6 Christmas pop-up bars coming to Charlotte in 2022

6 Christmas pop-up bars coming to Charlotte in 2022
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It’s the most wine-derful time of the year. These holiday-themed pop-ups are sure to raise your holiday spirits, just don’t get too blitzened

(1) Christmas bar at Billy Sunday

Billy Sunday is a cocktail bar on the first floor of Optimist Hall. This year, it’s transforming the inside of the space into a “holiday extravaganza for the eyes & taste buds,” according to Billy Sunday’s beverage director Stephanie Andrews. 

What to expect: Holiday-themed cocktails, warm drinks, and a totally transformed space.

  • Plus weekly events like a Kris Kringle pop-up market with local vendors, a visit from Santa for pictures with your pets, a holiday cocktail class, Billy Sunday’s annual holiday party, s’mores on the patio and movie night on Wednesdays.
  • You can also drop off letters to Santa inside.

Details: The Christmas bar will operate from Dec. 1-Jan. 2. 

  • It’ll be open 5-10pm on weekdays, 5-midnight on Friday 4-midnight on Saturday and 12-10pm on Sunday.
  • The address is: 1115 N Brevard St.
Billy sunday holiday cocktails

(From left to right) Billy Sunday’s holiday drinks: Advice from a narwhal (brandy sour with mulled wine spices), House-made egg nog, and the Hallelujah Holy Sh*t where’s the Tylenol (cranberry vodka, rosemary sparkling wine). Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

(2) Sippin’ Santa at The Royal Tot

Sippin’ Santa is a festive tiki pop-up by Beachbum Berry.

What to expect: Tropical, holiday-themed cocktails, holiday music bingo on Wednesdays, holiday burlesque on Thursdays and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturdays.

Details: Nov. 11-Dec. 31.

  • Open 5-11pm Wednesday and Thursday, 3pm-midnight Saturdays, 1-7pm Sundays. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
  • The address is: 933 Louise Ave Suite 350
the royal tot

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

(3) Miracle at Backstage Lounge

Backstage Lounge is a speakeasy behind SouthBound and unlike last year, no reservations are needed this year.

Details: Miracle will be open Nov. 23-Dec.31. 

  • Hours of operation will be 5pm-midnight Sunday-Thursday and 5pm-1am Friday-Saturday.  
  • The address is: 2433 South Blvd. 

Miracle will donate 10% of all proceeds from the sale of these Santa head mugs to the Seva Foundation, a global nonprofit eye care organization that works with local communities around the world. Photo courtesy of Melissa Hom via Miracle Christmas Pop-up

(4) “Ugly Holiday Sweater” Speakeasy at Supperland

Supperland’s Speakeasy (located beneath the restaurant) is a hidden gem. Themed cocktail/dinner pairings are hosted there regularly and the next one’s theme is “Ugly Holiday Sweater.”

What to expect: Four cocktails, each paired with a dish created by Supperland’s culinary team.

  • Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best ugly holiday sweater for a chance to win a $100 Supperland gift card.

Details: Dec. 3-Jan. 7. 

Photo: Emma Way/Axios

(5) Winter WonderBar at Papa Doc’s

Okay, technically Papa Doc’s is in Lake Wylie, not Charlotte, but Axios Charlotte newsletter readers tell me it’s worth the drive.

What to expect: Festive cocktails and decorations, plus live music and visits from Santa.

Details: The Winter Wonderbar will be open every Thursday-Saturday through December.

Papa Doc's

Photo courtesy of Heather Roode

(6) Sippin’ Santa at Thigs Cocktail Bar in Lake Norman

Just a 30-minute drive from Uptown, Thigs has been transformed into a winter wonderland.

What to expect: This 21+ bar has Christmas-themed cocktails, festive decorations and activities planned throughout the holiday season.

Details: Nov. 25th—Dec.31

Photo courtesy of Aaron Bunn  (Point of View Recordings)

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in November 2021 and updated in November 2022 to reflect the current holiday happenings. 

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