I’m a huge fan of pop up anything. Pop up restaurants. Pop up shops. Pop up museums (more on that tomorrow). You name it, I want in.
But I’m especially partial to pop up BARS. Every December, a number of pop up Christmas bars materialize. Some are only open for the month of December (they literally create a bar where an empty room used to be), but others are regular bars that have committed to a full on Christmas party.
I went to my first pop up Christmas bar last year on a first date and had a blast. This year, that same date (cough, you know who you are) stood me up for this year’s round of holiday drinks, so I went with plan B and headed to a new Christmas pop up at Boiler Room with friends.
Having assumed its alter ego for December, Boiler Room was nowhere to be seen, but Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack was open for business.
Christmas bars are great because 1) they’re decked out in Christmas gear…
2) they have super relevant drink names…
…and 3) all of the drinks come in fun Christmas cups (everyone knows drinks taste better in cool cups – i.e. Moscow Mules… not as good with no gold cup).
Unfortunately, we hit up Santa’s Shack on the tail end of the month, so you’ll just have to be verrrrry good until next December.
On that note… other pop up themes bars should commit to (contact me for rights fees):
- Depths of Winter Pop Up Bar – Adorned with snowflakes, kept at 7 degrees… no AC needed, just keep all doors ajar!! – open for the month of January (glasses made of ice, obviously)
- Valentine’s Pop Up Bar – Decorated with 10,000 red cut out paper hearts/broken hearts. Drinks are died pink and come in either a cupid or devil cup, depending on how you feel about relationships that day (also a great way to figure out who’s single!). Open the week of Valentine’s Day.
- Just-Moved-To-NYC Pop Up Bar – Plaster the walls with pictures of Midtown and Murray Hill. Drink menu:
- My Apartment Budget is $1000
- Where the f*** is the subway?
- Let’s Go to Brother Jimmy’s!
- What’s a Polar Vortex??
- Time Square is SO MUCH FUN
- Where’s Target?