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The Sippin’ Santa tiki bar at Bon Ton in Midtown
Ryan Fleisher

20 Atlanta Holiday Pop-Up Bars to Know This Year

No shortage of holiday cheer and festive decor at these bars and restaurants

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The Sippin’ Santa tiki bar at Bon Ton in Midtown
| Ryan Fleisher

There’s an overabundance of holiday bars (some with ice rinks and igloo dining) bringing a lot of good cheer to metro Atlanta throughout December. Having trouble keeping track? Check out the list of bars, restaurants, and menus below being made-over for the holidays this year around Atlanta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Whoville Bar at Mercantile Social

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20 N Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(470) 242-5317
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Starting December 3, the two-story cocktail bar in Alpharetta transforms into Whoville for the season. The holiday bar includes a special food and drink menu and is open past midnight Tuesday through Saturday.

2. “A Christmas Story” at Red Sky Tapas & Bar

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1255 Johnson Ferry Rd #16
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-0100
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“A Christmas Story” invades Marietta’s Red Sky Tapas & Bar again this season. The bar, known for its weekly dueling piano shows, takes inspiration from the 1980s holiday classic, complete with Christmas trees and snowflakes, multi-colored string lights, decor from the movie, and that infamous leg lamp. Expect food like a Christmas turkey burger topped with cornbread dressing, duck gravy, and cranberry chutney, turducken egg rolls, and smoked duck breast paired with festive cocktails such as the cranberry mule or “Shoot Your Eye Out” eggnog. Now through December 31 during regular business hours.

3. Santa’s Bar at Noble Fin Restaurant

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5260 Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
(770) 599-7979
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“Black Friday” marks the day Santa’s Bar arrives at seafood restaurant Noble Fin in Peachtree Corners. The holiday pop-up includes festive decor and cocktails such as an apple cider Old Fashioned and hot buttered rum. “Black Friday” through December 31 during regular business hours.

4. Yebo Ski Haus

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111 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 869-1992
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The cozy winter retreat that is Yebo Ski Haus is back in Buckhead. The rustic ski lodge offers comfort food likes Belgian beer cheese fondue alongside other dishes like ostrich bolognese. Wrap up in a blanket on the patio by the fire pit and sip on hot drinks or a ski haus martini or cozy up inside at a barstool lined with faux fur at the bar. Now through spring when the restaurant returns to Yebo Beach Haus.

5. Santa’s Bar at Veranda

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1140 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 549-9126
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The upstairs bar at Veranda in Midtown transforms into Santa’s Bar for the season, complete with a snow machine, photo-ready backdrops, and a holiday cocktail and food menu. Now through Christmas Eve from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. nightly.

6. “A Christmas Story” at Foxtrot Liquor Bar

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45 13th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 856-4266
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The Midtown watering hole takes its festive decor inspiration from the holiday movie classic “A Christmas Story”. Expect cocktails like a boozy hot chocolate and plenty of other kitschy concoctions such as the Oh Fudge. Open during regular bar hours through December 28.

7. A Very Tiki Christmas at Tiki Tango Hideaway Oasis

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57 13th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 873-6189
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Tiki Tango takes the holidays to the tropics with its inaugural festive pop-up. Expect twinkling lights, tropical tunes, plenty of rum-soaked cocktails like the hot buttered rum, and even a special food menu throughout December. Open regular bar hours.

8. Igloo dining at Publico Atlanta

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1104 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 973-0070
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Igloo dining is back on the front patio of Publico on Crescent Avenue. Like last year, the six heated, dog-friendly igloos are first come, first served, if not already reserved. Reservations can be made via Publico’s website. Parties of one to two people are $55 per person and $35 per person for three or more people.

9. Miracle on Monroe at Tapa Tapa

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931 Monroe Dr NE C-106
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 481-5226
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The Miracle bars are back for a fourth year in Atlanta, and that includes at the original spot inside Tapa Tapa at the Midtown Promenade. See the tapas bar made-over from top to bottom with miles of multi-colored string lights, Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and plenty of holiday kitsch for the season. Sip on drinks like the ode to “Die Hard” called Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! made with two kinds of rum, cachaça, and marshmallow orgeat or a yuletide take on the Moscow mule. Cocktails come served in Santa mugs, holiday highballs, and rocks glasses adorned with reindeers. Open November 25 through December 31. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. First come, first served. 21+

10. The Madhouse Holiday Experience at Tiki Iniki

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1044 Greenwood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(833) 285-8454
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The Virginia-Highland tiki bar transforms in December into an over-the-top- festive madhouse with table games, prizes, and a holiday food and drink menu benefitting Bert’s Big Adventure, the kids charity run by Atlanta radio personality Bert Weiss.

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

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9308
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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 in ugly sweaters. The bar is bedecked in colored string lights and gaudy garland, dancing Santas, and a few plastic reindeer pulling jolly old Saint Nick. Expect food inspired by Christmas movies such as the mac and cheese or limo pizza from Home Alone or the Twinkies from Die Hard created by Sweet E’s, the Caribbean-Southern pop-up paired with drinks like “the Grinch” made with Panamanian rum and gin. November 27 through December 28 during regular business hours. Open Christmas Eve.

12. The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar

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Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE ne152
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 515-0620
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The Ponce City Market location of Biltong Bar transforms into the Blitzen Room for the holidays. The nostalgia-themed pop-up includes vintage holiday decor and festive cocktails like a Chartreuse-laced hot chocolate and frozen egg nog to pair alongside its beef jerky selections and other South African pub fare. December 2 through December 26 during regular business hours.

13. Igloo dining and ice skating at 9 Mile Station

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Ponce City Market, 1829, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(770) 999-1532
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Igloo dining and ice skating are both back atop Ponce City Market. “Skate the Sky” ice rink transforms the rooftop terrace into a 3,500-square-foot 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 served alongside 9 Mile Station’s food menu. General admission to the rooftop with ice skating is $25 per person. Igloos are $150 for up to two hours and up to six people. “Black Friday” through January 5 during regular business hours.

14. Sippin’ Santa holiday tiki bar at Bon Ton Atlanta

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674 Myrtle St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 996-6177
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The Miracle bars are back for a fourth year in Atlanta, and that includes a second year of the Sippin’ Santa tiki bar at Bon Ton in Midtown. See the the Viet-Cajun restaurant and bar made-over from top to bottom with miles of multi-colored string lights, tropical holiday decor, surfer Santas, and plenty of holiday kitsch for the season. Cocktails come served in Santa mugs, holiday highballs, and rocks glasses adorned with reindeers. Open November 25 through December 31 during regular business hours.

15. Holiday luau at Sweet Auburn BBQ

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656 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(678) 515-3550
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Sweet Auburn BBQ in Poncey-Highland transforms its interiors and menu into a festive holiday luau celebration throughout December. Expect foods like Hawaiian spring rolls, Papa Hsu’s kalbi Korean short rib platter, and pineapple and pork fried rice paired with boozy eggnog and hot buttered rums. The regular menu is also available. The holiday pop-up kicks off with Filipino pop-up Kamayan ATL on December 2. December 2 through December 22 during regular business hours.

16. Little Christmas Spirit at Little Spirit

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299 North Highland Avenue Northeast r3
Atlanta, GA 30307

Little Spirit bar on North Highland in Inman Park transforms once again into “Little Christmas Spirit” for the holidays. The petite cocktail haunt with a penchant for musical patron saints like David Bowie and Biggie Smalls plans to serve drinks like frozen egg nog and offer a hot toddy bar this year. Take a look at last year’s makeover. November 25 through December 31 during regular business hours.

17. “Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace” at Hampton + Hudson

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299 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 948-2123
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The Inman Park sports pub draws inspiration for its holiday pop-up menu and decor from the Chinese turkey scene that takes place at Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace in the movie “A Christmas Story”. A special Chinese dinner menu and cocktails accompany the bar’s regular menu during the pop-up. Hampton and Hudson is open on Christmas Day, serving this special menu, and plans to tune into football and play the movie on loop on the TVs. December 11 through 23 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly. Open Christmas Day. First come, first served.

18. Miracle on Highland at The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at PARISH

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240 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-4434
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The Miracle bars are back for a fourth year in Atlanta, and that includes a second year at Parish on North Highland in Inman Park. See the Southern restaurant made-over from top to bottom with miles of multi-colored string lights, Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and plenty of holiday kitsch for the season. Sip on drinks like the ode to “Die Hard” called Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! made with two kinds of rum, cachaça, and marshmallow orgeat or a yuletide take on the Moscow mule. Cocktails come served in Santa mugs, holiday highballs, and rocks glasses adorned with reindeers. Open “Black Friday” through December 31. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. First come, first served. A holiday brunch is served on the weekends. 21+

19. Vixen’s Christmas Bar at Guac y Margys

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661 Auburn Ave NE #120
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 343-4691
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This quirky little margarita bar on the Beltline is decked out for the holidays with 12 Christmas cocktails, including spiked apple cider and boozy egg nog, and even “Elf” and “Grinch” trivia on Wednesday evenings. Open during regular bar hours throughout December.

20. Mingle and Jingle at Best End Brewing Company

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1036 White St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(470) 391-0999
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Set within the kitchen bar at the West End brewery, Mingle and Jingle includes a giant hugging teddy bar, dancing flamingos, and a large Christmas tree surrounded by plenty of holiday kitsch. Sip boozy holiday cocktails alongside a special food menu while watching Christmas movies. Open Wednesday through Sunday, December 4 through January 5, at 6 p.m.

1. The Whoville Bar at Mercantile Social

20 N Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30004

Starting December 3, the two-story cocktail bar in Alpharetta transforms into Whoville for the season. The holiday bar includes a special food and drink menu and is open past midnight Tuesday through Saturday.

20 N Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30004

2. “A Christmas Story” at Red Sky Tapas & Bar

1255 Johnson Ferry Rd #16, Marietta, GA 30068

“A Christmas Story” invades Marietta’s Red Sky Tapas & Bar again this season. The bar, known for its weekly dueling piano shows, takes inspiration from the 1980s holiday classic, complete with Christmas trees and snowflakes, multi-colored string lights, decor from the movie, and that infamous leg lamp. Expect food like a Christmas turkey burger topped with cornbread dressing, duck gravy, and cranberry chutney, turducken egg rolls, and smoked duck breast paired with festive cocktails such as the cranberry mule or “Shoot Your Eye Out” eggnog. Now through December 31 during regular business hours.

1255 Johnson Ferry Rd #16
Marietta, GA 30068

3. Santa’s Bar at Noble Fin Restaurant

5260 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

“Black Friday” marks the day Santa’s Bar arrives at seafood restaurant Noble Fin in Peachtree Corners. The holiday pop-up includes festive decor and cocktails such as an apple cider Old Fashioned and hot buttered rum. “Black Friday” through December 31 during regular business hours.

5260 Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

4. Yebo Ski Haus

111 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

The cozy winter retreat that is Yebo Ski Haus is back in Buckhead. The rustic ski lodge offers comfort food likes Belgian beer cheese fondue alongside other dishes like ostrich bolognese. Wrap up in a blanket on the patio by the fire pit and sip on hot drinks or a ski haus martini or cozy up inside at a barstool lined with faux fur at the bar. Now through spring when the restaurant returns to Yebo Beach Haus.

111 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

5. Santa’s Bar at Veranda

1140 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The upstairs bar at Veranda in Midtown transforms into Santa’s Bar for the season, complete with a snow machine, photo-ready backdrops, and a holiday cocktail and food menu. Now through Christmas Eve from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. nightly.

1140 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. “A Christmas Story” at Foxtrot Liquor Bar

45 13th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Midtown watering hole takes its festive decor inspiration from the holiday movie classic “A Christmas Story”. Expect cocktails like a boozy hot chocolate and plenty of other kitschy concoctions such as the Oh Fudge. Open during regular bar hours through December 28.

45 13th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. A Very Tiki Christmas at Tiki Tango Hideaway Oasis

57 13th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Tiki Tango takes the holidays to the tropics with its inaugural festive pop-up. Expect twinkling lights, tropical tunes, plenty of rum-soaked cocktails like the hot buttered rum, and even a special food menu throughout December. Open regular bar hours.

57 13th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. Igloo dining at Publico Atlanta

1104 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Igloo dining is back on the front patio of Publico on Crescent Avenue. Like last year, the six heated, dog-friendly igloos are first come, first served, if not already reserved. Reservations can be made via Publico’s website. Parties of one to two people are $55 per person and $35 per person for three or more people.

1104 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Miracle on Monroe at Tapa Tapa

931 Monroe Dr NE C-106, Atlanta, GA 30308

The Miracle bars are back for a fourth year in Atlanta, and that includes at the original spot inside Tapa Tapa at the Midtown Promenade. See the tapas bar made-over from top to bottom with miles of multi-colored string lights, Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and plenty of holiday kitsch for the season. Sip on drinks like the ode to “Die Hard” called Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! made with two kinds of rum, cachaça, and marshmallow orgeat or a yuletide take on the Moscow mule. Cocktails come served in Santa mugs, holiday highballs, and rocks glasses adorned with reindeers. Open November 25 through December 31. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. First come, first served. 21+

931 Monroe Dr NE C-106
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. The Madhouse Holiday Experience at Tiki Iniki

1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The Virginia-Highland tiki bar transforms in December into an over-the-top- festive madhouse with table games, prizes, and a holiday food and drink menu benefitting Bert’s Big Adventure, the kids charity run by Atlanta radio personality Bert Weiss.

1044 Greenwood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

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

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

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 in ugly sweaters. The bar is bedecked in colored string lights and gaudy garland, dancing Santas, and a few plastic reindeer pulling jolly old Saint Nick. Expect food inspired by Christmas movies such as the mac and cheese or limo pizza from Home Alone or the Twinkies from Die Hard created by Sweet E’s, the Caribbean-Southern pop-up paired with drinks like “the Grinch” made with Panamanian rum and gin. November 27 through December 28 during regular business hours. Open Christmas Eve.

340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

12. The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE ne152, Atlanta, GA 30308

The Ponce City Market location of Biltong Bar transforms into the Blitzen Room for the holidays. The nostalgia-themed pop-up includes vintage holiday decor and festive cocktails like a Chartreuse-laced hot chocolate and frozen egg nog to pair alongside its beef jerky selections and other South African pub fare. December 2 through December 26 during regular business hours.

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE ne152
Atlanta, GA 30308

13. Igloo dining and ice skating at 9 Mile Station

Ponce City Market, 1829, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Igloo dining and ice skating are both back atop Ponce City Market. “Skate the Sky” ice rink transforms the rooftop terrace into a 3,500-square-foot 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 served alongside 9 Mile Station’s food menu. General admission to the rooftop with ice skating is $25 per person. Igloos are $150 for up to two hours and up to six people. “Black Friday” through January 5 during regular business hours.

Ponce City Market, 1829, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

14. Sippin’ Santa holiday tiki bar at Bon Ton Atlanta

674 Myrtle St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

The Miracle bars are back for a fourth year in Atlanta, and that includes a second year of the Sippin’ Santa tiki bar at Bon Ton in Midtown. See the the Viet-Cajun restaurant and bar made-over from top to bottom with miles of multi-colored string lights, tropical holiday decor, surfer Santas, and plenty of holiday kitsch for the season. Cocktails come served in Santa mugs, holiday highballs, and rocks glasses adorned with reindeers. Open November 25 through December 31 during regular business hours.

674 Myrtle St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

15. Holiday luau at Sweet Auburn BBQ

656 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

Sweet Auburn BBQ in Poncey-Highland transforms its interiors and menu into a festive holiday luau celebration throughout December. Expect foods like Hawaiian spring rolls, Papa Hsu’s kalbi Korean short rib platter, and pineapple and pork fried rice paired with boozy eggnog and hot buttered rums. The regular menu is also available. The holiday pop-up kicks off with Filipino pop-up Kamayan ATL on December 2. December 2 through December 22 during regular business hours.

656 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

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16. Little Christmas Spirit at Little Spirit

299 North Highland Avenue Northeast r3, Atlanta, GA 30307

Little Spirit bar on North Highland in Inman Park transforms once again into “Little Christmas Spirit” for the holidays. The petite cocktail haunt with a penchant for musical patron saints like David Bowie and Biggie Smalls plans to serve drinks like frozen egg nog and offer a hot toddy bar this year. Take a look at last year’s makeover. November 25 through December 31 during regular business hours.

299 North Highland Avenue Northeast r3
Atlanta, GA 30307

17. “Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace” at Hampton + Hudson

299 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Inman Park sports pub draws inspiration for its holiday pop-up menu and decor from the Chinese turkey scene that takes place at Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace in the movie “A Christmas Story”. A special Chinese dinner menu and cocktails accompany the bar’s regular menu during the pop-up. Hampton and Hudson is open on Christmas Day, serving this special menu, and plans to tune into football and play the movie on loop on the TVs. December 11 through 23 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly. Open Christmas Day. First come, first served.

299 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

18. Miracle on Highland at The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at PARISH

240 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Miracle bars are back for a fourth year in Atlanta, and that includes a second year at Parish on North Highland in Inman Park. See the Southern restaurant made-over from top to bottom with miles of multi-colored string lights, Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and plenty of holiday kitsch for the season. Sip on drinks like the ode to “Die Hard” called Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! made with two kinds of rum, cachaça, and marshmallow orgeat or a yuletide take on the Moscow mule. Cocktails come served in Santa mugs, holiday highballs, and rocks glasses adorned with reindeers. Open “Black Friday” through December 31. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. First come, first served. A holiday brunch is served on the weekends. 21+

240 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

19. Vixen’s Christmas Bar at Guac y Margys

661 Auburn Ave NE #120, Atlanta, GA 30312

This quirky little margarita bar on the Beltline is decked out for the holidays with 12 Christmas cocktails, including spiked apple cider and boozy egg nog, and even “Elf” and “Grinch” trivia on Wednesday evenings. Open during regular bar hours throughout December.

661 Auburn Ave NE #120
Atlanta, GA 30312

20. Mingle and Jingle at Best End Brewing Company

1036 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Set within the kitchen bar at the West End brewery, Mingle and Jingle includes a giant hugging teddy bar, dancing flamingos, and a large Christmas tree surrounded by plenty of holiday kitsch. Sip boozy holiday cocktails alongside a special food menu while watching Christmas movies. Open Wednesday through Sunday, December 4 through January 5, at 6 p.m.

1036 White St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

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