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Christmas at Barcadia turns Warehouse District bar into a whimsical wonderland for holidays

Barcadia New Orleans transforms into a whimsical winter wonderland in time for the holidays. The holiday makeover with Christmas cocktails and festive decor takes over the bar from Dec. 2 to Jan. 

The Warehouse District bar partnered with local entertainment icon Carl Mack of Carl Mack Presents for the holiday transformation. With Yuletide decor, festive lights adoring the walls, and elements of 20th-century nostalgia peppered throughout the bar, guests can feel like they’ve walked right into their favorite Christmas movie.

Barcadia’s owner Billy Blatty said the Christmas pop-up also has a retro feel, including nods to the 80’s and shows like “Stranger Things.”

“The idea for this experience started when I decided to call up my old friend, Carl Mack,” said Blatty. “With his expertise, I knew he was the perfect person to help transform our flagship location into the retro Christmas utopia we’d envisioned. We’re excited for our regulars to see the bar in a new festive light, and for people coming in the first time to be transported to a holiday paradise.”

To make the experience even better, stop by and check out the fully customized cocktail list. There are nine Christmas-themed cocktails on the menu which includes both warm and cold beverages.

Inspired by popular Christmas songs and films, each drink is made with a festive blend of liqueurs, spices, and flavors that are sure to please any holiday reveler.

If you’re looking for relief from the cold, the Getting Blitzin might be the one to try! The specialty drink is made with house hot chocolate, mint liqueur, and whipped cream.

Wine lovers should order the Resting Grinch Face, featuring red wine, brandy, Christmas spice, and O.J.

Guests seeking something a little different and extra flavorful should get the Feliz Navidad, made with tequila, Averna, Christmas spice, and bitters.

Guests can also choose to upgrade their cocktails with Christmas themed glassware, while Santa mugs and other holiday-themed souvenirs can be purchased for an additional charge.

This family-friendly experience welcomes children of all ages until 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., the bar will only open to age 21 or older.

Barcadia will still have its lineup of arcade games for kids and adults to enjoy. Holiday movies will play on the screens throughout, while staff will be dressed in theme making for great opportunities to pull out the smartphone and snap it up. Guests are encouraged to dress up too!

The Christmas makeover is not the only transformation Barcadia New Orleans has gone through. Earlier this year, the downtown bar made renovations to all four of its rooms, beginning with the front patio and extending the Asian-inspired Ohm Lounge.

Barcadia is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 601 Tchoupitoulas Street.