Christmas-heads, prepare yourselves for the coming of more than a half-dozen holiday-themed bars this season around Denver — and another in Colorado Springs, just in case you find the local options lacking.
Starting on Thursday and continuing until the New Year, you’ll have your pick of pop-up bars. Fans of the European Christmas market tradition can even head to a new outdoor plaza bar coming to Union Station.
For the most over-the-top Christmas experience, check out the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Camp Christmas installation and Santa Bar at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora.
Or for a holiday drink with views, there will be rooftop holiday parties with alcohol served from a decked-out Airstream at the new Edgewater Public Market.
Four Miracle Bars will vomit Christmas decor — and cheer, but hopefully not alcohol — all over Colorado this year, from Larimer Square to Highland, Arvada and down to Colorado Springs. A lower-key celebration will light up The Ramble Hotel’s hidden-away mezzanine bar, opening first on Thursday.
Here’s the skinny, in order of debut:
Death & Co’s holiday pop-up at Suite 6A
Nov. 21-Dec. 28
For those who want just a little holiday buzz, the swanky lobby bar at The Ramble Hotel is serving Christmas movie-themed cocktails in a low-lit setting in its upstairs, mezzanine level Suite 6A. The pop-up will include drinks like the Filthy Animal made with red wine, brandy, amaro, pomegranate, orange and cinnamon.
1280 25th St., 5 p.m.-close Thursday through Saturday, walk-in only, deathandcompany.com
Camp Christmas at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace
Nov. 21-Jan. 5
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and creator Lonnie Hanzon bring a 10,000-square-foot immersive art installation this season to The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. Santa Bar will provide both boozy and non-alcoholic drinks to keep spirits high while you explore the exhibit and snap some “elfie selfies” (their words).
2501 Dallas St., Aurora, starting at 10 a.m. daily, tickets from $8-$21 at denvercenter.org
Miracle Bar(s) Denver
Nov. 27-Late December
Three whole Miracle Bars will pop-up around Denver this year — one in Larimer Square, one at Avanti and one inside the Arvada Tavern. Avanti’s is the same as last year, located upstairs at the Highland food hall in the indoor-outdoor Wolf Bar.
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In Larimer Square, the pop-up has taken over the former home of Milk & Honey Bar. This will be the biggest of the three this season, with room for nearly 150 Christmas fanatics.
And in Arvada, the Tavern’s second-floor speakeasy (enter through the phone booth) will transform into a tiki bar called Sippin’ Santa. Go here for tropical drinks with a holly-jolly vibe.
1414 Larimer St., 3200 N. Pecos St. and 5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada’ 5 p.m.-midnight Sundays and weekdays and until 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Walk-ins and reservations accepted, miracledenver.com
Roger’s Liquid Oasis (on the rooftop) at Edgewater Public Market
Nov. 29-Late December
The newest Denver food hall is transforming its rooftop into a holiday liquid oasis, Airstream trailer and all. The team behind downtown’s Brass Tacks will whip up eggnog, spiked hot cocoa, mulled wine and more against a backdrop of twinkling lights and the downtown skyline. Also, look out for a honky-tonk holiday party featuring Neon Moon on Dec. 8.
5505 W 20th Ave., Edgewater, rooftop bar opening at 2 p.m. daily (weather permitting), edgewaterpublicmarket.com
Miracle Bar Colorado Springs
Nov. 29-Jan. 1
The Miracle franchise makes its way south this year with Christmapolitans, Run Run Rudolphs and SanTaRex cocktails served from inside the Allusion Speakeasy space. The season starts out with an ugly sweater party on Dec. 2 and continues with more maybe-embarrassing opportunities to make memories through the New Year.
323 N. Tejon St. (inside Rooster’s House of Ramen), Colorado Springs, 6 p.m.-midnight Wednesday through Saturday, allusionbar.com
Union Station’s Holiday on the Plaza
Nov. 30-Jan. 1
New to Union Station’s holiday lineup this year is an outdoor lounge serving festive cocktails and featuring a cookie-decorating station, direct-to-Santa mailbox and occasional carolers. Union Station’s Grand Illumination celebration takes place Nov. 29, and the plaza lounge opens the next day.
Wynkoop and 17th Streets, 3-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, unionstationindenver.com
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