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Sip cocktails in an igloo or around the firepit, or even in the private bus atop the Bobby Hotel
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A Running List of Festive Holiday Pop-ups Around Nashville This Year

Who doesn’t need a little (socially distanced) holiday cheer this year?

Weird year or not, it looks like Christmas pop-up season is in full swing here in Nashville. Several wintery, tinseled out bars serving festive, soul-warming cocktails are on offer throughout the holidays all across the city, with social distancing measures in mind.

Tune in here for a regularly updated list of the holiday-themed pop-ups around the city.

Disclaimer: A number of restaurants on this map have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit A Safe Nashville. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.


Sip cocktails in a wintry tent “ice cave” beside the pool at the Westin’s 27Below

In a play on winter ice caves this holiday season, The Westin Nashville will activate a “27Below” theme at the signature rooftop restaurant, L27, adorning the outpost with blue and white décor accentuated by furs and everything you’d expect for a ‘27Below’ theme with specialty food and drinks, of course.

The Westin Nashville

Sip on lumps of coal at Dream Nashville’s Whobar Holiday Pop-Up

Dream Nashville’s Parlour Bar has once again transformed into a booze-infused holiday spectacle — a walk-in only Whoville-themed escape with plenty of appropriate cocktails and treats. Sip on a very 2020-appropriate “lump of coal”, made with Old Forester bourbon, muddled blackberries, pecan-infused rye whiskey and cream — topped with a bit of charcoal. Or choose rum-spiked hot chocolate or a grinch flip — Diplomatico Matuano rum, allspice, matcha infused cream, and egg with a splash of club soda. Whobar runs Thursday from 4p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Drink tiki drinks from Grinch glasses at Island-Style X-Mas at Chopper

From December until the end of the year, Island X-Mas at Chopper Tiki Lounge provides festive holiday decorations (and holiday robots) plus holiday tunes alongside fun, photo-worthy cocktails (think frothy eggnog in a reindeer mug or a “you’ll shoot your eye out” themed cocktail in an appropriately matching glass) in the festive East Nashville tropical bar. Every Sunday Chopper will screen a holiday classic, and drinks specials plus souvenir mugs will abound. Holiday cocktails will also be available in to-go form in small and large portions. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m., plus Sunday brunch from noon to 4.

Chopper

Sit in heated rooftop igloos, and warm up by the fire pits at Bobby Hotel

The crowd-favorite heated igloos on Bobby Hotel’s rooftop are back again in 2020. Bobby Hotel’s Winter Rooftop Lounge is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only. Igloo reservations will be available for 90 minutes for up to 5 people with a $250 food and beverage minimum. Guests can expect heated igloos, fire pits, holiday trees and decor, cozy blankets, rugs, and festive menu items. Reservations only. New this year, the 1956 Scenicruiser bus is available for private dinner and celebrations, plus a cozy cabin to seat up to 10. To make a reservation on the rooftop this holiday season, email rooftopreservations@bobbyhotel.com.

Bobby Hotel

Arcade games, tunnel of Christmas lights, and a flying sleigh at Headquarters Beercade’s Reindeer Games

HQ Beercade reactivates its popular Reindeer Games holiday pop-up — open from late November through January 1, 2021. The immersive holiday pop-up bar for adults over 21, is taking over Headquarters Beercade in SoBro this November and December starting on November 20, 2020. Guests can expect an experiential winter wonderland, including 3D Christmas tree displays, thousands of ornaments, 2,000 feet of twinkling lights, a life-size Santa’s sleigh photo op, and festive food and cocktails. Expect creative riffs on classic Christmas drinks and holiday flavors, too.

Following COVID-19 safety protocols, tables at HQ Beercade are socially distanced, extra hand sanitizing and wash stations are available throughout the restaurant, all employees are masked and temperature checked, and installations are regularly cleaned. Reservations are highly encouraged.


An all-white winter wonderland at Hidden in the Snow (Hidden Bar at Noelle)

This year’s holiday happening at Hidden Bar is Hidden the Snow — an all-white winter wonderland with custom winter drinks, glistening snowflakes, trees, and more. Open Thursday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to close starting on Saturday, December 5 through February.

Hidden Bar

S’mores and Ski Chalet Vibes at The Lodge at The Pool Club | Virgin Hotels Nashville

The Lodge, a ski chalet-inspired winter pop-up, opened at The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels Nashville in late November. The Pool Club’s poolside cabanas will be transformed into heated cabins made even cozier with fur throws and pillows. Guests can take in the festive twinkling string lights, frosted pine trees, and faux snow while warming up by fire pits and roasting s’mores while sipping on hot toddies and vodka-spiked peppermint hot chocolate. Be sure to check out the weekly happenings, including Fireside Fridays and Snow Day Saturdays. The Lodge is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 11:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 11:00pm. To reserve a heated cabin experience, email ivy.manfredi@virginhotels.com

Virgin Hotels

Sip holiday themed cocktails in a gift-wrapped rooftop penthouse suite at the Fairlane Hotel’s Misfit Bar

For the first year, the Fairlane is rolling out a toy-inspired holiday pop-up, in one of the hotel’s top floor penthouse suites. Sip on festive cocktails in a stunning setting with great city views. Open daily, December 4 thru January 5, from 5 to 11 p.m.

Fairlane Hotel

Boozy Hot Chocolate and a Christmas Tree Forest at Candy Cane Jane’s

Perched above the newly opened America-vibed Jane’s Hideaway, Candy Cane Jane’s was the first holiday pop-up of the 2020 season. Open every weekend throughout the holidays. Candy Cane Jane’s is a forest of lit Christmas tree, tucked away on the sixth floor (featuring great views) above the self-coined “Tennessee supper club”. To enter — head into Jane’s and grab the elevator to the sixth floor for plenty of photo opps, socially distanced holiday vibes, and George Dickel-spiked hot cocoa.

Jane’s Hideaway

Drink hot vegan buttered rum at Tipsy Tinsel (Rosemary/Beauty Queen)

Sip expertly crafted cocktails with more fun names — like “that Mariah Carey Christmas song” — with Ketel One vodka, hibiscus, cinnamon, chai tea, and lemon in the final counterpart East Nashville’s cool house bar all dressed up for the holidays. There are also warm drinks and coffee-spiked cocktails on offer, all $12 each. There are plenty of vegan options available on the food menu at Rosemary, featuring plant-based products from the BEhive. *Open daily.

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Watch dancing Santas from the fireplace lounge at Winter Waldenland

East Nashville’s Walden is transforming their space into a winter wonderland (a.k.a. Winter Waldenland) with over-the-top decor, a fireplace lounge, dancing Santas, peppermint Christmas trees, “Home Alone”-themed cocktails, and special events throughout the month.

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Enjoy live music while tucked in a heated igloo at City Tap’s Winter Wonderland

City Tap House’s heated igloo-studded rooftop offers live music, cocktails, and bites every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m. Email info.nashville@citytap.com to reserve an igloo.

City Tap/Facebook

Sip tiki drinks at a honky-tonk rooftop on Broadway at Tiki Tidings

The Lookout at Ole Red is hosting Tiki Tidings — a tropical-themed holiday bar takeover happening until December 31. Tiki Tidings will include plenty of fancy Hawaiian holiday cocktails and eats, live music each weekend to include Christmas tunes by request, and photo ops that will make you think you’re celebrating Christmas in the Caribbean (safely distanced with COVID protocols). Food and drink features include a loco moco and a rum rum reindeer with a souvenir tiki glass. Walk-ins only, open Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11:00 p.m, and Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Ole Red [Official Photo]

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