Holiday music non-stop, super boozy drinks, and it looks like Christmas threw up in here! Pure love! Miracle on 9th Street in NYC is so much win!
This pop up bar concept that is all things Christmas, and Hanukkah too, is just all kinds of awesome! I’m all about the cheesy and kitschy bars and this theme here is so over the top that it wins on so many levels. It’s only open for a short time and actually closing today so be sure to get there early and partake in many awesome libations that will warm the cockles of your heart and send you home with a buzz. After this they are transforming into a full time bar based on spiced cocktails. Not too sure how that will go but I’m all for keeping the holiday theme all year round! How wonderful would it be in the hot humid summer to drop into an AC cooled Christmas environment for a cold cocktail listening to Bruce Springsteen sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town?
The guys working the door were so chill and worked with us to make sure we all had a seat when some arrived late. They would not seat us until all in our party arrived but held a table for us. Amazing service! The place is small as it seats about 50 but they pack so much in this winter wonderland. As we could see by the long lines waiting to get in they hit a snowball out of the park with this idea. We were first on line and as the steel gate was raised it revealed a whimsical scene of holiday folly. We still had a ten minute wait until opening but couldn’t wait to get inside this magical scene. Pro tip – make sure you get there at least 30 minutes before opening to make sure you get in. I have heard the waits have been an hour on average it’s been so popular.
Walking in we were greeted by a sensory overload of sights and sounds. Christmas decorations everywhere from floor to ceiling. Classic holidays tunes playing non-stop. Bartenders and staff with Santa hats on. Colored lighting and holiday memorabilia hanging all around. The cocktail menu is actually a Christmas card. The drinks are served in Santa mugs and old-school holiday cups. Heck, they even had a Hanukkah nook to sit in. Totally blown away by this snowstorm of merriment!
Looking over the libation list each was $14 but oh so worth it. Of course I had to start off with the Bad Santa which was a hot rum drink that put the warm fuzzies in my belly on a cold night. It was served in a Santa mug too! Yes! I also tried the Redneck Flip which is a bourbon concoction served in a Budweiser can. Kid Rock would approve. Yum! Their Jingle Bells Nog was a super potent version of egg nog and full of good cheer. Another fav was the Yippie Ki Ya Motherf****r!! which was a cold rum drink served in a Santa’s pants goblet. Just amazing! You can’t make this stuff up. Each drink was loaded with booze and prepared expertly. A few of our friends had the Mulled Wine Sour, Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel ( yup, served with a dreidel to play with) and the Candy Cane Sangaree. Well, because Christmas!
Yeah, you can say we drank a lot while we were here. Worth every penny. Be prepared to spend some coin here but it’s such a crazy fun atmosphere to do it in. Bring a date or come with friends. I’d say arrive with a party no bigger than four to get a seat. As the lines get long with people waiting to get in space is limited and they will ask for your table right away if you’re done drinking. Hey, it’s only fair, Christmas spirit and all. Also, they do offer some Christmas cookies and Chex mix on the menu to help soak up all the boozy goodness you’re gulping down. You’ll need it!
Now get down there today and have Bad Santa slide down your chimney and into your lap! Just don’t blame me if you end up doing the walk of shame in Santa’s robe and the taste of candy cane on your tongue when he sends you home in the morning.
Happy Holidays and Ho Ho Ho!
Miracle on 9th Street – http://www.christmaspopupnyc.com/