As an owner or operator at a bar or nightclub, the holiday season provides ample opportunity to host parties, offer specials and update your drinks menu. There’s never a shortage in patrons willing or wanting to celebrate this festive time, so take advantage of their holiday spirit by building promotions that draw new clients to your bar or club while keeping loyal patrons excited about unique offerings. Need some inspiration? Then check out these fun holiday celebrations!
During the holidays, it’s often hard to find a restaurant, bar or club open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Scout in Chicago, however, is the exception because it's open on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. with a limited menu available; on Christmas Day, The Scout will have its full menu available from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and will be showing all NFL games. Seating is open for 200 people, and the restaurant has 34 flat-screen TVs and three private-party areas, as well as two bars.
Lottie’s Pub, also in Chicago, is hosting its Rock and Roll Christmas on Christmas Day beginning at 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy the annual event that offers food and drink specials, including $3.50 Newcastle Brown Ale and $5 Santa Bomb cocktails. Patrons also will be treated to rock 'n' roll Christmas music and can watch the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers at 7:20 p.m.
On Dec. 3, Boston is hosting its 12 Bars of Christmas bar crawl, which also benefits a good cause. This year, the bar crawl is raising money for the Horizons for Homeless Children charity. For $5, participants receive a name tag and beverage koozie while touring some of Boston's greatest bars.
Sometimes all you need to celebrate the holidays are a few new cocktails on your holiday menus. Bookmarks, the rooftop lounge in The Library Hotel in New York City, and Madison & Vine, the bistro at The Library Hotel, are offering hot holiday cocktails. At Bookmarks, patrons can order the Maple Cream Coffee, Hot Buttered Rum, Spiced Hot Chocolate or Orange Spice Tea for $13, while at Madison & Vine, the Almond Tea Toddy, Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Latte and Hot Apple Pie cocktails are available for $13.50.
Corona is lighting up the holidays with its Feliz Navidad promotion. Bringing holiday cheer to on-premise accounts, Corona is supplying operators with materials to communicate the holiday message the Corona way with eye-catching designs featured on pennants, promo pillars and coasters.
Also in New York City, The Campbell Apartment and The Empire Room are offering holiday cocktails starting Nov. 28. The Sugar Plum Martini will be added to the menu to celebrate “Old New York” — a wonderful complement to any holiday celebration.
Sugar Plum Martini
2 oz. chilled Stoli Razberi
¼ oz. Chambord
Float of Moët & Chandon
1 sugar cube
Place sugar cube in bottom of Martini glass and saturate with Chambord. Strain Stoli Razberi into the Martini glass. Top with Moët & Chandon.
At Tryst in Philadelphia, cocktail expert Erik Lombardo and Sommelier Cristine Bruno will be teaching cocktail and wine classes perfect for the holiday season. For $25, the season includes flight trios and light bites complementing the night’s theme. Some festive classes include Holiday Punch on Nov. 30, Navigating Bordeux Wines on Dec. 7, and Perfect Wines for the Holidays on Dec. 21.
In Washington, D.C., Italian hotspot Bibiana is ringing in the holidays with 25 cocktails. General Manager/Beverage Director Francesco Amodeo and bartender Milton Hernandez partnered up to create 25 seasonally inspired drinks as a countdown to Dec. 25. The drinks, made with Bibiana’s homemade liqueurs, include the Samantha (VSOP Cognac, homemade biscotti liquor, lemon juice and a dash of orange bitters), the Alessandra (H1 Spiced Pear vodka, pear liqueur and pear juice), the Maria (Ceci Lambrusco wine, Cocchi Chinato Vermouth, Sangue Morlacco Cherry Brandy and cranberry juice) and more. The new cocktails, each $12, are available on Dec. 1, and guests can a experience a new drink every evening through Christmas Day.
George’s Nightclub in San Rafael, Calif., is a premier nightclub in the Bay Area, and during this holiday season, the lively club will host the Eddie Neon Christmas Blues Blowout with Special Guests on Dec. 23 at 9 p.m.