The South's Best Christmas Bars

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Whether meeting up with hometown friends, escaping a family affair, or attending an ugly sweater party, there are plenty of good reasons to go to a bar during the holiday season. If you happen to be in one of those situations and want an atmosphere that keeps the Christmas cheer going, these are the best Christmas bars in the South. From Christmas bars like the pop-up phenomenon Miracle on Ninth Street to holiday-bedecked rooftops like the Unscripted Durham's Winter Wonderland, locations all over the South are taking on limited-time Christmas personas. And unlike short-lived pop-ups, there are some Christmas bars in the South that stay festive all year long. If you need a strong shot of eggnog or a glass of mulled wine this season, these are the most festive Christmas bars to add some extra jingle to your holiday.

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Miracle on Ninth Street

Miracle on Ninth Street
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Multiple Locations

Miracle on Ninth Street, the famed Christmas pop-up bar that started in New York City a few years ago, is now popping up all around the world. All locations will don their holiday best and offer the same festive signature cocktails. Below are the Southern locations of the pop-up, but you can find a full list of locations here.

  • Asheville, NC – Miracle on Haywood Road (The Golden Pineapple)
  • Atlanta, GA – Miracle on Wonderkid
  • Athens, GA – Miracle at the Expat
  • Austin, TX – Miracle on 5th Street (The Eleanor)
  • Baton Rouge, LA – Miracle on Bennington (The Station)
  • Bentonville, AR – Miracle on 2nd Street (Undercroft)
  • Birmingham, AL – Miracle at 24th Street (Queen's Park)
  • Charlotte, NC – Miracle at Backstage Lounge
  • Chattanooga, TN – Miracle at No Hard Feelings
  • Dallas, TX – Miracle at Royal 38
  • Daytona Beach, FL – Miracle at McCoy's Rum Room (Hilton Oceanfront Resort)
  • Fort Worth, TX – Miracle on South Main (Nickel City)
  • Greenville, SC – Miracle at Southernside Brewing
  • Houston, TX – Miracle at Johnny's (Johnny's Gold Brick)
  • Huntsville, AL – Miracle at Midcity (The Camp Huntsville)
  • Jacksonville, FL – Miracle on the Square (Grape and Grain Exchange)
  • Knoxville, TN – Miracle at Brother Wolf
  • Louisville, KY – Miracle on Market (Galaxie Bar)
  • Memphis, TN – Miracle at the Liquor Store
  • Mount Pleasant, SC – Miracle and Handcraft Kitchen and Cocktails
  • Orlando, FL – Miracle on Orange (at The Courtesy Bar)
  • Nashville, TN – Miracle on Gallatin Ave. (The Pearl Diver)
  • New Orleans, LA – Miracle on Magazine (Barrel Proof)
  • Pensacola, FL – Miracle on Palafox (Old Hickory Whiskey Bar)
  • Raleigh, NC – Miracle at The Haymaker
  • Richmond, VA – Miracle on Cary Street (The Jasper)
  • St. Augustine, FL – Miracle at Forgotten Tonic
  • St. Louis, MO – Miracle at Small Change
  • Tampa, FL – Miracle on Main (Strandhill Public Tampa Heights)
  • Washington, D.C. – Miracle at Death Punch Bar
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Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack

Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack
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Multiple Locations

Throughout the holiday season, Miracle on Ninth Street's beach-vibe spinoff, Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack, is making people merry throughout the South. Like Miracle, Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack will also feature signature holiday cocktails (like the Kris Kringle Colada, made with dark Jamaican rum, allspice, lime & pineapple juice, and cream of coconut) at each location. Find a full list of locations here.

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Garden District

Garden District
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Washington, D.C.

Garden District, a seasonal, outdoor barbecue joint and beer garden, becomes a holiday haven during the season. Not only is the patio decked out with lights and a flying Santa with reindeer, the beer garden offers specialty drinks and an extended beer menu. For Southerners who aren't used to the cold, Garden District packs the porch with heaters.

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The Snow Globe at JW Marriott Nashville

JW Marriott Nashville Snow Globe Bar
JW Marriott Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee

At the Snow Globe, you can immerse yourself in a holiday cocoon that looks, sounds, tastes, even smells like the perfect Christmas. Enjoy seasonal drinks like the Mistletoe Mule with cranberry, and nibble on Snowflake Truffle Fries or Chocolate Candy Cake while enjoying a virtual snowy night.

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Tap 99

Tap 99 Bar Christmas
Tap 99

Washington, D.C.

This self-pour bar has, yes, 99 types of beer, wine, cider and cocktails on tap, including plenty of holiday-themed sips. Add fun decorations and an appearance from the Grinch, and you have a pretty perfect Christmas bar.

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Yebo Ski Haus

Yebo Ski Haus
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Atlanta, Georgia

South African-American fusion restaurant and bar Yebo Beach Haus, which usually resembles a seaside escape, turns into Yebo Ski Haus from December through February. The restaurant doesn't just change its name and put up some decorations, though—it puts out a completely new comfort-food menu and changes its indoor and outdoor décor entirely to reflect a ski lodge.

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Santa's Pub

Santa’s Pub
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Nashville, Tennessee

Santa's Pub, a famed dive bar housed in a spray-painted double-wide trailer, has a more interesting story than most establishments. The beer-only bar is also cash only, and the owner, who goes by Santa, has a few valuable behavior rules that are the reason there's never been a fight at the place.

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Chai-vy and Cohen-y Hanukkah Bar

Chai-vy and Cohen-y Hanukkah Bar
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Washington, D.C.

Neighborhood bar Ivy and Coney (see what they did there with the spinoff) goes all out to celebrate the season all December long. The bar will be elaborately decorated, of course, but Ivey and Coney—Chai-vy and Cohen-y—will also be serving a special Hanukkah menu featuring traditional dishes like potato latkes and drinks like kosher wine. But that's not all—during the Festival of Lights, the bar will have gift giveaways and holiday games.

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Unscripted Durham Winter Wonderland

Unscripted Durham Winter Wonderland
Unscripted Durham

Durham, North Carolina

Atop this hip mid-century hotel is a glittering Christmas getaway complete with decked-trees, private igloos, holiday-themed drinks, and amazing views.

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Lala's Little Nugget

Lala’s Little Nugget
Lala’s Little Nugget

Austin, Texas

Lala's stays in the Christmas spirit all year long with lights, decorations, and a reindeer-topped roof. Gingerbread cocktails, boozy eggnog, and hot toddies add to the jolly mood.

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