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