Holiday pop-up bar opens on Bricktown Canal

By Molly M. Fleming

The Journal Record


OKLAHOMA CITY – An empty space along the Bricktown Canal was filled with holiday spirits Friday.


The former Capt. Norm’s Dockside Bar is being transformed into the Miracle in Bricktown, a Christmas-themed pop-up bar. The New York City concept is being brought to Oklahoma City by M86 LLC, which has created restaurant concepts like Dekora!, Knuck’s Wheelhouse, and Rockford Cocktail Den.


The bar will be open through Christmas Eve.


M86 co-owner Anna Mains said it was the New York City-based Mace bar owner who recommended she bring the concept to Oklahoma City. The New York bar owner said it would be a great way to fill the Norm’s space while M86 finishes construction on its new bar and restaurant. The permanent place will open this spring.


The space is along the canal near S. Oklahoma Avenue and Flaming Lips Alley.


She said people who visit Miracle in Bricktown will be able to purchase the same glassware and holiday-themed cocktails as the New York City bar. She said M86 has had to make some slight substitutions to the cocktails because some spirits were not available in Oklahoma.


“We’re also doing some of our own featured drinks,” she said.


She said the pop-up bar will help bring life to an otherwise empty space.


“We’re working hard on a really cool (permanent) concept,” she said. “We wanted to have something vibrant in that space. We wanted to have something to make sure Bricktown is bright, vibrant, and help it move forward.”


The pop-up bar will have sing-alongs, giant teddy bears for pictures, and snow. Seth Lewis, M86’s chief operating officer, said there will be plenty of Christmas lights as well.


“We’ll be lighting up the canal more than it’s ever been in this space,” he said. “It’s going to be like Automobile Alley, but in one space.”


Knuck’s Wheelhouse pizza will be delivered to guests. There will be free sugar cookies available for decorating and munching as well.


Bricktown District Manager Mallory O’Neil said Downtown OKC Inc. had talked to Anna Mains and her husband, Drew, about being involved in Downtown In December. She said when the Mains came to them with this idea, the Downtown staff was thrilled with the concept.


“We’re really, really excited for it,” she said.


Downtown In December events include free canal rides, which will go right by Miracle. O’Neil said the district sees a huge increase in foot traffic during the holidays, so the pop-up concept is a great way to fill the empty space while the new bar is being developed.


In addition, the bar is an adults-only addition to a family-friendly Downtown in December events lineup, she said.


“This gives (adults) something to go out with their friends and do,” she said. “It’s a different concept for the holidays. It’s great to have an adult option.”