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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Comes to Life at Hidden Bar

At Hidden Bar at The Noelle in Nashville, you might think you’ve stumbled into the Griswolds’ family Christmas. Inspired by the classic 1989 holiday film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the pop-up bar (open until January 7th, 2023) features well-edited details such as a recreation of the family living room replete with a burnt-to-a-crisp Christmas tree; framed family photos; a jello mold, and illustrations of the family “truckster.” 

“No one goes out just to eat and drink, they go out for the experience,” says Noelle’s Food & Beverage General Manager, Brad Stewart. “This city goes crazy for Christmas. Launching Hidden Bar’s Holiday Vacation based on a movie that the majority of people have seen hundreds of times creates an experience of fun nostalgia.”

From top left: “Last True Family Man” cocktail; “Hallelujah! Holy S#%t, Where’s The Tylenol?”; “Tap Dancing With Bing Crosby;” “It’s Christmas and We’re all in Misery;” “That’s Good Eggnog.”

The pop-up bar, designed by Relic Creative, serves up small bites based on key quotes and one-liners from the movie such as “don’t forget your lunch, Clark,” a mix of cured meats, cheese, gherkins, jam, and crackers; Aunt Beth’s jello mold; and Clark’s Candy, a peanut butter chocolate cup. Drinks include “Hallelujah! Holy S#%t, Where’s the Tylenol?” with Blanco, pomegranate, cranberry, cointreau, lime, and blackberry monin, and “Squirrel!” a pear-infused libation with Don Fulano reposado, lime, green chartreuse, and agave. 

The Noelle’s pop-up bar based on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

“Guests feel like they’re a part of a Griswold’s holiday gathering, with a Noelle style twist on it and fun, elevated cocktails,” adds Stewart.

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