Cocktails, Chinese food, Christmas stockings and more: Central Austin holiday-themed bars, restaurants and events to check out this December

Lala's Little Nugget is Christmas-themed year-round, but this holiday season the bar is hosting a stocking fundraiser. (Courtesy Abigail Schaefer)
Lala's Little Nugget is Christmas-themed year-round, but this holiday season the bar is hosting a stocking fundraiser. (Courtesy Abigail Schaefer)

Lala's Little Nugget is Christmas-themed year-round, but this holiday season the bar is hosting a stocking fundraiser. (Courtesy Abigail Schaefer)

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East Austin restaurant Old Thousand will bring its "dope Chinese" menu to downtown restaurant She's Not Here this December. (Courtesy Old Thousand)
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Gibson Street Bar in South Austin transforms into a winter wonderland this December. (Courtesy Mario Andrade Photography)
Through Dec. 29

Experience Miracle on 5th Street

The pop-up bar returns to the Eleanor this year with holiday cocktails and Christmas decor. The menu includes drinks like the "Christmapolitan" with spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary and absinthe mist and the "Snowball Old Fashioned" with carmelized pecan bourbon and spiced molasses syrup. Open 2 p.m.-2 a.m. daily and Noon-2 a.m. Dec. 20-25th. Check the pop-up's website for private event closures. 307 W. Fifth St.

Dec. 1-Dec. 31

Head to a winter wonderland

GIbson Street Bar transforms into Gibson Wonderland for the entire month of December. This second annual event features seasonal cocktails, including Blitzen’s brew and a Ho Ho Hot Toddy, and festive decorations. Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. noon-2 a.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Free. Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-386-1345.

Dec. 2-Dec. 31

Visit a pop-up restaurant

East Austin Chinese restaurant Old Thousand pops up at downtown Pacific Asian restaurant and cocktail bar She’s Not Here this holiday season. Old Thousand’s entire menu is available, including its brisket fried rice, as well as a “Naughty List” bar menu with themed cocktails, including Hot Cocoa-Nut and Heat Miser. Sun.-Thu. 4-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 4-11 p.m. Free. She’s Not Here, 440 W. Second St., Austin. 512-888-1970.

Dec. 5

Eat out and adopt a pet

Asian smokehouse Loro hosts an adoption event to benefit Austin Pets Alive. The local nonprofit will have adoptable dogs on site as well as adoption kits for new pet owners. 4-7 p.m. Free. Loro, 2115 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-916-4858.

Dec. 16

Deck out your stocking

Christmas-themed bar Lala’s Christmas Nugget hosts a Christmas Stockings event to benefit the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which serves almost 11,000 students ages 6 to 22. Purchase a stocking for $5 at the bar, take it home and decorate it, and then bring it back on Dec. 16 for a stocking hanging party. 6 p.m. Free. Lala’s Little Nugget, 2207 Justin Lane, Austin. 512-487-5297.


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