Hugs with Grandma and sitting on Santa’s lap may be canceled this year but drinking definitely is not! Get your holiday spirits on at one of six Christmas pop-up bars, which will be decked out to the nines with holiday décor and slinging next-level drinks with seasonal inspiration. Miracle is open in Nutley, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Freehold and Morristown, while Sippin’ Santa, a tiki-themed Christmas bar (think Santa on a surfboard instead of a sleigh ) is open in Harrison. All spots are mixing up holly jolly concoctions through New Year’s Eve.
Miracle started in the East Village of NYC in 2014 and quickly expanded to other US locations, plus Canada, Panama, England and Switzerland. This winter, 32 US states boast a Miracle of their own.
While the decor is Instaworthy on its own, the true star of the show is the cocktail menu. Noteworthy drinks at Miracle locations include the Run Rudolph, made with prosecco, gin, mulled wine puree, lemon and cane syrup; the Christmapolitan, a twist on the classic made with vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime and absinthe mist and for those who have been naughty, there’s the Bad Santa, served hot.
The Vanguard’s Sippin’ Santa in Harrison, a tiki-style pop-up with Polynesian-inspired drinks and decor, boasts drinks like the Kris Kringle Colada (Dark Jamaican Rum, Cynar, Allspice, Lime & Pineapple Juice and Cream of Coconut), Christmas Eve Destruction (Dark Overproof Rum, Herbal Liqueur, Nutmeg Syrup, Lime Juice and Angostura Bitters) and the Jingle Bowl, a shareable rum punch that comes in a hot tub bowl with Santa and his reindeer soaking inside!
Better yet, this pop-up is more than just cocktails. All drinks are served in kitschy, collectible glassware, all of which are available for purchase. Check each site for safety measures in place as well as menus, take-out specials and hours. Most bars are open for outdoor heated dining and drinking and have strict safety measures in place inside.
Miracle on Centre at Cowan’s Public
229 Centre St., Nutley
Miracle on Mercer at Franklin Social
292 Barrow St., Jersey City
Miracle at on George Street at Catherine Lombardi’s
3 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Miracle at Iron Bar
5 South St., Morristown
Miracle at Game Time Bar and Grill
110 Schank Rd., Freehold
Sippin’ Santa at Harrison at The Vanguard
705 Frank E Rodgers Blvd South, Harrison