At these holiday pop-up bars, it’s cheers, temporarily
If you want to get into the holiday spirit, sometimes a cocktail helps. A few Christmas and winter-themed pop-up bars have opened around town this season. Here’s a look at what they’re — temporarily — offering.
Located in the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel lobby, Miracle Bar is a Christmas-themed pop-up bar decked out with lights, garlands, and specialty cocktails. Even the bartenders wear ugly sweaters as a part of their uniform.
The bar’s general manager, Amanda McBride, said she’s gotten fun feedback since the holiday theme was unveiled after Thanksgiving.
“We were unsure going into the holiday season how many people would want to come out and have really festive cocktails,” McBride said. “But people have been going out and . . . putting their holiday sweaters on. They want to embrace the Christmas spirit for the pop-up.”
What’s on the menu?
Miracle Bar has a long list of themed cocktails including:
■ The Christmopolitan — Vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime, and absinthe mist;
■ How The Gimlet Stole Christmas — Gin, pine-caraway sage cordial;
■ Bad Santa (served hot) — Mulled red wine, tawny port, orange liqueur, spices, golden raisins.
Customers are also welcome to try Miracle’s two shots: the Nice Shot (rum, peppermint, and chocolate) and the Naughty Shot (bourbon and cinnamon)
Location: 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge
Hours: 5 to 11 p.m. daily
Miracle will be open until Dec. 29.
Lookout Rooftop and Bar
This pop-up “igloo” bar sits atop the Envoy Hotel in the Seaport. Each of the six heated igloos — constructed of plastic and festive neon lights — seats 8-10 people, and they’re available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To order a drink, all you do is press a button that lights up the igloo, alerting cocktail staff to the request. Guests are also provided with fleece blankets to keep warm on especially chilly nights.
The Envoy first set up the igloos in February and brought them back this November due to popular demand.
Joe Mellia, the hotel’s general manager, said the igloos have been so successful this year that they’re considering adding three more.
“The response has been tremendous,” he said. “There’s been such a demand for it . . . People want the opportunity to go up and have a cocktail and look at the snow.”
What’s on the menu?
From their rooftop igloo, guests can enjoy beer, wine, and a variety of cocktails including:
■ Mulled Toddy — Pinot noir, Knob Crek bourbon, orange juice, cinnamon, and sugar;
■ Caribbean Cider — Vanilla-infused run, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple cider;
■ Senior Mint — Vodka, mint liquor, salted caramel Kahlua, hot chocolate, and marshmallow.
Location: 70 Sleeper St., Boston
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m.
The igloos will be open until April 16, 2018.
Trillium Garden at the Substation
Craft brewer Trillium Brewing Co. opened a winter beer garden earlier this week in the Roslindale substation. This new location is an indoor counterpart to Trillium’s popular open-air beer garden on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway this summer. The summer Garden's tables, benches, and barrels have been repurposed for the new space.
Trillium’s cofounder, Esther Tetreault, said Roslindale has been especially welcoming.
“We hope that the Trillium Garden at the Substation will seamlessly integrate into the vibrant array of small businesses in Roslindale Village and become, for this winter, a gathering place for Roslindale residents while also attracting people from other parts of the city,” Tetreault said.
What’s on the menu?
On any given day, there are 8-10 rotating draft selections, all from Trillium Brewing. The beer garden sells beer for on-site consumption only, so they won’t have any cans or growler fills.
The garden itself doesn’t sell food, but owners plan to invite local food vendors. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food or even order in from nearby restaurants.
Location: 4228 Washington St., Roslindale
Hours: Wednesday through Friday 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
An exact closing date has not yet been announced, but Trillium says it plans for the winter beer garden to stay open through winter and into spring.