A local bar owner is giving San Antonio cocktail lovers something to believe in this holiday season.
A Christmas-themed pop-up bar, Miracle on Houston Street, opens soon at 1506 E. Houston St. The concept, which began in New York City four years ago and has spread cheer to 80 cities worldwide, is landing in San Antonio for the first time this year.
But this isn’t your grandmother’s eggnog. A winter wonderland with over-the-top Christmas decorations and seasonally-themed adult beverages, Miracle is like Santa’s village for grown-ups.
Miracle will be serving up a Snowball Old Fashioned, made with butterscotch rye, spiced demerara, wormwood bitters, and orange zest, plus other cocktails aptly named And a Partridge in a Pear Tree and Christmas Carol Barrel, along with other holiday spirits, food, and wine. Drinks are served in custom holiday glassware, available for sale, and Christmas classics fill the Miracle playlist.
Opening in an indigo-painted cottage co-owned by Benjamin Krick, Miracle may be new to San Antonio, but not to Texas. Four other Miracle pop-ups in the state – Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas – launched in previous years. Miracle franchise founder Greg Boehm granted Krick a license earlier this year. Galveston also is getting its first Miracle.
“I’ve been to many Miracle bars, and it’s a change of pace, something cool, and switches it up from something we do year-round,” said Krick, who previously ran Juniper Tar, an award-winning bar that closed in June. “This is a market they’ve been looking at for a while. Austin did it last year with huge success.”
He expects the same here. “I’ve been in San Antonio for five years, and this is a city that loves to get behind the holidays,” Krick said. “It’s … fun for residents to get out and experience something that is Christmas and get in the spirit.”
Miracle will be a dry run for Krick’s newest venture, Pastiche, which will open in the same space in January. Gone will be the kitschy holiday décor and in its place a refined and relaxed atmosphere, Krick’s signature “humility-based hospitality,” locally-sourced comfort foods, and of course a spirit-based menu of memorable cocktails.
“Pastiche is a French term for celebrating the inspirations of others,” Krick said. “In the bar world, we’re not reinventing the wheel by any means. Everything we do is inspired by other parts of the world.”
In the hospitality business for more than a dozen years, Krick is a congenial bar owner and mixologist who finds new and interesting ingredients by traveling the globe – by plane or train and not, of course, a reindeer-powered sleigh. Because, well, that would take a miracle.
Miracle on Houston Street will be open nightly through Dec. 30.