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Date Night: D.C.’s Pop Up Christmas Bar

The three green sweaters are by Tipsy Elves

Weeks ago, news started to leak that Derek Brown’s bars: Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, and Southern Efficiency, were going to transform into “Miracle on 7th Street” again this year.  For those of you who have no clue as to what I’m referring to, Derek and his team of merry helpers do the most magical thing you can do – turn their bars into Christmas bars (complete with festive drinks and bites)!  Naturally, with me being a lover of all things Christmas, I made it a priority to go the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Important Notes

  • The bars open at 5pm.  We got there at 6:30 and the line was over an hour long.  The bars are small and everyone starts at Eat the Rich, and doesn’t really migrate from bar to bar after that (which is why the line stays so long).
  • Dress festive!  What saved us from quitting the line was the doorman and his Mrs. Clauses seeing our sweaters and ushering us inside, completely bypassing the line.  We were even able to choose which bar to start at (we are still forever grateful)!

What Happens When You’re Inside

Each of the three bars is different, so it’s worth it to grab a drink, settle in, and then wander from bar to bar (there’s a hallway in the back that is attached to all three).

To start, we were given access to Southern Efficiency.  After taking a look at the extensive (and hilarious) drink menu, I chose “Buzz, you’re girlfriend! WOOF!” and an egg nog shot.

(Note: You can purchase these glasses from them).

Not only are the bartenders massively skilled, they are also super cheerful and completely decked out in their own Christmas gear.  It had a nice “homey” feel to the place, given that they set it up for an “Icelandic” Christmas Experience.

We hung around there for a while and then moved onto Eat the Rich, where if you’re a fan of “Stranger Things”, you will be completely in awe by what you see.

From the wallpaper, to the painted letters, to the lights – everything was straight out of the show – it was amazing, and probably my favorite room out of the three!

Hungry After?

Our group walked over to 1905 for dinner (it’s 1905 9th street – about three blocks away) – a solid, hole-in-the-wall  bar and bistro with incredible food!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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