Drink Up Grinches

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We elves try to stick to the (five!) main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, syrup… and cocktails! Get ready to sleigh your holiday as many local bars and restaurants are decking the halls—and decking their spots—with Christmas spirit(s) galore. Here’s where to get elfed up on holiday hooch and mistle-toast the season. 

Unscripted Durham

#IglooSeason has arrived at this posh Durham hotel, which last year debuted its highly raved about winter wonderland, complete with cozy igloos (with plush seating, pillows and heaters to boot), festive cocktails and gatherworthy bites. This year’s igloos promise to sleigh even more—thanks to new food and drink menus—within the same ’Gram-worthy setting. Through March 31, Durham, unscriptedhotels.com

Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar

Mulino’s tree-mendously large tent—covering the entire spacious, festively decorated patio with a Christmas tree anchoring the pool in the middle—promises to keep you warm as you dine on pasta, pizza and other Italian cuisine… with wine providing that extra layer of warmth. Through March or April (weather pending), Capital District, mulinoraleigh.com

Miracle at The Haymaker

“Christmas isn’t just a day—it’s a frame of mind.” Up the magic factor at perennial fave Miracle at The Haymaker! Get in the spirit through—what else—spirits served in a variety of fun holiday-themed glasses and mugs (we’ve seen everything from Santa’s signature red pants to a dinosaur in a Christmas hat). And keep an eye on The Haymaker’s social media for special events during the merry pop-up. Through Dec. 31, Fayetteville Street District, thehaymakerraleigh.com

Colonel’s Daughter’s Holiday Bar

In the famed words of Kevin McAllister: “Thirsty for more?” Jack Tar and The Colonel’s Daughter is sprucing up its popular holiday pop-up bar this year with an outdoor room constructed on the spacious patio that will be decked out with lights and holiday decor. And, of course, festive drinks will be flowin’. The special holiday cocktail menu features one- and two-year-aged eggnogs, a savory hot cocoa, a Sugar Plum Fairy cocktail made with five spice plum puree, and more. Cheers! Through 2021, Durham, jacktar-durham.com

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