These St. Louis Holiday Pop-Ups Have Christmas Cocktails Covered

Get in the spirit with this comprehensive guide to the holiday cocktail scene

Nov 22, 2022 at 1:43 pm
click to enlarge Grab holiday-themed drinks at pop-ups around St. Louis.
Grab holiday-themed drinks at pop-ups around St. Louis, including a snow-globe-themed one at 360.

The holiday pop-ups are here! (Or on their way.) And there are lots. Here is a guide to all the options to get a holiday-themed drink in St. Louis this winter.

Tinsel Tavern at Ballpark Village
This pop up is in the Budweiser Brew House (601 Clark Avenue, 314-797-7530) and features festive photo ops, seasonal drinks and a menu that "sleighs." Tickets are $20 to reserve a two hour time slot. It opens November 25 and runs through January 1.

Miracle at Small Change

Often called the first Christmas pop-up, Greg Boehm created the concept for Miracle in 2014 in New York's East Village, when he transformed an unfinished space into a pop-up bar serving holiday drinks. Miracle quickly spread throughout the world and here in St. Louis it brings the Christmas spirit to Small Change (2800 Indiana Avenue, with kitschy decor, holiday cocktails and novelty cups for purchase. Miracle is now through December 31 from 4 to 11 p.m. with reservations being released on December 1 at noon for the month of December.

FRAGILE: A Christmas Story Themed Pop-Up Bar
Starting Thursday, December 1, Big Daddy's in Soulard (1000 Sidney Street, 314-771-3066) will host Fragile: A Christmas Story Themed Pop-Up Bar in its upstairs private room. The event is primarily on Thursdays and some Sundays starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and include a screening of A Christmas Story and themed cocktails that are included in the ticket price.

Dashers Dive Bar
For those near Hazelwood, check out Dasher's Dive Bar in the PowerPlex Building (5555 St. Louis Mills Boulevard, Hazelwood; 314-528-2020). Tickets are $19.95 and include a cocktail, snacks, trivia games, karaoke, a photo with Santa and more. The pop-up is now through December 23. Times vary.

12 Bars of Charity St. Louis
On Saturday, December 17, a bunch of philanthropically minded folks over the age of 21 will be doing a bar crawl for charity. All you have to do is get a team together (or join a team) and register. Everyone supporting the same charity gets the same colored sweatshirt, and visits local bars with the help of a shuttle to get free drinks. Check website for details.

Jingle: a Holiday Extravaganza
Head over to the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Ave, 314-361-2437) and Kingside Diner (236 North Euclid Avenue) for a holiday pop-up now through December 30. "Nice" guests will be able to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and over-the-top decorations in the World Chess Hall of Fame at a pop-up for families. "Naughty" guests can visit Kingside Diner for holiday-themed cocktails and small bites. Check website for hours. Tickets are $5 for the Nice pop-up and $15 for the Naughty one.

This holiday pop-up in support of Tower Grove Park runs from December 15-23. Piper Palm House (4271 Northeast Drive) will be decked out in wintry decor and feature live entertainment, food trucks and holiday-inspired cocktails from Pat Gioia and the team from STL Barkeep. Best part: no reservations are required. The Sunday, December 18, Frosted will include a holiday market with handmade goods and crafts. Hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

click to enlarge The bar 360 will be decked out like a snow globe this holiday season.
The bar 360 will be decked out like a snow globe this holiday season.

Chalet Pop-Up Bar

For the bougiest among us, Le Méridien St. Louis Clayton (7730 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton; 314-863-0400) is currently hosting a  Chalet Pop-Up Bar through Sunday, February 26. The weekend-only popup transforms the hotel's rooftop bar into a chalet evocative of European ski holidays: Think wood pergolas, fire pits and warm alcoholic drinks. There will also be a temporary curling rink that guests can rent for $50 per hour.

Magic House's A Very Merry Holiday Magic Pop Up!
Who said play dates are just for kids? Not the Magic House (516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122; 314-822-8900). On Thursday, December 8, starting at 6 p.m., the popular children’s museum will host its final Adult Play Date of 2022, A Very Merry Holiday Magic Pop Up! It's optional, but encouraged, to wear an ugly sweater while you enjoy cocktails, appetizers, live music and photo opportunities. $45 for an individual ticket and $75 for couples.

Up on the Rooftop
Celebrate the holidays from atop St. Louis. More specifically, head to at 360 (1 S Broadway, 314-241-8439), where you can get spectacular views of downtown at the pop-up Up on the Rooftop. Described as a “snow globe creation perched 400 feet over the St. Louis skyline,” 360 will offer new holiday-themed cocktails to complement the view. The pop-up runs through December 30 and opens at 4 p.m. On weekdays, 360 closes at midnight and during weekends, it closes at 1:30 a.m.

Sippin' Santa at Planter's House
Starting Tuesday, November 22, you can head over to Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue, 314-696-2603) and get a tiki cocktail holiday experience with top-notch themed cocktails. The mixologists at Planter's House have outdone themselves with the whimsical drinks, which include a Rudolph's Rum Rhapsody served in a huge tiki themed tub where Santa and Rudolph are chilling in your drink. Reservations required and cost $5.

click to enlarge The Chalet Room from Le Meridien's Chalet Pop-Up Bar
The Chalet Room from Le Meridien's Chalet Pop-Up Bar

Sleigh Shed

The Trainshed restaurant in Union Station is transforming into a holiday pop-up now through New Year's Eve. The restaurant will be decked out from top to bottom in seasonal "sleigh"age.

Molly's in Soulard's LIT
Molly's in Soulard (816 Geyer Avenue, 314-241-6200) is transforming into LIT, with over-the-top holiday decor, a Christmas-themed menu, music and more. The bar also has the 12 Drinks of Litmas for you to try and holiday-themed small bites. This pop-up runs from November 25 through December 23. Reservations are required, but totally free.

Speakeasy Holiday Pop-Up Bar
From December 15 through December 17, Das Bevo (4749 Gravois Avenue) is hosting a Prohibition-style pop up. But no worries, there's plenty to drink (just like there was during Prohibition). Reservations for a 90-minute time slot cost $5 per person and include access to the Das Bevo's Underground, which will be gussied up in holiday decor. Plus, Christmas-themed cocktails will be available for purchase.

This article has been updated.

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