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Sometimes, even the Christmas spirit gets tired of all the cheer, goodwill, and the overall Tiny Tim-ing happening this time of year and needs a drink. Enter: Christmas bars. The Scrooges might call them gimmicky, overhyped, hipster wonderlands serving overpriced, mediocre drinks—and while they’re not exactly wrong, there is so much more magic to the not-so-humble Christmas bar, if you only let yourself believe.
Luckily, we do choose to believe in drinking Rum, Rum, Rudolphs out of Santa’s nether regions. We believe in assaulting our senses with clashing wrapping paper patterns and kitschy holiday tunes on repeat. We believe in fake snow (and lots of it). We believe that every single holiday tree, snowflake, and candy cane should be crammed into small spaces and that every drink that touches our lips should involve a Christmas pun. We believe that the Christmas spirit is in these bars, uniting us in our love for everything merry and bright (and eggnog). Here, 12 bars where you’ll find the halls decked, the bells jingling, and maybe, just maybe, the Christmas spirit itself.
The Miracle Pop-Up Bars
If you’ve been to a holiday bar in your Christmas past, odds are it was part of the Miracle franchise. This mega popular, New York–based pop-up first came to life in Denver inside the now-defunct Wayward restaurant, but it really became Claus for celebration when it took over Avanti Food & Beverage in 2018, and then, in 2020, Louisville’s Por Wine House. Miracle’s drinks are all standardized (each menu will include the rum-filled Yippee Ki Yay Mother F***er and Christmapolitan), but the decor is all unique. This year, the Denver metro area has five Miracles, popping up from Centennial all the way to Boulder.
Miracle on Main Street
Louisville (Behind Bittersweet Cafe)
With both indoor and outdoor covered spaces, nine individual heated greenhouses, and family-friendly events like gingerbread decorating, Miracle on Main Street might be the holliest, jolliest Christmas bar of all.
Details: $5 per person reservation fee, which all goes to local nonprofits. Open November 23–December 30; Tuesday–Saturday, 4–11 p.m.; Sunday, 12–8 p.m. (closed November 25 and December 25); book here
Miracle on Pecos
Avanti Denver (3200 N. Pecos St.)
New this year, Miracle will occupy both of Avanti’s upper-level patio decks, meaning more Christmas cheer than ever before.
Details: $5 entry fee, all of which goes to Urban Peak. Open November 24–December 30; Sunday–Wednesday, 5–11 p.m.; Thursday– Saturday, 4 p.m.–1 a.m. (closed November 25 and December 24–25); limited reservations Thursday–Saturday
Miracle on Pearl Street
Avanti Boulder (1401 Pearl St., Boulder)
Finally, Miracle comes to Boulder. This walk-ins only bar will take over the new food hall’s ground floor lounge area.
Details: $5 per person entry fee, all proceeds going to There with Care. Open November 24–December 30; Sunday–Wednesday, 5–11 p.m.; Thursday– Saturday, 4 p.m.–12 a.m. (closed November 25 and December 24–25)
Miracle at Pindustry
Pindustry (7939 E. Arapahoe Rd., Centennial)
South Suburbanites, rejoice! Pindustry’s upstairs Sky Deck will get a kitschy holiday makeover, which, really, is the best kind.
Details: Open November 22–January 1; Monday–Thursday, 4–11 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 4 p.m.–12 a.m.; Sunday, 3–10 p.m. (closed November 25 and December 24); reservations recommended
Miracle at Union Station
Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St.)
Taking over the downstairs Webb Gallery event space, Union Station’s first Miracle bar includes all the usual Christmas flair, plus a Hanukkah table.
Details: $2 reservation fee, going to Children’s Hospital Colorado. Open November 24–December 29; Monday–Friday, 4 p.m.–12 a.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 2 p.m.–12 a.m. (closed November 25 and December 25)
The Arvada Tavern Sippin’ Santa
The Arvada Tavern (5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada)
Miracle’s tiki spin-off, Sippin’ Santa’s Christmas spirits include the Kris Kringle Colada, Azul Navidad, and the Mistletoe-to-Toe, which is served in a giant bowl made to look like Santa in a hot tub.
Details: $1 reservation fee. Open November 2–December 31; Sunday–Thursday, 4:30–11 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 4:30 p.m.–12 a.m. (closed November 25 and December 24–25)
Non-Miracle Pop-Up Bars
Adrift Tiki Bar (218 S. Broadway)
If you like your holiday bars non-franchised, Adrift Tiki Bar will make spirits bright when it becomes Snowdrift. Say Mele Kalikimaka at the icy igloo beach bar, where bartenders mix up the fire-torched Rum, Rum, Rudolph, and gingerbread cookie-in-a-glass Partridge in a Palm Tree. Don’t miss the awkward Santa photos every Wednesday from 5–7 p.m., featuring not-your-childhood Santas. (Think: Swim trunk Santa and Grumpy Santa.)
Details: Open November 30–January 4; Tuesday–Thursday, 5–11 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 5 p.m.–12 a.m.; Sunday, 5–10 p.m.
The Krampus Room
The Electric Cure (5350 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater)
What else would we expect from the Electric Cure, who brought us the Little Tiki Bar of Horrors for Halloween? It may not be quite as peppy as the other holiday bars, but sometimes you need a little less Frosty and a little more Krampus. The Krampus Room will be serving tiki-inspired cocktails with names like Ludacrismas, Frosty the Codependent Snowman, and Is that a Candy Cane, or Are You Just Happy to See Me? Bonus: We hear there will be a Krampus drag show.
Details: Open December 4–31; Tuesday–Sunday; check Instagram for hours
Death & Co.’s Holiday Suite
Death & Co. (1280 25th St.)
The drinks are sure to be the stars of Death & Co.’s Holiday Suite, a floor-to-ceiling winter celebration taking over Suite 6A inside the Ramble Hotel. Christmas spirits include a build-your-own martini, Son of a Nutcracker shots of the day, and the hot Wish in One Hand, which sounds like an amalgamation of everything winter-y: red wine, cider, apple brandy, port, and spices. They’ve got Christmas cookies, too (because everyone should have Christmas cookies right now).
Details: Open November 24–December 19; Thursday–Sunday, starting at 5 p.m.; (closed November 25); December 20–30 daily, starting at 5 p.m. (closed December 25)
1000 S. Broadway
Hidden Denver’s Tinseltown Bar promises jaw-dropping decor, the festive food and drink you expect from a place with ornaments dripping from the ceiling, and, perhaps most importantly of all, plenty of Mariah.
Details: Open December 1–30; Wednesday–Sunday, 1–11 p.m.; book tickets online
The Broadmoor’s Hotel Bar
The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs)
If you’re looking to nix it on the Christmas kitsch and up the Christmas class, the Broadmoor’s Hotel Bar is bringing serious White Christmas vibes with its garland, white lights, and classic holiday decor. Head out to the stone fireplace to watch the snow fall with a perfectly shaken martini in hand and whiskey marshmallow s’mores in the fire.
Details: Open daily, 11:30–12 a.m.
Catbird & Chill Holiday Experience
Catbird Hotel (3770 Walnut St.)
Need an even more over-the-top Christmas experience that non-Christmas lovers just won’t understand? Book the Catbird Hotel’s Catbird & Chill Holiday Experience for the ultimate made-for-TV Christmas movie watch-a-thon. Because the Hallmark Channel; plus Candace Cameron Bure as a career-minded doctor falling for her polar opposite in small-town Alaska; plus you in your coziest PJs; equals true Christmas love (both for you and Candace). The package includes a room with giant windows that transform into oversized viewing screens, hot chocolate kits, snacks, and, perhaps best of all, cheesy holiday movie Bingo cards with squares like “reunited in the town’s romantic gazebo” and “caught in an unexpected snowstorm with car trouble.”
Details: November 15–December 31, from $244