The holiday season is a time for friends, family and feeling festive. One of the best spots to do that in Washington is at the Miracle On 7th Street pop-up bar in Shaw. The whimsical bar is now in its third year in business in D.C. (the idea is based off a similar idea in New York City) and ready to charm guests with all new kinds of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter cheer.
Lines to get in the multi-room bar can be lengthy, but the wait is well worth the effort. Here are some reasons why Miracle On 7th Street is a must-do event this season.
Cocktails that embrace your inner child
Drink Company, the company behind the project, is a powerhouse in the cocktail world. So drinks here are both original and tasty. Senior Bar Manager Paul Taylor has taken inspiration from some of his favorite Christmas memories and movies.
The Elf’s Breakfast, for example, incorporates Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, maple syrup and candy spaghetti. Another—Red Ryder, Carbine Action, Two-Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle!—is a nod to “A Christmas Story.” The recipe is a play on a classic Manhattan, with popcorn-infused Maker’s Mark bourbon. And there’s plenty more where those came from.
There’s an entire room dedicated to Hanukkah (and Chinese food)
Miracle On 7th Street is an inclusive space for all holiday traditions, and Hanukkah gets a lot of love. There is an entire room here built around the tradition of many American Jews to stay in and order Chinese food on Christmas Day. It has movie posters, Chinese restaurant menus and takeout boxes and more.
One of the most fun (and useful) touches is a custom picture menu, complete with numbers for each drink and faded photography that would look natural in any hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The cleverly-named Maccabeats by Dreidel cocktail even comes with a dreidel garnish.
You can pose for pictures in an antique sleigh—and with a Beyoncé mural
Make the most of your visit to Miracle with a photo in an antique red sleigh that is sure to get you noticed. It just so happens to be placed next to a large mural of Beyoncé, who’s watching over the bar, ready to slay Christmas with her signature pose.
There is a mesmerizing display of Christmas lights
The most popular selfie spot in the entire bar is a narrow hallway connecting the two main rooms. Good luck getting through, though. The space is decked out in tons of colorful, twinkling Christmas lights. They hang from all sides and seem to go on forever. Don’t miss the chance to snap a picture—just don’t linger too long. People have places to be!
Whatever your winter tradition may be, Miracle On 7th Street has something sure to make you smile and feel just a little bit happier this season.
Miracle On 7th Street is located at 1839 7th St. NW. It’s open now through December 31. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays 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.