If the snowbanks, Bing Crosby Muzak, and cavalcade of Hallmark movies weren’t enough to add a holly-spiked spring in your step, a crop of hall-decked bars are going all in on the Christmas cheer. The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to dive into the deep end of the Tom & Jerry batter and get to holiday drinks.
Lawless Distilling’s taproom has become a rotating home to seizing each holiday season and making the most of it. This is the third year Lawless’ owners Kristen and Nate Karnitz, have participated with 10% of all sales being donated to Action Against Hunger. The bar crew are pouring cocktails that are both naughty and nice. The bar runs past Christmas, until the last night of 2019.
As an added bonus to the festive decor and drinks, there’s a new truck outside, Sando that’s serving Japanese sandwiches, squishy bread packed with yum. Sando came together through a partnership between former Martina executive chef Jeff Watson, Lawless’ Louie Lafleur, and Bittercube Bitters founders Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz. Sando is serving seven nights a week through the end of the year.
No one loves a theme like Betty Danger’s and she’s all dressed up right now like a boozy aunt posing in front of a prized plastic tree. The room is described as, “Christmas decor with a retro flare plasters every nook and cranny…as if Santa’s elves dropped some LSD.” Weeknights, all day on the weekends and Christmas Eve and day holiday themed food and drinks are served, including a drink called “A Punch in the Boob From Drunk Uncle Glen.” Food includes a take on the holiday-party staple spinach dip in a bread bowl, a holiday scramble built for hangovers and garnished with mini doughnuts, and the gift of a great bacon cheeseburger. Mary’s is effect now through the end of the year.
Cast & Cru’s Old Log Theater out in Excelsior has transformed into a Christmas wonderland that’s a bit more gentle, but just as hosed down with the mini Santas as its inside-the-city counterparts. Every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. there are holiday flavor spiked drinks and themed food.