Multiple Boozy, Holiday-Themed Bar Pop-Ups Are In the Works for Dallas

A bevy of juicy, vacation-themed pop-up bars are being sent to the Metroplex this season, even if rising coronavirus cases across Texas could seriously dampen vacation joy.

At least three temporary bars are in the works, including the hugely popular Miracle popup hosted in more than 100 bars worldwide. This year, Miracle, previously held at HIDE in Deep Ellum, is moving to a larger location on 2010B Greenville Avenue. Spread over 5,000 square feet, there are several seasonal-themed rooms, including a room for The Grinch, a room for Nightmare Before Christmas, and a room inspired by the New York City holidays. In addition to cocktails such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, guests can take home a souvenir Santa Claus mug and other merchandise items.

Meanwhile, the sleek new bar recently opened by the owners of HIDE is also turning into a Christmas pop-up. Opening November 18 at 2301 North Akard Street, Royal 38 is transforming into Sippin ‘Santa, the vacation-themed tiki bar with drinks created by famed mixologist Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. The theme behind Sippin ‘Santa is Christmas in Paradise, inspired by the idea of ​​Santa Claus taking a tropical vacation after the hard work of delivering gifts is done. Think of ornamental palm trees, sand instead of snow and drinks like Rum Rum Rudolph with pineapple juice, super-hard rum and coffee liqueur, or Parrot In A Pear Tree with blanco tequila, pear liqueur and lime juice.

Both bars also have full kitchens and a menu of dishes to accompany the cocktails. Bars are also operated with social distancing in mind, including contactless menus, masks and daily wellness checks for employees, as well as regular hygiene of common areas. Reservations are also recommended. Both Miracle and Sippin ‘Santa are open November 23rd through December 31st.

Finally, the minds behind Dallas’s Paradiso and Tejas restaurants and the Botanist cocktail bar have a seasonal pop-up bar in the works as well. Tipsy Elf will open from November 27 through January 2 at Good Companions, the currently closed coffee shop at 308 N Bishop Avenue. The kitschy bar serves holiday-themed drinks such as Mezcal mulled wine, vegan eggnog and Ramos Gin Fizzes, as well as seasonally-inspired bites and Christmas cookies. The exaggerated atmosphere will also encourage visits by a drag queen “Mrs. Clause.”

A spokesperson for Exxir Hospitality, which will operate The Tipsy Elf, said the bar will use the same protocols introduced at Botanist and Paradiso under 75% and groups up to 10 people or less per room of the house where the bar is located is listed. In addition, the bar will have outdoor seating and all tables will be 6 feet apart.

Note: Coronavirus cases are currently increasing across Texas and Dallas County, and County Judge Clay Jenkins recently asked residents to stay home if possible. Studies show that eating outdoors is less of a risk of exposure and that drinking in bars can spread the virus. The risk associated with any eating situation depends on companies that adhere to strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

For more information on the novel coronavirus pandemic, visit the Dallas County website.

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