Inside Christmas-themed bar Tipsy Elf, open for a short time in Dallas’ Oak Cliff

A Christmas-themed bar called Tipsy Elf opens in Oak Cliff with over-the-top Instagram-worthy decor and Christmas cocktails.

The store is open from November 27th to January 2nd in a small white house in a newly developed corner of the Bishop Arts District. It shares a terrace with the sister restaurants Paradiso and Botanist. While public health officials are currently not recommending eating or drinking indoors in Dallas due to an increase in coronavirus cases, sitting outside may be fine when customers are socially distant from those outside their own household, experts say.

The following series of photos will make you feel like you are there.

Tipsy Elf customers are asked to stay 6 feet apart. With a capacity of 75%, the bar offers space for 30 people inside and 10 people on the front terrace. There is space for more people on a larger terrace with a view of Paradiso and Botaniker.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)

The bar’s cocktails have goofy holiday names, and some are even vegan, like Drink Up Grinches: a mix of rum and hazelnut liquor with oat milk and aquafaba (the liquid in a can of chickpeas that is often whipped into a milk-like foam for non-dairy beverages). It’s a game with a juicy eggnog drink.

Rebel Without A Claus is made in part from vodka, limoncello, and cranberry-cinnamon syrup.

Operators say customers should watch out for two vacationers lurking in the bar: Larry the Elf, a naughty character who is moved a la Elf on the shelf every night; and Mrs. Claus, drag queen Gloria Devine dressed up for the holidays. She will sell JELL-O footage and pose for photos with a face mask. She is a long-time friend of the restaurant operator, says a spokeswoman.

The Tipsy Elf, Paradiso and Botanist have a food and beverage certificate from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and are allowed to be open during the coronavirus pandemic. The Tipsy Elf is more of a bar than a restaurant, says a spokeswoman. Snacks and desserts are also sold. Menu items include Swedish meatballs called Sleigh Balls and red velvet cupcakes called Snow Good Cupcakes.

The venue can be reserved for private events.

Here’s a look inside the Tipsy Elf at Oak Cliff:

Gaudy?  Could be.  Tipsy Elf is designed as an over the top Christmas bar in Dallas' Oak Cliff.Gaudy? Could be. Tipsy Elf is designed as an over the top Christmas bar in Dallas’ Oak Cliff.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)Brew Dolf is a Mezcal Malbec wine cocktail at Tipsy Elf.Brew Dolf is a Mezcal Malbec wine cocktail at Tipsy Elf.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)The Tipsy Elf is covered in Christmas decor.The Tipsy Elf is covered in Christmas decor.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)Take a look and the decorations go on.Take a look and the decorations go on.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)A vegan eggnog cocktail called Drink Up Grinches is one of the few drinks at Tipsy Elf.A vegan eggnog cocktail called Drink Up Grinches is one of the few drinks at Tipsy Elf.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)Before the Tipsy Elf was covered in Christmas decorations, the building was both a leasing office and a café.Before the Tipsy Elf was covered in Christmas decorations, the building was both a leasing office and a café.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)It's a winter wonderland there.It’s a winter wonderland there.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)The Tipsy Elf is located in a small white house on the corner of N. Bishop Avenue and Melba Street in Dallas.The Tipsy Elf is located in a small white house on the corner of N. Bishop Avenue and Melba Street in Dallas.(Juan Figueroa / employee photographer)

The Tipsy Elf is located at 308 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas.

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