Miracle Pop-Up Creates Christmas-Themed Bars for the Holidays

During the holidays your bar just might be the busiest it will be all year. If you’re looking for a unique way to attract newcomers, Gen Z and millennials, and your regulars why not recreate your space as a pop-up?

Miracle Pop-Up is a Christmas concept that takes over bars across the country to create Christmas-themed bars. With different bar owners, Miracle Pop-Up provides a unique experience for guests each year from November to December. Everything from the bar menu to the decor receives a complete makeover.

The concept first started in 2014, when owner Greg Boehm transformed an unfinished bar in NYC into a pop-up bar serving holiday-themed drinks with outrageous Christmas decorations. Crowds quickly began to swarm the location leaving bar owners asking how they could recreate the same thing. By 2016, the concept became a worldwide phenomenon with pop-ups in Greece, Montreal and Paris.

Currently, Miracle Pop-Up has 94 locations this year, including their newest concept, Sippin’ Santa. Sippin’ Santa is a bar takeover specifically for tiki bars in partnership with tiki-connoisseur Jeff “Beachbum” Berry.

The creative cocktail menu has a variety of drinks like the “Christmapolitan Vodka” made with elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime, and absinthe mist. Or the “Grinch Grog” made with blanco tequila, herbal liqueur, pine, pear, lemon juice, and Grinch syrup.

“It’s capturing a little bit of forgotten magic from your childhood and your family memories,” Miracle Pop-Up’s bar manager, Joanne Spiegel, explains to “Thrillist.” “[You’ll experience] the magic of great cocktails in fun vessels, holiday music, and all the decor and twinkling lights. It’s a great way to socialize.”

For more on Miracle Pop-Up, the holiday-themed cocktails, and which bars are participating watch the video above and read more at “Thrillist.

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Rachel Brill

Rachel Brill

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Cocktail Menu Trends at The Anderson in the MIMo District of Miami

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On Across the Bar, we look for the best cocktail spots across the country. Hosted by industry expert and cocktail enthusiast, Paul Barron, this show brings insight into beer, wine, and spirits trends so that you can see first-hand where the bar scene is heading.

On this episode, Paul visits The Anderson in the up and coming MiMo District of Miami. The Anderson opened its doors in the Spring for 2016 by the creators of the popular brand Broken Shaker and was honored with the recent accolade of one of Esquire’s Best Bars in America for 2018. The Broken Shaker team is known for setting trends and the revamp at The Anderson shows how in tune this group is with the current cocktail scene.

Dave Simmons, the bar manager at The Anderson, walks Paul through the new cocktail and food menu that has an interesting twist, 1980s style. The Andersons’ interior design details, food menu, music, and cocktails capture the essence of the '80s– Hey, everything was better in the '80s, right? Well, maybe not the crime rate in Miami.

With cocktails like “Hey You Guys!” and “Ticket to Paradise” us '80s babies feel right at home. Pair that with the new menu which elevates the typical bar/food experience. Guests can experience a variety of plates, including the Fried Rice that comes with coconut basmati, sweet plantains, and crab, pork, chicken or veggies; or those looking for a vegan-friendly option can go with the Choripan, made with Atlas vegan chorizo or Proper chorizo, chimi-aioli and crispy onions served on a baguette; or stay close to your Miami roots with the Cuban Quesadilla with roasted pork, chihuahua cheese, ham, pickles and mustard.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the back patio which features an authentic Caribbean rum shack!

Watch the episode above for more insights into The Anderson and cocktails from Across the Bar!

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I Want My A+TV

  • Herp Infused New Amsterdam Vodka

  • Lime

  • Ginger Syrup

  • Ginger Beer

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Ticket to Paradise

  • Spiced Infused Don Q Cristal Rum

  • Chinola Liqueur Swizzled with Lime

  • Mint

  • Passionfruit - Vanilla Reduction

  • Peychaud’s Bitters Float

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Hey You Guys!

  • Dry Gin

  • Aperol with Lemon

  • Pineapple and Pink Peppercorn Reduction