Holiday pop-up bar Miracle on 5th Street landed in Austin on Friday, transforming downtown cocktail bar Roosevelt Room’s next-door venue space The Eleanor into a a bright and blazing winter wonderland. The pop-up is serving festive cocktails (and a few choice snacks) every day of the week, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., until New Year’s Eve on Sunday, December 31 (with a few exceptions noted on the website).
The Eleanor co-owners Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis decided to the host the international pop-up to fan the flames of holiday nostalgia. As many people (bar staff especially) don’t see family over the holidays, Miracle adopted a homey, kitschy atmosphere appropriate for the season. Couches with fuzzy blankets and holiday cat pillows are arranged around the space, as Christmas music and movies play in the background. There’s also a dance floor with a “winter wonderland” theme.
Drinks range from a fruity Christmopolitan (vodka, elderflower liqueur, vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime, and absinthe mist) to the rich tiki-like Jingle Bell Nog (cognac, sherry, peanut butter, almond milk, pandan, cream, nougat syrup, egg, and nutmeg). The bar will also whip up select speciality cocktails not offered on the standard Miracle menu.
The Eleanor, which opened in April, is also using the pop-up to give back. Almost $2,500 in tips from opening night were donated to the Austin Children's Shelter (via The Barman's Fund), and there are donation boxes (for Toys for Tots, Austin Pets Alive, and Caritas of Austin) in place for the pop-up’s duration. Finally, 10 percent of all proceeds for Miracle-branded glassware will go towards Action Against Hunger.
Eater photographer Robert J. Lerma took a look at the festive transformation, with A Christmas Story call-outs, decorated trees, and a whole lot of holiday lights.
- Pop-Up Christmas Bar Miracle Will Bring Holiday Cheer to Austin [EATX]
- Miracle on 5th Street [Official]
- Miracle on 5th Street [Facebook]