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Food & Drink

This Insanely Christmassy Cocktail Bar Has Returned To London

By Alex Landon

Miracle

Tacky decor and boozy festive cocktails? It’s a Christmas Miracle!

If festive films have taught me anything, it’s that Christmas is a time for miracles. A time when singing can power Santa’s sleigh, eight year-olds can outwit burglars, and unsupervised kids can mount a festive takeover of an airport (honestly a cracking film, and a lot less terrifying than it sounds). And handily, news of London’s own Christmas miracle has just reached us, as charming festive cocktail bar Miracle at Henrietta will open for a third year of cocktail-fuelled revelry on December 3.

Miracle

Miracle is big hit over in the US, but the London stop is once again the only place in the UK you’ll find it in 2020. And quite frankly, the rest of the UK are missing out big time. Being American in origin, you’d be right to assume that Miracle is bigger and less restrained than the usual English Christmas gathering – as with last year’s bar, they’ll bring gloriously kitschy decor to town. Aiming to transport you back to Christmases past, an army of throwback Christmas ornaments, colourful lights, and an oversized fireplace will transform the Henrietta Hotel (hence the name) into a ravishingly retro space.

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Eye-popping decor is hardly the only string to Miracle’s bow, however. Their wonderfully wacky Christmas concoctions are just as outlandish as the decor, all bearing whimsical names like Christmopolitan (vodka, elderflower, vermouth, and absinthe mist) and Jingle Balls Nog (cognac, sherry, cream, milk, and spices). Last year’s hits such as the Bad Santa – a hot toddy of cider, sherry, cinnamon, and popcorn & bacon butter – are back, along with new concoctions including the Fruitcake Flip (brandy, Jamaican overproof rum, Amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters, whole egg) and Jolly Koala (gin, vermouth, and pine-cardamom-sage cordial). Mulled wine is so last year, darling.

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All the drinks are served in gloriously tacky Christmas vessels – witness the SanTaRex, which is served in a dinosaur glass – so you’ll be full of festive cheer by the time you tumble back to reality. Snacks from Italian Supper Club, including farinata and parmesan, gnocco fritto, and Calabrian guanciale, will keep you satisfied between libations too. Plus, to make up for lost time during the lockdown, they’ll reopen in the New Year and keep pouring the drinks until January 20, under the new name of The Extended Christmas Story by Miracle. Our advice? Go forth and sleigh those cocktails!

Practical information

Open December 3 until January 20, closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

Also published on Medium.