Fa-la-la-libations: 4 holiday pop-up bars in San Diego

We’ve rounded up fun, festive places to drink and be merry. ✨

Miracle on 30th Street SD

It’s a Miracle: The hip North Park bar has been given a festive makeover.

Feeling that holiday cheer? Us too — and we’re not (home) alone. ☃️

Some well-known San Diego bars have fully gotten into the spirit of the season, transforming into festive wonderlands with all the trimmings — wall-to-wall decorations, shimmering lights, and cocktails that sleigh.

Let’s raise a glass to four holiday pop-up bars where you can drink and be merry. 🍸

Miracle on 30th Street SD

Editor Monica (middle) with her lifelong friends at a past edition of Miracle on 30th Street.

Photo via Monica Garske

💫 Miracle on 30th Street

📍 Polite Provisions, 4696 30th St., North Park
For the past few years, “Miracle” pop-ups have taken over bars and lounges in select cities across the world, including Polite Provisions in San Diego. The holiday-themed event brings kitschy décor, festive craft cocktails, and nostalgic party vibes to the North Park hotspot during regular business hours and we are here for it.

Sippin Santa SD

Sippin’ Santa is lit in every way.

Photo via @jtran_photos

🎅 Sippin’ Santa

📍 The Grass Skirt, 910 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach
This tiki-themed Christmas pop-up takes over bars across the US annually and in San Diego, it happens at The Grass Skirt — a funky, polynesian speakeasy and restaurant in PB. From décor to over-the-top drinks like Rudolph’s Rum Rhapsody, it’s a real experience. Sippin’ Santa runs through the end of December. The bar opens daily at 5 p.m.; make a reservation.

Over the Top Holiday Lounge SD

It’s getting real cozy at the top.

🎄 Over the Top Holiday Lounge

📍 Top of the Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., downtown San Diego
Sitting 40 stories high at the top of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, this holiday cabin-themed pop-up experience includes a cozy fireplace, stockings hung with care, and a menu filled with jolly creations. Specialty drinks include the vodka and eggnog-based “Let It Snow,” and the rum and hot cider-based “Sweater Weather.” See the Top of the Hyatt’s festive makeover nightly, 3 p.m.-12 a.m., through Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Deck the Halls Pendry San Diego SD

Now entering: Deck the Halls.

❄️ Deck the Halls

📍 Nason’s Beer Hall, 507 J. St., downtown San Diego
Nestled inside the bar at the Pendry San Diego hotel, this pop-up is a partnership with Tipsy Elves apparel and features 20,000+ lights, frosty craft brews, and specialty cocktails like the “Tipsy and Toasted.” The décor is dripping in holiday sweaters — including the “world’s largest ugly Christmas sweater.” Proceeds benefit the San Diego Food Bank. Nason’s Beer Hall opens at 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. on weekends.

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