Last Updated on November 24, 2020 by Jeremy
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In 2020 most of the popup bars are not returning due to the current climate. Presently, Miracle Bar will be returning for their Miracle on 6th iteration, Jingle Bar will be found at the Original Oyster House, and Fir Junction (not yet visited) will be open. We anticipate some of the below popups returning in 2021.
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, and Christmas in Pittsburgh is truly a sight to behold.
But as the holiday season is as much about spreading goodwill, taking in the decorations, and the like, Pittsburgh also has another avenue for enjoying the holiday- via its libations scenes!
In fact, there are several Christmas bars in Pittsburgh to enjoy during the holiday season, ensuring that you'll have some holiday cheer from Light Up Night (or in the case of a few of the pop-ups, Black Friday) to New Years.
Check them out below!
Miracle on 6th
Miracle on 6th is the epitome of holiday bars. This international pop-up can be found in many states as well a few other countries around the world. The Pittsburgh iteration does its best to have almost every single inch of bar space covered in decorations (in fact, probably the most out of any bar in Pittsburgh), and for that we can't get enough of it- although their delicious cocktails don't hurt, either.
The Miracle bar has a rather popular following behind it, so when you visit be prepared as there may likely be a line!
The pop-up Miracle on 6th is located at 136th 6th Street in downtown Pittsburgh in 2020. We had visited this popup in previous iterations.
Tinsel Town Cocktails
Tinsel Town Cocktails is the pop-up holiday bar of the downtown restaurant Harris Grill. The decorations at this one are a bit more reserved and the cocktails are more along the lines of spiked cocoa and eggnog over craft cocktails.
So if you are in the mood for some holiday cheer with libations that are a bit more traditional, give this one a try.
Tinsel Town Cocktails is located at Harris Grill at 245 Fourth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.
The holiday pop-up Jingle Bar goes after Miracle bar for the title of ‘most decorated' and offers a rather large space that is covered with Christmas decor everywhere you look.
The cocktails here are a significant miss to us, but the over-the-top ambiance is really hard to beat, even if the decorations felt a bit rushed. So if you are in the Christmas spirit but would prefer to have a domestic beer over a cocktail, give Jingle Bar a try.
Jingle Bar was located at 268 Forbes Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh in previous years. In 2020 a pop-up named Jingle Bar will be at the Original Oyster House but we are unsure if it will be the same as previous iterations or not. The prior review was from a visit prior to 2020.
The cocktails come with fun Christmas and Hanukkah themed names like Peace Love and Jewish Donuts (featuring vanilla-infused Boyd & Blair vodka, strawberry jam, lemon, and egg white), Man, Oh Manischewitz (with Manischewitz, Elderflower, Brandy, apple cider reduction, and mulling spices), and Christmas Morning (whiskey with cereal milk and sugar cookie syrup). This pairs well with a rather elegant holiday theme as far as pop-up bars are concerned- something we can appreciate.
Our favorite of the bunch was Mala Ka-Tiki Maka which contained an absurd number of ingredients like holiday glazed spam washed rum, Maggie's Farm Falernum, absinthe, arrack, black tea, pineapple, grapefruit, and more. This one goes toe-to-toe with any of the best cocktails we have had at the Galleys and is reminiscent of a tiki drink with a holiday twist.
Even better? Part of the proceeds from every drink will be donated to Tree of Life and part to East Liberty First Presbyterian Church! Drinking for a cause is something we always support.
Chrismukkah Galley is located at 19 Bakery Square Way in East Liberty/Shadyside.
To wind down this list, we end on a bar that is not a pop-up, but instead changes its decorations for the holiday season. This is what is often considered to be the original Pittsburgh Christmas bar, Bob's Garage.
Bob's Garage is known as being a dive bar that is covered with decorations from floor-to-ceiling just about everywhere you look. The only difference is that this one has been doing it for years, well before the pop-up holiday concept even was a thing. This one may not have a specialty curated menu and only serves a limited selection of draft and canned beer, but the decorations more than make up for the limited offering!
Bob's Garage is located at 1372 Freeport Road in Blawnox, PA- just east of Pittsburgh off of 28.
So, where will you be drinking this holiday season? Comment below to let us know!