktails, outdoor games, and fire pits.

Santa’s Pub at Publico Atlanta

Starting November 26 though New Year’s Day, Midtown gastropub Publico becomes Santa’s Pub decked out from floor to ceiling with holiday lights and festive decor. Expect holiday movie-themed cocktails and food here during the season, like Buddy the Elf’s spaghetti breakfast and build-your-own giant gingerbread person. Patio available.

Blind Elf at the Blind Pig Parlour Bar

The Buckhead bar transforms into the Blind Elf for the holidays this year. Expect twinkle lights, festive decor, and holiday-themed snacks and cocktails on the menu. Look for boozy sips like hot apple cider infused with whiskey or a rye cocktail with peppermint syrup paired with eggnog shortbread, Mrs. Claus lemon squares, and roasted Bartlett pear and pancetta hand pies. Open now through December. Reserve online

The North Pole and Ice Skating at Colony Square

Starting November 19, the Grove at Colony Square in Midtown becomes the North Pole, complete with a holiday bar within an igloo serving festive drinks from nearby bar Establishment at the complex. Sorry, this igloo is 21+ and limited to just 50 folks. Check in with the concierge near the Establishment patio. In addition to the pop-up, starting November 19, the Plaza at Colony Square will turn into an outdoor skating rink through the holidays. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Winter Wonderland at the Select Restaurant + Bar

With the ceiling decked out like a winter wonderland inside a snow globe, the Sandy Springs restaurant is serving a special holiday cocktail menu throughout the season to include drinks like spiked hot chocolate and a coffee and coffee liqueur-laced toasted s’mores cocktails.

Sippin Santa at Bon Ton Atlanta

Starting November 26, tiki and beach-themed holiday bar Sippin Santa is back again all day on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Bon Ton in Midtown with special cocktails and other holiday drinks on the menu. The restaurant’s regular drink menu will not be offered on pop-up days, but the holiday cheer extends into the dining room every day of the week with holiday lights and decorations and Christmas tunes on the sound system. This holiday bar is all ages and requires proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry. Two-hour table limit and 20-percent service charge added to each bill.

The Christkindl Market at Buckhead Village District

Partnering with the German American Cultural Foundation this year, the Christkindl Market returns to Atlanta, this time at Buckhead Village. Opening November 26 and running through January 2, the German holiday market features over 50 retail, food, and beverage vendors. Expect mulled wine and hot chocolate paired with Bavarian pretzels, schnitzel, and brats while shopping for ornaments, wooden toys, and other handcrafted items for the holidays. Be sure to check out the holiday bar Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar for festive cocktails, too, and the Plum Fairy Forest at the Veranda.

Wonderland at Willow Bar

Starting November 26, Willow Bar at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead becomes a holiday winter wonderland. The garden bar will feature igloos channeling ski lodge vibes, twinkle lights and festive decor, and a menu of hot cocktails and themed drinks paired with hearty cold weather snacks.

Miracle Bar Atlanta

Miracle on Monroe is back at Tapa Tapa at Midtown Promenade, starting November 26. Atlanta’s original holiday bar includes floor-to-ceiling decorations and lights, seasonal and Christmas movie-themed cocktails, and celebratory light bites and cookies. Look for live music and drag shows here on Friday and Saturday evenings, too. This holiday bar is 21+ and requires proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry. Two-hour table limit and 20-percent service charge added to each bill.

Ice skating and igloo dining at Ponce City Market

Igloo dining and ice skating are both back atop Ponce City Market, starting November 26. The Skate the Sky ice rink transforms the rooftop terrace into a skyline winter wonderland, complete with holiday decor, fire pits, and even igloo dining. Expect drinks like hot toddies, coffee juleps, and boozy hot apple cider here, along with champagne. Ice skating is $15 for adults and children (plus admission). Click here for igloo reservations. Igloos 21+.

The Yard at Ponce City Market

Flanking North Avenue at Ponce City Market, the Yard offers several fireside pods for up to four people to toast s’mores on weekends over the holidays. Reserve a fire pit pod for an hour, starting in late November.

MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar

Beginning November 26, 12 Cocktail Bar on the roof at Ponce City Market fills its cocktail menu full of festive drinks for the holidays, including bourbon-spiked eggnog. Reservations highly encouraged. Dress code. For a more casual affair, check out the decor and drinks at Holiday Social Bar on the Roof, just inside the tower lobby.

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Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar

Both the Ponce City Market and Buckhead Village locations of Biltong Bar become the Blitzen Room for the holidays, complete with festive decor and cocktails, including the popular chartreuse hot chocolate and frozen eggnog from years past. Opening mid-November.

Little Christmas Spirit

Starting November 22, Little Spirit in Inman Park becomes Little Christmas Spirit once again for the holidays. The petite cocktail haunt with its musical patron saints, like David Bowie and Biggie Smalls, plans to serve festive drinks throughout the season, including hot toddies, boozy hot chocolate, and mulled wine. Runs through December 30.

Mountain ski lodge at Hampton + Hudson

Starting December 14, the mezzanine at the Inman Park pub turns into a mountain lodge for the holidays complete with boozy eggnog, hot buttered cider, and Fernet shots on skis. There’s even tableside s’mores, poutine, and apple cider doughnuts from Sublime for snacking.

“Mele Kalikimaka” at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar

tropical-themed holiday bar takes over S.O.S Tiki Bar again this year. “Mele Kalikimaka” includes plenty of rum-soaked holiday cocktails, Christmas tunes ranging from surfer rock to crooner Bing Crosby, and bartenders kitted out in tacky festive sweaters. This bar is covered ceiling to floor with colored string lights and gaudy garland, dancing Santas, and a few plastic reindeer pulling jolly old Saint Nick. Even the alleyway patio can’t escape the over-the-top holiday decor here. Runs November 24 through New Year’s Day. Patio available.

Mercantile Social

The Alpharetta restaurant on Main brings back its Whoville and Grinch-inspired pop-up throughout the holiday season, complete with movie-themed cocktails, food, and decor.

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