A somewhat new but already beloved holiday tradition has returned: Hotel Vin, the hotel in Historic Downtown Grapevine, has brought back its famous "Bubbles" - cozy igloos that serve as pop-up bars during the holiday season.
A statement from Hotel Vin says the bubbles will debut on November 18 and remain through February 14. That may seem like a ways off, but in the past, these have sold out fast, and they're already taking reservations (reserve your bubble here).
Igloo bars first bubbled up in DFW in 2019, then surged in 2020 during the pandemic days, when people were trying to find ways to be social in outdoor settings.
They were novel and fun enough that they blossomed into their own sizzling-hot trend, returning for the 2021 holidays and now for 2022.
Also referred to as garden igloos, these "bubbles" are like plastic caves, like a geodesic dome, where you can hang out and imbibe under the winter sky, protected by your bubble from the elements.
They're ideal for groups and make for a good amusement during the holidays.
In prior years, the bubbles were planted on Hotel Vin's rooftop, but this year, they're located on the WineYard lawn. According to a spokesperson, the prior rooftop location led to some instability on the part of the bubbles. You don't want a bubble to float off the roof with party people inside.
You can have dinner inside the igloo. Check out the fur throws, so cozy.Hotel Vin
Their eight bubbles are decked out with après ski-lodge décor including fur blankets, heaters, and treats, creating an ambiance of coziness amidst an evergreen forest. They're open Wednesdays-Sundays from 5-10 pm.
Happy Hour Bubble from 4-5 pm is $150
Enjoy a bottle of wine and fondue.
Two-Hour Lounge Bubble from 5:30-8 pm is $250
Same as the happy hour bubble, but with 90 more minutes.
Full Dining Bubble from 5:30-8 pm, $150 per person
Seasonally inspired three-course dinner comes with a bottle of wine. Additional beverages are available for purchase throughout your meal.