THE HOLIDAYS ARE POPPING UP IN PITTSBURGH — HERE’S WHERE TO CELEBRATE

The best things in life are fleeting: daily specials, favorite seasons, half-price sales — and come holiday time in Pittsburgh, the pop-up bar. Has the pop-up always been a “thing”, or is it just in recent years that these temporary, seasonal bars and events have dotted our social calendars and fueled our FOMO with their mysterious and somewhat elusive nature?

Whether it’s a new thing or not, we’re about to push pause on our usual Friday night plans for the month of December in favor of visiting each and every one of these pop-up bars around town. If you’re intrigued, here’s where (and what) to drink at all of the best and most festive pop-ups in Pittsburgh.

Tina’s (Holiday). Everyone’s favorite Bloomfield hangout makes its way downtown for the winter season with an elegant twist on the holiday pop-up. The aptly named Tina’s (Holiday) is popping up in the Americus Club (helmed by stylish co-working collaborative Beauty Shoppe), and after a visit, we’re dubbing it Tina’s chic, worldly older sister. Think Thommy Conroy’s dried winter florals dramatically draped from the high ceilings, romantic candles creating a buzzy ambiance, and seasonal-yet-classic cocktails and punches made for relaxing and sipping rather than cheesy holiday cheer.
213 Smithfield St / Thursdays – Sundays through December 29

 

Bob’s Garage. Note a pop-up but still deserving your holiday attention, Bob’s Garage on Freeport Road is all about cheesy holiday cheer — and that’s what makes it so damn fun. This OG Pittsburgh holiday bar is a bit outside city limits, but it’s well worth the trek for cheap drinks, weekly karaoke and a truly insane explosion of Christmas lights and holiday décor decorating the bar (both inside and out) all year long.
1372 Freeport Rd / open daily

Miracle. Miracle sits somewhere in between the upscale, conceptual pop-up and the year-round holiday dive, and with two locations downtown and in the Southside, this one is a reliable and convenient destination. Whether you’re entertaining friends from out of town or just looking to get into the holiday spirit with your usual weekend crew, it’s hard not to enjoy Miracle’s kitschy Christmas décor and a festive cocktail menu that rounds out the holiday theme. Bonus: Miracle will partner with 412 Food Rescue in hopes of raising over $50k in donations, so no Scrooges here!

717 Liberty Ave & 2240 East Carson St / open daily through December 31

Chrismukkah Galley. If you instantly think of The OC when you hear the term “Chrismukkah”, you’re not alone. This new concept from the teams behind Smallman Galley and Federal Galley borrows the term in order to celebrate both holidays, but it also takes it a step further by donating 25% of its proceeds to Tree of Life synagogue and 25% to East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Sip seasonally relevant spirits and cordials in the former Coffee Tree Roasters space in Bakery Square while also doing some good for these two community organizations.
19 Bakery Square Blvd / Wednesday – Sunday through December 30

 

Hitchhiker / Kevin Sousa Allentown Pop-Up. Even though they go by in a blink of an eye, sometimes we need a holiday break and this collaboration checks all the boxes. This winter pop-up taproom at a warehouse in Allentown is a bit mysterious, but with two of Pittsburgh’s biggest names in beer and food behind the wheel, its certainly worth the trek to Allentown. Hitchhiker will park their French-imported 1977 Citroen van-turned-mobile-beer-tap inside the space, while Sousa will serve two or three food items each week testing menu items for his soon to open Arlington Beverage Club. Intrigued? Us, too — so we’re sure to see you there.

829 Industry St. / Saturdays through March