It really is the most wonderful time of the year! The Miracle Pop-Up bar is officially opening in Montreal on November 22, less than two weeks from now. There are enough Christmas markets popping up in our fair city to have any elf say, "Stop, guys....it's too much..." but if you want to begin celebrating the holiday season in pure over the top, fabulous booze-filled style then this is it.
The Christmas themed pop-up bar is back for its second year in a row, bringing together everyone's favourite mixture of a night out; picture-perfect Christmas card decor, specialty drinks, and the ugliest sweaters you've ever set your eyes on.
The location is no longer a secret. Set in the Old Port, the Miracle bar will get in on the Santa action at the Sunset Lounge Cocktail bar, the perfect contradiction of an Art Deco Florida bar transforming into a winter wonderland.
Get ready for a night of high-end cocktails sipped from curated Santa bottoms and San Ta-Rex glasses all to the backdrop of an excessive amount of lights, garlands, Christmas music, vintage decorations, and fir trees.
For the Montreal locale, Miracle on de la Commune is again hosted by the creators over at the ever-popular speakeasy The Coldroom, El Pequeno bar, and newly opened Parliament Pub & Parlour — so you know that the drinks will be of the highest calibre, the food top-notch, and the space a true testament to the love of all things Christmas.
Every Sunday starting on December 1, the bar will become a late-night club, Les Gros Big Christmas Club from 10 p.m. where you can dance the night away to your favourite Christmas tunes.
On December 2, resurrect your favourite Christmas sweater and get ready for an Ugly Christmas sweater party, the likes of which you've never seen. The event will be hosted at Miracle locations worldwide, creating the largest combined ugly sweater gathering.
And if you can't stand the thought of parting with your Christmas themed glasses (which are awesome), many will be available for purchase, so you can festively imbibe any time of the year in the privacy of your own home.
The Miracle group hosts pop-up Christmas bars around the world and currently has over 100 locations worldwide. Last year the Montreal group partnered with Montreal Children's Hospital and donated an astounding $20,000 from their profits. This year Miracle de la Commune will be partnering with Operation Père Noël to raise even more money. So all your eggnog drinking will go to good use.
They plan to add more events as the month progresses, so keep an eye out on the Facebook page for updates.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.