ST. LOUIS — Like the gifts on Christmas morning, holiday pop-up bar Miracle STL is still under wraps. You'll have to wait until the doors open Monday to see what's inside.
"We are just doing finishing touches and cleaning up, but we are ready to go," Harrison Massie, AKA "The Angry Elf," said
Massie said the holiday pop-up — back for a fourth season — has become so popular, staff members start fielding calls half-way through the calendar year.
"It’s a thing. People in St. Louis are Christmas crazy. They love it," Massie said.
But this year, the holiday spirits are catching on.
Across town, Molly's in Soulard staff are opening Lit after event coordinator Emma Donohue saw the success of Miracle, as well as rotating pop-ups on a recent trip to Boston.
"Miracle did it so well," Donohue said. "They set the bar so high, so I was like 'people are going to be expecting something fun.'"
Lit opens Black Friday, as does Up On The Rooftop, a wintertime overhaul to the Three Sixty rooftop bar downtown.
Many of the holiday bars are accepting reservations, though most spots booked within hours. To avoid long wait times, visit the locations right as they open or after 9:30 p.m.
Miracle STL raised $9,600 for Santa's Helpers last year, and they're continuing the tradition. Money raised at Sippin' Santa will benefit Food Outreach.
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