Toasting to Tidings: Festive Bars to Imbibe In the Holiday ‘Spirit’ This Season

By Mallory Ambrose | December 14, 2023


As winter’s breath blankets the world, the holiday season ushers in a magical time of celebration, togetherness, and, of course, indulgence in the most enchanting flavors. The beverage and hospitality scene elevates the festive experience, eagerly embracing this joyous season. From whimsical libations to timeless classics, restaurants and bars around the country transform into festive hidden gems, inviting all to savor one-of-a-kind flavors and comforting sips that resonate with the magic of the season.

Miracle at Brass Tack– Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Waldorf Astoria Chicago is the place for festive mixology this season as the hotel’s new signature restaurant, Brass Tack, unveiled a partnership with Miracle Pop-Up Bar, a beloved holiday pop-up bar experience.

Known for its over-the-top decor, inventive cocktails, and joyful atmosphere, Miracle Bar has transformed Brass Tack’s classic charm into a winter spectacle. Now through December 25th, guests can immerse themselves in the cheerful ambiance filled with Santa figurines, a festive array of handcrafted holiday cocktails, and an abundance of Christmas cheer when they visit “Miracle at Brass Tack.”

Waldorf Astoria Chicago – Brass Tack x Miracle Pop-Up Bar – Photo Credit: The Music Trust | © 2023 Hilton

Waldorf Astoria Chicago – Brass Tack x Miracle Pop-Up Bar – Photo Credit: The Music Trust | © 2023 Hilton

Waldorf Astoria Chicago – Brass Tack x Miracle Pop-Up Bar – Photo Credit: The Music Trust | © 2023 Hilton

Waldorf Astoria Chicago – Brass Tack x Miracle Pop-Up Bar – Photo Credit: The Music Trust | © 2023 Hilton

The Lobby Bar & Winter Curling – The Liberty Hotel

Holiday traditions are turning upside down at The Liberty Hotel. Take in the festive views of seven fully decorated upside down Christmas trees suspended from the lobby’s 90-foot rotunda ceilings.

This iconic quirky-meets-sophisticated Christmas display transforms the lobby into a must-see enchanting holiday oasis. Visit the Liberty Lobby Bar and sip on specialty cocktails like the Liberty Sangria beneath its now-signature forest of upside-down Christmas trees.

Upside down Christmas trees suspend from the lobby’s 90-foot rotunda ceilings.

Sip on specialty cocktails like the ‘Liberty Sangria’ at the Lobby Bar.

Enjoy a wintry al fresco Curling experience at The Liberty Hotel’s private patio. Featuring an an ice-less outdoor rink open to the public, curling fans and novices alike can try their hand at the sport while enjoying light bites and specialty cocktails like the carafe of Ancho Hot Chocolate crafted with Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Ancho Chili Liqueur, and decadent Hot Chocolate.

Curling at The Liberty

Enjoy curling on the synthetic rink, cocktails and light bites.

Walking in a Winter Chili-land with ‘Santa’s Secret Stache Marg’Chili’s Grill & Bar

Chili’s Grill & Bar is serving up some serious holiday spirit with December’s $6 Marg of the Month. A returning guest favorite, Santa’s Secret Stache Marg is a merry mix of Lunazul® Blanco Tequila, Cointreau®, Monin® blackberry syrup, strawberry puree, and fresh sour. Served with a reusable Santa’s Moustache Straw for extra merriment, this festive margarita is truly the gift that keeps on giving. You’ll be rockin’ around Chili’s all night long.

Santa’s Secret Stache Marg is back!


Elf’d UP Holiday Cocktail Bar – UP on the Roof

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for over-the-top holiday decorations and elfin’ good cocktails. Don’t miss the Elf’d UP Holiday Cocktail Bar at UP on the Roof, with restaurants in Alpharetta, GA, and Anderson and Greenville, SC!

UP on the Roof transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with seasonal decor and an ambiance that radiates holiday cheer. Try the Rum Rum Rudolph with notes of citrus, vanilla, and spice. If you find yourself saying, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” then warm UP with a tipsy hot chocolate! And for those who are feeling a little naughty, browse their unique selection of festive shots that are sure to fill you with holiday cheer. Let the cocktails warm your spirit, the view steal your breath, and the festive vibes make your winter nights truly magical.

Browse their unique selection of festive shots that are sure to fill you with holiday cheer.


Twelve Days Of Cocktails At Trifecta – Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton

Visit Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton to enjoy an eclectic menu of 12 decadent cocktails inspired by the classic song, 12 Days of Christmas. Trifecta, the Hotel’s stunning cocktail lounge, transforms into a gold winter lounge this holiday season. From sharable drinks like “Seven Swans a Swimming” to the delectable “Two Turtle Doves” coquito, Trifecta’s expert mixologists will present each cocktail table-side providing guests with a magical a sensory experience.

Celebrate the holidays all month long with Trifecta’s 12 Days of Cocktails experience, inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas.

Seven Swans A-Swimming (Cranberry Cordial, Ginger, Baking Spices. Choice of Velo Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Don Julio Blanco Tequila)

Trifecta’s 12 Days of Cocktails experience

Trifecta’s 12 Days of Cocktails experience

The holiday season’s flavors are a kaleidoscope of creativity, tradition, and joy. The beverage world transforms into a playground of taste, offering a diverse array of sips that bring people together and elevate the festive experience. So, as you navigate this magical beverage wonderland, may your cup overflow with the unique and enchanting flavors that make the holiday season truly special. Cheers to a season of festive libations and toasting to joyous tidings!