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.
Pop into Tapa Tapa for some holiday cheer. (Photo: Miracle Bar)
Miracle on Monroe
The holiday pop-up bar that started them all is back 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.
Have a beachy holiday at Bon Ton. (Photo: Randy Schmidt)
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.
Try a Rink Drink after you skate at Park Tavern. (Photo: Tomas Espinoza)
The Rink at Park Tavern
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 Rink Drinks like the “Cheek Warmer” (Jack Daniel’s, apple cider, cinnamon), “S'mores Tini” (Finlandia, half & half, chocolate syrup) and other cold weather-inspired sips.
Try Rudolph's Red-Nosed Slider at W Atlanta-Midtown. (Photo: Sofritto PR)
Elf’d Up Bar at W Atlanta-Midtown
Let's get Elf'd Up! W Atlanta-Midtown is in the holiday spirit with a delightfully tacky and festive pop-up bar, Elf'd Up. Enjoy sips like "Mules are Better than Reindeer" (the bar’s take on a holiday Moscow Mule), Rudolph's Red-Nosed Sliders and more.
We Triple Dog Dare you to stop in at Foxtrot Liquor Bar. (Photo: Foxtrot Liquor Bar)
"A Christmas Story" at Foxtrot Liquor Bar
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Foxtrot Liquor Bar's "A Christmas Story" has all the stylings of a festive pop-up complete with snacks and cocktails like "A Very Berry Christmas," the "Triple Dog Dare" and more sips inspired by the 1983 holiday classic.
Tango into Tiki Tango for seasonal sips. (Photo: Tiki Tango)
Tiki Tango Holiday Oasis
Feeling more like a holiday vacay? Take a trot from Foxtrot next door to Tiki Tango's Holiday Oasis. The Midtown tiki destination is getting their Mele Kalikimaka on with seasonal yet tropical sips like the Jamaican rum "St. Nick," marshmallow-adorned "Camp Fire" and more.
Just say, "Sweet Potato" at Miracle on Highland. (Photo: Miracle Bar)
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 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, Little Spirit includes eggnog, cranberry, cinnamon and more. Naughty and nice is subjective in cocktails like the “Down Through the Chimney,” “Jingle Balls” and “Grinch Don't Kill My Vibe.”
OLD FOURTH WARD
You never know who you might see when you're up on the rooftop. (Photo: Ponce City Market)
The Roof at Ponce City Market
As if Ponce City Market's "Skate the Sky" ice skating wasn't enough to capture the essence of the season, the entirety of The Roof at Ponce City Market also is a venerable winter wonderland filled with holiday cheer. Cozy up next to fire pits and inside rooftop igloos with warming sips from 9 Mile Station like the "Hot Manhattan," coffee, rum and banana-infused "The Don Dada," plus more.
Christmas movie cocktail, anyone? (Photo: Biltong Bar)
The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar
Blitzen and all his reindeer are pullin' on the reins in Old Fourth Ward. South African jerky destination, Biltong Bar, has transformed into The Blitzen Room for holiday-centric good cheer. We're talking brandy-filled eggnog, green chartreuse hot chocolate and several tongue-in-cheek Christmas movie cocktails like the "Die Hard"-inspired Nakatomi Plaza with whiskey, fig, ginger and sherry.
Slay Bar remembers the spirit of the season. (Photo: W Atlanta-Downtown)
Slay Bar at W Atlanta-Downtown
Decked out in seasonal elegance, the Living Room at W Atlanta-Downtown has become the Slay Bar outfitted with a special holiday menu, festive tunes and themed events centered around giving back.
Catch the island vibe in Decatur. (Photo: S.O.S. Tiki Bar)
Another Hawaiian-influenced holiday comes to Decatur’s S.O.S. Tiki Bar with Mele Kalikimaka. The holiday-themed cocktail experience adds Christmas lights to hula skirts with a frozen play on eggnog, the rum-fueled "Santa's Little Helper" and the “Winter Wonderland” punch bowl that serves four (or just you) with rum, vanilla, coconut and pineapple.
Pretend you on the slopes at Yebo Ski Haus. (Photo: Yebo Ski Haus)
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 skis” at the bar. Yes, shots in a ski. Bring a friend.
Decked Out Bar at W Atlanta-Buckhead
All is merry and bright at the Decked Out Bar at W Atlanta-Buckhead. Setting up shop inside Cook Hall, the holiday-themed pop-up complete with seasonal cocktails also goes fashion-forward with ugly sweater contests and Instagram-worthy vignettes.
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.