PERRY HALL — You can deck the halls with martinis and mistletoe this season, as a local haunt will transform into something out of a winter wonderland.
From now until New Year’s Eve, Lib’s Grill in Perry Hall is be participating in MIRACLE, a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails with a festive twist.
For the first time, both Lib’s Grill locations — in Perry Hall and Fulton — will offer kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of a festive office party.
The twin locations make up two-thirds of the restaurants participating in the MIRACLE pop-up.
The concept was created in 2014, when MIRACLE owner Greg Boehm acted upon advice given to him, and decided to halt construction on what was to be his Manhattan cocktail bar called Mace.
He then transformed the unfinished space into a pop-up bar serving holiday-themed drinks among over-the-top Christmas decorations.
As crowds swarmed the New York City location, Boehm’s friends throughout the bar industry asked how they could recreate the holiday magic on their own turf and expansion became inevitable.
The following year, MIRACLE expanded to four locations. And in 2016, it went worldwide. MIRACLE has had pop-ups in Greece, Montreal and Paris. Currently, Boehm and manager Joann Spiegel have expanded the concept to all corners of the U.S., plus pop-ups in Canada, Europe, Asia and Central America.
The owners and employees at Lib’s say they are excited to bring the magic of the season to the restaurant.
“What better time to embody this mantra and embrace our community than during the most festive holiday season of the year?” owner Nick Liberatore asked.
“We are offering this amazing experience for six weeks to spark the nostalgia of the holiday season.”
Liberatore says at Lib’s Grill they seek win-win experiences.
“This time of year is meant to give everyone of all ages hope and prosperity. We are just good people serving good food and drink to other good people for good causes in a good atmosphere. This will change the dynamic of our relationships and our communities for the better.”
Lib’s Grill has also partnered with the local Salvation Army to host a large Angel Tree Drive.
“I think this is a genuine feel-good story that highlights what mom and pop shops should be doing to include and involve their communities at large,” Liberatore said.
There are no tickets for event participation, but reservations are recommended.
The MIRACLE pop-up will run from Nov. 25 through New Year’s Eve.