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12 Super Christmas-y Pop-Up Bars To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Here's everything you need to know about holiday bars in Chicago.

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DOWNTOWN — Chicago bars are dressing up for the holidays — and offering enough Christmas-themed cocktails to get you as blitzed as Santa’s reindeer.

Block Club Chicago rounded up pop-ups from across the city where you can drink, take in the decorations, grab a cookie or two and even meet Santa.

Here are 12 Christmas pop-ups where you can celebrate:

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Christmas Club

What: Multi-story holiday-themed bar taking over Country Club.
Where: Country Club, 3462 N. Clark St. in Wrigleyville
Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, midnight-3 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: The bar will serve themed cocktails, beer, wine, shots and other drinks. Its menu includes snack foods like onion rings, doughnut holes and hot honey-fried chicken waffle cones.
Events: Christmas Club does take reservations for private events and parties. It’s also planning a New Year’s Eve bash.
Closes: Jan. 1
Website: Click here
Phone: 773-975-2010
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Christmas Sucks

What: Grinches can celebrate at Christmas Sucks, Ludlow Liquors’ anti-holiday pop-up. The bar will be decorated with sad family photos and creepy holiday decorations.
Where: Ludlow Liquors, 2959 N. California Ave. in Avondale
Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, noon-2 a.m. Sunday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: The pop-up is offering a special food menu during its run.
Closes: Jan. 1
Website: Click here
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Elf’d Up

What: Holiday-themed pop-up bar (with free cookies!)
Where: Stretch Bar and Grill, 3485 N. Clark St. in Wrigleyville
Hours: 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, 10:45 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: Santas of the world, rejoice: Elf’d Up gives away cookies at 10 p.m. Its “nice” menu also includes snacks and sweets like a three-scoop sundae while the “naughty” menu includes themed cocktails and drinks. Groups can enjoy the Elf Ski, a shot ski with four shots of “Elf Cider.”
Events: Elf’d Up is available for private events and parties. The pop-up will also have ornament decorating nights on Thursdays.
Closes: Feb. 1
Website: Click here
Phone: 773-755-3980

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What: Three-story Christmas pop-up bar with DJs 
Where: 809 W. Evergreen Ave. in Lincoln Park
Hours: 4 p.m.-4 a.m. daily
Cover: General admission is $10. Tickets can be bought online.
Food and Drink: The bar will have specialty cocktails, wine, beer and shots.
Events: Frosty’s will be able to handle private parties with up to 300 guests.
Closes: Jan. 6
Website: Click here
Phone: 312-535-3355
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What: Christmas-themed pop-up bar in the famous Chicago Athletic Association building
Where: Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave. in the Loop
Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: The bar will have festive cocktails, beer and wine.
Events: Happy’s has a full schedule of events, including karaoke nights, bingo and an airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It’s also available for parties.
Closes: Dec. 23
Website: Click here
Phone: 844-312-2221

Home for the Holidays

What: Home for the Holidays, the holiday version of B’el Bar & Kitchen, focuses on the retro with vintage decorations and showings of holiday movies from the ’60s
Where: B’el Bar & Kitchen, 3188 N. Elston Ave. in Avondale
Hours: 5-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: The bar will have themed cocktails with a full menu of food items.
Events: Home for the Holidays will have all-day brunch on Sundays while playing retro holiday movies like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “How the Grinch stole Christmas!”
Closes: Dec. 23
Website: Click here
Phone: 872-241-9032

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Jingle Bell Square

What: The award-winning bar is going heavy on Christmas decorations and drinks during December.
Where: Lost Lake, 3154 W. Diversey Ave. in Logan Square
Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, noon-3 a.m. Saturday, noon-2 a.m. Sunday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: Lost Lake is mixing up tropical and seasonal flavors for Jingle Bell Square’s specialty drink menu.
Website: Click here
Phone: 773-961-7475


What: DMen is celebrating Krampus, the mythical European figure who punishes naughty children at Christmas. 
Where: DMen Tap, 2849 W. Belmont Ave. in Avondale
Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: The restaurant and bar will serve up goat kebab in honor of the pop-up. It will also have a special cocktail menu and Fist of Krampus beer, which Revolution Brewing made exclusively for the pop-up.
Events: The pop-up will have a Krampus craft fair, trivia night, a themed Dungeons & Dragons night and a day for kids, among other events.
Closes: Dec. 23
Website: Click here
Phone: 773-961-8757

Miracle Bar

What: This is the Chicago location of Miracle Bar, a chain of Christmas pop-up bars.
Where: Sable Kitchen and Bar, 505 N. State St. in the Near North Side
Hours: 4 p.m.-close daily
Cover: None
Food and Drink: The bar will have 10 Christmas-themed drinks and two specialty shots.
Closes: Dec. 31
Website: Click here
Phone: 312-755-9704

Reindeer Room

What: Tack Room will transform into Reindeer Room, complete with holiday decorations, specialty cocktails and live Christmas music on the piano.
Where: Tack Room, 1807 S. Allport St. in Pilsen
Hours: 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: The bar is serving up specialty cocktails.
Events: Pianist S. Joel Norman will play Christmas music during the pop-up’s run. The Tack Room will also have a holiday market on Dec. 9.
Closes: Dec. 22
Website: Click here
Phone: 312-526-3851

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Santa Baby

What: A large holiday-themed pop-up with character appearances
Where: Deuces and the Diamond Club, 3505 N. Clark St. in Wrigleyville
Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday
Cover: You need a ticket to enter. General admission is free, but drink tickets and events cost money. Tickets can be bought online, which Santa Baby recommends, or at the door if they’re not sold out.
Food and Drink: Santa Baby will have themed drinks like Rumchata-nog and spiked hot chocolate, as well as snacks like holiday sliders and sweets like pumpkin cheesecake beignets.
Events: The pop-up will host a gingerbread contest, New Year’s Eve party and appearances by Santa, among other events. Its calendar is available online.
Closes: Jan. 6
Website: Click here
Phone: 833-967-2682

Sleigh Baby

What: Who doesn’t want to celebrate the holidays with a dinosaur? Sleigh Baby took over Estate with … unique decorations.
Where: Estate, 1177 N. Elston Ave. in West Town
Hours: 11 p.m.-4 a.m. Monday-Tuesday, 5 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 5 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday
Cover: $10 Friday through Sunday; $20 gets you a cocktail and “Christmas treat”
Food and Drink: Themed cocktails like the Hot Christmas and Ice Ice Sleigh Baby will be available, as will sweets from Donut Slut and snacks like Christmas queso, tater tots and pigs in a blanket.
Events: Sleigh Baby is available for private events.
Closes: Jan. 6
Website: Click here
Phone: 312-523-4296

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Bonus: Butch McGuire’s

What: Though not a pop-up like others on this list, Butch McGuire’s is famous for its holiday decorations, which include a toy train that travels the bar.
Where: 20 W. Division St. in the Gold Coast
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 a.m. Sunday
Cover: None
Food and Drink: Butch McGuire’s has a full food and drink menu, including Christmas in Your Mouth shots during the holidays.
Website: Click here
Phone: 312-787-4318

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