With Thanksgiving officially over, Black Friday blissfully in the past, and Jack Frost nipping at Detroit’s collective nose, the Christmas season has come into full effect in downtown. One Belt Alley bar in particular is taking the holidays to the next level this year: The Skip has partnered this year with 50-city strong Christmas cocktail pop-up Miracle to bring above average seasonal spirit to patrons.
Now safe and warm behind four-season walls, The Skip has transformed itself into a winter cocktail wonderland decked out in Christmas lights and fir tree boughs. Wreaths now encircle portions of the Shepard Fairey’s mural and a television plays Christmas movies and videos of fireplaces. Elaborate gingerbread houses dot the space such as a train driven by The Skip’s own rat mascot.
Behind the bar, customers can find holiday sweater-wearing bartenders slinging themed drinks in equally festive mugs. The menu includes options like the Snowball Old Fashioned (gingerbread bourbon, wormwood bitters, lemon zest) and the How The Gimlet Stole Christmas (gin, sage, pine and caraway cordial). The pop-up launched on November 24 and runs through Christmas Eve. Photographers Chris and Michelle Gerard dropped in to scope out the scene during its first weekend. Take a peek in the gallery below.