A Good Hangover: Holiday Pop-ups With Persistence

Monday, December 26, 2016

The holiday week is upon us! For those of us taking days off from school or work, here’s a guide to popups that will remain open through the week, extending the spirit of the season right up to the the New Year’s doorstep –and beyond.


For the month of December, LOCL Bar on the Upper West Side has been transformed into a Shakespeare-inspired woodland dreamscape. The bar embodies an enchanted land with a lush winter forest, fairy kingdoms, a softly lit snowscape and candle-wax icicles frosting the bar’s baby grand piano. Guests can choose from eight cocktail creations, including the Love in Idleness cocktail, which transforms from white to purple in the presence of love, or in this case, in the presence of holiday spirit. Proceeds from the drink will be donated to Save the Children.

227 W 77th Street, New York.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Located behind the New York Public Library, the skating rink and public fare at the Winter Village at Bryant Park will stay open until March 5; and the holiday shops are up through January 2. Stroll through the dozens of vendors to check something homemade off of your list. Then, skate around the Bryant Park Christmas tree.

Located between 40th and 42nd Strets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Urbanspace Vanderbilt

The Columbus Circle and Union Square Urbanspace holiday markets all close on Christmas Eve, but Urbanspace Vanderbilt is a year-round culinary destination. The 20-artisinal and chef-driven food concepts are constantly rotating to satisfy even the most unique craving.

East 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue.


Located on 9th Street, Mace cocktail bar turns into Miracle for the holidays. Cocktails like the Muletide (Aquavit, Oloroso sherry, ginger, lime, pumpkin) and the Christmapolitan (vodka, elderflower, fig, spiced cranberry sauce, lime) will be served in Cocktail Kingdom’s festive, custom Miracle glassware. Because yes, sipping a cocktail out of Santa’s head does make it taste better. The location has decked its halls with lights, garlands and ribbons inspired by the original pop-up’s bonanza of cheerful Christmas decorations, and a soundtrack of holiday songs will help set the spirit.

649 East 9th Street.


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