If you’re not already up to your eye level with the fairy lights, inflatable lawn reindeer, and gift anxiety, then welcome! It’s the season. Bring mulled wine and spiced cider cocktails! Eggnog? Pour me two.
Whether you haven’t yet decorated your own venues, the following restaurants and bars have been decorated with the enthusiasm of a North Pole Elf. That is to say, a lot. Drink something shamelessly holiday-themed inside spaces that look like someone wrapped a Christmas tree and then it exploded, in a festive way! We have information on the holiday pop-ups and places that ushered in the Christmas decor with the intensity of Clark Griswold.
Holiday pop-ups and party spaces
Sipping Santa Claus
In the space that once housed the Hide Cocktail Bar – and what will soon be RoPo and Logan, an upcoming Midwestern-style bar from Team Hide – find the Sippin ‘Santa Holiday pop-up in Hawaii. The previously elegant cocktail climate has transformed into a tropical oasis housing tiki-esque drinks with a festive twist. the Kris Kringle Colada has all the ingredients of the piña version with the addition of allspice liqueur. Meanwhile, the Russian white christmas add a splash of ancho chili liqueur and cold brew coffee in the usual milky concoction of vodka. Need a quick pick-me-up? the Pleasant shot (gingerbread rye) or Naughty shot (spiced cinnamon bourbon) should do it. Without appointment only; 90 minute delay.
Ends December 31 | 2816 Elm Street
Inside the little white house on the corner of Bishop Avenue and Melba Street, walls of wrapping paper and Christmas tree decorations proliferate: Tipsy Elf is back. And it’s bigger than last year. The pop-up spills out onto the outdoor patio of the next door neighbor, the Mermaid Raw Bar & Champagne Room. Whether indoors or outdoors, Larry the Elf will take photos and host events, such as Nights with Daddy Santa, an Ugly Sweater Party, Drag Bingo with the Queen of the North Pole, Mrs. Claus aka Gloria Devine. , and Naughty Cookie Decorating. Without appointment only; available for private events and holiday parties with advance reservations.
All the Holidays | 308 N. Bishop Ave.
Winter Wonderland in Saint-Henri
Make yourself comfortable at Uptown’s rooftop The Henry vacation pop-up. Order the Flight of St. Henry’s Schnapps, with apple, cinnamon, butterscotch and Fernet Branca, or go the winter mint route with a sip of Junior & Mrs. Mint (Belvedere vodka infused with vanilla, white chocolate and peppermint schnapps). Also: lots of savory and sweet bites, like warm croissant bread pudding, to keep your spirits up. (Large groups are encouraged to reserve a private space.) Reservations encouraged.
Until January 2 | 2301 N. Akard Street
Miracle at Adolphe
Bundle up under an igloo at the Miracle at the Adolphus. Order from its Christmas-themed cocktail menu. Editor’s choice: Honey bear eggnog. So be part of one of Dallas’ most revered vacation traditions: Holiday tea with Adolphus, which includes three courses, two teas and a glass of champagne.
Until January 15th | 1321, rue du Commerce
Winter resistant ski club
The Statler’s rooftop lounge bar has been transformed into a ski club for the holiday season: Winterproof. While we can’t guarantee there is skiing, you can snuggle up in your own personal snow cloud (these pods can accommodate up to eight people). Snow clouds and cabins (pool cabins) must be booked in advance through Resy.
All the Holidays | 1914, rue du Commerce
Howl-idays at Toller Patio
This spacious outdoor lounge on Ross Avenue is the place to be this season, especially with the puppies in tow. Toller Patio will have the blazing fireplaces – perfect for s’mores kits and spill the alcohol (or not) hot chocolate in Toller cups—Every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., Santa Paws will be there for photos ($ 10). Dogs, kiddos and elves are all welcome.
In progress, with a Father Christmas and Elves Day to Dec 11, 2019, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. | 3675 Ross Avenue
The Oak Lawn Bar serves craft cocktails as colorful as the string lights and ornaments that adorn the foyer. Try it Jingleberry twist with homemade cranberry syrup, green chartreuse, vodka and just a hint of lemon. For a warm-up, go for the delighted Mistletoe: Illegal mezcal, Campari, Punt e Mes, homemade rosemary syrup, sprig of rosemary and cranberry infused ice cube.
All the Holidays | 4001 Cedar Springs Road
Miracle at Royal38
Hide’s brother Uptown bar is working wonders this season. And by Miracle we mean fiery cocktails like Fruit cake back made with brandy, rum, amaretto and something called fruit cake syrup. Walk-in only, dinner menu available, valet parking, 90-minute limit.
Ends December 31 | 2301 N. Akard Street, Suite 210
This favorite near Arlington is one of the go-anywhere OGs for the holidays. Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscope of festive garlands, snowflakes and Santa Claus. Is your Ghost of Christmas Past getting on your nerves? Swallow a 27-ounce Texan margin for $ 8.50. If you’re hungry, try the marinated and grilled elk or the tender but lean bison fajitas.
All the Holidays | 2918 W Pioneer Pkwy, Dalworthington Gardens
This Highland Park staple has mounted all the makings of a Christmas tree to the ceiling, under which you sip espresso martinis and enjoy Velvet Chicken and Waffles.
All the Holidays | 4448 Lovers Ln.
Do you miss the snow this season? Lowest Greenville wine bar has the most frosty furnishings. Choose from a variety of wine selections ranging from deep reds to soft whites, from sparkling champagne to rosé, all under a sky of delicate snowflakes. But don’t miss Orna-mint, a fruity blend of strawberry gin and hibiscus, lemongrass syrup, Topo Chico and mint served in an elegant ornamental glass.
All the Holidays | 1914 Greenville Avenue.
This Dallas dive bar celebrates Christmas in true Texas fashion. Have a drink with the boys (and girls) by the illuminated Barry Manilow Sanctuary, right next to the restrooms, you can’t miss them. Lift your cheerful clothes among bright lights, poinsettias, flamingos and cacti and woods to the beat of Dallas’ underground music scene.
All the Holidays | 3510, rue du Commerce
In Texas fashion, this luxury hotel has grown big – huge! – on Christmas installations. With over 12 miles of cheerful lights and enough pine trees to rival the State of Evergreen, the downtown hotel makes a worthy decor for your holiday greeting cards. No need to be home alone this year.
All the Holidays | 205 N. Akard Street