With Christmas only six days away, you'll want to make sure to treat yo' 'elf' by visiting some holiday-themed bars.
Mask up, put on your warmest coat and feel the jolly spirit with holiday-themed drinks in a fun environment.
Here are seven holiday-themed bars in Austin:
Lala's Little Nugget, 2207 Justin Lane
Whether you're in need of some holiday cheer or a holiday-themed drink, Lala's Little Nugget has you covered. Although the bar is open all year long, the unique Christmas experience is perfect in December.
Holiday-themed drinks include the snowball, peppermint hot cocoa and grandma's boozy eggnog. The bar is currently taking temperatures at the door and spacing seating out.
Miracle on 5th Street, 307 W. 5th St.
Miracle on 5th Street is back and spreading cheer in Austin this holiday season. With holiday cocktails and festive decorations, the bar is offering the most Christmas spirit for all guests.
The pop-up started as a franchise in New York City and now, Miracle on 5th Street in Austin is the most popular location in the world. The bar is offering Christmas cocktails such as a christmapolitan, snowball old fashioned, on dasher, run run Rudolph and more. Make a reservation to visit the holiday pop-up for a delicious cocktail and to take a photo sitting on Santa's throne. More information on Miracle on 5th Street can be found here.
Kitty Cohen's, 2211 Webberville Road #3548
Kitty Cohen's is celebrating the holiday season with "Get Lit," a Hanukkah pop-up bar. With Hanukkah inspired cocktails such as Manischewitz spritzers, slivotinis, and latke punch, you can visit the cocktail lounge and patio bar for a good time.
In addition, Kitty Cohen's will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the pop-up bar to Jewish Community Center Austin. The pop-up bar is open until Dec. 31.
Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar Blvd.
Gibson Wonderland is here and ready for a merry time. Gibson Street Bar is hosting Gibson Wonderland all through December. With holiday-themed cocktails such as the peppermint martini, naughty and spice, rum pum pum, oh holy rye and more wonderful pun-filled Christmas drinks, you'll want to make sure to stop by.
The festive bar also has a Gibson Sleigh, so make sure to stop by, snap a photo and share on Instagram for a chance to win a gift from the bar.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, 121 Pickle Road.
Cosmic Coffee & Beer is all decked out for the holidays. With Christmas lights on every corner, this is your next place to visit. Besides having your everyday coffee fix, winter cocktails are back on the menu. Try their red sled, viva viva toddy or cosmic milk punch for a jolly time.
East Austin Hotel, 1108 E. 6th St.
East Austin Hotel is feeling festive and ready for the holiday season with a holiday pop-up. The two bars in the hotel, Sixth and Waller and The Upside Bar are offering holiday themed drinks and a lot of Christmas cheer. Visit the East Austin Hotel for a merry Christmas time and delicious holiday cocktails. More information on hours and menus can be found here.
Elf'd up at Red Dragon, 120 W. 5th St.
Red Dragon is having a holiday pop-up to give Austin a holiday interactive experience. The bar is offering Christmas-themed cocktails and a holiday food menu. A toy drive is also being held nightly and proceeds will be donated to Dell Children's Medical Center and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
The bar is 21 and older and requiring masks and social distancing guidelines. More information and VIP reservations can be made by contacting (702)743-7051.
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Nicklaus Pereksta says he loves photographing enthusiastic people, and it’s why his latest gig offering pictures to people out on Lady Bird Lake’s hike and bike trail is going smoothly. He sets up his gear on the Pfluger pedestrian bridge and puts out a sign: Photos, $10.
“Overwhelmingly, this has been a really positive experience,” Pereksta said. “I get excited when I wake up in the morning and I can't wait to go to work.”
Bikers and joggers are excited about it too. On the pedestrian bridge leading to downtown Thursday morning, a man on an e-bike rode up and posed, wanting more photos.
“I posted the last pictures on Instagram and people loved it. They asked, ‘where is this guy?’” the biker told Pereksta. Bashfully, Pereksta, who also photographs landscapes and at weddings and other events, said he was happy to hear that.
Pereksta started these photos about a month ago, after the strenuous runs required in his valet job started causing pain in his legs. And though he has a passion for photography, he wasn’t so sure when he started working independently if it would work out.
He felt uncertain about the demand for it and was also worried about having lots of expensive equipment out in the open.
“Then like the first day was nothing but high praise and people are like, this is so awesome. This is great. I've never seen anything like this before. I was like, Wow, this was really good, like positive turnout. So I got encouraged.”
Now, he wants to expand and is thinking of contacting the Mueller Farmers Market about how to become a vendor. Still, he'll carry a connection to photographing on the bridge since the word bridge is related to his last name.
“It's a name my great, great, great grandfather came up with when he was marrying somebody. It's actually quite a romantic name. It means a joining of two bridges," Pereksta said. "So, I thought it was ironic that I'm set up on a bridge. I'm kind of representing my last name right now.”
Austonia talked to Pereksta about life in Austin, where he’s lived for eight years after living in Boston doing band photography.
What was your first experience with Austin?
I came here to visit some friends and they took me to Barbarella. So we went to Barbarella and I was like, ‘wow, this place is great.’ And then the restaurants and the food and going to Barton Springs. I was like, ‘this is amazing.’ Because there's nothing like that in Boston. If you want to go to a natural spring, you got to go to New Hampshire. There's no pools in the city at all. So there's lots of swimming out here.
What do you like best about Austin?
You go to any little quiet bar and there's a band playing that should be like onstage for a sold out show. Yeah, they're playing to 10 people, right? Like, one of the best bands ever and they're playing for 10 people, right? And just little magic moments like that are pretty fun. You just run into little random weird things.
What do you think makes Austin different from other places?
There’s no fall.
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