For the second year in a row, The Tin Widow, 703 S. 2nd St., transforms into a sparkling, twinkling, egg-nogging, nut-cracking Christmas wonderland better known as "Miracle on 2nd Street."
"We're very excited to be doing this again this year," says The Tin Widow co-owner, Sam Berman.
The festive pop-up bar opens on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. and is open every night – including holidays through Sunday, Dec. 29.
This year, there are 200 percent more lights and decorations according to Berman's girlfriend, Ginger, who spearheaded the massive undertaking of "miracle-izing" the space.
"It took a lot of people working together at their highest level of effort and care," says Berman.
Miracle cocktails this year include the return of Jingle Balls Nog, along with a Christmapolitan and a new SanTaRex which tastes like apple pie and is served in a T-rex mug. Last year's popular Snowball Old-Fashioned also returns, but this year is made with caramelized pecan bourbon, molasses syrup, bitters and orange essence.
The rest of the cocktails and shots will be released at the opening on Friday.
"We have some of the favorites, some variations on the favorites and some new cocktails," says Berman. "It's definitely not the exact same experience as last year."
People who want to avoid large crowds should consider visiting Miracle on 2nd Street earlier in the evening – getting there by 6 p.m. or a few minutes before – and coming on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday nights.
There are many themed pop-up bars in Milwaukee this holiday season, but Berman says that's a good thing.
"We don't look at it as competition. We look at it as more people celebrating," he says.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.