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What to Know

  • J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
  • It's a "fully functioning gingerbread bar" called Santa's Tavern
  • Santa's Little Helper, a gingerbread-themed Moscow Mule, is one seasonal sip

There's truly no more meta time of year than the holiday season.

After all, it isn't all that uncommon to spy a caroler singing about Santa Claus while wearing a full Santa suit. And as far as running into someone wearing an Ugly Christmas Sweater who is eating a cookie that is shaped like an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

The chances aren't zero come December.

But you probably haven't ever sipped a gingerbread-based beverage while sitting inside or adjacent to an actual gingerbread house. That's right, we said "inside" there, because we're not about to describe at tabletop-type gingerbread house, the kind that comes in a kit.

For the one that debuted at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live on Monday, Nov. 27 is very much walk-in-able, thanks to the fact that it weighs in at 1,300 pounds. It's described as a "fully functioning" gingerbread structure, but it isn't gracing the downtown hotel merely to add decorative delight: It's a bar.

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