We’ve fa-la-la-la-fallen in love with holiday pop up bars over the years here in San Diego, which is why new ones keep cropping up every year. If you’re looking for some yuletide cheer here in Southern California, pay a visit to one of these 7 holiday pop-up bars here in San Diego.
San Diego’s premiere LGBTQ+-owned bar, Inside Out, has been making headlines ever since its arrival in SoCal. This urban oasis in Hillside gets a magical makeover during different seasons of the year and for Christmas, they’ve gone all out with snowflake sculptures, garland and lights, and even a flurry of fake snow that falls over guests dining in the lounge for a white Christmas we don’t often see here in California. Don’t forget to try one of their themed cocktails or bites.
Location: 1642 University Ave #100, San Diego
2. Xmas Bar
Head Downtown for a night of naughty good fun at Xmas Bar. They operate on a “first come, first serve” basis prior to 10pm so if you’re interested in their menu full of libations and bar food, keep that in mind. Listen to music, dance among Christmas decor, and drink a holiday-themed cocktail like their Jingle Juice, Drunken Gingerbread or a Comets Cocoa, a boozy hot chocolate for the colder evenings.
Location: 401 G St, San Diego
Until December 27th, Top of the Hyatt will be completely transformed into a holiday lounge where you can sit by the warm hearth while sipping on cocktails and lounging in their bunk beds that give all the feels of a cozy cabin. Don’t forget to take in the stunning SoCal panoramic views this 40th floor lounge is known for.
Location: 1 Market Pl, San Diego
4. Polite Provisions
Polite Provisions is doing a menu full of themed cocktails inspired by classic Christmas carols. The bar is named “A Cocktail Carol” and all their drinks are expertly crafted. Try their On Blitzen with Chai Rye Whiskey, and Polite Picon, or their On Prancer with White Rum and Pumpkin Spice Coquito.
Location: 4696 30th St, San Diego
Miracle is the gift that keeps on giving year after year in San Diego, where the traveling holiday pop up bar returns to transform some of San Diego’s best bars into a kitschy Christmas wonderland. This year, Miracle will be hosted at 2 different locations: Rancho Bernardo Inn and Draft Belmont Park, both with their own vibe but the same fun cocktails and glassware for the perfect festive photo-opp.
Draft Belmont Park: 3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego
Rancho Bernardo Inn: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego
The Great Dickens Pop Up is taking over The Duck Dive until the 31st, full of bright and festive holiday decor and Christmas-y glassware full of specialty holiday cocktails like their Bah-Rum-Bug made with rum, Aperol, pineapple, maple, lime, and cinnamon.
Location: 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego
7. Cutwater Tasting Room
Cutwater’s award-winnng spirits have been transformed into a delectable collection of holiday cocktails for sippin’. Head over to the tasting room until Dec. 31st to try their Negronski Flight, Poinsettia Punch, or their frozen Frostbite.
Location: 9750 Distribution Ave, San Diego