So, as you know by now, I am obsessed with all things Christmas. I am the girl who leaves her Christmas tree up til March (much to my sister-in-law’s dismay, hi Kate!). I listen to the music year round and when I am sick or depressed, Mike knows to put a Christmas movie on to raise my spirits. So, when I heard there was a pop-up bar in Pittsburgh, dedicated to my fav holiday, I had to go, and let me just say, it did not disappoint!
People come from all over Pittsburgh to sip on festive drinks with kitschy titles like, a “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”, “Run Run Rudolph” “Jingle Balls Nog” and “Christmas Carol Barrel”, served in super fun Christmas-themed glassware. This year you can also purchase your glass on your way out, if you’re interested!
Spencer Warren, owner of The Warren, Downtown, and cocktail extraordinaire, is at the helm of Miracle in Pittsburgh, as he has been since the very first one in our area, back in 2016. This year they built everything from the ground up, including the bar, in what was once Katie’s Candy Store. Starting back in November, they took decoration donations, from garlands, to ornaments, to Santas galore, that led to the wonderland that it is today.
I was pleasantly surprised, after speaking with one of the bar tenders that the purpose of the pop-up is to give back to charity. Last year, Miracle gave over $15,000 to 412 Food Rescue, which is a non-profit organization that is working tirelessly to save food that might otherwise be wasted and eradicate hunger in Pittsburgh.
In addition to giving their proceeds back to 412 Food Rescue this year, Miracle will also be giving half of their proceeds to the Tree of Life fund. The Tree of Life fund is supporting the families affected by the senseless crime committed at the Tree of Life synagogue, back in October. The bartenders at Miracle are all volunteers, and they have the option to give their tips to the above charities, choose their own charities to give to, or keep the tips for their own families this holiday season. Drinking yummy cocktails and giving back? Sign me up.
I love the front corner of the bar, dedicated to the Jewish religion, including lots of blue and white ornaments/garland, a colorful Menorah, as well as Stars of David hanging all around. A festive and meaningful tribute to an important part of our Pittsburgh heritage.
The concept for Miracle pop-up bars was started back in 2014, in NYC, at a cocktail bar named Mace, when the mother of owner, Greg Boehm, suggested that he stopped the construction of his new place and convert it into a pop-up style bar, that served holiday-inspired drinks. Over the years the idea has taken off and there are an estimated 80 locations worldwide this year, including Greece, New Zealand, Paris, and London!
You don’t want to miss this cheerful hot spot in Pittsburgh, they are open until New Year’s Eve, so grab your friends and grab yourself a festive cocktail before they’re gone for the year!
Miracle is located at 705 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.
For updates be sure to check them out on Instagram at Miracle Pgh.
“May you go everywhere and wear it all.”