DC’s “Pop-Up Christmas Bar” is the Most Festive Way to Drink This Season

Goodbye, Mockingbird Hill. Hello, Miracle on Seventh Street.

Mockingbird Hill becomes the super-festive Miracle on Seventh Street holiday bar. Photograph by Joy Asico.

Anyone who loves tinsel, twinkling lights, and egg nog will feel warm–inside and out–at Miracle on Seventh Street, a “pop-up Christmas bar” from drink master Derek Brown. The ultra-festive watering hole takes over Mockingbird Hill in Shaw starting tonight at 5, and runs through December 24.

Naughty elves may have overrun the bar and created a holiday cocktail list, but Miracle on Seventh will have much more than nog shots and shiny things. A daily lineup of festivities include free cookies on Thursdays, Bad Santa happy hour on Friday from 5 to 8, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of DC singing on Sundays from 9 to close. Those of us celebrating the Festival of Lights can head to the “Hannukah Hangout” room, where you’ll find Manischewitz punch pong games and gelt galore on Wednesdays. In addition to the set schedule look for random outbursts of caroling, gingerbread eating, and other acts of cheer.

Miracle on Seventh Street. 1843 Seventh St., NW; 202-316-9396. Open Sunday and Monday, 5 to 11:30; Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 12:30; Friday and Saturday 5 to 1:30.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.