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Take a Look at Boozy Tiki Christmas Paradise in Central East Austin

Nickel City is temporarily holiday-themed cocktail pop-up Sippin’ Santa, an offshoot of the popular Miracle series

Sippin’ Santa at Nickel City
Sippin’ Santa at Nickel City
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Popular central east side bar Nickel City has transformed into a boozy tiki pop-up for the holidays. The bar at 1133 East 11th Street will serve drinks concocted by tiki expert Jeff Berry as part of the first-ever Sippin’ Santa, an offshoot of the Miracle pop-up, running now through New Year’s Eve on Monday, December 31.

In addition to the tiki drinks, Nickel City will also be hosting a luau every Saturday in December. The $40 tickets include two Sippin’ Santa drinks, a pupu platter, and photos with Santa.

Nickel City, which is no stranger to playing dress-up (as seen by its recent Halloween costume as Moe’s Tavern from The Simpsons), joins downtown bar the Eleanor in the Miracle festivities, although the atmosphere between the two is quite different. While Miracle is wintery (with a ski lounge), Sippin’ Santa is much more casual, with grass skirts, coconuts, and Santa hats.

Eater photographer Courtney Pierce took a tour through the “Santa’s on vacation”-themed space, highlighting its unique spin on holiday island cheer.

The Sippin’ Santa tiki bar at Nickel City
The Sippin’ Santa tiki bar at Nickel City
Sippin’ Santa takes over Nickel City
Sippin’ Santa takes over Nickel City
A neon flamingo at Sippin’ Santa
A neon flamingo at Sippin’ Santa
Decorations for Sippin’ Santa at Nickel City
Decorations for Sippin’ Santa at Nickel City
Santa and his surfboard at Nickel City
Santa and his surfboard at Nickel City
Hanging presents at Nickel City
Hanging presents at Nickel City
The bar at Nickel City for Sippin’ Santa
The bar at Nickel City for Sippin’ Santa
A cocktail from Sippin’ Santa at Nickel City
A cocktail from Sippin’ Santa at Nickel City
Nickel City’s windows covered in tiki grass for Sippin’ Santa
Nickel City’s windows covered in tiki grass for Sippin’ Santa

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1133 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

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