Kitschy cocktails, decor on tap when 'Miracle at Mezzo' Christmas-themed pop-up returns to St. Petersburg this month

Yes, there'll be COVID-19 precautions when it launches Black Friday at Intermezzo Coffee + Cocktails.

click to enlarge 'Bad Santa' features mulled red wine, tawny port, orange liqueur and Christmas spices. - Courtesy
'Bad Santa' features mulled red wine, tawny port, orange liqueur and Christmas spices.

Listen, we know Halloween just happened and we’re only in the first week of November, but we need something to look forward to, damn it. Whether you’re already decorating your tree or refusing to until after your Thanksgiving feast, Christmas-themed pop-up, "Miracle at Mezzo," is just weeks away from making a return.

The happening is hosted at St. Petersburg’s Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails, which is decked out in holiday decor (complete with a Buddy the Elf cutout) and wrapped presents hanging from the ceiling. Guests can also jam to holiday tunes on replay for a much needed to escape into a winter wonderland.

Not to mention seasonal cocktails like the Fruitcake Flip, Bad Santa, and SanTa Rex served up in kitschy glassware. For those who prefer to get their sips on from the comfort of their own home, all cocktails will be offered to-go. You can even cop the glassware for an extra charge, with 10% of all proceeds from the sale of signature drinkware to the James Beard Foundation Open for Good campaign to aid relief efforts of independent restaurants.

Locals can also look forward to Miracle at Mezzo's annual ugly sweater party, guest bartenders, holiday jazz with Nat Najar trio, holiday karaoke, and "Songs Around a Christmas Tree" with local singer-songwriter J.T. Brown.

Opening Black Friday, Nov. 27, Miracle at Mezzo is returning for its third year but with a few COVID-19 tweaks for the health and safety of both guests and staff.

"We are excited to be able to continue Miracle this year, especially in such an unprecedented time," says Greg Boehm, owner and creator of Miracle in a release. "It has undoubtedly been a tough year for everyone, and our industry has been hit hard, so some holiday cheer is in order. We feel incredibly lucky to welcome back so many of our dedicated partner locations [..] with the safety and enjoyment of our guests as our top priority."

That includes distancing tables and seating, offering contactless payment, QR code menus, one-time use menus, mask requirements for both staff and guests and sanitizer stations. Intermezzo is also introducing outdoor seating for those who aren’t comfortable sipping indoors. 

On Thursday, Jarrett Sabatini, owner of Intermezzo, said his bar's occupancy is rather high for our size and can normally accommodate about 80 people.

"But we can’t sit anywhere close to that given our seating layout. There will be no more than 40 gets at any given time inside," Sabatini wrote in an email.

All that to say, grab a mask that matches your ugly sweater, be sure to opt for pickup if you’re weary, and wash your damn hands as to not let COVID-19 plunder yet another holiday in 2020. 

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