In 2014, entrepreneur Greg Boehm took advice from his mother and, instead of finishing up construction on his East Village cocktail bar called Mace, he transformed the space into a holiday-themed pop-up bar serving festive drinks in an equally festival atmosphere. Of course, New York City bar-goers loved the concept, called Miracle, and packed the place from mid-November through Christmas every night of the week.
The idea went over so well, Boehm and his manager Joann Spiegel decided to take the holiday pop-up-bar concept on the road, and last year it made its way to Louisville’s RYE on Market. This year, Miracle returns to Louisville, but this time the owners of RYE are relocating it just up the street to the Green Building.
Louisville is one of 50 cities around the world to host a version of Miracle, which all open Friday, Nov. 24, and continue through Christmas Eve. Other cities hosting Miracle include New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Austin, Asheville, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Athens (Greece and Georgia) and many more.
Miracle will transform the gallery area inside the Green Building into a Winter Wonderland and offer seasonally themed cocktails like the Snowball Old Fashioned (gingerbread-infused bourbon, wormwood bitters, lemon zest) and How The Gimlet Stole Christmas (gin, sage, pine, caraway cordial).
Snacks will be served as well.
“The RYE team is excited to bring back Miracle with a brand-new location that allows us to host more patrons,” said RYE beverage director Doug Petry in a press release. “It’s impossible not to be caught up in the holiday spirit, and Miracle is a celebration of that kitschy fun everyone remembers as a child and wants to relive as an adult.”
And along with all the retro holiday decorations and tchotchkes, we hear there will be Christmas-themed karaoke going on as well. Cue up Elvis’ “Blue Christmas,” please! And in the spirit of giving, a portion of all sales will be donated to the Food Literacy Project.
Miracle will be open 5 p.m.-midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 24-Dec. 24. The Green Building is located at 732 E. Market St.