Last year, Kansas City got its first taste of the over-the-top international Christmas themed pop-up bar, Miracle, when it was hosted by J. Rieger & Co. at Rockhill Grille’s upstairs party room.
This year, Kansas City will be home to several different holiday pop-up bars, each with a completely different theme.
Miracle, the signature Christmas pop up, will be hosted again at Rockhill Grille from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. The event features a festive menu of signature holiday cocktails served in a room overflowing in holiday lights, garlands, ribbons and tchotchkes inspired by nostalgic vintage Christmas decorations, along with a festive soundtrack of holiday songs.
Kansas City will also be home to a second Miracle bar pop-up concept, with Julep and sister concept Soft Conspiracy in Westport hosting Sippin’ Santa, a Tiki-themed offshoot of the original Miracle concept, from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. This fall, Julep also plans to host "Something Wicked," its own Halloween-inspired pop-up bar, from Oct. 3 through Nov. 3.
“We saw the success of Miracle last year in Kansas City and decided to go after bringing the Sippin’ Santa franchise to Julep,” says Keely Williams, who co-owns Julep with her husband, Beau. “Once that was on the calendar, Beau and I decided a Halloween themed pop up would be fun to run right before it. We are calling it 'Something Wicked' after the line 'something wicked this way comes' from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and plan to deliver on that with the décor, lights, music and cocktail menu.”
Guests will need to make reservations in advance to experience "Something Wicked." The couple is working with professional set designers to help them transform Soft Conspiracy, their private cocktail lounge located within Julep, into a Victorian-era supernatural ball gone wrong. Theatrical lighting, a dramatic soundtrack and visual clues will help bring guests inside the story that will keep unfolding with every drink. Costumes will be expected and encouraged; Keely refers to the pop up as “gothic for grownups.”
Beau and his team of craft cocktail bartenders have started work on some cute and creepy cocktails to go with the wicked theme. Toil & Trouble will feature bourbon, apples, cinnamon, brandy, Cabernet and a touch of hot water, while Black Mirror will have rum, sweet vermouth, Branca Menta and Angostura Aromatic and feature a mysterious and distinctive black color.
Once Something Wicked closes on Nov. 2, Beau and Keely will have a month to flip their entire bar into a Tiki-themed wonderland to launch Sippin’ Santa on Nov. 25. As the Miracle pop-up concept continues to spread across the country, Sippin’ Santa locations have expanded from a dozen or so last year to over 20 nationwide this year.
Tiki expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the author of six books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine and the owner of Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 in New Orleans, developed the one-of-a-kind Tiki-inspired holiday cocktails served at all Sippin’ Santa locations:
- Kris Kringle Colada: Jamaican rum, amaro, allspice liqueur, lime juice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut
- Sippin’ Santa: Aged demerara rum, amaro, lemon juice, orange juice, gingerbread mix
- Papa Noel: Blanco tequila, apricot brandy, lime juice, pineapple juice, orgeat, cardamom bitters
- Shaka Kalikimaka (served frozen): London dry gin, allspice dram, orange and cognac liqueur, lime juice, falernum, cranberry syrup, Herbsaint
- Don & Victor (served hot): Martinique and Jamaican rums, Italian bitter aperitif, sweet vermouth and creamy D&V batter, topped with grated nutmeg
- Jingle Bowl: Jamaican and demerara rums, applejack, amaro, lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, maple and cinnamon syrups, angostura bitters
- Christmas Eve of Destruction: Overproof dark rum, lime juice, nutmeg syrup, Benedictine, angostura bitters
- Festivus Flip: Bourbon, demerara rum, ginger-infused amaro, pomegranate, egg
- Rudolph Shoots The Curl: Herbal mint liqueur, amaro, dark chocolate liqueur
Guests at both Miracle and Sippin’ Santa will also see brand-new intricate and holiday-themed Cocktail Kingdom custom glassware that will be available for purchase exclusively at many locations during the duration of the pop ups.
“Now in our sixth year, our Miracle partners across the U.S. and the world are all dedicated to delivering exceptional visits with quality cocktails,” founder Greg Boehm said in a release. “We’re thrilled to see our partnership with Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry expand in 2019 as well as we continue to offer the tiki cocktail experience to new cities across the country.”
The Miracle Bar pop up will be held Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 at Rockhill Grille. The Something Wicked pop up will be held Oct. 3 through Nov. 2 at Julep, and the Sippin’ Santa pop up will be held Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 at Julep.
Rockhill Grille, 2000 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.389.5800, therockhillgrille.com