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NYC holiday pop-up bars: Miracle, Sleyenda and more

Get into the holiday spirit by imbibing some.

With winter right around the corner, city bars are rolling out specialty cocktails created for the year's most festive season and decorating their halls with wreaths, sparkly reindeer and candy lollipops.

If you're seeking spiked hot chocolate, a place where it's publicly acceptable to listen to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" on repeat, or just an incredibly elaborate facsimile of the North Pole, these watering holes have your needs covered.

SNOWday in Brooklyn at Sunday in Brooklyn

Head to the bar at Sunday In Brooklyn
Photo Credit: Sara Kubida

Head to the bar at Sunday In Brooklyn for a wintery drink, including the "Ghost of Christmas Past," an herbal, bitter, smokey and boozy drink, the "Ugly Sweater Weather," a spiced Negroni, the "Grinch Don't Kill My Vibe," an Amaretto sour, "Dude, Where's My Sled," a spiced winter Daquiri, the "Dark 'N Snowy," a minty Horchata (pictured) and many more. The pop-up's Apres ski-inspired dining includes a Stroopwafel bar, pretzel nachos and tableside raclette service. (Nov. 30 through Feb. 28, nightly after 6:30 p.m., 348 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, resy.com)

Haven Ski Chalet at the Sanctuary Hotel

If you're chilled, step into this heated rooftop
Photo Credit: Will Cadena

If you're chilled, step into this heated rooftop bar lit in white lights and cozy holiday decor (and faux snow machines). Try the toasted almond, peppermint cream, ginger toddy and shot skis as the snow falls down around you in the cozy bar. (Open through New Year's Day, starting at 4 p.m., 132 W. 47th St.,  havenrooftop.com)

Sleyenda at Leyenda

Sleyenda is a Latin-inflected tribute to lady pop
Photo Credit: Shannon Sturgis/Shannon Sturgis

Sleyenda is a Latin-inflected tribute to lady pop icons who "sleigh." The space will be transformed with over-the-top decorations, including wrapping paper, tinsel, tree lights and an outdoor "Slay Chalet," a small hut dedicated to women who slay that will be decorated with gold, Day of the Dead Rudolph heads, "HO HO HO" wrapping paper on the walls, cocktail tables made of Christmas gifts and a tree decorated with "cheeky" ornaments. Drinks include "Drummer Boy's Shifty," a bourbon, honey and red wine float served in a festive coupe; the "Coquito Ho Ho Ho," Espolón Reposado, Oloroso sherry, coconut, braulio and cinnamon served in a Tom & Jerry mug; "Grandma's Secret Stash," with allspice dram, vanilla, Smith and Cross, and black tea with orange twist served in a festive teacup; "Chutpzah Spritzah," made with Aperol, Campari, Fords Gin, Manischewitz, Amaro Angostura and brut rose; and much more. The team will donate $1 from every Sleyenda cocktail sold to the  Global Fund for WomenNew York Women's FoundationOutsmart NYC, and  Me Too Movement . (Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, 221 Smith St., Brooklyn,  leyendabk.com)

Sippin' Santa at Boilermaker

Boilermaker will be a tiki-themed " Sippin' Santa,"
Photo Credit: Randy Schmidt

Boilermaker will be a tiki-themed " Sippin' Santa," under the guidance of tiki-expert Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and bartender Brad Smith. The Sippin' Santa bar puts a beachy spin on Christmas with tropical, holiday-themed cocktails like the "Kris Kringle Colada," made with dark Jamaican rum, Cynar, Allspice Liqueur, lime juice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut;  "Sippin Santa," with Aged Demerara rum, Averna, lemon juice, orange juice, gingerbread mix; the "Grinch Grog," made with Blanco Tequila, Herbal Liqueur, pine, pear, lemon juice, Grinch syrup and more. (Through Dec. 31; Starting at 5 p.m. during the week and at noon on weekends; 13 First Ave.; facebook.com)

Serra Alpina by Birreria at Eataly

On its 14th floor, the Flatiron branch of
Photo Credit: Alpina by Birreria

On its 14th floor, the Flatiron branch of the upscale Italian market has a seasonal restaurant on its rooftop, Serra, and it's changing into an Alps-inspired getaway for the winter. Highlights include more than 35 types of Amaro and Amaro-based cocktails, white and red versions of mulled wine, raclette offerings, and hearty, Northern Italian dishes like gnocchi with maitake mushrooms. (Open through winter, daily, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., 200 Fifth Ave., Manhattan,  eataly.com)

Apres Ski at Treadwell Park

You don't need to go upstate to enjoy
Photo Credit: Treadwell Park

You don't need to go upstate to enjoy the atmosphere of a ski lodge. Treadwell Park's locations are creating ski lodge vibes with a holiday pop-up featuring comfort dishes like Hefeweizen beer fondue, short rib pumpkin ravioli and a gingerbread dessert with cream cheese frosting dips. Drinks include mulled wine, spiked hot chocolate (pictured), bourbon hot cider in vintage thermoses and a seasonal shotski.  facebook.com/treadwellpark  

Snow Globe in the Sky at Ophelia Lounge

The 26th floor of the Beekman Tower will
Photo Credit: Ophelia Lounge NYC

The 26th floor of the Beekman Tower will look like a shimmering snowglobe -- its glass-encased rooftop lounge will be decorated with lights, garlands, sparkly snowflakes, white sheepskin throws and more. Its seasonal cocktails include the "Rising Star," made with cognac, rum, cinnamon simple syrup, and lotus cookie infused cream and "the Fireside," made with whiskey, kina lair d'or, lillet bloc, suze and orange bitters; and desserts include churros and tiramisu. (Through the end of January, open starting at 5 p.m., 3 Mitchell Place, 49th Street at First Avenue, opheliany.com)

Winter Chalet at Industry Kitchen

This South Street Seaport eatery has been cozily
Photo Credit: Industry Kitchen

This South Street Seaport eatery has been cozily decorated to look like a holiday chalet with lights, garlands, trees, life-sized reindeer families and two large nutcrackers. Its menu has been updated to match, offering dishes like the "Gingernut Pizza," made with a ginger crust, eggnog frosting, spicy pecans, candy canes and sprinkles, and drinks like the "Frozen Peppermint Slide," a giant shareable cocktail with Baileys, candy canes, peppermint bark and pretzel rods (pictured) and a spiked hot chocolate with Nutella and dark chocolate. (Through the end of January, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 70 South St., industry-kitchen.com)

Midwinter Night’s Dream at PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown

With Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as inspiration,
Photo Credit: Keri Tan Photography

With Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as inspiration, this rooftop bar has been transformed into a European-themed garden with a floor-to-ceiling swing, fanciful floral installations, tunnels of twinkling lights and bars adorned with mistletoe. Of course, there is a whimsical food and drink menu to match -- check out the 14-inch gingerbread cookie skillet with boozy ice cream that serves 10 people, the large format "Secret Garden" Sangria that serves six, the "S'mores Tini," the "Bright Cider Life" made with warmed Bulleit Bourbon and apple cider, topped with orange slices, nutmeg dust, cinnamon sticks and whipped cream, and the "Love Potion," a peppermint boozy milkshake with Baileys Irish Cream, vodka, mint chocolate, strawberry ice cream, nutmeg, peppermint bark. (Open through April, 210 W. 55th St.,  facebook.com)

Helliday Inn at The Skinny

Probably the most unique take on holiday pop-ups,
Photo Credit: The Skinny

Probably the most unique take on holiday pop-ups, the Helliday Inn is an anti-holiday bar that uses flashy and tacky decor and programming like "Santa's Wheel of Misfortune," where customers pay money to spin for a chance to win or lose, visits by a miserable Santa, a live piano player playing dirty Christmas carols, drag and burlesque shows, "Krampus Karaoke" and trivia, speed dating, and more. (Nov. 29 through Jan. 31, open at 4 p.m., 174 Orchard St.,  theskinny-nyc.com)

The Late Late's Tacky Winter Takeover

Think about your grandma's tackiest holiday decorations and
Photo Credit: The Late Late

Think about your grandma's tackiest holiday decorations and times that by 10. This pop-up relishes in the ugly but festive with tchotchkes, clashing colors and absolutely no theme at all but "tacky." You may think differently about its drinks, however. It's seasonal cocktails include "Red Ryder" with Sagamore Rye, Red Bull Plum Twist & cinnamon, and the "Oh, F...udge!" with Hennessy VSOP, Green Chartreuse, hot chocolate, marshmallow meringue & peppermint candy. (Through February, starting at 4 p.m. during the week and on Sundays and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, 159 E. Houston St.,  thelatelate.com)

The Winter Room at The Roof

Classic New York is at The Roof's Winter
Photo Credit: The Roof at Viceroy Central Park

Classic New York is at The Roof's Winter Room, with snow-dusted branches, floral arrangements, fuzzy pillows and blankets and a specialty menu that includes winter lode-like dishes, hot fondue (pictured) and Belvedere-spiked hot chocolate. (Through March, starting at 4 p.m., 124 W. 27th St.,  theroofny.com)

Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple

This funky take on an apres ski lodge
Photo Credit: Mr. Purple

This funky take on an apres ski lodge uses purple deer heads, digital fireplaces and blankets to bring in some winter coziness. Outside on the terrace, guests will be able to hang out in a large snow globe space with Veuve Clicquot-themed decor and a champagne bar with cocktails, chocolate and cheese fondue. (Through February, starting at 4 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. on weekends, Hotel Indigo Lower East Side, 15th Floor, 180 Orchard St.,  mrpurplenyc.com)

Bad Santa at Grand Republic Cocktail Club

So you were naughty this year, it's OK,
Photo Credit: Grand Republic Cocktail Club

So you were naughty this year, it's OK, there's a place for you. Bad Santa at the Grand Republic Cocktail Club is serving six cocktails from owner and head mixologist Johnny Swet, including "The  Bad Santa," made with everclear, peppermint liqueur and dark chocolate, the "Boxing Day Hangover," a dry gin and vermouth cocktail with Salers Aperitif, star anise and orange bitters and the "Christmas Viagra Colada," made with mezcal, pineapple, blue curacao and coconut. (Through Dec. 31, starting at 5 p.m., 19 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, grandrepubliccocktailclub.com

VNYL's Winter Wonderland

Using LED star lights, fake snow and spicy
Photo Credit: The VYNL

Using LED star lights, fake snow and spicy cocktails, The VYNL will become a North Pole-like sanctuary. (Through February, Starting at 5 p.m., 100 Third Ave.,  thevnyl.com)

The Freehold Winter Lodge

The Freehold's heated courtyard and penthouse lodge space
Photo Credit: Freehold

The Freehold's heated courtyard and penthouse lodge space is decked out with lights, a Christmas tree, a crackling fireplace, blankets and pillows, making for a cozy space to hang out at. On Nov. 30, the space will host local designers, a tarot card reader, "stick n' poke" tattoos and a DJ. (Through Jan. 15, starting at 11 a.m., 45 South Third St., Brooklyn, freeholdbrooklyn.com)

Antarctica Expedition at Arlo Hotels

You'll feel like you're part of a chilly
Photo Credit: Arlo NoMad

You'll feel like you're part of a chilly exploration at Arlo Hotels this winter. The company has teamed up with Shackleton Whisky to create the 1907 Shackleton Antarctica Expedition, which will have heated ice huts on Arlo NoMad's The Heights rooftop bar on the 31st floor, a cozy den with a fireplace, blankets and, at Arlo SoHo starting in December, a courtyard that will have a snowfall each hour. You can choose from a special $12 cocktail menu of Shackelton whiskey cocktails, including the "88 Degrees South" and the "Royds Toddy," as well as food like a "South Pole Pizza" and more. (Through March, from 5 p.m. to midnight, 11 E. 31st St., arlohotels.com)

Donner and Blitzen's Reindeer Lounge

Enjoy one of four grand fireplaces, tall Christmas
Photo Credit: Sarah Boisjoli

Enjoy one of four grand fireplaces, tall Christmas trees, a candy cane wall and holiday-themed cocktails at this pop-up bar open just for the season. The menu includes Festivus mulled wine, candy cane shots, and the "Nog-Gonna Make It To Work Tomorrow" (pictured), "White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Slushy" and bites like "Fondue You See What I See," "The Office Party Cookie Plate," "Fried S'mores" and more. DJs will spin tunes on the weekends. (Nov. 30 through Dec. 30, noon to late, daily, 224 Franklin St., Greenpoint, reindeerlounge.com)

Miracle

Popular Christmas-themed pop-up bar, Miracle, is returning with
Photo Credit: Melissa Hom

Popular Christmas-themed pop-up bar, Miracle, is returning with four locations, including one in Brooklyn for the very first time. Each bar is decked out with fun and festive decorations, from Santa statuettes to sparking garland, packaged presents and fake snow. One of the drinks, "The Christmas Carol Barrel," pictured, contains aged rum, Aquavit, Amaro, pumpkin pie, Demerara syrup, lime, vanilla, and Angostura bitters. (Through Dec. 31, Boilermaker at 13 First Ave.; at Mace at 649 E. Ninth St.; 505 E. 12th St.; and on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Grand Street in Williamsburg. miraclepopup.com

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