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A Roundup of The Best Pop-Up Bars In New York City This Holiday Season

If Santacon isn’t for you but you still like to deck the halls with a good spirited beverage that’s #FestiveAF, then this is the article for you.

Holiday pop-up bars have become all the rage from coast to coast, but New York City seems to be the most festive. Below are just a few of the bars you should check out after Rockefeller Centre (because that place can be a madhouse).

The Holiday Cocktail Factory

As Willy Wonka said, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, LOCL Bar at NYLO Hotel has launched The Cocktail Factory. The space’s decor will be redesigned to reflect Roald Dahl’s whimsical style and guests can sip from a menu of colorful, seasonal drinks created by Muddling Memories’ Cody Goldstein.

The Violette, You’re Turning Violette  is a combination of tequila, pineapple and Creme de Violette. The Golden Goose is spiked with edible gold, glitter, and pop rocks, but my favorite though had to be The Goodie Goodie Gumballs (seen above) — tequila, St. Germain, cranberry served in a gumball machine.Guests can also have an adult version of the Fizzy Lifting drink in the Champagne Bubble Room or satisfy their sweet tooth at NYLO’s library, which will be converted to a sweets shop for the duration of the pop-up. In the spirit of giving, $1 from every cocktail will be donated to charity partner, Save the Children.

The Cocktail Factory at 2178 Broadway will be open through January 31, 2018.

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack

Photo Credit: Paola Beretti

Sure, Santa Claus is pretty busy this time of year. But, in his off-time, the big guy loves shredding swells and sipping on tiki drinks. That’s the premise behind Boilermaker’s SOHO pop-up bar. Surf’s up.

The Son of a Nutcracker features a blend of rums, Campari, coconut, passion fruit and fresh lemon while the Little Drummer Boy is their housemade hot cocoa, spiced rum, Amarula cream liqueur, and marshmallows. Not one to ignore the Jewish community, they also have the Hanukka-vana which includes rye whiskey, dill aquavit, coconut, pineapple, and fresh lime. Since the bar is named after the classic beer and shot combination, you have to try one of their xx boilermakers, which are all named after classic holiday characters like Kris Kringle (the classic seen above), Jack Skellington, and Ralphie Parker (the Hawaiian take).

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack at 13 1st Ave will be open through Jan. 1.


A Christmas tree is lit in Brooklyn and is adorned with all the divas you can imagine — Mariah, Gaga, Britney, J.Lo, and Janet. And atop the tree is the queen herself, Beyonce. It, much like the rest of the decor at Brooklyn’s Leyenda, simply slays (or is it sleighs).

Either way, owners Ivy Mix and Julie Reiner have taken holiday pop-ups beyond Manhattan with their Latin​ ​holiday​ ​pop-up​ ​that​ ​pays homage​ ​to​ ​all​ ​the​ ​Queens​ ​out​ ​there.​ ​​Mexican​ ​Hot​ ​Chocolate​ ​is​ ​spiked​ ​with​ ​mezcal,​ ​a​ ​drink​ ​called​ ​The​ ​Sleigh Pilot (shown above) pairs​ ​Appleton​ ​and​ ​Wild​ ​Turkey​ ​Rare Bread Bourbon​ ​with lime, grapefruit, falernum, cinnamon, absinthe, and aromatic bitters served in an ornament​,​ ​and the classic​ ​coquito​ ​(Puerto​ ​Rico’s ​take on​ ​eggnog). The​ ​back​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bar​ ​was also​ ​turned​ ​into​ ​a​ ​private​ ​winter chalet. A​ ​fireplace​ ​will​ ​warm​ ​the​ ​hideaway,​ ​which​ ​is perfect​ ​for​ ​last​ ​minute​ ​holiday​ ​parties​ ​and​ ​gatherings​ ​with​ ​friends.

Sleyenda ​at​ ​221​ ​Smith​ ​Street​ ​will​ be open​ ​through​ ​December​ ​24th.

Miracle on 9th Street

Photo Credit: Melissa Hom for Miracle

The one that started it all — at least as far as we’re concerned. Miracle on 9th Street at MACE has become a holiday tradition for many (including myself). The Lower East Side bar, known for its unique craft cocktails, gives its creations a seasonal turn.

Try the Christmapolitan, which includes fig leaf-infused vodka, cranberry, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, coconut water, spices, whey — lactose clarification while the Die Hard-inspired Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! features Plantation Barbados Rum, Yaguara Ouro Cachaça, Plantation OFTD Rum, purple yam-coconut orgeat and pineapple acid. Like sibling bar Boilermaker, Miracle also has a Channukah-inspired drink called the Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, which is made of chocolate gelt-infused Reposado tequila, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, maple syrup, and black walnut bitters. There really isn’t a bad choice on their menu.

Miracle on 9th Street at 649 E 9th Street will be open through Jan. 1.

The Winter Room

Hanging out at a rooftop bar in Manhattan in December might sound crazy, but the eponymous named The Roof has turned its beautiful views of Midtown into a veritable winter wonderland — it’s also fairly close to all the classic NYC Christmas sites, so that helps.

In addition to its traditional cocktail and light bites menu, the bar also serves “Winter Warmers” like the Rooftop Toddy with spiced rum, hot apple cider, and a cinnamon stick; Central Park Sleigh Ride with Belvedere Vodka, hot chocolate, and vanilla; and The Snowday with Hennessy VSOP, fresh lemon juice, and honey. They also serve hot chocolate and hot apple cider, in case you’re hanging with kids or teetotalers.

The Winter Room at 124 West 57th Street is open through March 2018.


Imagine a restaurant that thinks it should be Christmas all year around… just like that one aunt you have. Now imagine, it as a New York institution that serves great, traditional German food. Well, that’s Rolf’s.

The restaurant starts decorating in September and they stay up till spring. Their food stays the same, focusing on German classics like schnitzel and bratwurst, but they do serve festive drinks like mulled wine and spiced eggnog. They also have a really hardy schnapps menu, if you’re into that sort of thing. Good luck getting in though, as it’s one of the hottest restaurants to get into at this time of year for this very reason.

Rolf’s is located at 281 Third Avenue.

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Make A Mark This Holiday With Custom Engraved Hennessy Bottles

Anyone can buy a nice bottle of liquor as a gift. However, getting said bottle, say a nice bottle of cognac, personalized for your friend or family member makes a nice gift into the perfect gift.

Hennessy recently announced the opening of The X.O Odyssey Experience, the brand’s first engraving kiosk and multisensory brand experience dedicated to the original X.O Cognac. Consumers can visit The X.O Odyssey Experience at New York City’s The Shops at Columbus Circle to learn more about the iconic brand and receive complimentary engraving on the Hennessy X.O decanter.

The X.O Odyssey Experience, open daily through next Tuesday (December 12), features an immersive, gallery-inspired journey of the senses that bring to life the seven sensory chapters of Hennessy X.O.

Shoppers are invited to purchase a bottle of Hennessy X.O at one of several nearby retailers before bringing it to the X.O Odyssey Experience for custom engraving and gift wrapping.

Hennessy invites consumers not in New York to visit to engrave and ship their own X.O bottle for personal enjoyment or to gift family and friends this holiday season.

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Hennessy Packs Punch With Canelo Inspired Cocktail

Boxers and booze seem to be quite the trend these days. From Mayweather to McGregor, all the major fighters are either starting their own spirits brands or are being celebrated by established ones.

Ahead of his match this past weekend with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Álvarez teamed with Hennessy for its “Never stop. Never settle.” campaign. The partnership includes original content, special events, and other promotions intended to inspire others.

“For me, boxing isn’t just a passion – it’s a family legacy,” said Canelo via statement. “Working with my Golden Boy team and Hennessy is the perfect way to celebrate that. It is my time to inspire others with my ‘Never stop. Never settle.’ story.”

Golden Boy Promotions brokered the deal with Hennessy for the Mexican boxer who they say “epitomizes the importance of family and the pursuit of excellence.” As the youngest of seven brothers, all of whom are professional boxers, Canelo is the only one to become a world champion.

Hennessy also created a Canelo-inspired cocktail, the Citrus Cross:

  • 1 ½ oz. Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac
  • ½ oz. Triple sec or orange liqueur
  • Splash orange juice
  • Top with lemon-lime soda

Combine Hennessy, orange liqueur, and orange juice in a rocks glass with ice; top with lemon-lime soda.

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Iconic Designer Mark Newson Reimagines Limited Edition Hennessy X.O Bottle

Marc Newson has literally shaped products for Ford, Apple, and Louis Vuitton. His iconic Lockheed Lounge sold for $3.7 million in 2015 — a record for a living designer at auction. Now, the renowned designer has brought his talents to the world of cognac by designing the Hennessy X.O 2017 limited edition bottle.

As a streamlined variation on the bottle’s iconic shape, the design amplifies the blend inside while giving the spirit a modern aesthetic. Newson pared the bottle’s shape to its purest form and then chose to reprise its traditional decorative motifs – grapes and leaves – in a corrugated relief.

“It’s both an honor and a little daunting to approach an icon like Hennessy X.O,” said Newson. “Clearly, this Cognac has transcended time and continues to live in a very contemporary way. As a designer it’s important to me to create things that will likewise stand the test of time. The Hennessy X.O bottle has a wonderful fundamental shape. What I wanted to do was use design to magnify the Cognac – its color and sensorial qualities – as much as possible.”

To reinforce the modern spirit of the new design, Newson and Hennessy also created a modern gift box presentation. To highlight both the blend and the glass, Newson designed a clear transparent gift box.

“Straight lines seemed to me a more modern interpretation of what already existed,” explained Newson. “To me, the stripes [on the bottle] really emphasize the strength of the decanter’s shape. When they catch the light, they highlight both the bottle and the contents, making the whole feel warmer and more tactile. Taken together, all of these design elements are meant to convey the unique, immersive experience of Hennessy X.O.”

Originally from Sydney, Australia, the London-based Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. His designs span a wide range of disciplines, from transport to sculptural pieces and architecture. A recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, Newson has been included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, the Victoria & Albert and the Design Museum of London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The Hennessy X.O 2017 limited edition is Newson’s second project with Hennessy. In 2015, he designed the striking decanter for James Hennessy Cognac, available exclusively in select travel retail destinations.

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‘Headphanie’ Bottles Of Hennessy Are Real, Here’s Where They Popped Up


“Why is Hennessy teaming up with trash rappers?” asked my editor when I showed him the trending bottle of “Headphanie.”

If you’re wondering what this new bottle is, it is an homage to the song “OOOUUU” by Young M.A., as one of the lyrics says, “You call her Stephanie, I call her Headphanie.”

Not the most creative oral sex reference, but apparently it was good enough to sell in retail stores, as Lilac Company slapped their labels on bottles of Hennesy for a “Headphanie” edition of the bottle.

Pictures of the drink hit social media, and it felt like a hilarious Photoshopped meme, but then we found out that the bottles were very real and available not only on Lilac Company’s online store, but also at a couple of Florida liquor stores, as well.

According to Lilac Co., the two stores slanging these “Headphanie” bottles were 24 Liquors and Sweeney’s 23 Hour Liquor Store, both in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

One thing that might be a bummer, is that Young M.A., hasn’t said a thing about the bottles, and might not be involved at all. Lilac Co. did say they are in contact with her manager about getting the rapper involved, according to XXL Mag.

While Lilac said no cease and desist orders were given, they later tweeted that all production has stopped and bottles have been removed from shelves, so we’ll have to see when we can get some more Headphanie in the future.

With the hype built around it, you have to believe there will be more on its way, eventually.

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The ‘Marshawn Lynch’ Shot Might Be The Most Disgusting Mixture Ever


Marshawn Lynch was known for hitting people in the mouth on the football field, and making them feel his wrath The same could be said for the shot named after him.

The Hey 19 pub in Torrance, California is home to the “Marshawn Lynch Shot,” and our Worst Shots Team is still wondering why the former running back would ever drink it.

Bartender Dennis Martin said the shot came about when a group of his customers went out drinking in Seattle, where Lynch used to play. The party-goers said they spotted Lynch at a bar and tried buying him shots. The story goes that no matter what they tried to buy him, the only thing he wanted to drink was a mixture of Hennessy and Patron.

The two drinks are barely tolerable apart, but mixed together, really make for a bad time.

Our own Sean Fahmy and Rudy Chaney tried the shot and it forced Sean to make this face:


“This looks like very, very, healthy piss,” Sean said. While Rudy asked, “Why anyone would ever want to drink this, I don’t understand.”

The craziest thing, is that not a lot of work goes into it. It’s two terrible drinks,  straight out of a Tupac song, mixed together. Simple, yet deadly.

Why Marshawn would like this shot is a mystery, but we have to believe it probably contributed to his retirement last year.

#foodbeast Features

Feedback: The Top User Comments Of The Week

Welcome back to our Foodbeast “Feedback” series, where we look for your best Facebook comments and acknowledged the fantastic commentary y’all added to the posts we throw up.

Last week, readers had no mercy on this Drake look-a-like and Domino’s drone testing. This week y’all spoke your mind on a McChicken molester, and a poor guy who couldn’t handle the world’s spiciest ramen.

You guys continue to prove your depth of wit and savagery, and we appreciate that you read our stories and give us your two cents.

Now without further ado, here are the best user comments of the week:

“Well, that went exactly like I thought it would. Brb gonna go pour bleach in my eyes.” -Miss Bea Haven


STORY: Chicken Lover Tweeted Himself Having Sex With A McChicken

Same. Totally wish I hadn’t seen that video. The image is forever penetrated into my head. Ah! Totally regret that last sentence.


“In a world filled with kale smoothies, cricket hamburgers, vegetarian bacon, tofu chicken, cauliflower pizza and vegans waiting around every corner to shove lettuce down your throat, I am glad to know that arby’s got my back.” -Maxime Raats


Story: Arby’s Just Added Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich Options To Their Menu

Never thought about it that way. Shout out to Arby’s for always keeping things meaty.

“Wait till it comes out the other end” – Justin Gresham

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STORY: Watch This Dude Freak Out After Eating World’s Spiciest ‘Death’ Ramen

We can only imagine the Satanic penetration the poor man had to endure from his fiery backside.

” I would drink this, and I would smear it all over my face, then chase you around trying to wipe it on you and blame it on the sugar rush. You have been warned.” -Pamela Wright

VIDEO: Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe

Pamela didn’t tag anyone, so I guess she was talking directly to us. Bring it. Wouldn’t be the first time we’ve been chased by drunk weirdos.

“Well now I am convinced he was lit when he spoke on stage.” – Alexandra Koeberer-Manti

Story: Kanye Has Henny And Grey Goose Lemonade Slushie Machines Backstage

It’s hard to understand Kanye’s commentary, as his mind is operating at a different level than most others, but I doubt Henny Slushes are the culprit. Steve Jobs was often hard to understand, as well as Walt Disney. It’s the curse of being a genius.


“As someone who has had their food stolen by someone at the McDs drive thru, with a car full of hungry kids, I really hope this guy burns in the hottest part of hell.” – Jessica Hulett

STORY:This Shady McDonald’s Hack Lets You Get A Free Meal At The Drive-Thru

We feel you, Jess. This dude’s a major scumbag, and whoever stole your food is even scummier.

“That’s an insult to real innovative Chef boy R G’s in the Chain gang.
Even I can make a better cake than that with a Klondike bar on the top & sing U happy bday.” – Ramiro King Rios


VIDEO: How To Make A Chocolate Cake Like a Prisoner

We tried our best. No disrespect to the homies in the yard. We can appreciate that you’d sing for us, though.

“He’s wearing more than 2 chains???? WTF?! Im so confused now.” -Mike Pappas

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STORY:Watch 2Chainz Eat $500 Popcorn

Oh, damn, totally didn’t notice that! This is why I have trust issues. If 2Chainz can’t even keep things honest, who the hell can we trust!?


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Kanye West Has Henny And Grey Goose Lemonade Slushie Machines Backstage

Kanye West once said that Hennessy would be the death of him, and it just might be, if he chugs too many of these frozen drinks on tour.

Wednesday night, Kanye performed in Toronto, and of course, his wife Kim Kardashian-West Snapchatted behind the scenes goodies, as she usually does. Among the things she posted to her Snapchat story, were Kanye’s Hennessy & Coke and Grey Goose Lemonade slushie machines.

Kim captioned the photo, “Pablo rider is LIT” and showed off the 7-Eleven type of machines.

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It’s not just for show, either. In later Snaps, you can see Kanye holding a cup of the frozen Coke & Henny, while Kim’s shrilled voice gives random commentary in the background.


Kanye has always considered himself a revolutionary and a trend-setter. Maybe convenience stores will see this, take note, and make it a thing, so we can all enjoy the boozy Slurpees.