There’s no better time to be in New York City than the holiday season, as the city always shines brighter than usual at this time of year.
It’s also a time to gather with friends, family, and work colleagues to raise a glass to the past, and toast the future. Below are three wonderfully welcoming Pop-Ups for your holiday meet and greet. Think: 15,000 silk roses, a floral-light tunnel, a pink carousel, and, of course, festive cocktails!
The Winter Rose Garden
The Lobby Bar at Dream Downtown, 355 West 16th at 9th Avenue DreamHotels.com/Downtown
This is Dream Downtown’s first holiday Pop-Up installation that will see The Lobby Bar transformed into a red rose haven with 15,000 silk roses brought in to complement the oversized rose walls, red furniture, and red candles. Every single rose was pulled pedal by pedal to create the dramatic effect that can be seen at the bar and on the wall. Yvonne Najor, director of marketing for Dream Midtown & Dream Downtown, says, “For the Winter Rose Garden at The Lobby Bar at Dream Downtown, we created this fantasy-like-destination with the intention of making our guests feel like they were not just in an ordinary hotel lobby, but a true floral oasis. Najor collaborated with Design House Decor’s lead designer Laila Ahmed, for this venue’s first holiday installation.
Of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without some festive cocktails. Phil Testa, Beverage Manager for Dream Midtown & Dream Downtown, says, “A fabulous holiday cocktail prep should be fun, bright, have seasonal flavors, and be nostalgic. Some simple ingredients associated with holiday drinks are warming spices like cinnamon, maple, nutmeg, cardamom, pomegranates, blood oranges – anything that reminds us of those fireside tastes.”
Some of the new festive cocktails curated by Testa for The Winter Rose Garden, include:
- Primrose Cider ($18) – sparkling rosé, Barking Irons Applejack, cinnamon syrup, lemon Juice, and rose ice cube.
- Winter Daiquiri ($18) – rum, simple syrup, Barking Irons white night, lime juice, with apple slices.
- Dream in Roses ($18) – Campari, Pama, lemon, prosecco, fresh lavender.
Testa explains how he chose the glassware to accent the presentation, “I wanted elegant. I thought of the Met Gala Red Carpet and envision cocktails walking and posing. I used classic, curvy glassware that accent the drink, but also give the same visual as the elegance of roses or orchids or lavenders.”
Midwinter Nights’ Dream
PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, 210 West 55th St PHDTerrace.com
This year-round rooftop bar will be transformed into a whimsical dreamland for the holiday season. Over 8,000 hanging twinkle lights, an ascending series of winter white and gold floral installations, swings, lush greenery, and pops of emerald and gold will shine throughout the West and East Terraces.
Najor states, “We wanted to capitalize on the breathtaking views of Manhattan and create a unique experience that makes you feel like you’re sitting in a magical garden in the sky.” The beloved tunnel of lights is decorated with over-the-top florals, perfect for that Instagramable photo. Najor collaborated with designer Jenevieve Penk, founder of Pimenta Productions, and artist/designer Ellen Robin of Flower Culttt.
Check out these yummy holiday season cocktails, also curated by Testa, who explains, “I wanted to play with the garnishes. Apple, cinnamon, and candy canes. It was an opportunity to give our guests reason to have fun with their drinks. With such a photogenic venue, the cocktails had to compliment that same fun, seasonal environment.”
- Peppermint Mojito ($17) – ornament filled with rum, muddled mint, peppermint syrup, lime, mini candy canes, and mint.
- Goldtini ($18) – homemade almond milk, Ciroc coconut, creme de cacao, amaretto, with gold glitter rim.
- Plumberry Smash ($17) – muddled blackberries, Milagro tequila, lemon juice, and cinnamon syrup.
Pink Holiday Playground
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square, 485 7th Avenue at 36th Street
Manhattan’s largest hotel rooftop bar will also be launching their first holiday Pop-Up installation, which will pay homage to the bright lights of Times Square and Manhattan. The rooftop will be transformed into a magical pink oasis with ceilings covered in hundreds of hot pink twinkle lights, oversized rotating mirror balls, and human-size festive bears, all anchored by the infamous central carousel.
Below are some of the seasonal cocktails curated by beverage manager, Nikki McCutcheon
- Snow Globe Cocktail ($22) – cherry noir vodka, elderflower liqueur, white cranberry, pineapple and pink sprinkles.
- Disco Ball Red Sangria Tiki Punch ($60) – shareable for two; red wine, Ripe Bajan Tiki Punch, clove, cardamom, lime slices, pomegranate seeds, orange slices.
For a full ‘pink’ holiday experience at Moxy Times Square, the hotel’s atrium on the 2nd floor comes alive as an all-pink space, wrapped in metallic ornaments with festive drinks. Moxy Chelsea and East Village locations will also be showing their pink over the holidays, visit: Moxy-Hotels.Marriott.com
All three locations will be keeping their pop ups open until March 2020, so there’s plenty of time to warm up inside over those cold winter days ahead.