Around this time each year, Christmas-themed bars takeover metro Detroit. This year is no different, with old favorites and some new flavors. Here are five options to check out this season.
Cadillac Lodge has returned to downtown Detroit for its third holiday season. The pop-up bar offers a ski-lodge vibe, with festive lights and decor inside a heated transparent tent. Enjoy some drinks cuddled up on a cozy leather couch, or sample some of Executive Chef Jordan Hoffman’s new menu, which includes Detroit style chili, a cotton candy sleigh, and more. Cadillac Lodge; 60 Cadillac Square, Detroit; 248-645-7777; theiconiccollection.com/cadillac-lodge
International pop-up bar Miracle has made its way to metro Detroit once again, encouraging patrons to get “holidazed.” Taking over The Oakland in Ferndale this year, you can expect Christmas classics like Spiked Eggnog, made with cinnamon infused Pierre Ferrand Cognac, and original tastes like the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r, a cocktail that features ingredients like Barbados Rum, Cachaça, and pineapple. Miracle at the Oakland, 201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295; miraclepopup.com
Fleat Fa La La
Instead of closing its doors for the brisk winter, Ferndale-based food truck park Detroit Fleat is embracing the cold with heated outdoor igloos, Christmas-inspired drinks, and seasonal décor. In addition to its festive furnishings, Fleat’s event calendar is jam packed with events for family and friends, including a Bootlegger Night and Blake’s Donut Bar and Kinder Cinder Tapping. Detroit Fleat, 1820 Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-607-7611; detroitfleat.com
For the second year in a row, The Skip is transforming into Sippin Santa for the snowy season. If you seek out The Skip for its tropical theme, don’t worry – the bar is keeping is beachy roots intact with crossover drinks like The Shaka Kalikimaka, a Bombay Dry Gin, lime juice, and cranberry syrup cocktail served in mugs that are shaped like Santa wearing sunglasses and holding surfboards. The Skip, 1234 Library St., Detroit; theskipdetroit.com
Goodbye Ale Mary’s, hello Jingle. For the month of December, Ale Mary’s is going by the name Jingle and will be decked out in holiday cheer inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Jingle will continue to serve Ale Mary’s regular menu items, with the addition of holiday drinks served in festive mugs and seasonal cookies. Ale Mary’s, 316 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-268-1939; alemarysbeer.com