There is a Christmas bar in Montreal.
It’s called Miracle, as in, Christmas miracles. And what a miraculous place it is.
Last week, C. and I attempted to go in for a drink. There was no line, but the place was so crowded we wouldn’t have been able to do much more than sip our drinks and bob around to the Christmas music. We ended up walking right back out.
This weekend, I attempted it again with two of my friends. This place is literally a four minute walk from my front door. And it’s Christmas, with cocktails. As the ultimate Christmas fanatic, I had to give it another shot. We ended up in line shortly before midnight and waited half an hour (it was cold as frozen hell, but we sang Christmas carols to stay warm).
The bouncer explained that, since the bar boomed in popularity, they rearranged how they work. It’s no longer uncomfortably full, most people get a seat, but that does mean slightly longer lines. And let me tell you, the line is worth it.
The bar is small, cozy and packed with Christmas kitsch. The television was playing Jingle All The Way. There were snowflakes and bows dangling from the ceiling. There’s an edgy, tattooed Santa slinging cocktails. Oh, and probably the best DJ in town. Because he only plays Christmas music and is so incredibly enthusiastic, it’s impossible not to watch him dancing and get into it (even the worst kind of Grinch couldn’t resist).
I had a cocktail dubbed the Muletide – a festive take on a Moscow Mule. It tasted like Christmas. Cinnamon, ginger and a bit of citrus – so good. All of the drinks are served in glasses that look like the kind your grandmother reserves for Christmas dinner.
I’m a bit in love with this place, and might just have to go back. It’s only open until the end of December, so if you’re in Montreal, stop by. Sing carols. Get Christmas drunk. Dance. Swell with holiday cheer.
And if hitting up a Christmas bar isn’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, try this Peppermint Oreo Bark.
It’s a four-ingredient recipe and so simple. It’s hard to go wrong with candy canes, Oreos and chocolate. This bark is also great to throw in the freezer and take out whenever you’re ready to package it up like a present or bring to a holiday potluck.
Peppermint oreo bark
- One package of Oreos, split
- 3 candy canes, crushed
- 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup of white chocolate chips
- Split Oreo cookies in half, laying one half on a parchment-lined pan and crushing the other into smaller pieces.
- Top cookie halves with milk chocolate. Melt in the oven, either on broil or warmed to 400ºF, for two minutes. Spread the chocolate with the back of a spoon.
- Top with crushed candy cane, saving a bit more for sprinkling, and Oreo pieces and return to the oven again. Cover with white chocolate chips. Return to the oven for another two minutes.
- Spread the melted chocolate with the back of a spoon and sprinkle with remaining candy canes. Cool for two hours in the fridge before cutting.