Craft Cocktails for Ohio’s Holiday Season
By Meg Berno

Craft Cocktails for Ohio’s Holiday Season

Festive cocktails crafted by mixologists and bartenders in Ohio

Nothing quite feels like the holidays than reconnecting with loved ones over a seasonal drink or at a holiday-themed (pop-up) bar. And it turns out Ohio has some pretty festive mixologists and holiday inspired bars. Here are a few locales to give friends and family a taste of Ohio all while getting into the holiday spirit:

Watershed Kitchen + Bar in Columbus

In search of the perfect environment for cocktails and conversation? Look no further than Watershed Kitchen + Bar in Columbus. Take a distillery tour and try their famous Nocino, a rare black walnut liqueur that is referred to as “Christmas in a Glass.”  There’s a reason why The New York Times designated it the “official drink of the Nutcracker.” Or try their play on eggnog with the “Bread and Jam for Frances,” a cocktail made with Watershed Bourbon, whole egg, Amaro Montenegro, rich simple and Angostura. 

Miracle® at The Citizens Trust in Columbus

Head downtown to Gay Street for a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar at The Citizens Trust. Miracle Pop-Up will put you in the holiday spirit with their Christmas decor and professionally-created cocktails. The pop-up bar will be around till December 29th. The Citizens Trust’s hours are Wednesday and Thursday: 4PM – 11PM; Friday and Saturday: 4PM – 12AM; Closed Sunday thru Tuesday. There are no reservations.  

Shaken and Stirred Cocktail Trail in Lorain County 

What better way to sample holiday flavors than on a cocktail trail? Shaken and Stirred is a holiday-themed cocktail trail from November 27th to December 31st. Pick up a passport and stop at the participating bars + restaurants. Once there, try their special cocktail, get your passport stamped and even cast a vote for your favorite drink! Lorain County Commissioners will award the drink with the most votes as “Lorain County Cocktail of the Year.”

Perhaps you’ll agree that last year’s winner from Speak of the Devil – a rye Mai Tai – is the best. Or maybe you’ll be in favor of Bar Nova’s cocktail “The Duke,” made with Sipsmith Gin, aloe vera water, Chartreuse, pineapple juice, simple syrup and a fresh squeezed lime, garnished with rosemary, cinnamon stick and lime. 

Miracle® on 4th Street in Cleveland

Miracle Pop Up heads to Cleveland’s Society Lounge. Christmas decor, specialty cocktails and all around holiday cheer will be yours to enjoy at this year’s pop-up. Get your holiday sweater ready for its November 25th opening. Society Lounge’s hours are Monday thru Thursday, 5PM – 12AM; Friday 5PM – 2AM; Saturday 1PM – 2AM; and Sunday 1PM – 12AM. Reservations are available by calling (216) 781-9050 or emailing  

That Christmas Bar in Canton 

Step into a pop-up theme bar that’ll transport into the joy and festivities of Christmas. With creative cocktails and Christmas decorations all around, you’ll be ready to enjoy the season. Canton’s Pop Up Bar runs from November 22nd thru December 28th and is open every day (except Thanksgiving). Monday thru Thursday they’ll open at 4PM and Friday thru Sunday they’ll open at 12PM. Christmas Eve hours are 11AM – 6PM and 7PM to 11PM for Christmas Day.

Lake Effects Pop-Up Holiday Bar in Cleveland

Hide from the actual chilly lake effects that are bound to hit Cleveland in the coziness of this one-of-a-kind pop-up holiday bar! Located inside the Schofield Building, this pop-up bar is open from November 29-December 31. You’ll feel like a little kid on Christmas morning at this colorfully decorated and festive bar!

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West End Cider House, Athens

Your holiday escape awaits in Athens. Make your way to West End Cider House, featuring delicious farmhouse-style ciders, meads and more. Try the “Chai Bee’s Knees,” a cocktail made with West End Distillery Gin, Chai honey and lemon. Housed within a quaint, historic building, this quiet getaway is perfect for sharing sips and spirits this season. 

Miracle® at The Overlook Lodge in Cincinnati 

If Santa’s workshop was located in a bar, we imagine it would look a little something like the Miracle Pop-Up at The Overlook Lodge. Come for the fun and kitschy holiday décor, but stay for the professionally-developed cocktails. The Overlook Lodge is open Monday thru Wednesday, 4PM – 2AM and Thursday thru Sunday, 1PM – 2AM. There are no reservations.

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About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.