2021 Holiday Fun and Frolics: Drinking and Dining Roundup

Oh the difference a year makes! We’re back to eating indoors surrounded by family and friends (or maybe just some drunk strangers). We can enjoy restaurants this holiday season and indulge in some Christmas feasting. Queen Elizabeth has a holiday tradition where Christmas guests are weighed upon arrival for the holiday to ensure they gain at least 2 pounds before they go. Who are we to question the Queen? Fashion Reverie has curated a list of places perfect for Yuletide noshing in all your favorite cities. Get ready to unbuckle that belt!

Please note that all these restaurants require proof of vaccination and some restaurants have been having trouble getting fully staffed, so be patient and make sure you tip 20%.

New York City

Bice Cucina

Fashion Reverie ADORES this restaurant. If you are looking for a relaxing evening in a spot with plenty of space in midtown, you can’t go wrong with the northern Italian cuisine of Bice Cucina. Located at 62 W 55th Street, this New York favorite began in Soho and announced its Midtown location in 2018.

The delectable menu features Italian classics such as osso bucco, lobster tagliatelle, ravioli massaia, and veal Milanese. Newer dishes include sandwiches and varieties of pinsa—a Roman flatbread—which required special equipment brought in from Italy. According to co-owner Peter Guimaraes, it’s made with three flours and is “lighter, crisper, and uses less oil” than traditional pizza.

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Getting sick of green and red? Head to Moxie in Times Square. Magic Hour, their rooftop bar, is recreating their popular Pink Lodge for the holidays. Featuring pink hot chocolate, pink s’mores and pink bling donut rings, the bar is a dream for Instagrammers as it is dripping with 25,000 sparkling pink crystals. There is no place better for relaxing or posing. Children are welcome at weekend brunches but must be gone by 7pm.

Ophelia Lounge NYC

If you’re looking for a luxury upscale experience, look no further than the snow globe in the sky that is The Ophelia Lounge at the top of the Beekman tower. Thousands of crystals and sparkling snowflakes hang from the ceiling in the bar area and in the 360° greenhouse terrace where you have an amazing view of midtown Manhattan and Long Island City. Tuck into their expertly crafted themed cocktails and delicious bites. Fashion Reverie recommends their deviled eggs, as the chef takes this ordinary party food and elevates it to haute cuisine.


If you’re looking for something a bit more lowkey and family friendly, Rolf’s is perfect. It will feel like you’re eating inside a Christmas tree. This is luscious, decadent, German food that will put you in a coma.  However, it does get extremely popular during December, particularly during dinner. Reservations aren’t recommended, they are mandatory.


Los Angeles

Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village

This Scottish steakhouse features carolers strolling from table to table during the month of December. It’s the perfect place for a family to gather for a fun meal. And if you want to ignore your crazy uncle’s comments about politics, they also have holiday-themed craft cocktails and of course, flights of excellent Scotch.

Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks

Looking for some excellent Mexican food in a relaxed casual atmosphere that is decorated to the ceiling with boughs of holly? Casa Vega is the sort of place where you will just as easily run into a Kardashian as well as your tax accountant. Make sure you have Lyft on speed dial if you decide to partake of their Margarita happy hour. This place is known for its strong drinks.


Washington, DC


Archipelago will be donning its gay apparel and using the rum for something other than eggnog, so ring in the holidays at your favorite tiki bar! It will also feature all of Sippin’ Santa’s fabulous and delicious cocktails. Fashion Reverie will be ordering the Rum Rum Rudolph shots and after what happened at last year’s holiday party, hiding everyone’s phones.

Garden District 
Another fun option. Get transported to Bavaria, the part of Germany that does Christmas like no other, but add propane heaters, American holiday tunes, and so-tacky-it’s-adorable decorations. There is of course plenty of beer, themed craft cocktails and what some insist is the best pulled pork in all of DC.



Frosty’s Christmas Bar

This windy city offering is a winter wonderland for adults. The décor looks like your drunk aunt was given a $10,000 gift card at Walmart and spent every last penny clearing out the Christmas aisle. Frosty’s Christmas Bar features a total of four bars on three levels and runs up to 4 am. The perfect place for adults to dance up a storm while downing adult beverages with a group of friends.



5 Point Café

Celebrate Christmas in the shadow of the Space Needle. The old school, diner-style holiday menu at the 5 Point features a choice of rosemary garlic-crusted prime rib or a deep-fried turkey dinner, pecan chocolate or pear apple ginger pie from A La Mode Pies for dessert, and drink specials like a Kahlua chili chocolate White Russian or spiked peppermint hot cocoa. This tavern has become enshrined as a Seattle legend for a reason.



Images courtesy of the respective restaurants and bars

Miracle on Rosemary

Are you tired of shopping and family and looking for a low-key place to kick back and enjoy some kitschy décor with some yummy food? The Christmas-themed, pop-up bar Miracle on Rosemary is spreading good cheer with special Christmas cocktails and menu items like eggnog-soaked pancakes. Reservations are recommended as when it popped up last year lines were out the door!

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