That biting chill in the air can only mean one thing (other than flu season): the holiday season is here. And with that festive season come enthusiastic early decorators, grinch-like forced participants, and love-them-or-hate-them — Christmas-themed cocktails and pop-ups around town. Here are two pop-ups providing kitschy decor galore and belly-warming libations just for the holiday season.
Miracle at Noelle’s Hidden Bar
Hidden Bar is the very hush-hush fittingly Christmasy speakeasy inside Noelle, and they’re doubling down with that festive holiday spirit by hosting Miracle — a nation-wide Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar. The pop-up bar began in 2014 in New York City, and has since expanded to 90 locations internationally. The partnership with Noelle is the first Miracle experience in Nashville. When it opens the day after Thanksgiving — Friday, November 23 at 4 p.m., expect kitschy holiday décor, a fun playlist, holiday cocktails, and “the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to.” Holiday cocktails are created and contributed by Scott Baird, from Trick Dog in San Francisco. Drinkables include a tequila-based option with pear brandy dubbed “And a partridge in a pear tree”, and other seasonally-inspired names like Christmas carol barrel, and a snowball old fashioned made with gingerbread bourbon. The holiday cheer pop-up continues until December 31.
Reindeer Games at Headquarters Beercade
Nashville’s beloved arcade bar Headquarters Beercade explodes into a winter wonderland on Saturday, December 1 with Reindeer Games — an immersive holiday pop-up. Located in the heart of SoBro at 114 2nd Ave South, Nashville’s biggest arcade bar will actually deck the halls with over-the-top decorations, interactive installations, specialty holiday-inspired cocktails, and more. Reindeer Games will take over the entire two-story, 6,500-square-foot space with traditional holiday decor turned on its head, designed and installed in-house to create a unique holiday experience. Guests can expect floor to ceiling decorations including walls adorned with 3D displays of Christmas trees and thousands of ornaments, 2,000 feet of twinkle lights illuminating the ceiling, 1,500 feet of garland draped on archways and windows, and life-size toy soldiers stationed throughout the space. Reindeer Games will also feature many experiential photo op moments, including a life-size Santa’s sleigh and a giant, four-person snow globe. There will also be activations inspired by cult-favorite Christmas films.
Reindeer Games’ menu of festive dishes includes Santa’s Sliders, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Queso served with red and green tortilla chips, and Rudolph’s Reindeer Snacks with fried cinnamon sugar apples drizzled with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. The specialty cocktail menu will feature creative riffs on classic Christmas drinks and holiday flavors with names like Naughty List, Red Ryder Rosé, and a basic-friendly pumpkin spice hot toddy. Interactive events include holiday movie nights on Tuesdays, bingo every Wednesday, and Thursday visits from Santa. It all kicks off on December 1 with an ugly sweater party (recurring every Friday), but check Reindeer Games’ events calendar to see happenings for the whole month.
Reindeer Games will be open every Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. and every Friday-Sunday from 12 p.m.until 3 a.m. (including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Reservations are encouraged for groups of five or more and large group or corporate party packages are available. Headquarters will still be decked out with 20+ vintage arcade games for guests to enjoy during the pop-up.