21 Fun and Festive Holiday Bars In Austin for 2023

‘Tis the season for ugly sweaters, over-the-top holiday decor, hot toddies, and HOLIDAY BARS IN AUSTIN! These 21 pop-up bars all feature a bit of whimsy and playfulness, making them the perfect spot to stop by, indulge, and soak up the holiday cheer.

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A few things about pop-up bars in Austin:

Some of them have gotten very, very popular! If there’s a particular bar you desperately want to visit, make reservations as early as possible! 

You’re not just paying for the drinks…so keep that in mind when you see a $21 cocktail on the menu. It’s about the full experience! Savor your bev, enjoy the memories with your friends, and just go into it knowing that the prices are slightly elevated this season. 

But look for happy hours! Some of the Austin holiday pop-up bars on this list (scroll down to #21!) have excellent happy hour deals if you’re working with a budget this holiday season. 

This is your chance to dress up! Whether you’re hoping to finally wear that sparkly outfit or you want to flaunt that fantastic ugly sweater you have in your closet, holiday pop-up bars in Austin are the perfect opportunity to dress for the holiday season. 

Let’s get to it! Here’s a map and a guide to some of the best holiday bars in Austin this year. Cheers! 

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21 Fun and Festive Holiday Bars In Austin

1. Miracle on 5th

Miracle on 5th Street Austin

One of Austin’s FAVORITE holiday pop-up bars! Prepare to be transported to a winter wonderland at Miracle on 5th Street. This holiday pop-up will return to the heart of downtown Austin at the iconic Eleanor venue, located at 307 West 5th Street. 

In their seventh year now (crazy!!), you’ll get all holly-jolly from their extravagant holiday decor and seasonal menu featuring creative cocktails like the playful Jingle Balls Nog, comforting hot buttered rum, and the daringly delightful nice and naughty shots. 

WEBSITE | 307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

2. Nickel City

Nickel City

Experience the holiday magic at Sippin' Santa in Austin, a tropical Christmas oasis where they offer holiday-inspired cocktails and decor that will transport you to a winter paradise…right in the middle of east Austin! 

While Sippin' Santa operates on a first-come, first-served basis, larger groups can secure exclusive table reservations. Gather your friends for an unforgettable yuletide celebration with a $500 minimum spend for groups of 6-12 people.

WEBSITE | 1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

3. Gibson Street Bar

Gibson Street Bar

 

Yes, they go all out for Halloween…but then Gibson Street Bar very quickly switches gears and to deck the halls (bar) for the month of December! Experience the magic of the season at Gibson Street Bar again this year. This festive extravaganza transforms their bar into a winter wonderland, aka holiday cheer, winter cocktails and festive decorations. 

Decorated with twinkle lights and seasonal decor, the bar creates a cozy and photo-friendly atmosphere for guests to celebrate the holidays in style. This is a fun one because there are both indoor and outdoor areas to gather.

{Photo: Yelp, Kelsea K}

WEBSITE | 1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

4. Kitty Cohen’s

Kitty Cohen's

Embrace the spirit of Hanukkah at the fifth annual Holiday Pop-Up in Kitty Cohen's, Austin's beloved Webberville bar. From December 1 to December 30, the venue transforms into a festive haven, offering a unique celebration of the Festival of Lights. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere filled with drinks and snacks specially curated for the occasion.

Kitty Cohen's provides both indoor and outdoor areas for guests to revel in the holiday magic. Whether you're sipping on themed cocktails indoors or enjoying the cool (hopefully? Come on, Austin!) December air on the outdoor terrace, the Hanukkah pop-up at Kitty Cohen's promises a memorable experience. Definitely add it to your list of pop-up bars in Austin to visit this year. 

WEBSITE | 2211 Webberville Rd #3548, Austin, TX 78702

5. Lala’s Little Nugget

Lala's Little Nugget

We all know and love Lala’s Little Nugget year-round (Christmas in July, anyone?), but don’t forget to stop by during the actual Christmas season! Step into Lala's Little Nugget, and you'll find yourself transported into a perpetual winter wonderland, where the spirit of Christmas is alive and thriving year-round. This quirky Austin gem defies the constraints of time, with holiday decorations adorning every corner, ensuring that the magic of the season is a permanent fixture in the cozy space. Yep…year-round! 

The charm of Lala's extends beyond the adorable decor of  tinsel, twinkling lights, and ornaments. This little bar has a vintage jukebox that belts out classic tunes. The familiar holiday melodies create a nostalgic ambiance. Sip a hot toddy, play your favorite tune, and enjoy a cozy holiday night with friends at Lala’s Little Nugget. {Photo: Yelp, Sergio S}

WEBSITE | 2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757

6. Mozart’s Coffee

Mozart's Lights

This cherished tradition transforms the beloved coffee spot into a dazzling spectacle of lights and festive cheer. As you sip on your favorite brew, enjoy the light show of synchronized dance of twinkling lights, set to the backdrop of holiday melodies. 

The Annual Holiday Light Show at Mozart's Coffee has gotten more and more popular throughout the years, so reservations are required now. Rather than just a simple light show, they’ve turned it into an entire holiday festival with a silent disco dance floor, a photo booth, a Bavarian marketplace, and even an opportunity to purchase tickets to watch the light show from a boat on the water! Mozart’s is a perfect way to embrace the spirit of the holidays in a classic Austin way. 

WEBSITE | 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

7. Wintersol at Otopia Rooftop Lounge

Wintersol at Otopia

Have you ever wanted to rent one of those cute rooftop igloos with a group of friends? Otopia Rooftop Lounge, located at The Otis Hotel, is hosting Wintersol, a holiday celebration where you’ll have the opportunity to do just that! 

These private igloo rentals provide an intimate setting for you and your companions to relish the breathtaking views of Austin's skyline. Each igloo is equipped with comfortable furnishings, making it the perfect space to unwind and imbibe. Visitors can enjoy their own s'mores station, take a Polaroid group picture, and drink a bottle of bubbly. There are also some board games inside a vinyl record player with holiday selections.

Whether you're seeking a romantic evening under the stars or a festive gathering with friends, WinterSol Igloo Rentals offer an unforgettable way to embrace the winter season. The rental cost ranges from $200 – $250.

{Photo: Otopia Rooftop}

WEBSITE | 1901 San Antonio St Unit 1100, Austin, TX 78705

8. Fairmont Austin

Get ready to jingle and mingle at Fairmont Austin's Ugly Sweater Holiday Pop-up Bar! Transforming the season's quirkiest fashion trend into a festive celebration, this pop-up bar is the ultimate destination for those who want to revel in holiday cheer with a dash of whimsy.

Visitors can expect dazzling lights, happy holiday cheer, and lively holiday cocktails starting on November 24. Whether you're a connoisseur of ugly sweaters or just looking for a good time, this pop-up bar promises an unforgettable experience that captures the lighthearted essence of the holiday season.

WEBSITE | 101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

9. Rooftop Igloos at Hotel Van Zandt

Igloos at Hotel Van Zandt

This one has been an Austin favorite for several years now…and they’re back! Embrace the holiday spirit in style at Hotel Van Zandt, where you can rent a private igloo atop Geraldine’s Geraldine's rooftop terrace. Your rental includes board games, cozy seating, a dedicated server to bring you festive drinks and bites from Geraldine’s menu. 

WEBSITE | 605 Davis St, Austin, TX 7870

10. The Deck Pop-up Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel

You might have heard about the ice skating at Ice Rodeo ice skating at Four Seasons Hotel this year (check it out on this guide to the best holiday activities in Austin), but they also have a sophisticated holiday pop-up bar that you can visit. 

The Deck (located on the outside terrace of their signature bar, Live Oak) features martinis, raw oysters, and stunning holiday decor. It’s not quite as whimsical and over-the-top as other Austin holiday bars. This one caters toward a quieter and more sophisticated experience.  

WEBSITE | 98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

11. Sunny’s Backyard

Celebrate the holidays at Sunny's Backyard! The charming vegan pub in East Austin is hosting its festive holiday pop-up this year. Visitors can enjoy their boozy hot chocolate with oat milk or a chai toddy, and a delightful spread of milk and cookies.

Enjoy excellent vegan food options inside a cheerful ambiance adorned with an abundance of tinsel and cheer. Sunny's Backyard invites you to experience the holiday magic both indoors and outdoors, providing a cozy escape to enjoy the holiday season in Austin

WEBSITE | 3526 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

12. Lucky Robot

Lucky Robot

Experience the holiday season with a unique twist at Lucky Robot Japanese restaurant in Austin, as they unveil their annual festive Holiday Pop-Up. This renowned eatery is transforming into a winter wonderland at their South Congress space. 

With more than 1,000 ornaments, hanging Christmas trees, garlands, and gift boxes, Lucky Robot has become THE go-to holiday dining destination. Indulge on their popular sushi rolls, beef hot rock, and Robot Ramen and a bottle of sake as you take in the holiday cheer.

WEBSITE | 1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

13. Donn’s Depot

Donn's Depot

Nestled in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, Donn's Depot has been around for a while. Like, more than 50 years! The old honky tonk and dance floor transforms into a festive wonderland every holiday season, captivating old-time Austin regulars with its enchanting Christmas decorations that adorn every nook and cranny of the beloved bar. 

The real soul of Donn's Depot during this festive time lies in the history of this place. The old train depot was purchased for $300 in 1978 and remains one of the oldest bars in Austin. They still have live music (and Donn still plays once a week!) and it’s one of the best OG spots in Austin. {Photo: Donn’s Depot Facebook}

WEBSITE | 1600 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703

14. Wonder Bar

Wonder Bar

Wonder Bar, located at the Domain, is all decked out for the holiday! With photo ops, drinks specials, and lots of tinsel and glitter, Wonder Bar is a great spot to hang out with friends, get some cute photos, and indulge in a few holiday bevs. {Photo: Wonder Bar Facebook} 

WEBSITE | 11500 Rock Rose Ave suite d, Austin, TX 78758

15. Ruloph's Roadhouse at Lefty’s Brick Bar

Saddle up for a sleigh ride of festive fun at Rudolph's Roadhouse! This holiday pop-up transforms Lefty's Brick Bar and Gin Bar into a yuletide yeehaw haven. Immerse yourself in the tinsel-tastic atmosphere with themed events throughout the month, accompanied by festive cocktails that will have you jingling all the way. 

The venue will be adorned with over-the-top decorations, featuring specialty drinks and bites that are only available during the pop-up, creating a winter wonderland where the spirit of the season comes alive.

WEBSITE | 1813 C E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

16. Snow Much Fun at Edge Rooftop Bar

Snow Much Fun at Edge Rooftop

Who’s ready for some SNOW in Austin?! Dive into a winter wonderland at Snow Much Fun, Austin's beloved holiday pop-up at Edge Rooftop Bar! Experience the enchantment as snowfall blankets the rooftop every hour, creating a magical setting against the city skyline. 

This festive hotspot invites you to indulge in the holiday spirit with seasonal cocktails that warm the soul and the option to roast s'mores under the glittering lights. Live music sets the perfect soundtrack for a fun evening. Whether you're escaping the chilly air or embracing the snowflakes, Snow Much Fun promises a spirited celebration.

WEBSITE | 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

17. Yule at Azul Rooftop

Yule at Azul

Elevate your holiday spirits at Yule at Azul, located at Azul Rooftop, Austin's highest rooftop bar. Starting November 24 through  December, indulge in the ultimate seasonal celebration with stunning views of Austin and enchanting decor. 

Yule at Azul invites you to partake in a daily holiday happy hour from 3-5 pm, seven days a week. Sip on the joy of the season with $5 holiday frozens, $5 house wines, and $5 draft beers, all while soaking up the rooftop ambiance. 

WEBSITE | 310 E 5th St., Austin, TX 78701

18. Island of Spices at Zanzibar

Island of Spices

Enjoy a sensory journey this holiday season at Zanzibar with their "Island of Spices". This unique pop-up brings the native flavors of the Island of Spices to Austin. From December 1 to December 31, immerse yourself in a spice-filled adventure featuring curated cocktails that showcase the vibrant tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and more. 

Sip on the essence of Zanzibar as you explore the rich tapestry of native flavors in each expertly crafted drink. Don't miss this limited-time opportunity to savor the warmth and richness of the season in every sip!

WEBSITE | 304 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

19. Naughty or Nice at Upstairs at Caroline’s

Get ready to experience the yuletide spectrum at Upstairs at Caroline's holiday pop-up, Naughty or Nice! This holiday-themed pop-up activation invites you to choose your mood – whether you're feeling a bit naughty or opting for sweetness.

Upstairs at Caroline decks the halls with joyful decor, creating a whimsical atmosphere that sets the perfect backdrop for seasonal celebration.

WEBSITE | 109 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

20. The Nightmare Before Moxy

Moxy Austin - University Hotel is featuring a special pop-up this year called The Nightmare Before Moxy. Throughout December, immerse yourself in the whimsical world inspired by Tim Burton's iconic 1993 film. 

Blending spooky and festive, Moxy Austin invites you to indulge in holiday cocktails crafted by Bar Moxy. Warm up with delectable churros from Zombie Taco for a cozy holiday treat, and enjoy a holiday movie every Wednesday night in December. 

WEBSITE | 2552 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

21. Happy’s at Wax Myrtle’s

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Austin’s newest holiday bar is at Wax Myrtle’s! Happy’s is a Chicago pop-up bar that now has an outpost right here in Austin. It’s an over-the-top explosion of holiday cheer featuring floor-to-ceiling decor, specialty cocktails and bites, and all sorts of fun. 

Happy hour is at 4 pm, and this one is walk-in only. An excellent choice for those of us who forgot to make reservations at some of the hard-to-get places in Austin. 

WEBSITE | 506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor, 506 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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