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The entrance of Miracle on 5th Street
The entrance of Miracle on 5th Street in 2018
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All the Holiday Pop-Up Bars to Know This Year in Austin

Where to find holiday cocktails and festive takeout

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The entrance of Miracle on 5th Street in 2018
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Though Austin holidays are typically less snow-topped and more muggy than other cities, there are still plenty of places to order spiked eggnog and hot toddies. In recent years, Christmas celebrations around the city have gotten more elaborate with pop-ups and specials galore. Many have adjusted for the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping social distancing and virus mitigation measures in place while offering takeout cocktails.

Eater put together this handy map of the best bars and restaurants offering takeout holiday cocktails and specials throughout Austin. This year still includes the kitschy national pop-up bar Miracle at downtown cocktail bar the Eleanor (sibling to the essential the Roosevelt Room), its tiki offshoot Sippin’ Santa at east side favorite Nickel City, and the Hanukkah pop-up at East Austin bar Kitty Cohen’s. Plus, there’s a non-boozy option over at fast-casual Asian restaurant 101 by Tea Haus. For the purposes of this map, only bars and restaurants offering takeout services are being included.

For other seasonal needs, there are holiday takeout meals, holiday dessert preorders, and tamales.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each bar is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the bars themselves.

A number of Austin restaurants have resumed dine-in service. That level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the City of Austin website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 101 by Tea Haus

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6929 Airport Blvd #132
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 371-7751
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Austin blogger Jane Ko added a holiday spin to her pop-up at fast-casual Asian restaurants 101 by Tea Haus and Tea Haus. This means boba drinks (peppermint mocha, eggnog), bubble waffles (peppermint bark, eggnog and gingerbread), and even hot pot meal kits. Pickup orders for both locations (the other on Ranch Road 2222) can be placed online. The restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

Holiday bubble teas and bubble waffles from the Koko Holiday Pop-Up
Holiday bubble teas and bubble waffles from the Koko Holiday Pop-Up
A Taste of Koko

2. DrinkWell

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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The North Loop bar is hosting a one-day boozy hot chocolate pop-up this weekend on Sunday, December 20 from noon to 3 p.m. The bar teamed up with several local chocolate purveyors — Srsly, Madhu, and Delysia — and concocted three fancy alcoholic hot chocolates. There’s a gingerbread one with brandy and rum, a spicy one with mezcal and tequila, and a vegan one with whiskey and Amaro Montenegro. For those who want something simple, there are good ol’ Swiss Miss with optional booze shots. Rounding out the pop-up are baked goods from Vivian’s Boulangerie. Partial proceeds from the hot chocolate drinks will be given to the Central Texas Food Bank. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for dine-in service.

3. Little Ola's Biscuits (Olamaie)

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1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796
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To-go holiday cocktails from the casual Southern restaurant-turned-temporary biscuit shop include the frozen Mintacle on 17th Street with Smirnoff peppermint twist vodka and coconut milk and the bourbon- and rum-based eggnog. Pickup orders can be placed online.

Takeout holiday cocktails from Olamaie
Takeout holiday cocktails from Olamaie
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4. Old Thousand

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1000 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 222-6637
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The Chinese-American restaurant is offering a small holiday-themed cocktail menu, with two of the drinks are available for takeout. There’s the boozy boba Santa’s Lil Helper with a chai-infused brandy, Dalgona coffee, and tapioca pearls and the Hot Butter Scotch with scotch, banana liqueur, and Sichuan salt. Call for pickup orders at (737) 222-6637, extension 1; only available at the 11th Street location.

Takeout holiday cocktails from Old Thousand
Takeout holiday cocktails from Old Thousand
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5. Small Victory

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108 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 903-9450
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The stellar downtown cocktail bar reopened for to-go services, which now includes holiday-perfect aged eggnogs. Pickup orders can be placed online.

6. Nickel City

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1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

The favorite Central East Austin bar transformed again for the holidays into Sippin’ Santa, a tiki spinoff of Miracle, for the third time. Drinks include the Kaloka Colada, a rum and pumpkin-spiced coconut cream concoction, and the Rum Rum Randolph, a shot of overproof and pineapple rums plus coffee liqueur. It’s open now through Thursday, December 31. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for on-site services.

The Sippin’ Santa cocktail at Nickel City
The Sippin’ Santa cocktail at Nickel City
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7. The Eleanor

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307 W 5th St Unit A
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-4094
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Pop-up bar Miracle on 5th Street returned to the Eleanor for the fourth year, bringing kitschy decor and festive cocktails next door to sibling spot Roosevelt Room. Look for drinks like the mulled wine drink and the Christmapolitan. It’s open now through Sunday, December 27. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar is open for on-site services.

Miracle on Fifth Street’s main bar
Miracle on Fifth Street’s main bar
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8. Sixth and Waller

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1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 205-8916
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The East Austin Hotel restaurant and its bar counterpart the Upside are offering holiday cocktails and latkes to-go for the season. Of the former, there’s hot toddies, spiked hot chocolates with Ancho Reyes, and a Moscow Mule made with pomegranate vodka, among other drinks. Then there’s the small Hanukkah menu, where the latkes come with three topping options: the sour cream and apple; smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers; and the pastrami, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing; alongside the Mazel Tov cocktail (made with vodka, cider, lemon, and vanilla). That specific menu is available during Hanukkah, from Thursday, December 10 through Friday, December 18. Pickup orders can be placed online. The hotel’s restaurants and bars have reopened for dine-in services.

Holiday cocktails from East Austin Hotel
Holiday cocktails from East Austin Hotel
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9. Kitty Cohen's

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2211 Webberville Rd #3548
Austin, TX 78702

The ‘70s-themed east side spot is hosting its Hanukkah pop-up for the second year. Co-owner Josh Brownfield even consulted his rabbi brother-in-law for the menu. The Get Lit pop-up menu features holiday-tinged drinks, from the Manischewitz spritzers, the Latke punch (potato vodka, apple cider, ginger liqueur), and the Slivotinis. A few of the drinks, including a frozen eggnog, will be available for takeout orders. The menu is available starting on Tuesday, December 8 through Tuesday, December 31, and partial proceeds will benefit the Shalom Jewish Community Center. Pickup orders can be placed via TabbedOut. The bar has reopened for on-site patio and indoor services.

Some of Kitty Cohen’s Hanukkah cocktails
Some of Kitty Cohen’s Hanukkah cocktails
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10. Little Brother

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89 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 305-3133
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The small downtown bar has two takeout holiday cocktails on deck: the Brandes Mint hot chocolate and the tiki-ish Krushin’ Krampus with rums and figs. Pickup orders can be placed online.

1. 101 by Tea Haus

6929 Airport Blvd #132, Austin, TX 78752
Holiday bubble teas and bubble waffles from the Koko Holiday Pop-Up
Holiday bubble teas and bubble waffles from the Koko Holiday Pop-Up
A Taste of Koko

Austin blogger Jane Ko added a holiday spin to her pop-up at fast-casual Asian restaurants 101 by Tea Haus and Tea Haus. This means boba drinks (peppermint mocha, eggnog), bubble waffles (peppermint bark, eggnog and gingerbread), and even hot pot meal kits. Pickup orders for both locations (the other on Ranch Road 2222) can be placed online. The restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

6929 Airport Blvd #132
Austin, TX 78752

2. DrinkWell

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

The North Loop bar is hosting a one-day boozy hot chocolate pop-up this weekend on Sunday, December 20 from noon to 3 p.m. The bar teamed up with several local chocolate purveyors — Srsly, Madhu, and Delysia — and concocted three fancy alcoholic hot chocolates. There’s a gingerbread one with brandy and rum, a spicy one with mezcal and tequila, and a vegan one with whiskey and Amaro Montenegro. For those who want something simple, there are good ol’ Swiss Miss with optional booze shots. Rounding out the pop-up are baked goods from Vivian’s Boulangerie. Partial proceeds from the hot chocolate drinks will be given to the Central Texas Food Bank. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for dine-in service.

207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

3. Little Ola's Biscuits (Olamaie)

1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Takeout holiday cocktails from Olamaie
Takeout holiday cocktails from Olamaie
Olamaie/Facebook

To-go holiday cocktails from the casual Southern restaurant-turned-temporary biscuit shop include the frozen Mintacle on 17th Street with Smirnoff peppermint twist vodka and coconut milk and the bourbon- and rum-based eggnog. Pickup orders can be placed online.

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Old Thousand

1000 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Takeout holiday cocktails from Old Thousand
Takeout holiday cocktails from Old Thousand
Old Thousand [Official]

The Chinese-American restaurant is offering a small holiday-themed cocktail menu, with two of the drinks are available for takeout. There’s the boozy boba Santa’s Lil Helper with a chai-infused brandy, Dalgona coffee, and tapioca pearls and the Hot Butter Scotch with scotch, banana liqueur, and Sichuan salt. Call for pickup orders at (737) 222-6637, extension 1; only available at the 11th Street location.

1000 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Small Victory

108 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

The stellar downtown cocktail bar reopened for to-go services, which now includes holiday-perfect aged eggnogs. Pickup orders can be placed online.

108 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Nickel City

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Sippin’ Santa cocktail at Nickel City
The Sippin’ Santa cocktail at Nickel City
Nickel City/Facebook

The favorite Central East Austin bar transformed again for the holidays into Sippin’ Santa, a tiki spinoff of Miracle, for the third time. Drinks include the Kaloka Colada, a rum and pumpkin-spiced coconut cream concoction, and the Rum Rum Randolph, a shot of overproof and pineapple rums plus coffee liqueur. It’s open now through Thursday, December 31. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for on-site services.

1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. The Eleanor

307 W 5th St Unit A, Austin, TX 78701
Miracle on Fifth Street’s main bar
Miracle on Fifth Street’s main bar
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Pop-up bar Miracle on 5th Street returned to the Eleanor for the fourth year, bringing kitschy decor and festive cocktails next door to sibling spot Roosevelt Room. Look for drinks like the mulled wine drink and the Christmapolitan. It’s open now through Sunday, December 27. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar is open for on-site services.

307 W 5th St Unit A
Austin, TX 78701

8. Sixth and Waller

1108 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Holiday cocktails from East Austin Hotel
Holiday cocktails from East Austin Hotel
East Austin Hotel [Official]

The East Austin Hotel restaurant and its bar counterpart the Upside are offering holiday cocktails and latkes to-go for the season. Of the former, there’s hot toddies, spiked hot chocolates with Ancho Reyes, and a Moscow Mule made with pomegranate vodka, among other drinks. Then there’s the small Hanukkah menu, where the latkes come with three topping options: the sour cream and apple; smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers; and the pastrami, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing; alongside the Mazel Tov cocktail (made with vodka, cider, lemon, and vanilla). That specific menu is available during Hanukkah, from Thursday, December 10 through Friday, December 18. Pickup orders can be placed online. The hotel’s restaurants and bars have reopened for dine-in services.

1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Kitty Cohen's

2211 Webberville Rd #3548, Austin, TX 78702
Some of Kitty Cohen’s Hanukkah cocktails
Some of Kitty Cohen’s Hanukkah cocktails
Kitty Cohen’s [Official]

The ‘70s-themed east side spot is hosting its Hanukkah pop-up for the second year. Co-owner Josh Brownfield even consulted his rabbi brother-in-law for the menu. The Get Lit pop-up menu features holiday-tinged drinks, from the Manischewitz spritzers, the Latke punch (potato vodka, apple cider, ginger liqueur), and the Slivotinis. A few of the drinks, including a frozen eggnog, will be available for takeout orders. The menu is available starting on Tuesday, December 8 through Tuesday, December 31, and partial proceeds will benefit the Shalom Jewish Community Center. Pickup orders can be placed via TabbedOut. The bar has reopened for on-site patio and indoor services.

2211 Webberville Rd #3548
Austin, TX 78702

10. Little Brother

89 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

The small downtown bar has two takeout holiday cocktails on deck: the Brandes Mint hot chocolate and the tiki-ish Krushin’ Krampus with rums and figs. Pickup orders can be placed online.

89 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

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