4 D-FW bars launch holiday pop-ups with festive cocktails on November 12


If you’re the type to turn on Christmas lights as soon as you hand out the latest Halloween candy, you’re going to love this. And if you leave the party to others, the same feeling applies. Because four bars across D-FW get into the Christmas spirit, hosting Miracle and Sippin ‘Santa, national pop-ups that pair over-the-top decor with holiday-themed drinks.

Check out Miracle at Royal 38 in Dallas, Nickel City in Fort Worth, and The Aussie Grind in Frisco. Find Sippin ‘Santa at RoPo & Logan, the newly opened bar in the former Hide Space in Deep Ellum. Most locations across the country host pop-ups from November 22 through December 31, but the Dallas locations are launching their respective concepts on November 12.

“We’ve been to Miracle for the past four years and Sippin ‘Santa for the past two,” says Nick Backlund, owner of Royal 38, RoPo & Logan and Hide, which will soon reopen in Lower Greenville. “We are delighted to continue to participate each year because of the joy it brings to the community. Everyone is always in such a good mood and spreads so much joy. “

Miracle’s story began in 2014 when, on the advice of his mother, Miracle founder Greg Boehm transformed his New York bar, Mace, into a winter wonderland between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was a success, and soon bars in other towns set out to create their own Miracle magic. Sippin ‘Santa is the tropical branch of the concept led by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, a Tiki and tropical drink expert and owner of Latitude 29 in New Orleans.

Sippin ‘Santa is the tropical branch of the concept led by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, a tropical drink expert and owner of Latitude 29 in New Orleans.(Randy Schmidt)
Find the Yule Log Grog at Sippin 'Santa stores.
Find the Yule Log Grog at Sippin ‘Santa stores.(Randy Schmidt)

Now in its eighth year, Miracle is appearing in nearly 100 bars across the country, with Sippin ‘Santa appearing in more than 30. Each pop-up will be decorated with a personalized assortment of holiday decorations, sparkling lights and of tchotchkes, all paired with holiday-themed soundtracks.

“We build on our decorations every year, but visitors can expect to see over 25,000 lights at our Miracle location and over 12,000 at Sippin ‘Santa,” says Backlund, who notes that the pop-ups will have experiences in the experience. Walk past the bars and you’ll find rooms with different themes, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas Tree Forest, Christmas Wonderland, and the Grinch-themed Green Room. “You can come multiple times and still experience something different,” he adds.

Joann Spiegel is the cocktail expert behind Miracle’s recipes, and this year she’s added a new holiday-themed drink list to accompany a few returning favorites. Each plays on seasonal flair and is served in a unique signature mug or glass. New this year is the Elfing Around cocktail made with gin, prosecco, mulled wine, grapefruit and bitters. The updated On Dasher cocktail includes gin, vanilla liqueur, marshmallow, cardamom, black pepper, lemon, cream, eggs and soda. Classics include Christmapolitan (vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spicy cranberry) and Old-Fashioned Snowball made with rye, gingerbread and bitter.

At Sippin ‘Santa establishments, drinks include a piña colada riff called Kris Kringle Kolada (rum, amaro, allspice liqueur, lime, pineapple, coconut cream) and the Yule Log Grog, a cocktail hot with gin, falernum, cranberry syrup and ginger liqueur.

As in previous years, Cocktail Kingdom personalized glassware will be available for purchase at each location for the duration of the pop-ups. So you can check off a few people from your shopping list with one hand while you hoist a drink with the other. Go ahead and be generous – a portion of the proceeds from the glassworks go to the James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good campaign, which helps independent restaurants.

“Miracle and Sippin ‘Santa have always been a haven for our fans – from guests and partners to industry professionals – and we feel incredibly lucky to be able to bring our fun and whimsical vacation oasis back this year.” , said Boehm.

All cups and glasses will be available for sale, with part of the proceeds going to independent restaurants.
All cups and glasses will be available for sale, with part of the proceeds going to independent restaurants.(Mélissa Hom)


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