Get Festive at These Decked Out Christmas Pop-Up Bars in Chicago!

These pop-up will help you get into the holiday spirit!

December 18, 2018

Credit: Lizzy Buczak


If you're lacking the Christmas spirit this year, there is an easy solution: Christmas pop-up bars! 

There has been quite an increase in festive bars in the city that are decked out in Christmas lights and decorations and feature themed-cocktails.

After going to some of these it's become very clear that Chicagoans LOVE the holiday season. 

So, if you're interested in hanging at a bar where it looks like Christmas threw up inside, here are the ones that will put you in the jolliest of moods.

Beware: no Grinches here!


1. Santa Baby Bar at Deuces and the Diamond Club

This Wrigley bar has turned into a over-the-top Christmas spot called Santa Baby which boasts two levels, Christmas characters, and boozy drinks like the White Christmas, the Yule Mule, and The Grinch. Don't forget to order one of their overflowing "Merry Milkshakes" that can be made with or without alcohol! Before you head over there, check the website for events like the $35 brunchs or to purchase admission + drink tickets ahead of time. You can also stop by their outside North Pole play area for the best Instagram photos! 

It’s Christmas cheer like you’ve NEVER seen before. -- Book your tickets to Chicago’s ultimate Christmas pop-up experience featuring multiple levels of over-the-top and interactive decor and a holiday-themed menu. #santababybar

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2. Elf’d Up at Stretch Bar & Grill

Elf'd is a Christmas pop-up that pays tribute to everyone's favorite syrupy-spaghetti-eating elf, Buddy. There are themed cocktails with festive names like "Ninny Muggins" and "Sleigh All Day," in addition to treats including Buddy's famous Breakfast Pasta and green burgers!! The bar is situated right next door to Santa Baby so it's convenient if you're trying to check out both at the same time. Around 10pm, Santa's cookies are passed out as a complimentary treat. They also have happy hour events and ornament decorating nights. You'll never run out of things to do! 

So good news, @Do312 is giving away a $50 bar tab at #ElfdUp, enter today on --

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Buddy's Breakfast Pasta is perfect on Saturday morning or anytime really because it's awesome... Spaghetti, maple syrup, chocolate fudge, chocolate syrup, mini marshmallows #ElfdUp -- -- --

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3. Frosty's

The largest and the OG Christmas pop-up bar, Frosty's, is back for another year of holiday cheer. You've heard your friends talk about this one, but you need to see it for yourself! There's three-levels, four bars, a real life Elf on the Shelf and Santa DJs until 4am. And that's just the beginning. They also play holiday movies, have themed events, and serve themed cocktails amongst a backdrop of twinkling Christmas decorations. Tickets start at 10 bucks! Elfies are encouraged! 

Raise your glass to have a cheer, Frosty’s Christmas -- Bar is finally here! We open this Wednesday Nov, 21st for the 2018 season! Get your tickets -- at #chicagopopup #christmasinchicago #frostyschristmasbar #christmasbar #friendsmas #uglychristmassweater #chicagopopup #christmasinchicago #chitown #friendsgiving #bestpopupbar #bestchicagobar #grinch

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4. Jingle Bell Squre at Lost Lake

Is there anything better than a tiki bar with Christmas vibes? Lost Lake's alter-ego, Jingle Bell Square, has taken over from now until New Year's Eve. So come for the holiday decor, stay for the spiced tiki drinks that will have you feeling merry and bright! 

We’re swizzling ‘til 2am tonight, closed tomorrow, and then when we open again at 5pm on Friday it’ll be as our holiday alter-ego: Jingle Bell Square! --We’ll be dancin’ and prancin’ in a tangle of pink tinsel and twinkly lights, and mixin’ and minglin’ a brand new menu of holiday cocktails — all the way through New Year’s Eve. Giddy-up, Jingle Horse! #jinglebellsquare

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5. Paradise Park

Paradise Park wasn't lying when they said it's beginning to feel a lot like "LITmas." I've never seen that many Christmas lights in one place, ever. In addition to impressive holiday decor they also have edible Christmas trees, themed drinks and most importantly, delicious pizza!  

It’s beginning to look a lot like LITmas!!! The tree isn’t the only thing getting lit this year --

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6. Sleigh Baby

Estate, the riverside bar, has been turned into a ski-lodge holiday bar curated by local artists. There's a life-size snow globe, sleighs, retro lodge and lots of pop-culture referencs. Your Instagram will never be the same after this! Drinks include ski shots, the "Ice Ice Sleigh Baby," "Hot Christmas," and "Sugar Plums Dancing."

⛷Sleigh Baby, the ski inspired holiday pop-up bar is now open! --‍-- Experience a winter dreamscape curated by a local artist collective. -- The menu features holiday cocktails & treats by @donutslutchicago -- For party booking, DM us. For more info & hours, visit:

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7. Miracle at Sable Kitchen Bar

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Sable Kitchen Bar. Miracle, the network of Christmas pop-ups around the US, turned Sable into a winted wonderland complete with festive mugs, versions of Naughty and Nice Shots, and other Christmas-inspired snacks. 

Have you been out to visit us during @miraclepopup ? Everyday we add a little more decoration, spread the holiday cheer and still have a few surprises left up our sleeve! Miracle is running till 12/31! #Repost @outoftomorrows with @get_repost ・・・ Christmas bar #5: @miraclepopup at @sablechicago. A bit more elegant and definitely the most subdued of all the bars I visited. The place to go if you wanna bask in some holiday cheer without a decoration overload. . . . . #igerschicago #chicagogram #pianobar #pilsen #Chicago #mychicagopix #drinkdrankdrunk #christmaslights #miraclepopup #weekend #barlife #chicagobars #imbibegram #nightphotography #mixology #drinkpunch #nightlife #supercall #312food #eatdrinkdoCHI #craftcocktails

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