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Get blitzed: This graffiti of deer playing poker points the way towards Donner and Blitzens Reindeer Lounge, formerly known as the Springs.
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It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas!

A Yuletide of holiday bars has swept over Brooklyn, so there are plenty of cool spots where you can have a cup of cheer. Here are some of the holliest, jolliest bars open for the season:

Donner and Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge

The Springs turns to winter at this ho-ho-holiday bar, with stockings hung with care beside four roaring fireplaces, Christmas trees that brush the ceiling, and a wall of candy canes. The lounge will serve sweet treats and seasonal drinks, including Festivus mulled wine, Candy Cane Shots, and a powerful egg nog dubbed Nog-Gonna Make It To Work Tomorrow. Weekend special events and nightly Ugly Sweater Contests will keep the holiday spirits flowing all season.

Reindeer Lounge at the Springs (224 Franklin St. at Green Street in Greenpoint, Open daily, noon–2 am.

Bad Santa

Santa may be bad, but the drinks are good at this pop-up inspired by the hard-drinking elf played by Billy Bob Thornton. The re-named Grand Republic Cocktail Club is decked out with boughs of holly, and will serve some naughtily-named beverages, including the Boxing Day Hangover and the bright blue Christmas Viagra Colada.

Bad Santa at Grand Republic Cocktail Club (19 Greenpoint Ave. between Franklin Street and the East River, Mon–Fri, 5 pm–2 am; Sat–Sun, 3 pm–2 am.


Pan-Latin cocktail den Leyenda has adopted a new name for the holiday, referencing both Santa’s sleigh and Beyonce’s empowering “I slay.” Sleyenda’s back bar is wrapped up like a present, ornaments dangle from the ceiling throughout, and cocktail menu has gone to holiday potions, including a Nutcracker Old-fashioned, Santa’s Little Cider, and a Gingerbread House Party that serves two. And one dollar from each cocktail sold during the holiday season will go to charities that focus on women’s issues.

Sleyenda [221 Smith St. between Baltic and Butler streets in Cobble Hill, (347) 987–3260,]. Mon–Thu, 5 pm–2 am; Fri, 5 pm–3 am; Sat, noon–3 am; Sun, noon–1 am.

Snowday in Brooklyn

The restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn has decorated its bar area to make it “Snowday in Brooklyn,” featuring a cocktail menu divided into “Naughty” for the hard stuff, “Nice,” for lighter mixed drinks, and “Cozy” for hot drinks — including a warming beverage called the “Rum Rum Rudolph!”

Sunday in Brooklyn Bar Room [68 S. Second St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 360-9875,]. Sun–Thu, 5:30–11:30 pm; Fri–Sat, 5 pm–midnight.

North (Williamsburg) Pole

Coming late to the party will be Williamsburg alehouse Clinton Hall, which will transform its outdoor courtyard into a chill holiday party spot on Dec. 11. North Williamsburg Pole will boast a giant Christmas tree with beer can ornaments, fake snow, and random visits from Santa and his elves. Drinkers can keep warm with do-it-yourself s’mores, roasted chestnuts, spiked hot chocolate, and candy cane shots — and the outdoor party will last into February.

Clinton Hall Williamsburg’s Courtyard [247 Metropolitan Ave. at N. Third Street in Williamsburg, (929) 419–6988,]. Opening Dec. 11.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 9:43 pm, December 5, 2018
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