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The holiday season means hot cocoa and candy canes, which we love, but when the children are nestled in their beds with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads — it’s time for an over-the-top holiday cocktail.
Take a trip to the tropics without ever leaving downtown. Bitter & Twisted is hosting a tiki-themed Christmas pop-up through Dec. 24. Step into a sultry island hideaway, replete with festive tiki decorations, thousands of lights and a menu of concoctions, such as the Kris Kringle Colada, Azul Navidad, or a two-person Mistletoe-to-toe. You can also order classic cocktails off the original pared-down drink menu, and a full offering of chef-crafted bar bites.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. / Friday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Address: 1 W. Jefferson Street.
If you need help getting into the holiday spirit, the Miracle pop-up cocktail bar at Floor 13 will do the trick. Watch the sunset and roast marshmallows among over-the-top Christmas décor and cozy blankets. There’s a special holiday-themed cocktail and food menu accompanied by jaw-dropping rooftop views of the Downtown Phoenix skyline. Reservations are recommended. For the first time, the hotel also has a new Miracle Suite available. Complete with a Grinch-themed Christmas tree and a decorated patio, the suite is also connected to the rooftop bar.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Friday-Saturday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Address: 15 E. Monroe Street.
On Christmas Day, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is offering a three-course feast in addition to the regular holiday menu. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Open Table. Indulge in festive cocktails and bar bites at Blue Hound’s holiday pop-up bar titled “Blue Blitzen.” This year, you can also book a sno-globe on the patio overlooking the City Skate ice rink.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Brunch Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Address: 2 E. Jefferson Street.
Dine in for a special meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Dust Cutter located at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Every Monday – Thursday in December, the hotel will have cookies and cocktails in the lobby from 5-6 p.m. While you’re there look for Reni the Elf and you could win an all-inclusive two-night stay.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: 50 E. Adams Street.
New to downtown, Morning Squeeze is already in the holiday spirit with three holiday specials for the month of December. Get your brunch on with the s’mores stuffed French toast and a cranberry rosemary gin and tonic. Also this month: if you buy $50 in gift cards you get $10 free.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Address: 1 N. First Street.
See thousands of lights inside this restaurant just steps from the light rail. Crown offers an array of festive drinks and Santa will be there for breakfast Dec. 18 and 19 from 9-11 a.m.
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Friday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Address: 333 E. Jefferson Street.