Celebrating the holiday season comes in all forms, especially in ATL. From practicing your triple axels to soaking up colorful illumination, we’re kinda partial to holiday “cheer” that comes in liquid form if you catch our drift. Toast to the season and discover the wonderment of these best bets for holiday-inspired cocktails in Atlanta.
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Miracle on Monroe
The holiday pop-up bar that started them all is back for its third year in Midtown. Miracle on Monroe takes over Tapa Tapa. Your days will be merry and bright with the hot, rum-fueled “Bad Santa” and a host of other Kris Kringle-themed libations.
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Beachy vibes take on holiday styles as Miracle’s sister pop-up, Sippin’ Santa, makes waves at Bon Ton. With libations from Tiki-connoisseur Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the holidays are a hit with drinks like the Kris Kringle Colada, Hawaiian Milk Punch and more sandals-in-December inspired sips.
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PT Rink Drinks
Like your cocktails with a side of ice skating? Well, you’re in luck at The Rink at Park Tavern. Not only can you get your skate on, but revelers of age can explore the menu of PT Rink Drinks like the “Cheek Warmer” (Jack Daniel’s, apple cider, cinnamon), “Rudolph’s Red Nose” (Absolut Mandarin, Red Bull, cranberry juice) and other cold weather-inspired sips.
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Miracle on Highland
The second outpost for holiday bar OG, Miracle, pops up in Inman Park for Miracle on Highland. Located at The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at Parish, probably the most fun cocktail to say when ordering would be the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!” with sweet potato, rum, marshmallow orgeat and lime. And yes, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. Fight us.
Little “Christmas” Spirit
Inman Park's newest, hip-hop-inspired bar, Little Spirit, is getting in on the pop-up fun with a Little “Christmas" Spirit. Featuring a celebration of holiday flavors in their drinks including eggnog, cranberry, cinnamon and more, naughty and nice is subjective in cocktails like the “Down Through the Chimney,” “Eggnostic Winter Holiday” and “Nakatomi Christmas Party.” Once again, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie.
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While you might be familiar with the “12 Days of Christmas," this Downtown sports bar is putting a winter wonderland-inspired spin on things with the “12 Shots of Christmas.” Park Bar [https://www.atlanta.net/partner/park-bar/801/] transforms its second floor into 321Xmas with a holiday-themed shot menu going from Dec. 10 through 22 with selects like the “Three Wisemen” featuring Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Jose Cuervo, “The Nutcracker” with Kahlua, Bailey’s and Peppermint Schnapps, and 10 other offerings sure to fill you with holiday cheer.
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Another Hawaiian-influenced holiday comes to Decatur’s S.O.S. Tiki Bar with Mele Kalikimaka. The second year of this holiday-themed cocktail experience adds Christmas lights to hula skirts with “Hot Coco” that includes a rum kick, a frozen play on eggnog and the “Christmas Tree Shot” tower that serves four to six of your favorite elves.
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Yebo Ski Haus
While not entirely holiday-driven, Buckhead bastion for South African small plates, Yebo Beach Haus, goes seasonal for the winter in transitioning into Yebo Ski Haus. With the change comes a menu reveling in “warming” cocktails like mulled wine served hot as well as four-person “shot ski’s” at the bar. Yes, shots in a ski. Bring a friend.
Chris Watkins is an Atlanta-based writer and photographer and serves as the voice of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (@DiscoverAtlanta) on social media. You can follow him on Instagram @christopherbw.