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Brief and Boozy

Five pop-up bars to check out this holiday season.

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Get cozy at the Hudson Lodge.   

Celsius
42nd St. at Sixth Ave.; 212-792-9603; celsiusnyc.com
Glowing neon lights beckon you to this glass-enclosed restaurant and bar, with plenty of entertainment provided by figure skaters in the Bryant Park rink. The menu is classic American comfort food: homey mac ‘n’ cheese, steak and potatoes, pumpkin cheesecake, and the like, but your best bets are cocktails like the Polar Bear Cosmo (Absolut Apeach, Soho Lychee Liqueur, and cranberry juice) and the Aprésider, which adds whiskey to spiced apple cider.

Hudson Lodge
Hudson Hotel; 356 W. 58th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-554-6000
For those looking to hit a ski chalet without leaving the city, the Hudson Hotel has it covered with this winter conversion. Expect nightly “snowfalls,” fur rugs, taxidermy, and resort-inspired specialty cocktails, like the Snowy Manhattan (with bourbon, vermouth, Picon, Maraschino, and Absinthe "snow") and spiked hot chocolate with Aztec chocolate, cinnamon, and pear brandy, just like mom used to make.

Provisions Holiday Market
Old Bowery Station; 168 Bowery, nr. Kenmare St.; 12/6-12/8
Nestled in the schedule of the Provisions by Food 52 Holiday Market—where you can score must-have items for an elegant lifestyle—is a happy hour on December 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., when drinks are on them. (Thanks, guys!) Other food events include dinner classes on Friday and Saturday nights, wine included, and brunch from Joseph Leonard on Saturday and Sunday.

Artico at the Hotel Americano
518 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave..; 212-554-6217;
In the summer, the roof of the Hotel Americano hosts a thriving pool scene, but in the winter, things get cozy with Artico. Inspired by chillier environs, the seats are decorated with sheepskin, and the drinks menu features the Arctic Rose (Kettle One Citron, Lillet Rosé, lemon juice), to revel in the cold, and the Nortic Glögg (warm cabernet, brandy, spices), to warm you up. And if you still want a bit of pool time, they heat the water for some hot foot-soaking action.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar
165 Banker St., at Wythe Ave.; Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to midnight
They've recently signed a year-round lease, so it's technically not temporary, but this after-dark playground for the Smorgasburg set is only open two nights a week, so close enough. The warehouse spot is eclectic in its tastes, offering mini golf, rock climbing, table tennis, pétanque, a Chinese tea ceremony, and music shows, alongside choice wares. Grub will be on on hand from Arancini Bros., Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Lobster Joint, and BrisketTown, among others. If it all gets too overwhelming, take a load off in the outdoor beer garden.


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