A Bevy of Holiday Pop-Up Bars Are Set To Open in Pittsburgh
We'll have two Miracles, a tina's getaway Downtown, Chrismukkah in East Liberty and more.
Miracle on Liberty, Miracle on Carson
Spencer Warren helms two Miracle locations this year: Downtown and the South Side. Both bars are local outposts of a Cocktail Kingdom concept that has continued to grow globally, furthering its mission to spread holiday cheer in over 100 cities. The cocktail menu, with its popular and festive glassware, is expanding to include tiki drinks on the new “Sippin’ Santa” menu, developed in partnership with famed tiki bartender Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. Warren will once again be partnering with 412 Food Rescue and his goal is to raise more than $50,000 from a portion of the cocktail sales. The holiday mugs will be for sale this year, with 10% of the proceeds donated to Action Against Hunger. Miracle on Liberty will open daily (including Christmas) beginning on November 29 through December 31 and Miracle on Carson will open daily beginning on November 27 through December 31.
717 Liberty Ave., Downtown; 2204 E. Carson St., South Side
Sarah Shaffer, owner of tina’s, and event designer Thommy Conroy of 4121 Main are partnering to open tina’s (holiday) inside the Americus Club Downtown. Shaffer and Conroy want guests to be able to take a break from the hubbub of the season and relax in a beautiful space with a beautiful drink. The bar will serve natural wines, champagnes and classic cocktails in a Conroy-designed “elevated environment” inspired by the winter solstice. Tina’s (holiday) will open Nov. 22 for Light Up Night and close December 29. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The space will also be available for private bookings.
213 Smithfield St., Americus Club, Downtown; instagram/tinasholiday
Chrismukkah Galley, Bakery Square
The bar teams at Federal and Smallman Galleys are collaborating on a new set of drinks such as Man, oh Manischewitz (Manischewitz, elderflower, apple cider reduction, mulling spices) and Christmas Morning (whiskey, cereal milk, sugar cookie syrup). A portion of the proceeds from Chrismukkah Galley will be donated to Tree of Life Synagogue and East Liberty First Presbyterian Church charities. The bar will open on November 20 and close December 30.
151 Bakery Square Blvd., Bakery Square; federalgalley.org, smallmangalley.org
Ed. Note: We initially listed a different location for this pop-up.
M/W Hospitality Group, the restaurant group that owns Molinaro Ristorante & Bar, NOLA, Il Pizziaolo and Wolfies Pub, is bringing back its Christmas pop-up, Jingle Bar, for the 2019 season. This year, the theme will be loosely based on the classic 1964 claymation film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The pop-up will serve a few small plates such as cinnamon-sugar popcorn and warm apple strudel with vanilla ice cream, as well as offering beer and wine, but the real draw will be the cocktail menu. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of cocktails such as the Heat Miser (Hennessy, vanilla, spice, cocoa, cream) and hard eggnog (Captain Morgan, egg, cream, nutmeg, cinnamon) will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. The bar will also offer five dollar Christmas cards, raffles and drawings. Trivia on Wednesdays and DJs on Friday and Saturdays will keep the party going. The bar will open on November 22 for Light Up Night and close December 31.
268 Forbes Ave., Downtown
Harris Grill’s downtown location will once again host its pop-up, Tinsel Town. The staff will decorate with hundreds of lights, bulbs, glitter and few classic Christmas pieces. Cocktail offering include malted hot chocolate, hot buttered rum and frozen cocoa as well as a small selection of wines and draft and bottled beers. The bar will open daily, starting on November 22 for Light Up Night and closing December 31.
245 Fourth Ave., Downtown; 412/288-5273, harrisgrill.com
Bonus bar: Bob’s Garage
This beloved and long-standing neighborhood bar celebrates the holidays all year round with a space stuffed to the gills with festive decorations. For Christmas, they really turn it up. The staff at the Blawnox bar decorates from floor to ceiling with lights, bulbs and every piece of shiny, sparkling Christmas decor one can imagine. With a host of regulars, friendly bartenders and karaoke from Wednesday to Saturday (call ahead to make sure there is karaoke), there’s no better way to celebrate the holidays. Open seven days a week. 1372 Freeport Rd., Blawnox; 412/963-9552, restaurantji.com/pa/pittsburgh/bobs-garage-/