“First look: Inside the Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar at Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency” Opening at 5pm

Southern Efficiency - Cherry Blossom PUB (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)
Southern Efficiency at the Cherry Blossom PUB (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)

From a press release:

“Japan has officially landed inside James Beard Award-nominated Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th Street NW) and Southern Efficiency (1841 7th Street NW), which have been transformed into Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar), an ode to Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful season opening tonight at 5pm.

After the massive success of the holiday-themed Miracle on 7th Street pop-up experience, Drink Company launches Cherry Blossom PUB with all new detailed decor and exclusive cocktail and food menus, inspired by the annual cherry blossom viewing season each Spring in the nation’s capital.

Draped in pink, Southern Efficiency features handmade cherry blossom “branches,” thousands of origami cranes, maneki-neko — Japan’s world-famous lucky “waving cats” — and a stunning mural print of iconic D.C. artist Maggie O’Neill’s classic painting “Flynn’s Jefferson Memorial.”

Mockingbird Hill - Cherry Blossom PUB (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)
Mockingbird Hill at Cherry Blossom PUB (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)

At Mockingbird Hill, nostalgia reigns supreme in the form of the beloved Super Mario Bros., with the entire bar dedicated to the Mushroom Kingdom, from animatronic piranha plants peeking out of green pipes to glowing mystery boxes and a special corner reserved for super villain King Koopa. Despite their differing decor, the two bars are connected via newly opened doorways between them, opening up a flowing, festive space for even more patrons to enjoy.

Cocktails from Senior Bar Manager Paul Taylor pay homage to the theme, too, including drinks like the “King Koopa Cup,” a mix of Japanese whiskey, Genmaicha “popcorn” tea and ginger syrup with a lemon “crown” and “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Smaller,” made with vodka, mandarin orange, pomelo and apricot soda. Classic Japanese bites like gyoza, seaweed salad and a katsu sandwich from Chef Evan Scarlatelli are also on the menu, alongside Japanese sake, beer and whiskey offerings. In addition to the themed food and drinks, guests can expect a Mario Kart contest and bartenders wearing red caps and overalls for the duration of the Cherry Blossom PUB, which will stick around through April 15.

The Cherry Blossom PUB at Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency is open Wednesday, March 1 through April 15, 5pm to 12:30am Sunday through Thursday and 5pm to 1:30am Friday and Saturday.

12 Comment

  • Are people gonna line up for this bs just cause they changed the decor again?

    • Yes, but you won’t be missed if you’re not there.

      • I’m guessing they won’t miss me either while I’m drinking $1 cans of Stroh’s at the Red Derby while laughing at how dumb it is that people line up for stuff like this. <3 <3

        • Good for you? Care to tell us about other leisure activities that you don’t take part in but feel like you should take the time to look down on? What are your thoughts on Bad Saint? How about the lines at Shake Shack? Do you have opinions on other things? What do you think about curling? Please, please, tell me you won’t keep us in suspense.

    • I hate these popups. All I want are $1 oysters but they keep pulling this crap.

      I blame the millennials.

      -a millennial

      • My friend who is obsessed with Eat the Rich said the same thing during the Christmas pop up. Luckily for you ETR is not part of this pop up so you can eat all the oysters during HH!

        I’m loving this Mario Bros inspiration though.

    • skj84

      is someone forcing you to go? Let people enjoy things. If they want to line up, then they can line up. Its not harming you or them to check out a cool new bar.

  • skj84

    Stopped by opening night around 5:15. No lines and wasn’t super packed, though it was busy. I suspect that will all change as word gets out, but it was nice yesterday. The Mario room was one of the coolest concepts i’ve seen. Drinks are decent, names lean more towards Mario than cherry blossom.

  • Southern Efficiency is underrated, I am always surprised how empty it is. ..I always wonder how it and and the sherry bar does when the pop ups are not happening…

    • They re-did Mockingbird Hill last year so it is no longer a sherry bar. I haven’t been back since the re-launch but they did say the re-done bar would serve sherry cocktails. I assume that is a subset of the menu.

      Brown’s family are real estate developers. It would not surprise me if they owned the building, as was the case with the original The Passenger/Columbia Room, and are getting a good deal on rent.

  • How does lining up for a bar work? Do they have a limited amount of time that you’re allowed to spend inside? Every hour they kick people out, and a new group can enter? Or, is everyone in line just hoping people aren’t planning on staying for more than a single drink?

    Just seems like one of those things that if you’re not close to the front of the line, then you’re just wasting time.

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