I can’t believe it’s almost 2020! One of the highlights of my adult winter break (as I am calling it!) so far is that the Saturday before Christmas, I finally went to the DC Christmas Bar, Miracle on 7th Street, with my sister and my two cousins. The bar pops up each season (it’s usually open from around Thanksgiving to NYE) in the same space as the Royal Wedding Bar, Cherry Blossom Bar, Game of Thrones Bar, among others, on 7th Street in Shaw, and has been on my holiday bucket list for years. But you all know how the holidays can be—your calendar fills up so quickly and then you cherish your few nights in. This year, I was determined to go, so I texted my sister at the end of November, and we just picked a date and put it on the calendar.
When the date rolled around, my two cousins were also free to join, so I had everyone over to my place for a glass of wine first. We went on a Saturday night and headed to Miracle on 7th around 8pm. It was pretty cold the night we went, and we knew we’d have to wait in line for about an hour, so we bundled up. From the time we got in line to the time we got in the door, it was almost exactly an hour. It honestly wasn’t bad because we were expecting the wait, though we saw many people in line bail because they didn’t have adequate cold weather gear.
What I will say about the wait, is that Miracle on 7th did crowd control so well. Once we were inside, it wasn’t so packed that we couldn’t get a drink or move around and enjoy the decorations. In fact, it was easy to get a drink and we could easily find a place to stand and walk around.
Once we were inside, there were three main bar areas this year—when you first walk in, you were in a Nationals-themed room celebrating our World Series win! The next room was a Hanukkah-themed room, complete with takeout containers and movie posters. The third room was my favorite—it was decked out floor to ceiling with Christmas decorations. All of the cocktails, priced in the $12-14 range, were Christmas-themed, with names like Gretchen, Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen, G & Tree, Christmas Bonus, A Christmas Prince and Chill, and Son of a Nutcracker.
Once we walked around the whole bar, we ended up parking it in the Christmas-themed room and had the best time listening to their great playlist and making spirits bright.
I would 100% go back to Miracle on 7th Street next year—it was so much fun, and hey, who doesn’t love a free photobooth?!