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Cool Holiday Pop-Up Bars To Check Out This Season

Article by Carol Fite Lynn

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Franklin Lifestyle

Tis the season for festive libations, and this round-up of holiday-themed pop-up bars will have you feeling the holiday spirit(s)!

The Lodge at PROOF
300 12th Avenue South, Nashville
Monday – Thursday 4 PM-12 AM; Friday 2 PM-1 AM; Saturday 12 PM-1 AM; Sunday 12 PM-12 AM

The Lodge at PROOF offers a winter experience on the rooftop of W Nashville, transforming the bar patio into a winter village with a small-town vibe featuring snow, pine trees and glowing lamp posts. The focal point of the experience includes translucent cabins filled with cozy couches, rustic fireplace, and alpine chic décor. These cabins can accommodate small groups and feature clear paneling to keep guests cozy, while still being able to soak in the Music City skyline.

Hard Candy Christmas

Americana Taphouse
94 East Main Street, Franklin

Celebrate the holidays on the Harpeth at Americana Taphouse’s Hard Candy Christmas pop-up bar. Located on historic Downtown Franklin’s Main Street, the bar and outdoor patio will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy tableside s’mores and live music on the heated patio, or step inside for twinkling décor, photo opportunities, festive cocktails and specialty bar bites to share. As an ode to Dolly Parton, the Hard Candy Christmas pop-up bar will be decked out in bold colors and bright candy canes for a whimsical experience the whole family can enjoy.

JW Starlight
JW Marriott
201 8th Avenue South, Nashville

Take a train ride through winter wonderlands this holiday season. This immersive feature constructed in the hotel lobby allows guests to book a reservation on the JW Starlight and embark on a 60-minute journey through various mountain landscapes engaging all 5-senses. From Saturday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, January 7, the feature uses spatial audio, lighting displays, 3D animation software, and HD panels to create windows into scenes of picturesque winter along with specially curated and crafted themed cocktails. Tickets, available now, for the 21+ experience are $30-$40 and include complimentary valet.

World's Best Cup of Coffee: A Christmas Bar
McGavock’s Coffee & Provisions
130 2nd Avenue North, Franklin

Tuesday – Thursday 5 PM-11 PM; Friday & Saturday 5 PM-12 AM

Starting November 22, McGavock’s holiday-themed bar will feature over-the-top Christmas décor as well as a selection of specialty holiday cocktails, mocktails and bites including: 
 - World’s Best Cup of Coffee –espresso cocktail with infused vodka, vanilla syrup, dark roast, and winter spiced cream 
- Xmas Ornaments – cocktail made with Ketel One Grapefruit & Rose, rosemary syrup and black cherry 
 - Mele Kalikimaka – frozen hot chocolate, coconut, rum and frozen marshmallows

The holiday bar’s last day is New Year’s Eve and will be closed on November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ralphie’s Christmas: A Hidden Bar Experience
Noelle Nashville
200 4th Avenue North, Nashville
Sunday – Thursday 5 PM-12 AM; Friday & Saturday 5 PM – 1 AM

Beginning November 8, guests are transported to Ralphie’s ultimate holiday experience with endless ‘Oval-tinis’ and festive bites inspired by “A Christmas Story,” the timeless, classic movie that embodies American nostalgia during the holidays. Hidden Bar does not accept reservations. Guests must enter through the Makeready L&L entrance on Church Street, and head down the stairs to enter Hidden Bar. Instagram: @hiddenbarnashville

9 ¾ at the Union Station Nashville Yards
1001 Broadway, Nashville
Sunday – Thursday 1 PM-10 PM; Friday & Saturday 1 PM-11 PM

This magical holiday experience, running November 1 through December 29, will delight wizards young and old with spell-binding cocktails and spirited small plates in an atmosphere that pays homage to the Wizarding World. This holiday pop-up features Hogwart’s house banners, floating lanterns and candles, a hidden golden snitch, flying owls, and a luggage cart photo opportunity. Admission is free and includes two hours of complimentary valet. Minors are permitted but must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Photo by Amy Whidby