Holiday Pop-Up Bars in Calgary

What to expect at local holiday pop-up bars this year, from a Home Alone-inspired experience at a brewery to the return of Miracle on 1st Street at Proof.

One of the cocktails at the Miracle on 1st Street pop-up. Photograph by Melissa Hom.

The holiday spirit will be alive and well at several Calgary eateries this year as they transform their spaces and drink lists to create a special holiday pop-up bar experience.

Victoria Park’s Proof will once again become Miracle on 1st Street, while Ricardo’s Hideaway in the Beltline will become Sippin’ Santa at Ricardo’s Hideaway. The two holiday experiences are part of the Miracle and Beachbum Berry Presents: Sippin’ Santa holiday pop-up bar programs, which first launched in New York City and now have pop-ups around the world.

Meanwhile, new holiday pop-up experiences this year include a Home Alone-inspired event at Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. and The Tipsy Elf at Fairmont Palliser.

Here’s a look at what you can expect at these holiday pop-ups.


Home Alone at Eighty-Eight Brewing Co.

What: If you love the 1990 film Home Alone, you’re going to want to visit Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. over the holidays. The local brewery is transforming its two-level taproom into an homage to the holiday film for just over a month. During that time, you can also try the brewery’s new holiday beer and enjoy beer flight specials. On December 18, Proof will also be on site offering two holiday cocktails during a special pop-up.

Where: Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. 1070, 2600 Portland St. S.E., 403-452-5880

When: December 1, 2021 to January 2, 2022


The Tipsy Elf at Fairmont Palliser

What: The Tipsy Elf is a new holiday pop-up bar taking place at the Fairmont Palliser. Running from Tuesdays to Saturdays, the pop-up will feature holiday decor and music you can enjoy while trying Hawthorn‘s special holiday food and cocktail offerings.

Where: Fairmont Palliser, 133 9 Ave. S.W., 403-262-1234

When: Starting November 27, 2021


Miracle on 1st Street at Proof

What: Calgary’s Miracle pop-up, known as Miracle on 1st Street, has been taking place at Proof since 2018. Now, Proof is back with another year of Christmas decor, drinks and music. You can even get a Christmas cocktail kit to enjoy at home with your loved ones. This is one of only two Miracle pop-ups in all of Alberta this year.

Where: Proof, 1302 1 St. S.W., 403-246-2414

When: November 18 to December 24, 2021


Sippin’ Santa at Ricardo’s Hideaway

What: While the Sippin’ Santa program has a similar concept to Miracle, you can expect a few key differences. Not only is there a different festive cocktail menu, but the Sippin’ Santa pop-ups incorporate Tiki-inspired elements as well. And this year, if you buy select festive glassware, 10 per cent of the proceeds will be given to the James Beard Foundation Open for Good campaign.

Where: Ricardo’s Hideaway, 1530 5 St. S.W., 587-349-2585

When: November 17 to December 31, 2021

[A previous version of this story listed November 26 as the start date for The Tipsy Elf. It has been moved to November 27.]

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