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5 Holiday Pop-up Bars Spreading Christmas Cheer in Delaware

Looking for seasonal weekend fun? Add these holiday pop-up bars in Delaware to your pre-Christmas bucket list.

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Photo by Sydney Livingston

Delaware is home to plenty of holiday markets, Christmas villages and family-friendly holiday fun. If you’re looking for something a bit more adult-centric this season, these holiday pop-up bars are the perfect fit!

With festive cocktails, small plates or full menus and plenty of Christmas-themed photo ops for you and your friends, these Christmas pop-up bars are the perfect way to spend a weekend evening throughout December.

Blitzen

Location: 220 West 9th Street, Wilmington
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 4 p.m. – midnight through December 23

Blitzen has been a Wilmington favorite for a few years, and it just keeps getting better. This holiday pop-up is back for the 2023 season with some upgrades—namely, a kitchen serving small plates. The menu includes options like Visions of Sugar Plums—popcorn chicken tossed in plum barbecue sauce, O’ Christmas Cheese—fried Nashville cheese curds with a dipping sauce, and a dessert flight courtesy of Desserts by Dana.

The Sleigh Bar

Location: 158 East Main Street, Newark
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Klondike Kate’s brings its popular holiday pop-up back to Newark’s Main Street for another year of Christmas cheer. With iconic neon lights, Santa meet and greets, ugly sweater parties and, of course, delicious food and cocktails, the Sleigh Bar is a seasonal delight. Klondike Kate’s may pull a younger college crowd throughout the year, but folks in any age range are sure to enjoy the Sleigh Bar.

Holiday Pop-up Bar at Hamilton’s on Main

Location: 102 East Main Street, Newark
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 4-10 p.m.

Hamilton’s on Main’s third installment of the monthly pop-up bar series was unveiled December 1. The Harry Potter installment was so popular, Hamilton’s extended it with a holiday spin! It’s Winter at Hogwarts in the top-floor bourbon lounge at Hamilton’s on Main. December’s theme brings delectable libations, immaculate decor and some holiday-themed surprises. With a first-come, first-served pop-up bar and a reservation-only Harry Potter-themed dining experience, this pop-up is a must-see!

The Jingle Bar at Grain in Trolley Square

Location: 1709 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 3-11 p.m.

Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen’s Trolley Square location is ready to welcome patrons to its annual Jingle Bar. Located on the heated patio, this Christmas-themed bar delights with seasonal cocktails and plenty of photo ops.

The Naughty List at Makers Alley

Location: 804 Orange Street, Wilmington
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. | Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m.-12 a.m.

Wilmington’s popular indoor/outdoor beer garden invites you to experience a holiday spin on the typical experience! Enjoy light displays, winter-themed sips, classic holiday movies and more at Makers Alley.

Delaware is home to plenty of holiday markets, Christmas villages and family-friendly holiday fun. If you're looking for something a bit more adult-centric this season, these holiday pop-up bars are the perfect fit! With festive cocktails, small plates or full menus and plenty of Christmas-themed photo ops for you and your friends, these Christmas pop-up bars are the perfect way to spend a weekend evening throughout December.

Blitzen

Location: 220 West 9th Street, Wilmington Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 4 p.m. - midnight through December 23 Blitzen has been a Wilmington favorite for a few years, and it just keeps getting better. This holiday pop-up is back for the 2023 season with some upgrades—namely, a kitchen serving small plates. The menu includes options like Visions of Sugar Plums—popcorn chicken tossed in plum barbecue sauce, O' Christmas Cheese—fried Nashville cheese curds with a dipping sauce, and a dessert flight courtesy of Desserts by Dana.

The Sleigh Bar

Location: 158 East Main Street, Newark Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. Klondike Kate's brings its popular holiday pop-up back to Newark's Main Street for another year of Christmas cheer. With iconic neon lights, Santa meet and greets, ugly sweater parties and, of course, delicious food and cocktails, the Sleigh Bar is a seasonal delight. Klondike Kate's may pull a younger college crowd throughout the year, but folks in any age range are sure to enjoy the Sleigh Bar.

Holiday Pop-up Bar at Hamilton's on Main

Location: 102 East Main Street, Newark Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 4-10 p.m. Hamilton's on Main's third installment of the monthly pop-up bar series was unveiled December 1. The Harry Potter installment was so popular, Hamilton's extended it with a holiday spin! It's Winter at Hogwarts in the top-floor bourbon lounge at Hamilton's on Main. December's theme brings delectable libations, immaculate decor and some holiday-themed surprises. With a first-come, first-served pop-up bar and a reservation-only Harry Potter-themed dining experience, this pop-up is a must-see!

The Jingle Bar at Grain in Trolley Square

Location: 1709 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 3-11 p.m. Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen's Trolley Square location is ready to welcome patrons to its annual Jingle Bar. Located on the heated patio, this Christmas-themed bar delights with seasonal cocktails and plenty of photo ops.

The Naughty List at Makers Alley

Location: 804 Orange Street, Wilmington Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. | Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m.-12 a.m. Wilmington's popular indoor/outdoor beer garden invites you to experience a holiday spin on the typical experience! Enjoy light displays, winter-themed sips, classic holiday movies and more at Makers Alley.

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