Pop-up Bars Will Fill You With Holiday Cheer

Springfield is going to be a great place for holiday cheers.

Yes, cheers. Plural.

That’s because Missouri Spirits (507 W. Walnut) is transforming into a holiday-themed hot spot called Miracle on Walnut Street from Thanksgiving night through Dec. 30.

Miracle on Walnut Street features specialty cocktails, drinks and snack foods for a limited engagement, offering guests a “pop-up bar” experience.

“A pop-up bar literally manifests in an existing space and transforms the venue for a set period of time,” explains Kala Russell, tasting room manager at Missouri Spirits.

Along with offering limited food choices – think of the types of fare you find at holiday parties: little smokies, chili and Christmas cookies – the atmosphere at Missouri Spirits is going to be very different than it is the rest of the year.

Of course, Miracle on Walnut Street is happening in a spirits house, so drinks will be a highlight. Russell is working on a couple of doozies.

Selections are to include a peanut butter infused cognac eggnog, a bourbon pumpkin pecan pie mule, and one drink that has a purple yam extract called Ube that’s used to create a coconut orgeat.

“That one’s off the wall,” Russell says.

Miracle on Walnut Street is unique to the Miracle family of pop-up bars because it will feature base spirits made in house by Missouri Spirits. Like other Miracle events, it also has a charitable component: part of the proceeds will benefit the Child Advocacy Center, which works to assist children who have been abused.

The pop-up bar concept is relatively new to Missouri, though a similar Miracle pop-up called Miracle on Chouteau found success last year in St. Louis.

The organizers behind that event – the owners of Planter’s House – are reportedly hosting another Miracle pop-up in St. Louis in 2017, though the location has not yet been announced. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates.

Miracle on Walnut Street’s hours are 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; noon-1:30 a.m. on Saturdays and noon-9 p.m. on Sundays. Missouri Sprits is closed on Mondays.

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