Sip With Santa at One of Springfield’s Christmas Pop-Up Bars

Bust out your favorite holiday sweater and head downtown to experience holiday pop-up bars at The Golden Girl Rum Club, Civil Kitchen and Missouri Spirits. Throughout December, you'll find festive drinks, photo-ops, ugly sweater parties and more.

By Corin Cesaric

Dec 04 2018 at 8 a.m.

Christmas pop-up bars and decoration in Springfield, MO
Photo by Corin CesaricGolden Girl Rum Club has transformed for the holidays. Purchase Photo

Wanting to give back this holiday season, but not sure where to start? All you have to do is go to Miracle on the Square. Last year, the holiday pop-up bar took over Missouri Spirits and this year, Civil Kitchen hosts the celebration through December. Just steps away, the festivities continue at The Golden Girl Rum Club where you'll find Springfield’s first-ever Sippin’ Santa—one of 12 Christmas tiki bars in the country. While Golden Girl is always an Instagram gold mine, tinsel, colorful lights and hundreds of ornaments guarantee top-notch holiday photos. All of the festive fun is in the name of charity, and a portion of the proceeds from the pop-up bars are donated to the Child Advocacy Center, a safe space for children who are victims of abuse.

Missouri Spirits isn’t participating in Miracle on the Square this year, but the bar is still decorated with multiple Christmas trees in every corner, lights and wreaths. There are three exclusive cocktails available this month only: the Holly and Jolly, Holiday Spritz, and Father Thyme. “Everything is completely decked out, not as much as when we did with Miracle, but still enough to get you in the Christmas spirit,” 
says Missouri Spirits Bar Manager Kat Rueda-Lynn.

Photos by Corin Cesaric The Golden Girl Rum Club and Civil Kitchen transformed the inside and decorated the outside to add to Sippin' Santa and Miracle on the Square.

All three bars went to great lengths to douse the businesses in holiday cheer. Golden Girl flipped the bar and did some pretty extensive redecoration for the month, including dropping the ceiling to half the size by adding fishnets and filling them with nautical and beach decor. “Our plans are pretty extravagant,” says Rogan Howitt, co-owner and bartender at The Golden Girl Rum Club. “We are going to decorate this as an actual beach bar.”

There are new food items, too, but the main focus is on the cocktails that are concocted by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry
, a rum and tiki historian down in New Orleans. Every cocktail has its own custom-made glassware that is beach and Christmas related. All of the cups are available for purchase, so you can bring some of the festive decor home. 

Festive glassware for sale at miracle on the square
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Custom glassware is for sale all month long.

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bartender making a drink at The Golden Girl Rum Club
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Rogan Howitt dresses up a drink in his holiday gear

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decorated fireplace at Golden girl
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Golden Girl added Christmas decor to every area of the bar

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On December 14, the two bars partner together for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party where you get free entry into both bars' parties if you wear a sweater. Civil Kitchen also hosts trivia nights, two brewery nights, brunches with Santa and more throughout the month. Miracle on The Square focuses on the original, traditional side of Christmas, so the decor at Civil Kitchen follows the theme. The Miracle Bar is upstairs from 5 p.m. to bar close. The main floor of Civil Kitchen continues to operate on its normal schedule and menu.

“I’m just hoping it’s a great destination location for the community to celebrate Christmas, and we raise a lot of money for the CAC,” says Civil Kitchen Bar Manager Megan Reed.  

There are a ton of seasonal cocktails to sip on at both bars, but here are some that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit:

Christmopolitan: Vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime, absinthe mist

Snowball Old Fashioned: Butterscotch rye, spiced demerara, wormwood bitters, orange zest
Run Run Rudolph: Prosecco, gin, mulled wine puree, lemon, cane syrup,
Kris Kringle Colada: Dark Jamaican rum, cynar, allspice, liqueur, lime juice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut

Sippin' Santa: Aged demerara rum, averna, lemon juice, orange juice, gingerbread mix


Golden Girl sippin Santa schedule 2018
Civil Kitchen Miracle on the Square schedule 2018
Photos courtesy of Sippin' Santa and Miracle on the Square