Teddy Sourias and Craft Concepts Group, on a bar-opening streak of late in Center City, have taken over the just-shuttered Simpson’s jewelry store next door to Finn McCool’s Ale House at 12th and Sansom Streets.
Tinsel Christmas Pop-up Bar will be exactly what the name suggests: A temporary taproom at 116 S. 12th St. — decorated from top to bottom in lights and tchotchkes — open only from Dec. 8 through Dec. 31, when it will go out with a party. Sourias and his partners are planning something more permanent in the building.
Designer Scott Johnston has created a custom Krampus mural. The two main rooms are built around the former jewelry store vault, which is topped by a glowing fireplace art installation. There are community high-top wooden counters, a 25-foot bar along the former jewelry counter, and 12 bar stools at the main bar.
Christmas cocktails, holiday-theme drafts and ales (with a focus on American and Belgian holiday specialties), and a full-service bar. Christmas cookies, appetizers, and sandwiches are on the menu.
Sourias, who also owns BRU Craft & Wurst, Cinder, U-Bahn, and Uptown Beer Garden, is looking at a late-winter opening of Tradesman’s, at 1322 Chestnut St., next to U-Bahn and BRU.
Tinsel’s hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.