“Miracle” Holiday Cocktail Bar Pop-Ups Finally Make it to Houston & Galveston
Three bars in the Greater Houston-Galveston region are getting opportunities to host some popular holiday-themed pop-ups, which means patrons are in for eggnog, mulled drinks and outlandish levels of holiday decor. Julep at 1919 Washington and Daiquiri Time Out at 2701 Market in Galveston are turning into Miracle bars from November 23 while Lei Low at 6412 North Main is taking on the Sipping Santa tiki bar theme starting on November 25. All three are keeping the alter-ego identity through December 31.
Miracle was originally conceived as “Miracle on Ninth Street” in New York City by bar owners Greg Boehm and Zach Sharaga and bartender Nico de Soto in 2014 just before their new bar, Mace, debuted in the same space. (Boehm is also a co-owner of upscale barware shop Cocktail Kingdom, which supplies holiday-themed glasses for the events that customers can also buy and take home.) A year later, a tiki-themed take on the same idea debuted in Boehm’s other bar, Boilermaker, which he co-owns with Erick Castro of Polite Provisions and Raised By Wolves in San Diego. This year, both Miracle and Sippin’ Santa have finally made it to Houston and Galveston.
A total of 90 bars around the world are participating this year. The point of the over-the-top decorations and holiday drinks, besides embracing the holiday spirit to the fullest, is to raise money for charity.
Miracle’s cocktails were created by Miracle manager Joann Spiegel, together with Miracle founder de Soto. These include the Snowball Old Fashioned made with gingerbread bourbon, wormwood bitters and lemon zest; Christmas Carol Barrel done with aged rum, aquavit, Amaro, pumpkin pie spice, demerara syrup, lime juice, vanilla and Angostura bitters; and the And A Partridge In A Pear Tree, a combination of reposado tequila, pear brandy, mezcal, spiced demerara syrup, lime, egg white, club soda, Angostura bitters and cinnamon.
Cocktail sippers can purchase mugs, coupes, highballs and rocks glasses, custom-made for Miracle by Cocktail Kingdom, with proceeds going to Action Against Hunger.
“Last year, the staff and I were in D.C. for the Bartender’s Guild Repeal Day and we visited Angie Salame and Derrick’s Brown Miracle pop-up, We had the best time and it was absolutely amazing, said Julep owner Alba Huerta. “The walls and ceiling were covered in Christmas decorations, the drinks were nostalgic and the ambiance was just charming. I also had a chance to visit The Roosevelt’s Room Miracle and I had the same experience as they also expressed their creativity through this Christmas pop-up. When given the chance, I jumped right to it, knowing that we would also do a great job decorating and hosting a Christmas Wonderland at Julep.”
Julep is open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Daiquiri Time Out is open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Lei Low is one of only 12 tiki bars in the world that’s hosting a Sippin’ Santa pop-up. This year, the tropical theme with a holiday twist gets some added star power from tiki godfather Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, who’s created a series of tiki drinks for the popular popup. “I understand that Beachbum Berry picked the bars he wanted to participate,” said Lei Low’s Russell Thoede. “And that’s pretty incredible. I’ve never met Jeff, but he is such an inspiration of mine. I mean, tiki was dead. He kept it alive with his writing and his passion. There would be no Lei Low without Beachbum Berry.”
The Sippin’ Santa menu includes libations like the Kris Kringle Colada, made with dark Jamaican rum, cynar, allspice, lime and pineapple juices, and cream of coconut; the Hawaiian Milk Punch done with bourbon, cream, chai syrup, sarsaparilla, tobacco bitters and nutmeg; and the Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian for “Merry Christmas”), a combination of London dry gin, Grand Marnier, lime juice, cranberry syrup, allspice liqueur and herbsaint.
Similarly to Miracle, special Sippin’ Santa collectible mugs and glassware are available for purchase. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales will go to Action Against Hunger, a nonprofit that works to eradicate hunger around the globe.
“We’re excited to take part,” said Thoede. “We’re kicking off the event with a party on November 25. Par Avion is going to play. Then, next month, on December 9, we’re hosting a holiday arts market with local designers. It’s going to be a great holiday season.”
Lei Low is open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.