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Where to Find Festive Holiday Drinks and Christmas Pop-Ups in Portland

Hot buttered rum, pop-up Christmas-themed bars, and holiday cheer galore

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A holiday cocktail from Hey Love.
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With the weather getting chillier, Portlanders are venturing out to find warmth and comfort in a hot boozy beverage, peppermint or eggnog optional, amid the grey Pacific Northwest winter. Some Portland bars and restaurants go all-out for the holidays, decking out their spaces with Christmas lights or snowflakes. Others just add a few toddies or spiked eggnogs to the menu. While bars, restaurants, and pop-ups around town have no shortage of wintery libations, it’s far from the only way to celebrate the season.

This year, seasonal goodies take the form of everything from creamy cocktails to Nordic mulled wine topped with gingerbread cookies, with spots around town offering something unique, new, or culturally traditional to Portland’s diverse and delicious holiday food-and-drink-scape. For more Christmas and Hanukkah revelry, keep an eye on Eater Portland — more maps and guides are coming soon.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Broder Nord

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Perhaps because of the shared long, dark winters, cozy Scandinavian holiday traditions feel right at home in Portland. Starting this December, Broder-goers at all of the local chains’ locations will find traditional Scandinavian holiday treats and goodies like pepperkaker, Norwegian spiced gingerbread cookies, and glogg, a Nordic take on mulled wine. For something even more festive, Broder will throw a Julebord — a Scandinavian Christmas feast — on December 17 and 18 at Nordia House, home to Broder Soder. Tickets are available online.

Freeland Spirits

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Locals stop into Freeland Spirits’ elegant, sunshine-filled Northwest Portland tasting room throughout the year for seasonal or event-themed mini-cocktail flights, each highlighting its house-made craft spirits like gin and bourbon. The holiday season is no different, with a Winter Wonderland lineup of four miniature cocktails to sample. Featuring Freeland’s Oregon rye-distilled Geneva gin, the Powder Day calls to mind a warm, mountainside beverage with its blend of coconut, oat, and rice milk, plus cinnamon bitters, honey, nutmeg, and allspice. The Spiced Pear Fizz, Portland Fog, and Cranberry Sour round off the rest of the flight. 

Hey Love

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Jupiter NEXT’s lush, plant-filled cocktail paradise Hey Love is bringing back its “Sleigh Love” holiday season setup from November 29 through January 1. Along with oodles of colored lights, hanging baubles and ornaments, and other over-the-top holiday decor, diners have a special lineup of festive libations to choose from, like the Toboggan Time, a take on frozen Irish coffee topped with a Rumplemintz float, whipped cream, and candycane sprinkles. On December 21 and 22, Sleigh Love will host two back-to-back special events, starting with a “Festivus for the Rest of Us” celebration for those of the Seinfeldian faith, with a special food menu referencing famous moments from the show like matzo ball soup and fried kosher wieners. On the 22nd, it’s a Charlie Brown Christmas jazz night.

Raven's Manor

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For most of the year, the haunted mansion-themed Raven’s Manor keeps the Halloween spirit alive with spooky elixir cocktails, fog machines, dripping wax candles, and other eerie paraphernalia. For the holidays, the cocktail bar transforms into a winter horrorland — instead of heralding the arrival of Santa Claus, the theme centers around Krampus, a half-demon, half-goat from central European folklore who prefers to punish naughty children rather than leave behind coal. The manor’s Holiday of Nightmares drink offerings include the Sandy Claws, with flaming Cointreau doused by Johnny Walker Red, and the Naughty Nog with spiced rum, bourbon, and XO Brandy.

Abigail Hall

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With its sleek, curving banquettes, floral decor, and soft lighting, the sophisticated, polished Abigail Hall is a lovely place for a classy evening out during the holidays. Courtesy of beverage director Derek Jacobi, the fall and winter cocktail menu includes fun seasonal drinks like the “Brûleevardier,” a creme brulee-inspired number with bourbon, banana, Pasubio, Bonal Quinquina, and allspice. The bar’s take on mulled wine incorporates smoked dates, Pommeau de Normandie, and Sfumato Amaro, plus the classic combo of cinnamon and orange.

Huber's Cafe

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One of the city’s oldest restaurants, Huber’s retains its old-school charm and its nationally famous hot cocktail — the Spanish Coffee. Servers flame rum tableside, with plenty of pyrotechnics from the dustings of nutmeg and cinnamon, before quenching it with Kahlua, triple sec, and coffee. The drink is finished with a dose of whipped cream. It’s one of several warm cocktails served at Huber’s, which range from a Calvados toddy to the Shakespeare, a rich, creamy concoction of

Grand Marnier, Baileys, Frangelico, and coffee garnished with shaved chocolate.

Rum Club

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Save some room for the day after Thanksgiving, because Rum Club will bring back its beloved hot buttered rum. This specialty makes its return with finely ground peppercorn and sticky molasses, plus the additional creaminess of condensed milk (which also appears in the bar’s version of the Tom & Jerry). Those who can’t handle dairy-heavy drinks can opt for the Mamajuana Mulled Wine, which gets a tropical twist of Dominican spices, ginger, orange, and (of course) rum. These seasonal cocktails might be fleeting, but a special toddy menu will thankfully take their place.

Smith Teamaker

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A cup of Portland-made Smith tea is sure to induce some serious hygge, and while any Portlander can steep a cup at home, it’s well worth paying a visit to either of Smith Teamaker’s tasting rooms for its holiday food and beverage menu. Seasonal drinks include a Silent Night Latte — a snug wintery drink made with Oregon peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, and orange-clove syrup — and the Merry Maker’s Punch, a floral blend of hibiscus flowers, cinnamon, sarsaparilla, apple cider, and mulled spices that can be served with wine or without. There’s also Smith’s seasonal teas, like the Chocolate Peppermint Pu-erh and the Ho-Ho-Ho Ji Chai blend of hojicha and chai with chocolate. For a special treat, try the tea and chocolate flight.

Deadshot

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The uber-festive international holiday pop-up Miracle returns to Deadshot this year, bringing back its themed drinks, cute drinking vessels (think: chunky ceramic Santa mugs), and heaps of holiday decorations to rival Buddy the Elf’s makeover of Gimbels. This year’s cocktails include Santa’s Little Helper with gin and spiced caraway syrup, as well as the creamy Jingle Balls Nog, featuring cognac, cream sherry, almond milk, and egg with vanilla and nutmeg zest. Opening on November 25, Miracle will spread the holiday cheer through New Year's Eve. Grab reservations now, while you still can; walk-in spots during this popular event are hard to come by.

Olympia Provisions Public House

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The next best thing to heading to the Alps for European apres-ski vibes is meeting up with a group of friends during Olympia Provisions Public House’s wintertime festivities. Along with cozy classics like cheesy Swiss fondue or Bavarian sauerbraten pork cheeks, paired with a wide selection of alpine spirits, its special seasonal offerings include a winter happy hour of schnapps and small bites. From 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, sip mugs of rosehip tea spiked with plum brandy over fonduta or raclette. Public House will also be decking the halls with plenty of seasonal decorations, offering indoor or outdoor dining in a heated outdoor patio with fire pit. With special events throughout the lead up to Christmas, Public House will also throw a New Year’s Eve bash — its Alpenrausch Apres Ski Soiree Party will feature an ice luge, a hearty food and drink spread, and dancing.

Broder Nord

Perhaps because of the shared long, dark winters, cozy Scandinavian holiday traditions feel right at home in Portland. Starting this December, Broder-goers at all of the local chains’ locations will find traditional Scandinavian holiday treats and goodies like pepperkaker, Norwegian spiced gingerbread cookies, and glogg, a Nordic take on mulled wine. For something even more festive, Broder will throw a Julebord — a Scandinavian Christmas feast — on December 17 and 18 at Nordia House, home to Broder Soder. Tickets are available online.

Freeland Spirits

Locals stop into Freeland Spirits’ elegant, sunshine-filled Northwest Portland tasting room throughout the year for seasonal or event-themed mini-cocktail flights, each highlighting its house-made craft spirits like gin and bourbon. The holiday season is no different, with a Winter Wonderland lineup of four miniature cocktails to sample. Featuring Freeland’s Oregon rye-distilled Geneva gin, the Powder Day calls to mind a warm, mountainside beverage with its blend of coconut, oat, and rice milk, plus cinnamon bitters, honey, nutmeg, and allspice. The Spiced Pear Fizz, Portland Fog, and Cranberry Sour round off the rest of the flight. 

Hey Love

Jupiter NEXT’s lush, plant-filled cocktail paradise Hey Love is bringing back its “Sleigh Love” holiday season setup from November 29 through January 1. Along with oodles of colored lights, hanging baubles and ornaments, and other over-the-top holiday decor, diners have a special lineup of festive libations to choose from, like the Toboggan Time, a take on frozen Irish coffee topped with a Rumplemintz float, whipped cream, and candycane sprinkles. On December 21 and 22, Sleigh Love will host two back-to-back special events, starting with a “Festivus for the Rest of Us” celebration for those of the Seinfeldian faith, with a special food menu referencing famous moments from the show like matzo ball soup and fried kosher wieners. On the 22nd, it’s a Charlie Brown Christmas jazz night.

Raven's Manor

For most of the year, the haunted mansion-themed Raven’s Manor keeps the Halloween spirit alive with spooky elixir cocktails, fog machines, dripping wax candles, and other eerie paraphernalia. For the holidays, the cocktail bar transforms into a winter horrorland — instead of heralding the arrival of Santa Claus, the theme centers around Krampus, a half-demon, half-goat from central European folklore who prefers to punish naughty children rather than leave behind coal. The manor’s Holiday of Nightmares drink offerings include the Sandy Claws, with flaming Cointreau doused by Johnny Walker Red, and the Naughty Nog with spiced rum, bourbon, and XO Brandy.

Abigail Hall

With its sleek, curving banquettes, floral decor, and soft lighting, the sophisticated, polished Abigail Hall is a lovely place for a classy evening out during the holidays. Courtesy of beverage director Derek Jacobi, the fall and winter cocktail menu includes fun seasonal drinks like the “Brûleevardier,” a creme brulee-inspired number with bourbon, banana, Pasubio, Bonal Quinquina, and allspice. The bar’s take on mulled wine incorporates smoked dates, Pommeau de Normandie, and Sfumato Amaro, plus the classic combo of cinnamon and orange.

Huber's Cafe

One of the city’s oldest restaurants, Huber’s retains its old-school charm and its nationally famous hot cocktail — the Spanish Coffee. Servers flame rum tableside, with plenty of pyrotechnics from the dustings of nutmeg and cinnamon, before quenching it with Kahlua, triple sec, and coffee. The drink is finished with a dose of whipped cream. It’s one of several warm cocktails served at Huber’s, which range from a Calvados toddy to the Shakespeare, a rich, creamy concoction of

Grand Marnier, Baileys, Frangelico, and coffee garnished with shaved chocolate.

Rum Club

Save some room for the day after Thanksgiving, because Rum Club will bring back its beloved hot buttered rum. This specialty makes its return with finely ground peppercorn and sticky molasses, plus the additional creaminess of condensed milk (which also appears in the bar’s version of the Tom & Jerry). Those who can’t handle dairy-heavy drinks can opt for the Mamajuana Mulled Wine, which gets a tropical twist of Dominican spices, ginger, orange, and (of course) rum. These seasonal cocktails might be fleeting, but a special toddy menu will thankfully take their place.

Smith Teamaker

A cup of Portland-made Smith tea is sure to induce some serious hygge, and while any Portlander can steep a cup at home, it’s well worth paying a visit to either of Smith Teamaker’s tasting rooms for its holiday food and beverage menu. Seasonal drinks include a Silent Night Latte — a snug wintery drink made with Oregon peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, and orange-clove syrup — and the Merry Maker’s Punch, a floral blend of hibiscus flowers, cinnamon, sarsaparilla, apple cider, and mulled spices that can be served with wine or without. There’s also Smith’s seasonal teas, like the Chocolate Peppermint Pu-erh and the Ho-Ho-Ho Ji Chai blend of hojicha and chai with chocolate. For a special treat, try the tea and chocolate flight.

Deadshot

The uber-festive international holiday pop-up Miracle returns to Deadshot this year, bringing back its themed drinks, cute drinking vessels (think: chunky ceramic Santa mugs), and heaps of holiday decorations to rival Buddy the Elf’s makeover of Gimbels. This year’s cocktails include Santa’s Little Helper with gin and spiced caraway syrup, as well as the creamy Jingle Balls Nog, featuring cognac, cream sherry, almond milk, and egg with vanilla and nutmeg zest. Opening on November 25, Miracle will spread the holiday cheer through New Year's Eve. Grab reservations now, while you still can; walk-in spots during this popular event are hard to come by.

Olympia Provisions Public House

The next best thing to heading to the Alps for European apres-ski vibes is meeting up with a group of friends during Olympia Provisions Public House’s wintertime festivities. Along with cozy classics like cheesy Swiss fondue or Bavarian sauerbraten pork cheeks, paired with a wide selection of alpine spirits, its special seasonal offerings include a winter happy hour of schnapps and small bites. From 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, sip mugs of rosehip tea spiked with plum brandy over fonduta or raclette. Public House will also be decking the halls with plenty of seasonal decorations, offering indoor or outdoor dining in a heated outdoor patio with fire pit. With special events throughout the lead up to Christmas, Public House will also throw a New Year’s Eve bash — its Alpenrausch Apres Ski Soiree Party will feature an ice luge, a hearty food and drink spread, and dancing.

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