If you’re a little too old to find Santa at a mall for a festive picture, and regular egg nog at home isn’t quite cutting it, then you probably have been enjoying the resurgence of holiday-themed pop-up bars opening across the city! Expect themed drinks, outrageous decor, and ultra-Instagrammable spots for those festive photos in and around Calgary.
Now, we’re happy to have a month full of festive options that don’t require being outside in the cold (unless you want to be)!
These are some decked-out holiday pop ups that you can drink and eat at this season:
at Ricardo’s Hideaway, 1530 5 St SW, Calgary
The Sippin’ Santa holiday popup bar has taken over Ricardo’s Hideaway bringing all the festive vibes to the city. This vibrant and tropical escape brings a unique twist to the traditional holiday season, immersing patrons in a whimsical world of tiki-inspired decor and spirited cocktails. It’s a perfect destination for those looking to celebrate the holiday season with a touch of exotic flair and a dash of Christmas cheer.
Plan your visit: Walk ins only!
Hours: November 16 – December 31; Wednesdays to Thursdays 4pm-Midnight, Fridays and Saturdays 4pm-1am, and Sundays 4pm-Midnight.
at Proof Cocktail Bar, 1302 1 St SW, Calgary
Miracle Calgary is like what you wish your family Christmas party looked like every year. The most over-the-top decor fills every square inch of this venue, including the tables being completely gift wrapped. Need a hug? There’s a giant electronic teddy bear in the corner that’s giving them out for free.
Plan your visit: Walk ins only.
Hours: November 15 – December 24, 2023 from Sunday – Saturday 2PM-1AM
at Sunny Cider Bar & Kitchen, 1-3300 14th Avenue NE, Calgary
Tinseltown: The Christmas Speakeasy is opening at Sunny Cider Bar & Kitchen this November and is serving up all of your favourite festive tipples! The halls are more than fully decked with baubles, bows, hanging trees, wreaths and just about every festive goodie ever! If you want to go all-in on Christmas and winter festivities, it is a must-visit.
This pop-up bar is a strictly 19+ event, but family-friendly sessions are available for those under drinking age.
Plan your visit: Must book a ticket here with date and arrival time
Hours: November 23rd – December 30th, 2023
at Shelter Cocktail Bar, 1210 1 St SW, Calgary
You’ve probably heard of the classic 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” – well, Shelter Cocktail Bar is transitioning over to their Nightmare On 1st Street menu soon, bringing a spooky twist to this holiday season!
Plan your visit: No Reservations
Hours: Menu starting November 21st; 5pm-Late Tuesdays to Saturdays, Sundays 7pm-Midnight
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