‘Tis the season for holiday dates and nights out with friends. And nothing is more festive than a holiday pop-up bar.
The Kansas City area has many to choose from with themes from “Mean Girls,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” as well as ski lodges, vintage Christmas, and there’s even a Hanukkah bar!
Pair a trip to one of these pop-up bars with ice skating or viewing holiday lights, and you have the perfect festive night out. Most require reservations and they can fill up, especially on weekends, so don’t wait to plan your night out.
Iron District | 1599 Iron St., North Kansas City, MO 64116
Nov. 17-Dec. 17
Visit the insulated and heated upper deck at the Iron District for hand-crafted cocktails from the Tiki Huna Bar. Reservations are $5 per person.
Drastic Measures | 5817 Nieman Road, Shawnee, KS 66203
Come visit this Hanukkah themed pop-up bar to enjoy themed drinks. Half of the proceeds will go to Jewish organizations that fight anti-semitism.
Powell Gardens | 1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061
Nov. 10-Dec. 30
You can visit the magical Festival of Lights and make a stop in the visitor center at the Enchanted Tiki Bar to enjoy a festive drink or two. The bar is open from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the days that the Festival of Lights is running.
Vignettes Bar | 2376 Armour Road, North Kansas City, MO 64116
Nov. 18-Jan. 7
This “Mean Girls”-inspired bar has drinks such as “Glen Coco Candygrams” and “Gretchen’s Toaster Strudel.” On Wednesdays, wear pink and play trivia! Thursdays the bar will host music bingo and there are “talent show” performances on the weekend. Reservations are $5 per person.
Misc. | 1447 Gentry St., North Kansas City, MO 64116
Dec. 2-Jan. 1
Enjoy the vintage Christmas-themed menu with Christmas drinks, drink flights, and themed events.
Conductors Club | Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
Nov. 11 -Jan. 7
This spot at Union Station is a rotating themed cocktail bar. This year’s theme is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” You can make reservations for $5 per person on OpenTable and it is open Thursdays-Saturdays with extended hours the week of Christmas and New Years. Reservations can only made two weeks in advance, so check back for more dates throughout the season.
Iron Horse Bar and Grill | 5317 W 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224
Nov. 17-Dec. 31
There’s no cover fee for the holiday pop-up bar at Iron Horse Bar and Grill’s Leawood location. They have 12 different Christmas cocktails and 5 different festive events including a Christmas PJ party and Christmas Karaoke.
Faulkner’s Ranch | 10600 Raytown Rd. Kansas City, MO 64134
Nov. 25-Dec. 23
This bar is open on Thursdays-Sundays from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. Reservations are $15 per person for a 90 minute spot. Festive and country-themed drinks and small bites are on the menu.
Apparition Bar | 1717 W. 9th St. Kansas City, MO 64101
Nov. 25-Dec. 31
If you haven’t made it on the nice list, come and enjoy creepy and creative cocktails at this Krampus themed pop-up bar. Reservations are $5 per person.
Plaza location | 4807 Jefferson St. Kansas City, MO 64112
Power and Light location | 1323 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Nov. 24-Dec. 25
There are two Miracle Pop-Up Bars this year at the Plaza and the Power and Light District. Most weekends are already booked up, but weekday spots may still be available for $20 a seat. There will also be a limited number of walk-up spots available. You can find more details here, including dates, addresses and reservation FAQs.
The Fontaine | 901 W. 48th St. Kansas City, MO 64112
Nov. 25-March 6
This rooftop bar in the Plaza area offers an igloo, a log cabin, and a glamping lounge. Each has a reservation fee from $150 to $400, but you can split that fee between up to eight people in the igloos, and 20 people in the glamping lounge. Festive drinks and eats are available to enjoy in your own private heated space. Make your reservations now, as dates fill up quickly.
PH Coffee | 2200 Lexington Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124
Dec. 8-Dec. 23 select dates
Visit for themed drinks, holiday decor, and nightly visits from Santa Claus! There will also be live music and a holiday market with local goods. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and kids under 12 get in free.
Deep Roots | 4601 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, KS 66106
Nov. 12-Dec. 31
This is a “Nightmare Before Christmas”-themed pop-up bar with craft cocktails and Christmas desserts. There is music bingo on Tuesdays, karaoke on Wednesdays, trivia on Thursdays, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are $5 per person.
Boulevard Rec Deck | 2534 Madison Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108
Nov. 25-Dec. 30
This pop-up is open Friday and Saturday nights. Seating is first-come, first-served, and there is a $5 cover charge for a two-hour seating. For groups of eight or more, reservations must be made, and a food package must be ordered.
Julep 4141 | Pennsylvania Ave. #104, Kansas City, MO 64111
Nov. 19-Dec. 31
You can enjoy Julep’s themed Christmas Tiki Bar, with themed cocktails in festive cups. 90-minute reservations for a table are $15, and portions of the fee are donated to Children’s Mercy Hospital and the AAPI Victory Fund.
500 County Line Road, Kansas City, KS 66103
4100 W. 83rd St,. Prairie Village, KS 66208
Nov. 21-Dec. 31
Chicken N Pickle
5901 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223
1761 Burlington St., North Kansas City, MO 64116
Nov. 18 -Dec. 31
This ski lodge-themed pop-up bar is happening at both Chicken N Pickle locations. You can reserve “ski passes” for $15 to hold your spot, and cover your access to the small bites buffet. Reservations can be made for groups of up to 10 people. Reservations can only be made two weeks in advance, so check back for more dates throughout the season.
Dempsey’s Burger Pub | 623 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044
Nov. 26-Dec. 31
This pop-up bar is in downtown Lawrence, a great place to visit during the holidays for shopping and to see Mass Street all lit up. It also offers a princess-themed family brunch on Saturdays. Reservations are free, and strongly encouraged.
Tipsy Taco | 27900 N.E. Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
Nov. 29-Jan. 8
Visit Tipsy Taco and enjoy an explosion of Christmas lights and decor and festive drinks. Make reservations, because it’s a busy time of year for this restaurant!
Tom’s Town Distilling Co. | 1701 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64108
Come try holiday themed cocktails like “gin-gle bells” and “salty snowman” at this holiday-themed lounge. There will be holiday music and movies to be enjoyed as well.
The Social Bar & Grill | 13410 W. 62nd Terrace, Shawnee, KS 66216
Nov. 17-Dec. 31
This “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”-themed pop-up bar features festive drinks and eats. This event runs Wednesdays through Saturdays, and reservations are $5 per person.
Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center | 2345 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Dec. 1 – Dec. 31
This is probably the most in-demand reservation in town this holiday season. Eleven years after the closing of Skies restaurant, it will be re-opening for this seasonal pop-up event. The restaurant no longer spins, but the views are still incredible from the 42nd floor of the building. The cocktails are from J. Rieger Co., and tickets are $35 (if you are lucky enough to snag a spot!) May the odds be ever in your favor this holiday season!