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2 festive Christmas pop-up bars bring holiday cheer to Houston area

2 festive Christmas pop-up bars bring holiday cheer to Houston area

Miracle bar pop up christmas cocktail
The Run Run Rudolph. Photo by Melissa Hom
Miracle bar pop up christmas cocktail
The Christmopolitan. Photo by Melissa Hom
Miracle bar pop up christmas cocktail
The Gingerbread Flip. Photo by Melissa Hom
Miracle bar pop up christmas cocktail
Miracle bar pop up christmas cocktail
Miracle bar pop up christmas cocktail


A third bar has joined the holiday festivities. Preamble Lounge & Craft House, located in Webster, Texas, will host Miracle at Space City, according to a statement from the owner. Check the Facebook page for information. 


There are two types of people who celebrate Christmas. Some keep the season low-key, quietly celebrating the season with family and friends while others pull out the Rudolph onesies as soon as Daylight Savings Time ends.

Instead of fighting over the last flat screen at Best Buy on Black Friday, the latter will be enjoying the island life at Daiquiri Time Out in Galveston — for the opening of the second annual Miracle on the Island. According to a release, Daiquiri Time Out will be completely transformed with nostalgic holiday decor and will offer  from 4 pm- 2 am daily between November 23 and December 30.

The Galveston pop-up is the second annual edition of Miracle, a series that takes over the world’s buzziest bars with over-the-top Christmas decor, themed cocktails, and plenty of good cheer. In 2017, the first year that the concept came to Texas, the bar popped up with locations in Austin and Fort Worth. This year, it expands to Houston, Galveston, and San Antonio.

The idea originally launched in 2014 when Greg Boehm, owner of online bar supplies emporium Cocktail Kingdom, received some good advice from his mother. Instead of charging ahead with construction of new bar Mace in New York City, she suggested he temporarily festoon the unfinished space with kitschy holiday decor for the first Miracle pop-up.

That activation was such a success that soon Boehm’s industry friends began asking him to bring the magic to their cities. Miracle has since grown to over 90 locations, with stops across the United States, Panama, Mexico, England, and Canada.

Each location serves a menu created by Miracle’s longtime manager Joann Spiegel and renowned bartender Nico de Soto of Mace and Paris’ Danico. The names are tongue-in-cheek and the ingredients play with nostalgic flavors, but the drinks are far from basic eggnog.

The Snowball Old Fashioned transforms the classic with gingerbread Bourbon and wormwood bitters. And a Partridge in a Pear Tree features a complex agave-based potion with reposado tequila, pear brandy, mezcal, spiced demerara syrup, cinnamon, and more.

All of the drinks are served in custom mugs, coupes, and highballs from Cocktail Kingdom. A limited amount of the themed glassware will be available for purchase with 10 percent of sales benefitting nonprofit Action Against Hunger.

If the Miracle pop-up at Daiquiri Time Out isn’t enough to keep spirits bright, the concept will also be taking over The Eleanor in Austin, Pastiche in San Antonio, Hide in Dallas, and Proper in Fort Worth.

And for the first time, tiki Christmas pop-up Sippin’ Santa is also making its way to Houston, taking over popular Heights tiki bar Lei Low. Like Miracle, the Sippin' Santa pop-up begins November 23 and runs through December 30. 

Expect over-the-top nostalgic holiday and Polynesian décor, and an opening night performance from LA’s Surf Band Par Avion. Sippin’ Santa’s signature cocktail menu includes on-theme named cocktails like “Kris Kringle Colada” (Dark Jamaican rum, Cynar, allspice, lime, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut). Also look for the “Mele Kalikimaka” (London Dry Gin, Grand Marnier, lime juice, cranberry syrup, Allspice liqueur, and Herbsaint).

Like Daiquiri Time Out, Lei Low will donate 10 percent of sales to Action Against Hunger.