Hey folks, gearing up for a holly, jolly time?
Whether you’re yearning for a tropical holiday getaway or diving headfirst into the festive cheer, Columbus is playing host to some seriously cool spots that are giving the holidays a whole new vibe. Buckle up, because these bars are turning it up a notch to make your holiday celebrations unforgettable.
Let’s kick off our festive and boozy tour at Lawbird (740 S. High St.), where from December 5th to December 10th, they’re whisking you away from the winter chill and straight into a Christmas Tiki wonderland. Think tiki mugs, palm trees, and a holiday escape that will have you forgetting all about the snow-covered streets of Ohio.
Next on the list is Huli Huli Tiki Lounge (26 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH), a hidden gem that transforms into “Huli Holidays” central every year. Until New Year’s, they’re swapping out their usual tropical vibes for Christmas-themed tiki mugs, spiced rums, and fruity concoctions. Vintage Santas, Rudolphs, and their signature tiki decor make it feel like you’re celebrating Christmas in the Pacific Islands.
Now, we’re headed by Brewdog (1175 N. High St.) and their Short North location’s “Christmas Bar.” For the second year running, they’re creating a magical wonderland straight out of a movie set, right in the heart of Columbus. Frosted windows, plaid-wrapped presents, and a crackling fireplace set the scene, while their menu boasts cozy delights like the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini.
For those in the mood for a literary-inspired escapade, head over to The Bottle Shop (237 King Avenue) where they’re transforming into “Ebenezer’s.” A Charles Dickens-themed pop-up, this cozy spot is serving up Victorian-era cocktails, some straight from Dickens’ writings. The ambiance is all Victorian Gothic, with Krampus pillows, black chandeliers, and a strict “no Mariah Carey” policy. Open from November 28 to New Year’s, it’s a haven for those looking to escape the usual holiday soundtrack.
Experience the epitome of winter cheer at Land-Grant’s Wintergarden (424 W Town Street)! Cozy up with loved ones in their heated Beer Garden Igloos, now offering friendly table service for a perfect winter hangout. Take your winter fun to new heights with ICE Bumper Cars at the NEW GRAVITY EXPERIENCE PARK. And don’t miss out on the early start to curling season—reserve your spot now for 90 minutes of icy thrills, complete with a heated igloo for 8 and table service. You’ll have to act quickly, because these spots fill up crazy fast.
Last but certainly not least, wrap up your festive bar crawl at The Citizens Trust (11 W. Gay St.) with their “Miracle Pop-Up Bar” running until December 30th. With a massive 14-ft inflatable igloo, Christmas trees galore, and drinks served in festive cups, it’s a whimsical celebration that’s impossible not to love.
So, whether you’re Scrooge-ing it up, dreaming of a tropical Christmas, or fully embracing the Hallmark magic, Columbus has your holiday bar scene sorted. Here’s to clinking glasses and making this season merrier than ever! Cheers!