Sip Santa’s Festive Tiki Drinks Will Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Tiki-aficionado Beachbum Berry’s pop-up bar in Prince Waikīkī is open daily to spread holiday cheer until New Years Eve.
Photo: Tracy Chan

‘Tis pop-up party-themed bar season and this year Prince Waikīkī gave us a present: the first Hawaiian version of Beachbum Berry’s Sippin ‘Santa. Since 2015, the tiki-themed Christmas pop-up has been spreading waves of holiday cheer in bars across the country. From New York to Honolulu, the potent cocktails and cute, quirky glasses (some available for purchase) are hallmarks of the New York-based Miracle Bar pop-up and they turn out to be an intoxicating combination.

Cleverly named cocktails and festive, stiff spirits take center stage at the open-air patio bar located at the entrance to Ala Moana Boulevard from Prince’s Hall. A good sweet and spicy choice to start with is the Sippin ‘Santa ($ 20), with aged Demerara rum, amaro, lemon, orange, and gingerbread in a cheerful mug that you can’t get enough of. can’t help but smile.

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Photo: Tracy Chan

The Kris Kringle Colada ($ 18), served in a ceramic coconut shell, is a creamy take on the classic piña colada, with allspice liqueur added for that extra kick.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the only cocktail on the menu served hot, the Yule Log Grog ($ 16). Although I initially doubted a hot drink containing gin, falernum, cranberry syrup, ginger liqueur and lime, it reminded me of a hot toddy with lemonade, a strangely heartwarming sip. .

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Photo: Tracy Chan

If you’re feeling brave, the Hazelnut And Toe Mistletoe-To-Toe ($ 40) with Bourbon, Walnut Liqueur, and Maple Syrup is meant to be shared by two or more people. It comes in an adorable drinking bowl with a lying Santa and reindeer on it.

You can accompany your libations with cheese boards, crackers, cold cuts, fruits and nuts made by Yim Kwok and Jackie Park of Fig & Ginger Honolulu.

If your plan is to paint the city as red as your cheeks, the Prince is also an official streetcar stop for the Holly Jolly Waikiki Trolley, a favorite Christmas pastime for kids of all ages that is back this year. Park at the hotel, have a drink or two, and hop on the trolley to admire the city lights of Honolulu downtown.

Sippin ‘Santa is the third party-themed bar to emerge in recent memory. The first was the Christmas Bar at Michael Miller Restaurant at Ala Moana Center which has since moved to its Tiki’s Grill & Bar this year. A new pop-up dubbed Winter Wonderland by 17A Productions (Skull & Crown Trading Co. and Nightmare Halloween Bar) has taken over the old Tempura Ichidai space in Ala Moana since Black Friday and runs until New Years Eve.

It’s your sign to dust off your Santa hat and pull out that excruciating sweater and get ready to soak up the holiday spirit. Remember: he sees you when you drink, so do it responsibly!

Open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily until December 31. 100 Holomoana St., Waikīkī. Self-service and valet parking validated with purchase., @sippinsantaprincewaikiki

Holly Jolly Waikiki Cart

Round-trip trips are picked up in front of Prince Waikīkī every Thursday through Monday through December 25, 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $ 20 per person:

Additional Christmas pop-up bars:

Winter wonders

Open from 5:00 p.m. to midnight every day until December 31. Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Level 3 Ewa Wing, @winterwonderlandhonolulu

Christmas bar

Open from 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily until December 22. Tiki’s Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalākaua Ave., Waikīkī, @thechristmasbarhawaii

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