Christmas season is in full swing ... if you couldn’t tell from Houston’s balmy seasonal weather. With Christmas cheer comes inevitable Christmas-themed cocktails, and one bar in Houston is going above and beyond with not only themed cocktails, but décor to boot.
The pop-up brand Miracle was launched back in 2014 by Greg Boehm at his New York City bar Mace. In 2015, it spread to four locations, and by 2016 it was as a worldwide phenomenon. Today, for one glorious month, you can find Miracle Pop-Ups in Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, and throughout the United States.
Here in Houston, Miracle has sprouted up at Heights hangout Johnny’s Gold Brick. You may have noticed the winter wonderland of exterior lights bathing the outside in hues of festive green and red, the Christmas wreaths hung throughout, and, lest we forget, the head-turning, 30-foot Santa on the roof.
Inside there's a twerking Santa and shiny, green strips hanging down from the ceiling—wrapped Christmas gifts seemingly falling into your hands. A beautiful Christmas tree is set up at one end of the bar, and a projection screen either shows a classic yule log fireplace scene or Ron Swanson sitting by the fire while sipping on his Lagavulin scotch and staring into the distance. Johnny’s monthly rotating cocktail menu is also put away for seasonal cocktails such as a Snowball Old Fashioned, a Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r, and the Insta-famous SanTaRex, due to the out-of-this world cup it's served in.
Want to celebrate early? No problem: The folks at Johnny’s have you covered with a Christmas movie and tamales from A Comer every Tuesday. Tonight, it's hosting a Bad Santa Party where folks are encouraged to come dressed in their Santa best (or worst).
Kids can decorate gingerbread men while parents get their fix from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, and Snowmas is set for Dec. 22, featuring real snow in the afternoon and live music.
Miracle runs through Dec. 30th; the next night is Johnny’s signature No Douche Bags/No Bullshit New Year’s Eve Party with no cover, no prix fixe, and a free Whataburger buffet at midnight.
Miracle offers a spectacularly good time for all, but just be forewarned that Christmas music a-plenty plays 'round the clock. If your friend isn’t in the mood to listen to "All I Want for Christmas is You" for the 31,198th time, just buy a round and see if the drinks enliven their Christmas cheer.