A group of girlfriends cheers at Up on The Rooftop, the holiday pop-up bar at Three Sixty in St. Louis.

6 Holiday Pop-Up Bars That Bring the Joy

Friday November 17, 2023

By Rachel Huffman

Wildly extravagant, outrageously cheerful, marvelously kitschy – and oh-so fun! With floor-to-ceiling decorations, limited-edition craft cocktails and festive surprises at every turn, these St. Louis pop-up bars will put you in a holiday state of mind.

Until December 31

Enjoy cozy luxury at The Chalet perched on the sky-high deck of Le Méridien St. Louis Clayton. With exclusive indoor-outdoor experiences, it serves as the ultimate winter escape. At the outdoor pop-up bar, try your hand at curling for $50 per hour, gather around a fire pit and savor seasonal bites and sips such as goat cheese truffles, barbecue pork sliders, warm mulled wine and smoky hot chocolate. Wooden pergolas, twinkling lights, heat lamps and blankets also add to the allure.

The Chalet pop-up bar is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 31. Note: Chalet Fridays are $15 per person, but tickets include live music and s’more kits.

If you want to transport your closest companions to a swanky alpine resort – without the fear of losing your luggage – book The Chalet Experience. Offering access to a private indoor room for 10 people, an outdoor patio and the pop-up bar, the two-hour experience also includes curling rink rentals, two bottles of Champagne and your choice of 10 beers.

November 7 to December 30

Decked out in glittering decorations, Up on The Rooftop will make you feel merry and bright. The holiday pop-up bar at Three Sixty atop the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark offers seasonal drinks and small plates among the extravagant décor. Spoiler alert: You’ll find everything from presents to reindeer hanging from the ceiling!

While you’re here, enjoy mushroom arancini, smoked salmon chips and birria tacos, and wash it all down with a festive cocktail befitting the scene. Our go-to drinks include Gingerbread Zombie (overproof Jamaican rum, gingerbread cordial, pomegranate, grapefruit and lime), Noggy & Nice (Kentucky bourbon, Hennessey, eggnog and black fig syrup) and Polar Espresso Martini (peppermint vodka, cold-brew coffee, crème de cacao and oat milk). Bottoms up!

People cheers with warm drinks at The Chalet, a holiday pop-up bar at Le Méridien St. Louis Clayton.
The Chalet at Le Méridien St. Louis Clayton

November 7 to December 31

The Train Shed at St. Louis Union Station has been transformed into a glittering holiday retreat. With wall-to-wall bling, The Sleigh Shed puts the excess of the holidays on full display.

During their visit, guests can enjoy creative cocktails such as Sleighcation (double-aged dark rum, coconut rum, hazelnut liqueur, allspice dram, cream of coconut, lime and Angostura bitters) and Just Beclaus (vanilla vodka, Aperol, Abricot du Roussillon liqueur, cream, simple syrup, lemon and egg white), alongside appetizers and desserts.

Don’t wait – gather a group, secure a table and lose yourself in this wonderland of whimsy.


November 24 to December 23

Outrageous décor, Christmas costumes, themed menus and holiday tunes – this is LIT, a seasonal pop-up experience at Molly’s in Soulard.

As you embrace the festive atmosphere, enjoy one of the 12 drinks of LITmas, including Partridge in a Pear Tree (Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh pear purée, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon and a Champagne float), Melted Snowman (Licor 43, Disaronno, RumChata and cream) and Mistletoe Kiss (Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, rosemary simple syrup and white cranberry juice).

If you’re looking for an elf-size drink – in other words, a full-size shot – try Gingerbread Man with Bird Dog Gingerbread Flavored Whiskey and RumChata or Caramel Apple with Licor 43, DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker and Smirnoff Kissed Caramel. For food, order a variety of small bites, from Cajun shrimp dip to fried crab cakes and cheesy polenta bites to bacon-jalapeño Rangoon.

The Train Shed is decorated for the holidays.
The Sleigh Shed at St. Louis Union Station | Photo by Mark Hermes

November 24 to December 30

’Tis the season to get blitzened, and Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village has a holiday pop-up bar that yule love. The unforgettable experience includes brilliant décor, spruced-up photo ops, festive food, cheerful cocktails and themed events such as a naughty and nice singles jingle and an ugly sweater party.

November 24 to December 31

Thirteen stories above the Grand Center Arts District, All I Want: The Queen of Christmas Pop-Up will take over the rooftop bar at Angad Arts Hotel beginning on Nov. 24.

Dazzling visitors with its glitzy aesthetic, the pop-up experience will make you feel like you’re in a bona fide Christmas music video, complete with champagne and silver decorations, white fur accents and festive photo opportunities.

Coinciding events such as All I Want for Brunchmas: A Very Carey Holiday Tribute (Nov. 26) and an adoption event with Stray Rescue of St. Louis (Dec. 10) will keep the joy pumping through the hotel until New Year’s Eve.

While you’re here, savor a seasonal cocktail – or two. The Clausmopolitan will brighten your day with lemon and basil vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and lime, while the Peppermint Twist will warm you from the inside out with peppermint vodka, Kahlúa and heavy cream.

Looking for more things to do during the holidays in St. Louis? We’ve got endless inspiration!