Check Out These Christmas-Themed Bars in NJ

by Peter Candia
Christmas bars in nj

With Thanksgiving officially over, the holiday season is upon us. From November until the New Year, Miracle—a pop-up bar service—takes over a handful of NJ’s best cocktail bars, transforming them into Christmas-themed watering holes overnight. Wrapping paper-covered walls, bright lights, Christmas music and, of course, plenty of holiday-themed drinks. Heading to a Miracle pop-up is the perfect way to get into that Christmas spirit. Check out these six Christmas-themes bars in New Jersey. 

Miracle at the Loaded Spoon – The Loaded Spoon

108 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728

The Loaded Spoon regularly wows guests with its inventive dishes and showstopping cocktail program. The Freehold restaurant and bar is all in on Christmas, with 12 holiday-themed cocktails, live music and floor-to-ceiling decorations. 

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Miracle on Mercer – Franklin Social

292 Barrow St, Jersey City, NJ 07302


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Franklin Social has been one of Jersey City’s premier cocktail destinations for years. The reimagined American Tavern—inspired by the pubs frequented by Benjamin Franklin—serves comfort food and, of course, plenty of great cocktails. Expect the same quality that Franklin Social consistently delivers but with a Christmas twist.

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Miracle on George Street – Catherine Lombardi

3 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This New Brunswick Italian restaurant, modeled after the great eateries of Brooklyn, has become as popular for their cocktails as they are for their delicious Italian-American staples. Experience Christmas in a new way at Miracle on George Street. 

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Miracle on Centre – Cowan’s Public

229 Centre St, Nutley, NJ 07110


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Cowan’s Public was one of NJ’s first great cocktail bars—morphing the monolithic NJ drink scene into the diverse and inventive display we know it as today. Cowan’s serves great bites, cold drafts and exceptionally-crafted cocktails, but every year from November until January 1, they turn it up a notch, transforming into a Christmas masterpiece. Miracle on Centre should be at the top of your list this winter.

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Miracle on Bloomfield – The Parkside Social

706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ 07044

The Parkside Social, an American tavern influenced by Verona Park, offers a New American menu with shared plates, sandwiches, and entrees. From now until the new year, The Parkside Social is renamed as Miracle on Bloomfield—offering Christmas-themed cocktails and festive decor. 

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Miracle on Valley – Gus’ Last Word

191 Valley Blvd, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075


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The Maroulakos brothers of Skopos Hospitality—the group behind several bars on this list—modeled Gus’ Last Word in Ridgewood, NJ after the cellar bar their grandparents had in their 1950’s home. That same 50’s charm is injected with the holiday spirit, making for a bar that will have you feeling like you stepped right onto the set of White Christmas. 

About the Author/s

Peter Candia is the Food + Drink Editor at New Jersey Digest. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Peter found a passion for writing midway through school and never looked back. He is a former line cook, server and bartender at top-rated restaurants in the tri-state area. In addition to food, Peter enjoys politics, music, sports and anything New Jersey.

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