Over-the-top Christmas decor and holiday-themed cocktails served in kitschy glassware attract locals to these pop ups.
Two local Orlando bars are turning themselves into pop-up holiday cocktail bars for the duration of December thanks to a New York City based company called Miracle.
Miracle on Orange at The Courtesy (Website) 114 N Orange Ave
Since 2017, The Courtesy has transformed itself annually into a winter wonderland to celebrate the Christmas season with Miracle. As a go-to cocktail destination, the elevated holiday drinks of Miracle fit well within the team’s repertoire of cocktail creating, but give them the chance to get a bit kitschy with the addition of over the top décor and humorous glassware. Having opened November 29th, guests who know and love Miracle can return for their favorites, like the Bad Santa and the Christmapolitan, while new cocktail and glassware standouts for 2020 include Miracle’s SanTaRex, Rye Whiskey, Oloroso Sherry, Spiced and Hard Apple Cider, Lemon Juice & Baked Apple Bitters, served in a stand out bright green Tyrannosaurus Rex ceramic mug – because even dinosaurs are getting into the holiday spirit.
Sippin’ Santa at Avanti Palms (Website) 6515 International Drive
Debuting for the first time in Orlando, Sippin’ Santa will pop-up at the lobby bar and lounge at Avanti Palms from Monday, November 25th to Tuesday, December 31st from 4pm to 12am, daily. Beginning Monday December 2nd and weekly on Mondays throughout the pop-up will be Ugly Sweater Night, while Wednesday evenings the Sippin’ location will screen festive Christmas movies. Different from Miracle across town, Sippin’ Santa at Avanti Palms will be completely tiki themed, from drinks to décor and even different playful glassware, including the standout Jingle Bowl, a festive shareable large format rum punch served in a bowl resembling a hot tub, complete with Santa and a reindeer taking a boozy soak.
The concept of Miracle was born in 2014 when upon the advice of his mother, owner Greg Boehm decided to halt construction of what was to be his new East Village, New York City cocktail bar called Mace and transformed the unfinished space into a pop-up bar serving holiday-themed drinks among over-the-top Christmas decorations. As crowds swarmed the NYC location, Boehm’s friends throughout the bar industry asked how they could recreate the holiday magic on their own turf and expansion became inevitable. With over the top Christmas décor and seasonal cocktails served is kitschy glassware, it proved so popular that the founder created a franchise kit, selling the concept to other bar owners around the world.
This year it has grown to over 110 locations and its tiki-inspired counterpart, Sippin’ Santa, will have over 20 worldwide.