Mad Art Events and Catering is bringing a holiday pop up to its event space in Soulard this year. Jingle Bar will open Nov. 22 and stay open through Dec. 28, giving you plenty of time to get in on the holiday cheer.
Mad Art's Taylor O'Dell, who is spearheading the pop-up bar, says bartender Michelle Ksir approached Mad Art about the idea of a collaboration. The holiday celebrations put on by the Anheuser-Busch brewery just down the street makes it difficult to conduct regular business at Mad Art because of increased traffic and parking, so they decided to capitalize on the holiday spirit and uptick in foot traffic. Now, they'll open Jingle Bar to give those visiting the area an extra dose of holiday spirit.
The pop-up bar will serve both food and drinks, with some of the dishes coming from the menu of the now-shuttered Capitalist Pig, which was located inside Mad Art. While the bar will mostly be open in the evenings, it'll open Sunday morning for brunch as well, bringing back Capitalist Pig's eggs Benedict, brisket and eggs and the beloved salted caramel French toast.
"We have the best menu," O'Dell says.
As for the evening menu, expect loaded fries, beer cheese nachos, loaded mac 'n' cheese and chicken wings. O'Dell refers to one treat in particular as "cheeky": Reindeer Poop, a ball of chocolate cake.
And it wouldn't be a holiday pop-up bar without some festive cocktails. Some of the specialties will include the Holiday Sparkle, made of bourbon, Prosecco and honey, ginger and clove simple syrup. There will also be a chocolate-peppermint Martini and a Christmas-spiced cranberry cocktail, among others.
If you're looking for that perfect Instagram photo, Jingle Bar is ready to provide. Housed in an old police station, Mad Art will decorate its four old jail cells as different holiday scenes: one will be a traditional holiday setting, one will be a wintery candyland, one will be dedicated to Jack Frost and the last will revolve around the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
"When you're in the cell, it's like you're in a whole other world," O'Dell says.
Unlike many holiday pop-up bars, Jingle Bar will be open to all ages, so parents who want to bring their kids along for the ride can do so. Everyone can make their own experience at Jingle Bar, with the goal being that guests will feel the holiday spirit by the time they leave.
"We want you to kind of forget all your worries, your issues, and for that time just enjoy it," O'Dell says. "We want you to leave warm and just happy."
Editor's note: Mad Art Gallery owner Ronald Buechele announced on Wed., Nov. 19 via Facebook that the Jingle Bar pop up has been canceled and refunds will be issued to those who purchased reservations.
Jingle Bar, 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard, St. Louis, Missouri, madart.com/jingle-bar