We all know that Cleveland has incredible Christmas Ales and holiday beers. Beginning from late October through Christmas, you can expect every drink menu at pretty much every restaurant or brewery in the area to sport a holiday beer of some kind.
Aside from killer Christmas Ales, though, Cleveland does it pretty big when it comes to Christmas pop up bars and bar crawls during the most wonderful time of the year, too.
If you want to go all-in on the holiday cheer, here are all the Christmas bars and bar crawls to check out this year in and around Cleveland.
Best Christmas Pop Up Bars and Bar Crawls in Cleveland
Let’s talk about the best Christmas pop up bars and bar crawls happening this year around Cleveland!
Best Christmas Pop Up Bars In Cleveland
Sip holiday themed cocktails or enjoy a Christmas Ale at one of these Christmas-themed pop up bars in and around Cleveland.
1. The Christmas Corner Bar
18616 Detroit Ave, Lakewood
The beloved Christmas Corner Bar is coming back to Around the Corner in Lakewood! This place explodes holiday cheer this time of year with a ceiling dripping in holiday decor, famous Christmas movies playing on the TVs, Christmas music on blast, and all the Christmas beers and cocktails.
Seriously, this is a must-visit pop up bar in Cleveland for the holiday season! Enjoy a festive martini or The Dirty Grinch (Ciroc French Vanilla Vodka, Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao, and a cream and chocolate drizzle), and you’ll be feeling the Christmas spirit.
Also keep en eye out for themed holiday events, and even Christmas karaoke nights.
When Does It Open? Friday, November 19, 2021. Check their Facebook page for hours and upcoming events.
2. Miracle On 4th Street
2063 E 4th St, Cleveland
The Miracle Pop Up Bar has locations all over the US, and it’s coming back to Society Lounge on E 4th Street this year.
This popular Cleveland cocktail bar has a whole new holiday menu, filled with fun Christmas-inspired drinks – all of which come in fun themed glasses! You can also admire all the colorful Christmas decorations.
Pro tip: Make a reservation if you can, or plan to get there right when they open at 5 p.m. so you (hopefully) don’t have to wait long for a table.
When Does It Open? Miracle opens November 23, 2021. Hours are the regular Society Lounge hours, which are 5 p.m.-midnight or 1 a.m. They’re closed Sunday and Monday.
100 Public Square, Cleveland
JACK Casino in downtown Cleveland is hosting a pop up bar through December 18 called Sleigh. It’s located on the 3rd floor (follow signs for Sleigh) and will be serving festive drinks and have cozy holiday decor.
The holiday drinks list here is extensive, with both cold and hot drinks to choose from.
When Does It Open? November 26, 2021
4. Cleveland Christmas Club
2090 W. 25th (2nd floor of The Cleveland Hostel)
A brand new pop-up Christmas bar is coming to Ohio City this year! The Cleveland Christmas Club will be serving up holiday cocktails and Christmas beers alongside food from The Cleveland Field Kitchen.
The second floor of the Cleveland Hostel has been decked out for the occasion, too, with the best comparison being that it looks like Christmas exploded all over your grandma’s basement.
Note: Proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test will be required to enter.
When Does It Open? It opens on Friday, December 3, and after that will be open Wednesday-Sunday through December 19. Find hours here.
5. Secret Cellar Christmas Bar
2516 Market Ave. Cleveland (at Great Lakes Brewing)
Great Lakes Brewing Co. has transformed its cellar bar into a cozy Christmas wonderland this year. Enjoy festive decorations as you sip a pint of Christmas Ale, or order off an exclusive holiday cocktail menu.
When Does it Open? The Secret Cellar is open during GLBC’s regular hours December 10-11, and 17-24.
80 N Main St., Hudson, OH
Blitzen’s isn’t in Cleveland, but Hudson is a cute town with a Hallmark-esque town square that’s worth the short drive. Plus, they’ve got a pop-up Christmas bar again this year!
Blitzen’s takes over part of Hudson’s Restaurant, serving up fun holiday-themed drinks in a cozy, decorated space. Hudson has a DORA, too, meaning you can grab a drink to-go and check out the town’s Christmas decorations.
When Does It Open? Enjoy Blitzen’s Wednesday-Saturday from November 24-December 31, 2021. The bar is open from 4-10 p.m.
Check out our complete guide to the Holidays in Cleveland, too!
Best Christmas Bar Crawls In Cleveland
If you want to take the holiday revelry to another level, you can also sign up for one of these awesome Cleveland Christmas bar crawls!
1. 12 Bars Of Christmas
Dive Bar, 1214 West 6th Street, Cleveland
The 5th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Bar Crawl is taking place on Saturday, December 4 from 12-8 pm. Tickets start at $12 and include a Santa stadium cup for your drinks, commemorative Santa hat (for the first 250 registrants), bar covers, and food/drink specials.
You just need to bring your game face and best costume to partake in the fun! Pop on that ugly Christmas sweater, A Christmas Story bunny costume, or perhaps a Santa suit and join in the festivities!
You can purchase tickets in advance here.
2. Official Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
West 6th, Cleveland
Party it up in your craziest holiday-themed sweater, onesie, or Santa suit as you crawl around Cleveland in the 6th Annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl. This takes place on December 18, 2021 from 2-9 pm.
Tickets start at $14.99 and include free bar cover, discounts on food and drinks, holiday themed drinks, an ugly sweater costume contest, DJs and entertainment at select bars, and more!
Be sure to register here!
3. Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave, Lakewood
While the Around the Corner bar is host of one of the pop up bar above, they also are a part of the 5th Annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl! As you can imagine, ugly sweater bar crawls are very popular this time of year, and many neighborhoods and cities nearby host them.
On December 11, 2021 from 12-8 pm, you can partake in this bar crawl that goes all over Lakewood. Tickets are $19.99 and include a t-shirt, koozie, lanyard with a holiday Bingo card, Christmas movie trivia during the crawl, discounted drinks, and entrance to the after party.
Snag your ticket here!
4. Santas In Tremont
Tremont Tap House, 2572 Scranton Rd, Cleveland
As fun as bar crawls are, what about a fun run that ends in a party? That is what Santas in Tremont is all about. This 1-mile run/walk/jog/crawl starts and ends at Tremont Tap House on December 11, 2021.
The race starts at 4 pm and then there is an after party from 4-8 pm at The South Side. Tickets are $25 and include a Santa hat, a t-shirt, and a free adult beverage at the post-race party.
Get those endorphins going before enjoying a boozy celebration afterward!
Register for Santas in Tremont here.
5. Christmas Ale Ugly Sweater Contest
Balentine, 4113 Erie Street, Willoughby
Over on the east side in Willoughby, there is another bar crawl happening on December 18, 2021 from 1-5 pm. Sport your favorite ugly sweater for the event as you pop around to 9 different places to enjoy some of the best Christmas Ales the area has to offer!
Prices start at $30 and include Christmas Ales, food specials, and a Santa hat.
Register for this bar crawl here!
The holiday season is a fun time to visit Cleveland. As the temperatures drop, you’ll find many great things to do in Cleveland during Christmastime. Bar crawls and Christmas pop up bars will definitely add a bit more holiday spirit to the occasion!
Which bar crawl or pop up bar would you most like to enjoy?
Kat is a Cleveland transplant and has lived here for over 5 years. She loves to eat, drink, and explore all across the city, and has made it her personal mission to find the best breweries and pizza in Northeast Ohio. She also runs a couples travel blog and podcast called World Wide Honeymoon.