Now that we’ve put the turkey and stuffing behind us, it’s time to focus on the big game — the one that comes with fruitcake, nog, holiday candles, and that crockpot that gets regifted every single year for a White Elephant party. Here is a running list of all the holiday pop-ups taking over your favorite bars and restaurants in and around Nashville. Perfect for festive imbibing, snacking, and general holiday merriment until the ball drops on 2023.Read More
Where to Find Holiday Pop-Ups in and Around Nashville
Time to deck the halls with tequila-spiked hot cocoa and spaghetti topped with maple syrup
Miracle Bar at Pearl Diver
This year, the national Miracle holiday pop-up bar has re-upped Pearl Diver as its de-facto Nashville headquarters. And Pearl Diver’s risen to the occasion with tinsel, lights, and ornaments stuffed into every corner of the room. On the menu: spiked eggnog and the Marshmallows and Unicorns with gin, vanilla liqueur, cherry liqueur, cardamom, black pepper, marshmallow, lemon, egg white, and tiki bitters served in a Christmas unicorn mug you can take home for an extra cost. The pop-up runs daily through December 30.
Candy Cane Jane’s at Jane's Hideaway
Over in East Nashville, Jane’s Hideaways is hosting its fourth annual Candy Cane Jane’s holiday pop-up. Along with festive decor that includes multiple Christmas trees, the menu features seasonal treats like Jane’s Holiday Meatballs with cranberry, ginger, goat cheese, and strawberry barbecue sauce; a Build-Your-Own-Gingerbread complete with frosting, sprinkles, and candies; spiked hot chocolate; and egg nog. Candy Cane Jane’s will run until January 1, seven days a week from 5 p.m.- 1 a.m. Note: the venue is 21 and over after 8 p.m.
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Family Vacation at the Treehouse
Over in East Nashville, the Treehouse is channeling the Griswold holiday spectacle with its Christmas Vacation-themed pop-up. Decked out with more than 5000 lights, the restaurant is serving up eggnog in the film’s classic moose cups along with themed drinks like the Jelly of the Month Club with reposado, fig, honey, cinnamon, and fresh lemon. The pop-up runs through December 30th.
Frosted at Fairlane Hotel
The penthouse at the Fairlane Hotel is decked out in its finest winter whites for the Frosted pop-up running through the new year. Umbrellas dripping with snowflakes, ice cube stools, and a photo-opp-ready “Naughty or Nice” wall are some of the eye candy that accompanies drinks like hot mulled wine and the Jack Frost, a cola slushie spiked with whiskey.
Camp Bobby at Bobby Hotel
The ’70s-inspired campsite and retrofitted 1956 Scenicruiser returns for another season on Bobby Nashville’s rooftop for Camp Bobby. Reserve one of the oversized igloos and enjoy a personal campfire, fun snacks (like Dutch oven brisket chili nachos and cinnamon roll sticks), and themed libations with a group of friends. Or head to the tented “adult” mess hall for rounds of Abuela’s hot cocoa spiked with tequila if everything is booked out.
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Ralphie’s Christmas at Hidden Bar at Noelle
Noelle’s speakeasy may not require you to say “fragile” to get in, but that would be a missed opportunity for its A Christmas Story-inspired pop-up experience, Ralphie’s Christmas. Scenes from the film come to life throughout the space with a little added help from menu items like crispy duck fried rice and homemade fudge. The drinks add to the theme with cocktails like the Drink Your Ovaltine made with Bailey’s chocolate and vodka, and the Fraa-Gee-Lay served in a tall glass fashioned after the infamous leg lamp. The pop-up runs through January 8.
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Tropical Tidings at Nicky's Coal Fired
Running through December 23, Nicky’s Coal Fired will kick off a month-long holiday celebration with its Tropical Tidings pop-up. The Nations restaurant is heating up its outdoor patio for a holiday tiki bar featuring Trade Tony’s Hot Cocoa made with rum, coffee liqueur, and housemade hot cocoa topped with whip, and the Light Up The Luau with pineapple, coconut, and vodka. On December 10 from 4 to 6 p.m., guests and their furry friends are invited to take pictures with Santa.
Santa Baby: A Mrs. Claus Pop-Up at Layer Cake
Hosted in Layer Cake’s Cherry Lounge, Santa Baby: A Mrs. Claus Pop-Up includes over-the-top décor following the life of Mrs. Claus through the years. A holiday-themed menu of seasonal cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts includes a peppermint espresso martini, the ornament shot tree (shots served in ornaments hanging from a tree), custom cakes, and the Christmas Surprise — a large-format dessert that takes two days to make and comes in a custom-built chocolate box with over a dozen different sweets inside. The pop-up is open seven days a week until January 5.
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Buddy’s Bar at The Pancake Pantry
Buddy the Elf is spreading his special brand of holiday cheer at the Pancake Pantry this year with an explosive amount of over-the-top decor. Head over to this classic Nashville breakfast spot for an after-hours pop-up Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. On the menu: spaghetti and syrup (made from the Pantry’s pancake batter) and themed drinks like the Jingle Juice served in a glowing lightbulb and the 11 Cookies in the VCR (Doughball whiskey and chocolate liqueur topped with cookie dough from No Baked).
9 3⁄4 at The Union Station Nashville Yards
The Union Station was practically built for the Harry Potter-themed 9 3⁄4 pop-up. And so they’ve decked out their lobby this holiday season with Hogwarts house banners, floating lanterns and candles, a hidden golden snitch, flying owls, and a luggage cart. The pop-up’s menu features cocktails and bites inspired by the series including the Goblet of Fire with rye, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, and maple syrup; the Dark Magic with vodka, masala chai, and coffee liqueur; and a Two Brooms burger. The pop-up runs through December 29 and opens at 1 p.m. daily.
Jollypalooza at Sidebar
Sidebar at Bode Nashville will be hosting its Jollypalooza pop-up starting December 1 and running through January 31 from 5 to 11 p.m. The décor leans “retro winter” with a surf bunny playlist and a seasonal menu that includes the Sesame Sunset with sesame fat-washed bourbon, ginger, honey, chili, lemon, and a pinot noir float, and the Gingerbread Jitterbug shaken with vodka, house-made cold brew, Mr. Black coffee liqueur, allspice, and angostura topped with a gingerbread cold foam.
JW Starlight at JW Marriott Nashville
Situated in the JW Marriott lobby, the JW Starlight is a virtual train installation transporting guests through winter scenes in a 1920s bar car, complete with a platform and European bistro-style seating. You’ll go on a 60-minute expedition across city, countryside, and mountain landscapes displayed on HD panel windows complete with weather events, environmental surprises, and cocktails. The installation, which is 21 and over, runs through January 7 with tickets starting at $40. Reserve your spot here.
Chalet 27 at The Westin Nashville
The Westin Nashville is channeling the French Alps with an après ski pop-up. Wrapped in faux fur and alpine accents, Chalet 27 sits atop Nashville’s highest rooftop bar and features seasonal fondue spreads and cocktails. Along with the panoramic views, you can commemorate the night with a pic on the Chalet’s new ski lift. The experience runs from 3 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Apres Ski at Proof
The W Nashville has transformed its rooftop bar patio into a 1970s winter village featuring snowy pine trees, lamp posts, and disco balls for its Apres Ski pop-up. The focal point of the experience is two translucent cabins filled with funky couches, stovepipe electric fireplaces, and alpine retro décor. Each cabin can accommodate up to eight people and has clear paneling to keep guests warm while enjoying cocktails and complimentary cheese fondue. The pop-up runs through February 2023, but you’ll need to make a reservation for the two-hour experience. Cabins seat up to eight people.
Rudy’s Rooftop at Virgin Hotels Nashville
Throughout December, Virgin Hotels Nashville rooftop is Rudy’s Rooftop Retreat, a poolside pop-up with fire pits, fluffy blankets, twinkling lights, and Rudolph-themed decor. Seasonal drinks and treats have made their way on the menu, like Camp Fire beef stew, warm chocolate chip cookies, and hot buttered rum. The hotel is also offering a pool pass that’ll grant you access to the heated 80-degree pool and also includes a complimentary boozy hot chocolate and a Virgin Hotels-branded robe. Passes are $35 per person and can be purchased here.
Hard Candy at Americana Taphouse
Over in downtown Franklin, Americana Taphouse has decked out its bar and outdoor patio with bold colors and bright candy canes for the Hard Candy holiday pop-up. You’ll find tableside s’mores and live music on the heated patio, and festive drinks and bar bites (like hot buttered bourbon and cranberry-brie phyllo bites) inside.
World’s Best Cup of Coffee at McGavock's Coffee Bar & Provisions
The Harpeth Hotel’s on-site cafe, McGavock’s, is paying homage to Buddy the Elf with its holiday-themed pop-up bar, World’s Best Cup of Coffee. Inside, you’ll find festive Christmas decor as well as a selection of specialty holiday cocktails and bites like the eponymous World’s Best Cup of Coffee (espresso-infused vodka, vanilla syrup, dark roast, and winter spiced cream), Xmas Ornaments (grapefruit and rose vodka, rosemary syrup, black cherry), and the Cuddly Cactus (bright green spinach and artichoke dip, potato chips and pita chips). The experience runs through New Year’s Eve and is open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m.