Introducing Miracle, a pop-up theme bar where it's all about Christmas

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 01:01:43 AM. The popular pop-up bar franchise can be found in more than 50 cities worldwide this year, Detroit included.

Featuring pumpkin spice whiskey.

Do you get excited watching Christmas movies, sing your heart out to Christmas songs and generally love being surrounded by Christmas decorations?

Would you like to enjoy all three while drinking Christmas-themed cocktails served out of kitschy, Christmas-themed drinkware while you chat about how much you really, really love Christmas?

If yes, then you might want to head to the Skip in downtown's Belt Alley, where the Christmas-themed bar Miracle is popping up seven days a week, now through Christmas Eve.

A Snowball Old Fashioned made with gingerbread bourbonBuy Photo A Snowball Old Fashioned made with gingerbread bourbon and wormwood bitters from Miracle, a Christmas-themed pop-up bar that runs through Dec. 24 at the Skip in Detroit's Belt Alley.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressThe sign for Miracle, a Christmas-themed pop-up barBuy Photo The sign for Miracle, a Christmas-themed pop-up bar in Detroit's Belt Alley.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressCocktails come in kitschy Christmas-themed glassesBuy Photo Cocktails come in kitschy Christmas-themed glasses at Miracle. Much of the drinkware is also available for purchase.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressThe You'll Shoot Your Rye Out cocktail from MiracleBuy Photo The You'll Shoot Your Rye Out cocktail from Miracle is made with pumpkin spiced rye whiskey, Budweiser-marshmallow syrup and egg. The Christmas-themed pop-up bar will run through Christmas Eve.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressGuests enjoy Miracle, a Christmas-themed pop-up barBuy Photo Guests enjoy the Christmas-themed pop-up bar Miracle on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressA Bad Santa cocktail (mulled wine, tawny port, orangeBuy Photo A Bad Santa cocktail (mulled wine, tawny port, orange liqueur) from Miracle. Much of the drinkware is available for purchase.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressBartender James Downs behind the bar at Miracle, aBuy Photo Bartender James Downs behind the bar at Miracle on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressThe Cognac- and sherry-based Jingle Ball Nog cocktailBuy Photo Miracle's Jingle Ball Nog features Cognac and Amontillado sherry with cream and egg in a custom eggnog mug, which is also available for purchase at the Christmas-themed pop-up bar in the Belt Alley.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo "A Christmas Story" plays on the TV at Miracle on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The Christmas-themed pop-up bar runs through December 24 at the Skip in Detroit's Belt Alley.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free PressA Run Run Rudolph cocktail (tequila, coffee liqueur,Buy Photo A Run Run Rudolph cocktail (tequila, coffee liqueur, iced hot chocolate) from Miracle.  Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press

What began as an improvised Christmas pop-up at a half-built bar in New York in 2014 is now a pop-up bar franchise that this year can be found in more than 50 cities around the world — but only through December 24.

While this is Miracle's first year in Detroit, it almost happened before, said Skip partner Joe Robinson. Cocktail Kingdom, the barware brand that franchises the Miracle concept and menu, offered the pop-up last year but the Skip didn't yet have its all-weather enhancements.

"We thought we were going to be finished with construction out here in time last year, but it didn't pan out," Robinson said. "It's a great way to activate the space (in winter)."

 

 

 

For its run as Miracle, the Skip is decked out in Christmas lights and real balsam fir. Cocktails are all $12 and are typified by the Bad Santa — mulled red wine, tawny port and orange liqueur served hot out of a winking Santa mug (also for sale) — or the Snowball Old Fashioned, featuring gingerbread bourbon and a snowball-like globe of ice as a cooling element. There's also the You'll Shoot Your Rye Out cocktail, made with pumpkin-spiced rye whiskey, Budweiser-marshmallow syrup and egg.

That's right: pumpkin spice whiskey.

If the two-hour wait times from Miracle's opening day (Black Friday) are any indication, you can expect long lines during peak hours.

It wouldn't truly be Christmas without them.

Miracle at the Skip (on the Belt Alley, off Gratiot between Library and Broadway), Detroit; theskipdetroit.com.

Contact Mark Kurlyandchik: 313-222-5026 or mkurlyandc@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @mkurlyandchik and Instagram: mkurlyandchik.

 

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