KC's Holiday Pop-Up Bars


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Mindy Hargesheimer + Provided

Kansas City is certainly in the holiday spirit. With four festive pop-up bars sprinkled throughout the metro, this town is spreading Christmas cheer, one seasonal sip at a time. Marvel at these winter wonderlands—which have been decked out in twinkly lights, holiday kitsch and festive drinks—and propose a toast to the most wonderful time of the year. Be sure to charge your phone; you'll want to take lots of pics!

Christmas Magic at Miracle Pop Up KC

The international phenomenon Miracle Pop-Up Bars have arrived in Kansas City, this year with two locations. Miracle on the Plaza and Miracle at Rockhill take Christmas to a whole new level with in-your-face decorations from floor to ceiling, holiday music on repeat and a playful cocktail list with drinks like the Christmaspolitan and the Santarex.

'The Toy Shop' Holiday Pop Up Bar

This holiday pop-up bar at the Crossroads Hotel is a collaboration with local distiller Tom's Town and takes place inside of an art installation called "Gasoline Rainbow" by Jimmy Trotter, which features vintage toys, decor and keepsakes. Drinks include specialty cocktails like the Sugar Plum Fairy, eggnog and a Christopher Elbow hot chocolate bar.

Sippin' Santa at Julep

Escape the cold and be transported to the Tropics at Sippin' Santa, a national concept of holiday-themed tiki bars. The brainchild of Jeff “Beachbum” Berry—described as one of Imbibe magazine’s “25 most influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century”—patrons can expect drinks like the Kris Kringle Colada and the Christmas Eve of Destruction.

Better Watch Out

A self-proclaimed "Wicked Winter Wonderland," Better Watch Out is a holiday bar for those of us on the naughty list. Celebrate the season with Jack Skellington, the Grinch, Jack Frost and Krampus, Santa's "not-so-nice counterpart."

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