10 Seasonal Pop Ups and Holiday Bars in NYC

Put a little jingle in your nightlife this holiday season, with ten seasonally themed pop-up bars you should visit in New York City, from floor to ceiling decorations in Rolf's to ski lodge rooftop vibes at Mr. Purple on the LES to  a pink wonderland at the Moxy East Village.

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in NYC: Rolf’s


Gramercy’s most beloved Christmas tradition is the decor at Rolf’s, a German restaurant on Third Avenue with legendary holiday decor. Each holiday season, Rolf’s explodes with ornaments and twinkle lights covering the walls and ceilings. They take the holidays seriously here, and so do the patrons who wait hours to get in. We recommend coming on weekdays rather than at night so that you can enjoy your imported German beer and schnitzel without having to wait in the cold for them first. 281 Third Ave., 212-473-8718,

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in NYC: Arlo SoHo

Arlo SoHo has created a seasonal escape for those seeking the serenity and warmth of an upstate experience without fleeing New York City. The new Autumn at Arlo experience features cozy cabins that can be reserved for two hours at a time. Each space, embellished with chic country-style décor, comfy blankets, and other colorful fall essentials, accommodates eight guests. Autumn revelers can gather around the rustic tables and enjoy some nibbles and cocktails from Harold's Fall Menu. It features acorn squash with lemon ricotta, rainbow carrots with candied walnuts, and beyond. 231 Hudson St., 212-342-7000,

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in NYC: Bloomingdale's/Loew's Regency Shopping Pop-Up

This year, Bloomingdale’s is extending its holiday shopping experience to the Loews Regency New York Hotel. The iconic American retail destination and the Loews Regency New York Hotel have collaborated to curate a special selection of holiday themed items for today’s mod jetsetter. The pop-up shop will boast an assortment of special gifts, style savvy accessories, iconic Bloomingdale’s branded merchandise, and on-site monogramming of leather gifts by ROYCE New York.  At the register, shoppers will have the opportunity to round their purchases up—the change will benefit Child Mind Institute, an organization that works to advance the science of the developing brain, deliver the highest standards of clinical care, and produce high-impact education and outreach programming. The Bloomingdale’s pop-up will be unveiled in the posh hotel’s lobby lounge on November 29, just in time for Black Friday. It will be open from 12 noon to 7pm daily until December 24. 540 Park Ave., 212-759-4100,

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in NYC: Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge 

Come play! This holiday season, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge will host its first ever holiday install event, entitled the Pink Holiday Playground. On the evening of November 13, Magic Hour will be transformed into a theatrical pink oasis. The sleek space’s ceilings will be decked out in hot pink twinkle lights; enormous rotating mirror balls will dangle from above. The decadent space will also boast festive bears, which will be anchored by a carousel. These design elements all unite to create a fantasy-themed, one-of-a kind, Instagram-worthy experience. New food and beverage offerings will be on the menu, from Magic Hour’s ‘Dough-Pie’ pink edition to the glittery Snow Globe Cocktail and the oversized Disco Ball Red Sangria. The event kicks off at 6pm on November 13. 485 Seventh Ave., 18th fl., 212-268-0188,

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in NYC: Mondrian Alpine Terrace by Club Med

Mondrian Terrace

Manhattan’s Mondrian Terrace has unveiled its Mondrian Alpine Terrace by Club Med—a winter pop-up experience atop the 15th floor of Mondrian Park Avenue. The Mondrian boasts an enclosed terrace space, which was transformed into a fashionable ski chalet that overlooks the twinkling lights of Park Avenue South. The area is decked out with winter accents such as pinecones, faux snow, and beyond. Retreat to the chalet for signature cocktails such as the Black Diamond Flaskor Spiced Cranberry Collins, alongside cozy dishes such as the prosciutto and fig flatbread and and Dipalo’s burrata toast. After entering a sweepstakes to win an all-inclusive Club Med ski vacation, snap a fun photo in the ski chair photo booth. With both indoor and outdoor seating, Mondrian Alpine Terrace by Club Med is the ideal destination for after-work drinks, a weekend staycation, or a cozy date night. Throughout the winter season, the terrace will open at 4pm every Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, it will open at 2pm and on weekends at noon. 444 Park Ave. S., 212-804-8880,

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in NYC: Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple

Mr. Purple  

The Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple returns for Winter 2019. Launching November 20th, Mr. Purple atop Hotel Indigo Lower East Side will be transformed into a funky après-ski lodge in the sky. Think vivid purple deer heads, tech-driven digital fireplaces, and lots of cozy blankets. Out on the terrace, guests will witness a larger-than-life snow globe dome decked-out in Veuve Clicquot-themed ski lodge décor. Of course, the stylish dome boasts its very own Champagne bar. Once inside, visitors can enjoy a warm retreat from the elements while indulging in festive cocktails that hail from the specialty pop-up menu. It includes seasonal hot sips and exclusive Veuve Clicquot Champagne cocktails. There’ll be plenty of chocolate and cheese fondue to go around. The Clicquot Chalet accommodates approximately 25 to 50 people, so reservations (with a table minimum) are highly encouraged via Mr. Purple’s website. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability. Open daily November 20 through February. 180 Orchard St., 212-237-1790,

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in NYC: Pink Holiday with Putnam & Putnam at Moxy Chelsea

Putnam & Putnam—a top floral designer pick for celebs and other A-listers—is transforming the entryway shop at Moxy Chelsea into a full floral installation inspired by Moxy’s Pink Holiday. Upon entering the hotel, guests will be greeted by an oversized installation of cascading pink holiday florals. The pretty blooms offer a perfectly pink botanical photo op for social media. Once inside the space, warm up to a Pink Velvet Hot Chocolate crafted with Godiva White Chocolate, vanilla vodka, and edible pink glitter at Bar Feroce. Open daily from November 15 through January 1. 105 W. 28thSt., 212-514-6699,

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in NYC: Pink Holiday Pop Up at Moxy Times Square 

Venture to the atrium on the second floor of Moxy Times Square to experience Bright Lights, Big City—an all-pink reimagined futuristic set-up wrapped in metallic ornaments. Sip on a bright, boozy Pink Velvet Hot Chocolate while creating your very own holiday postcard photo behind a giant neon frame. Open daily from November 13 through January 1. 485 Seventh Ave.,  212-967-6699,

Holiday Pop-Ups Bars in NYC: Pink Wonderland at Moxy East Village 

Pink Wonderland Moxy East Village

The newest arrival of the four New York City Moxy hotels will be transforming its Alphabet Bar Terrace into a pink winter wonderland. The enclosed backyard space will feature over-the-top fuzzy pink throws, plush seating, and rock ‘n’ roll-inspired Christmas trees. Music mavens, skater kids, and other hipsters are welcome to kick back at this cozy, cool pop-up. A Pama Pointsetta pink cocktail featuring Viva Joven tequila will be on the menu. Open daily from November 26 through January 1 from 7am to 9pm. 112 E. 11th St., 212-288-6699,

Holiday Pop-Ups in NYC: World Vision's Gift Back Gift Shop at Bryant Park 

World Vision

World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice, is bringing charitable giving to life with the debut of its Give-Back Gift Shop. For two days in early December, the interactive shop will pop up in Manhattan’s festive Bryant Park. Shoppers are welcome to purchase handcrafted gifts created by fair trade artisans. The purchases help kids and communities lift themselves from poverty. Guests of the Marketplace can take photos with fuzzy, snuggly goats. Patrons will also have a chance to enroll in Chosen, World Vision’s new initiative in child sponsorship. Marking the first time in World Vision’s almost seven-decade history, the children are able to select their sponsors. Visitors to the Marketplace can also build a care kit. After writing an encouraging, uplifting note, they can fill a bag with personal care essentials to be gifted to those both here and abroad who are impacted by poverty, disaster, homelessness, and abuse. Shoppers may also take a fun holiday snapshot in the Celebration Photo Booth. All proceeds benefit people in New York and in destinations abroad who are served by World Vision. The Marketplace will be offered December 2nd and December 3rd. Hours extend from 11am to 8:30pm. Bryant Park , Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.,

About the Author

Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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