Before I start, here’s some links to my holiday bar crawl outfit!
While on a trip to NYC during the holidays (check out my guide for all the must see places here), there is one other thing you can not miss. Such a unique and sure to be unforgettable experience, the city can boast of one too many Christmas themed bars. Whether you just swing by one after a long day of exploring, or you make an entire night out of visiting them all, you have to find the time to grab a cheery drink while visiting! I’ve listed all my favorites and go to drinks at each, right here in one place for your next NYC December trip.
There are SO many places that decide to deck the halls during the season, and some even stay that way year round! To start off this round up, I had to include the most Christmasy bar of all time, Rolf’s.
As I mentioned in my NYC Holiday Guide, this place is decked floor to ceiling. Located on 281 Third Ave, this place is always popping. It is hard to even get a reservation here, but if you’re in it just for a good pic, the lines normally only take 30 minutes max. Definitely worth it just once in my opinion. (Don’t bother trying the food here though)
Go-To Drink: their egg nog is devine!
Walking distance from there, you’ll stumble upon Pete’s at 128 E 18th St. Pete’s is also a very crowded bar around the holidays, but you won’t usually have to wait in any sort of line here. The ceiling lighting and window displays are a must see.
Go-To Drink: Hot Toddy is heavenly. Egg nog is also extra creamy and maybe even better than Rolf’s.
Holiday Cocktail Lounge
If you’re looking for a low-key dive kinda bar. Holiday Cocktail Lounge is the spot for you. Located in St. Mark’s, this tiny, but never nearly as crowded as the rest on this list, local spot is decorated year round. Very quirky and good humored.
Go-To Drink: they have a whole list of holiday cocktails and even holiday pizzas!
Miracle on 9th Street
Another fun spot, Miracle on Ninth Street, is a pop up Christmas bar that takes the place of Mace during the holiday season. Also will definitely have a wait, but it’s more of a sit down kind of place, making it super homey. The presents hanging from the ceiling are an excellent touch of cheer!
Go-To Drink: Run Run Rudolf, a tequlia cold hot chocolate with coffee liqueur, yum!!
Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack
One of the best spots for fun holiday drinks is Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack, located on 13 First Ave. This pop up holiday bar takes over Boilermaker during the season. It transforms into a hilariously themed tropical Santa bar, and guys, it is fun.
Go-To Drink: there are soooo many good ones here. If you’re in need of something to warm you up, go for their hot chocolate brandy drink, served in a Santa mug. So yummy! Or if you’re in the mood for something real strong, try their Hanukah drink.
Even more options!!!
The rooftop, 230 Fifth St, has igloos you can rent out to enjoy your drinks in the warmth with a great view!
Another rooftop bar, Serra Alpina by Birreria, this pop up holiday glass-enclosed beer garden takes over the rooftop of Eatly in Flatiron for the holidays. So very pretty and even open during the day.