Merry Yuletide Pop-Ups Are Returning To Houston This Weekend For The Holiday Season

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Merry Yuletide Pop-Ups Are Returning To Houston This Weekend For The Holiday Season

Festive harborers of all things cheerful, Miracle and Sippin’ Santa pop-ups, are coming back to Houston to usher in the most wonderful time of the year.

Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror and we can’t help but to eek out our bubbling excitement for all things festive. Here to keep tradition alive, festive holiday pop-ups Miracle and Sippin’ Santa are returning to four different Houston area bars this year to celebrate the season. [Featured image: @hidebar]

Miracle in Midtown and The Heights

For the uninitiated, Miracle is an over-the-top Christmas takeover of neighborhood bars during the yuletide season. Lit with enough lights to be seen from space, cozy hot and cold seasonal libations, and an unparalleled holiday decor enough to make the Grinch’s heart grow three times over, Miracle is a must for all with an affinity for elf culture.

Where to find these Winter Wonderlands

This year, you can experience the Miracle of the holidays at three Houston-area bars, including: Johnny’s Gold Brick, Galveston’s Daiquiri Time Out, and H-town newcomer, Winnie’s.

Opened recently in Midtown, Winnie’s is a vibrant new bar and patio that serves up tantalizing libations, an amazing array of sandwiches, oysters, and po-boys, as well as a trove of flights packed in treasure chests.

What’s on the menu

Miracle is geared to reprise revamped version of fan favorite holiday cocktails as well as introduce a stocking’s worth of new libations.

Familiar favorites include their Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!, Christmas Carol Barrel, Jolly Koala, On Dasher, Snowball Old-Fashioned, Christmapolitan, and Jingle Balls Nog. For a short burst of the holiday spirit, patrons can also enjoy the Nice and Naughty Shots.

New items include a White Russian Christmas, Yule Log Grog, Elfing Around, Azul Navidad, Mistletoe-to-Toe, and the Regifter.

How to get on the nice list

Visiting patrons can make reservations via Resy through Winnie’s, Johnny’s Gold Brick’s, and DTO Galveston’s websites.


Counting down the days until Christmas

Miracle at Johnny’s Gold Brick, Winnie’s, and DTO Galveston are all open today!

Sippin’ Santa in Space City

Sippin’ Santa is Miracle’s Mele Kalikimaka island cousin. Think palm trees instead of pine, surfboards instead of sleighs, and rum instead of eggnog. This year, the tiki tinseltown will take place at Houston’s new community bar and late kitchen, Night Shift, in Historic East End.

Opened this past July, Night Shift is housed inside a remodeled warehouse and auto parts store. Overseen by a collaboration of award-winning bartenders, as well as a seasoned executive chef, Night Shift is an excellent go-to destination to burn the midnight oil. Plus, with its expansive roof deck now open to sweeping Downtown views, you can’t miss it this holiday season!

What’s on the menu

Each year, Sippin’ Santa workshops a variety of colorful holiday cocktails with an island twist. Featured cocktails include the eponymous Sippin’ Santa, made with aged Demerara rum, nutmeg syrup, lemon juice, amaro, cinnamon syrup, and orange juice; the Kaloka Colada, with dark Jamaican and Gold Puerto Rican rums, pumpkin spiced coconut cream, lime juice, orange juice, and orange Curaçao; and the hotly served Brah Humbug, made with scotch, mulled wine syrup, and Drambuie.

Shots such as their Rum Rum Rudolph (pineapple, coffee liqueur, and overproof rums), as well as the shared Blitzen Bowl mixed with a sack-full of tropical liqueurs will also be available.

How to get on the nice list

Sippin’ Santa at Night Shift also opens tonight, starting at 2 pm. Eager elves can make their reservations here.

See also: A Dazzling ‘Lightscape’ Experience Will Illuminate Houston This Holiday Season


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