Shaw's beloved Miracle On 7th Street, more commonly known as "The Christmas Bar," is returning for its third year of delighting Washingtonians with holiday cheer. The 2017 version opens November 24 and promises to up the stakes once again with five themed areas and a menu of creative cocktails that draw on Christmas, Hanukkah, and nostalgic winter traditions.
The bar, which will span three storefronts from 1839-1843 7th St. NW, was decorated by Drink Company's Special Projects team of Matt Fox and Adriana Salame Aspiazu. Among the whimsical touches will be an antique sleigh for photo ops, toy trains, a Christmas tree, and lots of sweet treats.
If celebrating Christmas isn't your thing, mosey on over to the "Chinese and a Movie," room, which will be adorned with takeout containers, fortune cookies, and a oversized Menorah.
Whatever your holiday tradition, Drink Company aims for Miracle on 7th Street to have something that will appeal to everyone and keep spirits high.
“It's a grand conspiracy to have fun and everyone is in on it, from the bartenders to the guests," says Drink Company President Derek Brown.
Miracle on 7th street debuted in 2015 and was an instant hit. It was the first in a string of pop-ups for Drink Company, which have included bars themed around cherry blossoms, Game of Thrones, and Halloween.
Behind the bar, Miracle on 7th Street's cocktails are inspired by holiday movies and memories, says Senior Bar Manager Paul Taylor. Take the Elf's Breakfast, made with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, maple syrup and candy spaghetti. It's both a reference to the 2003 Will Ferrell movie and a nostalgic fuel up for Taylor.
“As a child on Christmas morning, I'd eat a huge bowl of cereal to get the energy I needed to to unwrap all the presents," Taylor says.
Other drinks include the Snow Angels, Ice Skating, Cookie Dough—a mix of cookie dough-infused vodka, coffee liqueur, Frangelico, creme de cacao, milk, and cookie dough. Most cocktails will be priced at $14, and all are crafted to be worth what can be a long wait outside the bar. If the past is any indication, they hold up to the high expectations set by the surrounding decor.
The Miracle on 7th Street pop-up will open November 24 and run through December 31. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Fridays from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturdays from 1 p.m to 1:30 a.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Located at 1839-1843 7th St. NW.
(Photo by Farrah Skeiky)
Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.