- December 6, 2019

Get In The Spirit at These 22 Themed Holiday Bars and Restaurants in Austin


Looking to get your drink on while celebrating the season? Lucky for you, this year there are more Austin holiday themed pop-ups and specialty menus than ever before!

See our favorite 2022 holiday bars HERE!

Here are 22 holiday themed bars and restaurants in Austin!

Miracle on 5th Street
Through December 29 | The Eleanor, 307 West 5th Street

Austin’s favorite Christmas cocktail pop-up bar is back for its third season. The 2019 cocktail menu features exciting new frosted features like the SanTaRex cocktail and a new Mistletoe shot. Last year’s addition of The Shot Ski Lodge returns for 2019 as well.

Sippin’ Santa
Through December 31 | Nickel City, 1133 East 11th Street

The East Austin bar is also once again transforming into Sippin’ Santa, a tiki spinoff of Miracle. This year’s roster includes drinks like the Kris Kringle Colada (Dark Jamaican Rum, Cynar, Allspice, Lime & Pineapple Juice and Cream of Coconut) and the Christmas Eve of Destruction (Dark Overproof Rum, Herbal Liqueur, Nutmeg Syrup, Lime Juice and Angostura Bitters).

Gibson Wonderland
Through December 31 | Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S Lamar Boulevard

Known for its elaborate décor and holiday themed month long takeovers, Gibson Street Bar will transform into Gibson Wonderland for the entire month of December. This year, Christmas is taking over at Gibson Street Bar for the second annual Gibson Wonderland. The Christmas takeover includes signature winter cocktails and festive decorations that will leave you and your fellow elves feeling warm and toasty all December long. Check out the menu HERE.

Through December 31 | Lucille’s, 77 Rainey Street

Lucille’s on Rainey Street is fully decked out in Christmas decor (until they tear it all down and decorate for the NYE bash)! Their specialty drinks include the Apple Sauced, Lucille’s Mulled Wine, Drunken Gingerbread, and S’Mores Hot Chocolate.

Latchkey XMas Party
December 16 | Latchkey, 1308 East 6th Street

Ho ho, oh yes! On December 16, Latchkey will be hosting an Xmas party with $3 beer and shot specials all night long, a gift card extravaganza game, shot skis, and more. We’re guessing the decor will be up throughout the month though.

Lala’s Little Nugget
Always | Lala’s, 2207 Justin Lane
Lala’s is decked out for Christmas all year round, so there’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit. Their signature cocktails include: Reindeer Water, Santa’s Irish Coffee, and Naughty Little Nugget. Their Jolly Hour is every Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 domestic bottled beer, $3 tall boys, and $3 well drinks. Additionally, Lala’s will be hosting Lala’s Christmas Stocking Event which will donate to blind children in Texas.

A Krampus Carol at the W Austin
December 12 through 25 | W Austin’s Secret Bar, 200 Lavaca Street
The Secret Bar at W Austin will be all done up and decked out for Xmas this year for their Krampus themed Xmas – A Krampus Carol. The Secret Bar will have cocktail specials and a decadent Hot Chocolate Bar (with options to spike) and décor to go along.

Nostalgic Noel at Cavalier
December 19 through 28 | Cavalier, 2400 Webberville Road

Join in on childlike holiday fun as the Cavalier reminisces about favorite 80’s & 90’s toys and cartoons – in cocktail form! Peer through the ViewMaster menu to choose your most sentimental sips. Their Hot Buttered Battle Cat will surely give you the power of Greyskull with a kick of rum and holiday spices. You won’t feel like an eeeediot drinking Western Grace Brandy’s Ren & Stimpy house made horchata featuring chocolatey mesquite bean extract (though you may get the “Log” song stuck in your head…”it’s big, it’s heavy, its’ wood!”). Spin the Seek & Say wheel to determine the final component in your Dexter’s Laboratory elixir. Enjoy the full food menu daily from their scratch kitchen including hand-battered chicken tendies (for grown-ups!), pimento cheese, and more.

Gingerbread Village at the Four Seasons
Throughout December | Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard

Inspired by the magic of snow globes, the 2019 Gingerbread Village includes dozens of tiny edible houses representing one of the biggest concepts of them all: friendship. Free and open to the public 24 hours a day, the festive display depicts an Austin village surrounded by gingerbread scenes from five of Austin’s global sister cities.

Old Thousand Pop Up at She’s Not Here
December 2 through 31 | She’s Not Here, 440 West Second Street

East side restaurant Old Thousand will be offering downtown a taste of “Dope Chinese” for the holidays. The Chinese restaurant is popping up at She’s Not Here’s space on 2nd Street. In addition to serving a full Old Thousand menu, the restaurant will feature a pop up “Naughty List” holiday bar with themed cocktails and over-the-top holiday decor.

Holidean’s at Line Austin
Through Mid January | Line Austin, 111 East Ceasar Chavez Street

The LINE Austin is dressing up Dean’s One Trick Pony as Holidean’s until mid January. They are serving up holiday cocktail specials like the Wild Sleigh Ride made with Mexican chocolate ice cream, vodka. and peppermint as well as a cinnamon hot toddy called Naughty or Nice. 

Upside Bar
Through December 29 | East Austin Hotel, 1108 East 6th Street

The holiday pop up at the East Austin Hotel rooftop bar features Santa Claws (White Claws, duh), two decadent hot chocolates, a brown sugar hot toddy, hot buttered rum, and milk punch. Plus, every Thursday, Vulcan Video will treat patrons to horrible holiday flicks like Night of the Comet.

Velouria Bar Merry Cocktails Menu
Through December 31 | Velouria Bar, 3801 South Congress Avenue, Suite 116

The South Congress bar offers a killer happy hour menu on the reg. And this month they’ve added a merry cocktails menu to spice things up for the holiday season. Specialty drinks include the Santa Baby, Mr. Narwhal, Mistletoe Mule, and Gremlin.

Donn’s Depot
Through December 29 | Donn’s Depot, 1600 West Fifth Street

It basically feels like Christmas all year round at Donn’s but they really outdo themselves for the holidays. They’ve even planned some special events this year. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.

Revelry Bars
Throughout December | Revelry Kitchen + Bar, 1410 East 6th Street, and Revelry on the Boulevard, 6215 North Lamar Boulevard

Revery Kitchen + Bar and Revelry on the Boulevard are turning into winter wonderlands for the holidays! Enjoy over the top festive decor, themed holiday cocktail menus at each bar, and holiday themed events such as a Doggy Sweater Party on December 7 and a Holiday Bar Crawl visiting both Revelry locations and Corner Bar on December 20.

Corner Bar
Throughout December | 1901 South Lamar Boulevard

Corner Bar is also turning into a winter wonderland for the holidays! Like its sister bars, guests can enjoy over the top festive decor, a themed holiday cocktail menu, and holiday themed events such as a Doggy Sweater Party on December 7 and a Holiday Bar Crawl visiting both Revelry locations and Corner Bar on December 20.

Lifesize Gingerbread Dining Room at Stella San Jac
Through January 1 | Westin Austin Downtown, 310 East 5th Street

Stella San Jac invites you to witness its Life-size Gingerbread Dining Room. The giant gingerbread house is an extension of the restaurant, Stella San Jac, and will serve a special holiday menu. This year, the theme of the house is centered around Christmas Vacation, so here’s hoping uninvited family don’t show! Bonus? A portion of the proceeds from the space is donated in full to Back on My Feet Austin, making it easier than ever to give back during the holiday season. 

Mozart’s Annual Light Show
Through January 5| Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard
Starting at 6 p.m. each evening, and replaying at the top of every hour until closing, enjoy dazzling lights set to music!  The lights show will happen every night, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The South Pole at Geraldine’s
December 17 through 21 | Geraldine’s at Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis Street

This holiday season, Geraldine’s is treating Austin to some TexMas
hospitality—South Pole-style. From December 17 through 21, starting at 6 p.m., the restaurant perched on the fourth floor of Hotel Van Zandt will host a holiday pop-up complete with a snow machine, cozy igloo lounges on the pool deck with views of downtown Austin, an artisan market, holiday-themed cocktail menu, appearance by Southern Santa, and of course, the return of Geraldine’s annual Motown Christmas performance.

Snow Much Fun on Congress
Thursdays through Saturdays Until December 25 | Edge Rooftop Bar at JW Marriott, 110 East 2nd Street

Every Thursday through Saturday until Christmas, the Edge Rooftop Bar at the JW Marriott will have snowfall on the hour starting at 7 p.m. There’s also live music and specialty cocktails.

The Jackalope South Shore Christmas Pop-Up
Thursday through Saturday Nights Until December 25 | The Jackalope South Shore, 1523 Tinnin Ford Road

Get in the holiday spirit by stopping over at The Jackalope South Shore’s Christmas Pop-Up. Open every Thursday through Saturday until Christmas.

Kitty Cohen’s Hanukkah Themed Get Lit Pop-Up
December 18 through 30 | Kitty Cohen’s, 2211 Webberville Road

The East Austin bar will be decked out in blue and silver and feature specialty drinks like Slivotinis and Latke Punch. A proceed of the profits from the pop-up will benefit Shalom Austin.

Did we miss one of your favorite holiday bars? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Featured photo via Sippin Santa.

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