It's the most wonderful time of the year! Just as he has done the past two years, master mixologist and bar owner Derek Brown is transforming all three of his adjacent Shaw bars — Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency and Eat the Rich — into a pop-up winter wonderland.
“I love Christmas. It's more than just the presents, food and decorations for me. It's about cheer,” said Brown. “People just seem happier. Miracle is all about bringing some of that levity to life."
While last year's room themes included goats in sweaters, narwhals and "Stranger Things," Brown never repeats decor, though the cult-favorite cookie dough cocktail ("Snow Angels, Ice Skating, Cookie Dough") will be making a comeback! This season, guests can wander through five themed areas, including the "Chinese and a Movie room" as a shoutout to Hannukah, and a Gingerbread house that leads guests into a room full of sugary sweets, sure to have you leaving with visions of sugar plums dancing in your head. An antique sleigh from the 1800s will be available as a photo background for those who really want to slay the selfie game, and a working toy train will wind its way through the multi-bar space.
This year's drink menu is heavily inspired by classic holiday movies, music and nostalgia, with kitschy cocktails such as "Elf's Breakfast," "Whobilation" and "I Sleigh, All Day."
“As a child on Christmas morning, I'd eat a huge bowl of cereal to get the energy I needed to to unwrap all the presents," said Senior Bar Manager Paul Taylor. "So, we created a cocktail that reminded us of that--with a little help from Elf, of course--using cinnamon toast crunch, maple syrup and spaghetti (the candy kind).”
Miracle on 7th Street, 1839–1843 7th St. NW, November 24 through December 31, Monday-Thursday 5 p.m. - 12:30 a.m., Friday 5 p.m.- 1:30 a.m., Saturday 1 p.m.-1:30 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., cocktails are $14