BY ELLIE HENSLEY
The season to celebrate the holidays - and the end of a long 2020 - is upon us.
We certainly raise a glass to those who have committed to shelter-in-place this holiday season - if you’re looking for some libations to enjoy at home, may we recommend Empire State South, which recently launched an online bottle shop, or Olive Bistro, which offers half-off to-go wine bottles Monday through Thursday?
But if you’re looking for a place to spend a socially distanced evening out, there are several holiday pop-ups around Midtown to add to your list. Their themes range from winter wonderland to the tropics to your favorite 90s Christmas movie, and you can explore them all within our 1.2 square mile district.
Miracle at the Marquee
Missing The Fox Theatre and its swanky Marquee Club? Here’s an opportunity to see the venue decked out in kitschy holiday decor, as it's one of this year’s Miracle holiday pop-up locations. Unlike the other locations in the city, the Marquee Club version of Miracle requires timed ticketing in order to limit capacity. Tables will also be placed six feet apart and separated by plexiglass dividers. The entire themed cocktail and food menu will be available via contactless payment system. Tickets and details here.
A Home Alone and Tiki Christmas
Having trouble settling on a theme? Check out Tiki Tango Hideaway Oasis and Foxtrot Liquor Bar, which are both located inside the same building on Peachtree Walk at 13th Street but have two very different takes on the holidays. Tiki Tango is doing a tropical themed pop-up, and Foxtrot has a special “Home Alone” theme with OG McCallister family decor. Both bars feature spacious covered outdoor seating, so you can socially distance in style no matter the weather forecast. Details here.
Photo Credit: Hop Light Social Photography
The Rink at Park Tavern
Park Tavern’s The Rink is back through Valentine’s Day, complete with seasonal cocktails, themed skate nights and fire pits. Make it a date night or bring your pod for an outing that’s sure to be fun, no matter your skating skill level. To purchase tickets and get more details, visit parktavern.com.
From @Publiico_ATL's Instagram
Santa’s Secret Pub
In addition to the igloos Publico ATL has been offering for small groups on its patio for the past several winters, this year it is opening a holiday bar, Santa’s Secret Pub. Sip on seasonal cocktails on the bar’s top level, which is all decked out in holiday decor. Visit Publico’s website here.
The North Pole at Colony Square
If you’re looking to book a private holiday party this year, consider Colony Square’s winter wonderland on The Grove Terrace, atop Establishment. Set within a festive igloo that overlooks The Grove, the space can accommodate up to 25 guests and packages come with merry libations and optional light bites. The space can be reserved for events starting Dec. 9. Details here.
While you’re out this holiday season, we hope you get the chance to enjoy our seasonal holiday lighting activation, Midtown Bright. Along sidewalks and public spaces from the Fox Theatre to the High Museum and beyond, we’ve decorated 90 trees with 10 different colors of lights, 250K LEDs in all. There are also 22 three-dimensional Moravian stars that range in height from three to 23 feet along Peachtree - don’t forget to look up, or you might miss a few in key locations!
Here’s some low lighting photography tips so you can grab the best shots of the lights and the cityscape. Please share them with us on social media using the hashtag #MidtownBright!