Itching for a tropical escape over the holidays? Or maybe you’re the type who leans fully into Christmas cheer, craving an atmosphere that makes you feel as if you’re in your own personal snow globe. Or, you could be a downright scrooge who prefers Krampus rather than Santa. We don’t judge.
Either way, whichever way you celebrate (or don’t celebrate) Christmas, the local cocktail scene has your back.
From Christmas Tiki takeovers to a Charles Dickens themed bar, here’s a list to put on your radar of the bars that are transforming their spaces to get you in the holiday spirit(s):
The Bottle Shop – 237 King Avenue
Or, should we say, “Ebenezer’s.” This notoriously cozy bar is transforming their space into a Charles Dickens themed pop-up called Ebenezer’s, a nod to Dickens’ iconic Ebenezer Scrooge character in A Christmas Carol. You’ll find Victorian era-inspired cocktails, including ones that have been found in Dickens’ writings, such as a hot mulled port wine punch served by Scrooge himself at the end of A Christmas Carol. “So many people, especially those who work in the service industry, are exhausted by being bombarded with Mariah Carey and Santa Claus for 15 hours a day, every day, for up to two months at a time. This pop-up is for them. Ebenezer’s is our toast to the tired elves,” emphasized Gregory Stokes, the owner of the Bottle Shop. The bar will be outfitted in Victorian Gothic decor, with candles hanging from the ceiling, Krampus pillows, and black chandeliers. And no, you absolutely will not hear any Mariah Carey Christmas songs. Ebenezer’s will be open starting November 28 from 3-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. – midnight Friday, and 1 p.m. – midnight Saturday until New Years.
Lawbird – 740 S. High St.
Forget the snow and the 20 degree weather – pretend you’ve escaped a traditional Christmas and opted for a tropical one instead at a night out at Lawbird. Starting December 5th and ending December 10th, this German Village bar is going all out tiki – with a new Christmas Tiki themed menu with cocktails served in Christmas tiki mugs, plus all new decorations, you’ll forget that you’re celebrating the holidays in good ol’ Ohio.
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Brewdog – 1175 N. High St.
This is the place you’ll want to go if you’re fully leaning into the holidays and want to feel as if you’re trapped in a Hallmark movie. Brewdog’s Short North location’s “Christmas Bar” is here for the second year in a row, with frosted, snowy windows, walls adorned with plaid-wrapped Christmas presents, hand-made snowflakes and ornaments dropping from the ceiling, colorful lights twinkling, blow-up snowmen, and of course, a fireplace. Their menu also features drinks on the more cozy side, such as a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini.
Huli Huli Tiki Lounge – 26 W. Olentangy St. Powell, OH
Every year, we anticipate the highly popular “Huli Holidays” takeover at this Powell tiki lounge, which is one of Central Ohio’s hidden gems. Starting now until New Years, they swap out their tropical tiki mugs for special Christmas themed ones, like vintage Santas and Rudolphs, and switch their entire menu to focus more on spiced rums and seasonal fruits. With fun, cheesy but charming tchotchkes, bright lights on palm trees, and their signature tiki decor, it almost feels as if you’re celebrating Christmas in the Pacific Islands.
The Citizens Trust – 11 W. Gay St.
Until December 30th, you might as well lean into the “kitschy” side of the holidays, and there’s no better place to do that than the Miracle Pop-Up Bar at The Citizens Trust. With a giant, 14 ft inflatable igloo, Christmas themed drinks in Christmas themed cups, and Christmas trees everywhere, it’s the ultimate bar takeover that would make even the biggest Grinch smile.
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