‘Tis the season to sip specialty holiday cocktails with someone special. Christmas pop-up bars and themed experiences have come to town, making date night easier to plan, and bringing plenty of cheer to this time of year. We’ve been sipping and sampling so you know exactly where to go to find Christmas Cocktails in Tampa Bay this year.
Best Holiday Cocktails and Christmas Pop-Up Bars
- Barterhouse Ybor
- Santa’s Social Club
- Miracle at Mezzo
- Icicles Craft Cocktails
- Sippin’ Santa
Keep reading for more on where to find these pop-ups and the tasty seasonal cocktails they’re serving up.
Fridays in December
301 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater FL
On Fridays, guests and locals can participate in Santa-led Cocktail classes at OffSHOR. A bartender dressed as Santa will lead the class through each step of making some of his favorite North Pole beverages, all while enjoying the gorgeous sunset in the background. The mixology classes will take place every Friday in December until Christmas day at 5 p.m.
Reservations can be made HERE.
$25 per ticket
1700 West Fig Street
The holiday decor at Willa’s right now is truly excellent. And if the ambiance does not bring you enough Christmas cheer, then you should take a look at their holiday cocktail menu.
Sip on Milk & Cookies with Santa Teresa Rum, Park Cognac, Rumchata, coconut and milk with a mini chocolate chip cookie on top. The Merry & Bright tones down the sweetness with 400 Conejos Mezcal, Select Aperitivo, fresh-squeezed lemon and torched rosemary.
1811 N 15th Street Suite A,
Discover Santa’s Secret Cocktail List at Barterhouse Ybor’s Blitz Inn 2022 Holiday Pop-Up Bar. Santa, apparently, has great taste, with some truly unique and seriously seasonal offerings.
The Dirty Santa features olive oil infused Ketel One, vermouth, Dill and pepper. Equally kooky but on the sweet side, try the Kevin and the Wet Bandits, CocoPuff infused bourbon with cinnamon and bitters. Looking for something more traditional? Oogie Boogie’s Brew has dark rum, eggnog, spices and vanilla.
1111 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL
This time of year Intermezzo transforms into Miracle at Mezzo. This Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar brings a super festive setting with kitschy holiday decor along with delicious seasonal drinks.
We’re partial to the Christmapolitan with vodka, elderflower, vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, lime and absinthe. But it’s hard to turn down other fun favorites like Grandma Got Run Over by a T-Rex (featuring super cool glassware) and Jingle Balls Nog. The fun lasts through New Year’s Eve.
937 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL
The chic Florida vibes of No Vacancy St. Pete are undeniable. Hang out in The EDGE district of downtown St. Pete and nosh on Florida food and share a punch bowl. The tropical & tiki cocktails are given a holiday makeover.
The awesome atmosphere of No Vacancy St. Pete is made even better with festive holiday decor and themed cocktails from November 30 through all of December.
Part of Winter Village
600 N Ashley Dr
Winter Village in downtown Tampa has all kinds of fun for date night, including a fun holiday themed bar called Icicles Craft Cocktails.
Holiday cocktail offerings include a Campfire Old Fashioned with toasted marshmallow syrup, a Pumpkin Mule and the Sleigh All Day – Grand Marnier, prosecco, lemon and a spiced sugar rim.
Grab your drink before exploring the lights and shopping the many small businesses set up at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for the holiday season.
516 Grant Street
The Honu Tiki Bar in downtown Dunedin has transformed into the Sippin’ Santa for the remainder of the holiday season. Think Tiki meets the North Pole for these holiday concoctions (and that means cool glassware, too).
Try the Kris Kringle Colada, the Jingle Bird or Rudolph’s Rum Rhapsody. Holiday cocktails are even available to go, along with a little bag of “good ice.”
966 Douglas Ave
Christmas is coming to Dunedin’s Sonder Social Club – or should we say Santa’s Social Club. This Christmas bar takeover is officially open and ready to celebrate the season with you.
Incredible cocktails and themed nights (including an ugly sweater party) put the Santa Social Club on our date night wish list this holiday season.
25 Causeway Blvd,
You may not want to be a cotton headed ninny muggings, but you’ll want to drink one from Bar Tiki — peppermint infused Rumhaven with house hot chocolate. Bar Tiki’s holiday drink specials for the month of December are extra delicious.
Feature image credit: Miracle at the Mezzo
Looking for more holiday fun? Here are some of our favorite ideas: