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Craftsman Row Saloon Debuts Annual Christmas Pop-Up with Christmas Vibes, Crazy Shakes, and Holiday Burger

Marilyn Johnson

Craftsman Row Saloon, located at 112 S. 8th Street, has debuted its annual Christmas Pop-up that is bigger, brighter, and has even more bling for the 2021 season.

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Craftsman Row Saloon All Decked Out for the Holidays!Courtesy: Society Hill Films

The Jewelers' Row restaurant and bar is known as Philadelphia's most festive sit-down restaurant.  After a break in 2020 due to the pandemic, owners and operators brother-sister duo George and Vasiliki Tsiouris are thrilled to welcome back all the holiday merry-makers into the Christmas wonderland that features over 5,000 feet of garland, thousands of twinkling lights, thousands of sparkling, shiny and colorful ornaments, hundreds of vintage and unique tree trimmings, hundreds of bows, stockings, santas, and even an Elf on the Shelf hidden among the festive decor.

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George and Vasiliki Tsiouris of Craftsman Row Saloon in Philadelphia.Courtesy: Society Hill Films

As if the floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall transformation aren't enough, guests can expect giant signature over-the-top holiday milkshakes such as the Ugly Sweater with eggnog, crushed gingerbread cookies, holiday m&m and sprinkle rim, gingerbread sandwich, holiday marshmallow peep, rock candy, and Pumpkin to Talk About Milkshake with a full-sized slice of pumpkin pie, edible leaves, and caramel drizzle.

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Ugly Sweater Milkshake at Crafsman Row Saloon in Philadelphia.Courtesy: Society Hill Films

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Pumpkin to Talk About Milkshake at Craftsman Row Saloon in Philadelphia.Courtesy: Society Hill Films

Guests will be able to drink cocktails out of jewel-toned ornaments, and one of the cocktails pays homage to Elf and comes with an elf-sized clothespin with sayings inspired from the movie.

Craftsman Row Saloon Christmas Pop-up is open now for the season through at least January, when they will convert it to a Mardi Gras Pop-up.

Hours are Wednesday to Thursday, from Noon to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, Noon to 10:00 pm, and Sunday Noon to 9:00 pm.

"We are excited to bring the festive fun back to Jewelers' Row with the Craftsman Row Saloon Christmas Pop-up," said Vasiliki Tsiouris. "We took a break last year with the pandemic, but we are back and bigger and brighter than ever with even more decorations, more ornaments, more lights, more festive milkshakes, a new burger, and even a Christmas Streetery to boot. We started the pop-up in 2019 as something fun and festive to celebrate our family's favorite time of year, and every year we want to see it evolve and grow for all to enjoy. We missed seeing everyone's Santa hats, Reindeer ears and rosy cheeks last year. We are so honored to be able to do this again and bring back the merriment we all need and have been missing during this time."

For the 2021 holiday season, Craftsman Row Saloon will add Christmas-themed cocktails and comfort food to the menu, alongside their famous burgers and other comfort food delights. 

Festive cocktails include:

  • Feeling Pine - whiskey, cranberry, rosemary, orange angostura $12.00
  • 100% That Grinch - house coquito, rum, cinnamon $13.00
  • Elf Help Book - Gin, elderflower, sparkling wine, lemon $12.00
  • Off the List -  Ornament “glass”, ornament “glass”, gin, bay leaf, turmeric $13.00
  • It's Lit - pumpkin spice, brandy, whiskey, marshmallow, cinnamon stick $12.00
  • Yoo Hoo! It's Me - vodka, cold chocolate, whipped cream, cocoa dusting $12.00
  • Stocking Stuffer - vanilla vodka, Kahlua, half and half, candy cane $13.00
  • Wrap Music - red sangria, seasonal fruit, and spices $12.00
  • Mistletoe Margarita - tequila, Grand Marnier, cranberry, lime $12.00
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Holiday Cocktails at Craftsman Row Saloon in Philadelphia.Courtesy: Society Hill Films

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Holiday Cocktails at Craftsman Row Saloon in Philadelphia.Courtesy: Society Hill Films

All of the above will be available on the full larger menu of comfort food staples with all of Craftsman Row Saloon's other dishes that include Dorito coated mozzarella sticks, award-winning burgers, and fiery buffalo mac-n-cheese.

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Craftsman Row Saloon Christmas Pop-Up Menu Line-Up.Courtesy: Society Hill Films

As the perfect pairing with the shakes, for all the sweet tooths, George recommends also trying Donut Fried Chicken with glazed, bacon, American, maple syrup, and the Mac Daddy Burger with smashed patties that are smothered and dripping with mac and cheese on a martin's potato roll. 

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Donut Fried Chicken Sandwich at Craftsman Row Saloon in Philadelphia.Courtesy: Society Hill Films

For decor and vibes, Craftsman Row Saloon is Philadelphia's most over-the-top decorated Christmas restaurant and bar, with full seating and table service, a giant menu, expert bartenders, and talented chefs in the kitchen. Holiday bling includes 5,000 feet of garlands, thousands of twinkling lights, thousands of ornaments (so many they stopped counting), hundreds of unique tree trimmings, red bows, Santa hats, stockings, and much more.

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Holiday Decor at Craftsman Row Saloon in Philadelphia.Courtesy: Society Hill Films

Craftsman Row Saloon is owned by brother-and-sister restaurateurs George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, co-owners of Midtown Village’s popular Drury Beer Garden that currently features their beloved Greek cuisine with the Opa Pop-up. Craftsman Row, located at 112 South 8th Street, is named for the hard-working artisans that comprise this area known as Jeweler’s Row. Craftsman Row offers guests in a comfortable, neighborhood setting.

Since taking it over, the Tsiouris family has refreshed the space, a landmark for eating and drinking for 100 years, most recently known as Coco’s, which opened in 1984. Respecting the building’s deep history, the Tsiouris’ chose to maintain specific aspects of its character, such as the original bar facade, marked by nameplates of Coco’s regulars at each end. The nine booths, reupholstered in button tufted brown leather, and the 16 bar stools have been painted black to match the new distressed black hardwood floors that were installed. The ceiling is dark as well, brightened by light wooden beams that are now exposed. Five televisions positioned at various points of view will broadcast sports games and other events for those looking to root for their favorite local teams. Clever accents, including small, wooden faux taxidermy and modern campfire-style pendant lighting and sconces, are thoughtfully placed throughout the space, lending to the saloon vibe.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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