This year, I set out to support local businesses & find pop-up bars in Atlanta that offer the Christmas spirit in a safe way, and first up on that list is the Mingle & Jingle Bar at Best End Brewing. It’s so nice, I went TWICE!
- Best End Brewing did a fantastic job catering to my fairly new gluten-free diet…simply tell them that you are gluten-free, and they will take good care of you. PSsssst–the “Christmas Vacation” burger stack is BAR NONE, the best item on the menu. It tastes as indulgent as it looks!
- The cocktail list spans the spectrum of liquors –> liqueurs and all are good. ALSO, the drinks are served in different glasses everytime and that makes for a fun surprise, even if you order the Champagne Cocktail like 5 times between your two visits. Also, from my non-gluten free companions, the Best End beers are apparently incredible.
- Music is trappy Xmas and a total vibe–they also do raffle drawings every night at 6 and 9pm!
The Select at City Springs in Sandy Springs is next on my list. While we have all come to expect kitshy Christmas bars, The Select brought it high-end, with an elegant take on pop-up Christmas bars. The entire bar are has been transformed with a classy, artistic skyscape of holiday festivities.
- To take part in the festivities, ask to be seated in the bar area–the actual bar or the high-tops surrounding the bar.
- Order The Gingerbread Man drink: Rye whiskey + Creme de Cacao + Marshmallow Vodka + Bitters. It was absolutely my favorite drink on their special Holiday cocktail menu.
- Gluten free menu options are marked clearly on the menu!
- Set aside time either before or after your visit to walk around City Springs as the park is ALL lit up and decorated for the holidays as well.
If fancy is the name of your game, well, then you got it.
- The Miracle Bar at Fox Theater is reservation, purchased tickets per table only–$60 per table of 2 and on up from there. You go up a golden elevator, and that’s fun as crap, and the Marquee Club + decor does present lots of photo opportunities. HOWEVER, it feels like you’re a bit on the spot trying to take said photos because of the stringent mask rules.
- The food and drinks honestly aren’t good enough, IMO, to justify the per table price tag. There’s also not any gluten-free options in terms of food. So, if you are planning a visit, make it a drinking visit, because you’re not eating a full meal here.
- There is a cute pub on the corner when you leave The Fox (take a right and walk to the corner) with a full menu, so you could incoporate that for pre- or post-game.
Please let me know if I can help at all–comment below any questions you have! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, y’all!