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“The most anticipated pop-up of the summer is coming, Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar, Beginning June 21st”

by Prince Of Petworth June 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm 63 Comments

1843 7th St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Do you know what’s going on with Eat the Rich, Mockingbird Hill, and Southern Efficiency? I walked by the other day and it looks like they’re all closed for good (white butcher paper covering the windows), and their websites aren’t working. Have these businesses shuttered?”

From a press release:

“The most anticipated pop-up of the summer is coming. Beginning June 21st, Drink Company and Ommegang Brewery present the Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar (PUB), in the spaces formerly known as Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat the Rich (1839-1843 7th Street NW).

“To quote the great George R.R. Martin, ‘there has to be a level of joy of what you’re doing’ and we believe Game of Thrones is the seminal show of this decade,” says Drink Company CEO Angie Fetherston. “We didn’t have a choice; the three-eyed raven picked us. This PUB is our love letter to the Seven Kingdoms and we cannot wait to share it with fellow fans.”

At the Game of Thrones PUB, guests will visit scenes from the North, the Red Keep, Mereen, the House of Black and White, and the Throne Room. Cocktails such as What is Dead May Never Die and The Lannisters Send their Regards will be paired with the show’s soundtrack. Swords, dragons, horns, and an Iron Throne help celebrate the show’s summer return.

THE ROOMS | The Game of Thrones PUB will span nearly 3,000 square feet, replicating settings from across the realms. Nearly every component is designed and built by Drink Company’s Special Projects team, Matt Fox (Director) and Adriana Salame Aspiazu (Manager). In The House of Black and White, the Hall of Faces is replicated with plaster molds of Drink Company employees, family and friends. Daenarys’ Dragons are brought to life by Andrew Herndon and local muralist Andrew Funk. The Red Keep features the Armory, where guests can pledge allegiance to their house banners, and take a picture as the flayed man on a custom piece built by The Strong Oaks Woodshop. Just not during the show itself when the bar will be closed. “To watch it, of course,” says Fetherston.

THE DRINKS | “We began by thinking about what these fictional characters from Game of Thrones would drink, what cocktails would epitomize them and what moments should be represented,” says Bar Manager Paul Taylor. “We want our guests to connect the cocktails to elements of the show through name, ingredients, garnish, and glassware.”

Some cocktails evoke a setting, such as The North Remembers. The scotch based drink is served in a horn tankard, and can easily be pictured in the hands of any Stark. The Dothraquiri, a daiquiri variation named for the Dothraki warriors, features local rum Cotton & Reed, creme de cacao, and banana liqueur.

Ommegang Brewery’s Bend the Knee, the official Game of Thrones beer, will be on draft.

HOURS | Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 12:30am

Friday – Saturday, 5pm – 1:30am

Sunday, 1-7pm

DETAILS | The Game of Thrones PUB runs from June 21st through August 27th.”

  • U st.

    Yet another awesome concept that I will never get to enjoy because I choose not to stand in line for hours to get in……

    • Anon

      You could always go to Medieval Times instead. No line there!

      • Bloomy


    • NH Ave Hiker

      I went to Eat the Rich on a cold day last winter for their oysters at happy hour. The line for one of the pop-ups was insane. Not sure why people would want to wait in the freezing cold for that.

      • Joshua

        Waiting in long lines for overhyped experiences—bonus points for inclement weather—is practically a sport in this town. I speculate that a lot of our fellow citizens do this to fill some dark, empty void in their souls.

      • maxwell smart

        “Not sure why people would want to wait in the freezing cold for that.”

        We live in a world where people’s entire lives are planned around Instagrammable experiences.

    • Bryan

      Well the fact is that the idea of a “pop up” concept restaurant is that it goes away. If the GOT inspired place would stay for a while, it would not draw as many people or the lines. But it is here only for a short time and the show is super popular. I plan on waiting in line because after I go once, I will likely not need to go again and can tell my friends I went to a GOT restaurant and they didn’t.

      • LedroitTiger

        Unless it’s in one of these three restaurants, in which case it will only pop up again in a couple of months and be just as annoying to everyone who lives in the neighborhood. Why can’t they just do these stupid things in Arlington or something (or at least somewhere with wider sidewalks)?

  • Thanks for telling me that this will be the, “most anticipated pop-up of the summer,” but I would rather they stop with the silly pop-ups and gimmicky drinks. I have found all of the “cocktails” at their pop-ups to be borderline undrinkable and a waste of money.

    I wish they would go back to their original concept or make tweaks to the original concepts to make them viable standalone bars. Eat the Rich was one of my favorite bars in the city before all this nonsense started.

    • anonalisa

      I miss Southern Efficiency so much :(

      • Julia Vipsania

        The old Southern Efficiency was the best bar in town. This gimmicky crap makes me want to weep.

    • MCR

      The original Mockingbird Hill was a dumb concept. Who can drink more than one glass of sherry and not feel sick?

      • MadMax

        I could, I loved the original MBH.

        • Nathan

          Same. Also really enjoyed the morning coffee service they had for a time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that frequented by many.

      • anon2

        Usually, people who enjoy sherry. Also it’s very easy to call something you don’t enjoy “dumb.” I think MBH was the only sherry bar in the area, so I greatly miss this place.

      • saf


      • dcloafer

        Presumably you’ve never had sherry that isn’t basically meant for cooking. It’s hugely diverse, from the insanely crisp and bone-dry non-oxidized sherries to the unctuously sweet stuff that tastes like raisins and figs.

        • MadMax

          Give me some rum aged in PX barrels and I would happily be stranded on any island.

    • MadMax

      +1, I could tolerate stupid routine concept changing if the drinks didn’t suck so bad.

    • NHAve

      Pour one out for the mint julep on tap at Southern Efficiency. Loved that place (in between waves of douchy large groups of course).

    • anondc

      Agreed, original Eat the Rich was my solid go to where you could have a fun night with slightly more sophisticated and polite patrons vs loud obnoxious jerks

    • Rebecca

      I like that the press release about the “most anticipated pop-up of the summer” was posted here to answer the reader question “have these businesses shuttered?” Most-anticipated by the writer of the press release anyway…

  • Truxton Thomas

    Thank you for visiting Shaw. Metro home safely.

  • PetworthGuy

    Wah Wah – So much complaining. Don’t want long lines? Go M-W at 4:50-5. Don’t want to pay a lot for their cocktails? Buy a beer. Don’t think it’s worth it? Don’t go.

    • LedroitTiger

      How about for us poor schmucks that have to bypass this circus everyday when we get off the metro? It would be nice if they deployed some Hodors to keep that line in check.

      • PetworthGuy

        I can definitely empathize with that. I agree it is very much a zoo, but to each their own. Also – love the Hodor reference. “HOLD THE DOOR….open”

      • Bryan

        God I hope they get DJ Hodor to play.

        • Clueless


      • Tom

        you beat me to it. One night when they did the Christmas thing, not to be smug but out of genuine curiosity, I asked the guy who was last in line if it was really worth what I’d anticipate was a super long wait. He said he really liked the concept, didn’t mind waiting in the cold, and didn’t have anything else he felt like doing instead that night. I shrugged, went to Right Proper, got a seat immediately and drank my balls off. It was sweet. Good times all around.

        • Joshua

          But do you ever miss your balls?

          • Tom

            Not gonna lie, sometimes I do, but vasectomies are expensive and this was more fun

          • Joshua


    • maxwell smart

      “Don’t want long lines? Go M-W at 4:50-5” Wait… don’t people have jobs?

      • Something Like Anonanon

        Go in early and leave early one day. It’s not that hard.

        • maxwell smart

          Leaving “early” for me is 7pm. I’d have to come in at 4am I guess.

          • PetworthGuy

            were you really concerned for us 9-5ers? or were you just using that as a platform to announce your abnormally long work day. Hope your hand doesn’t get sore from patting yourself on the back.

          • anon

            I love people who have to tell you how much they work. Don’t like your hours? Get another job, but don’t use every opportunity to tell strangers how many hours you work a day. I also have found that people in DC who say they work 80 hours a week actually work about 45 hours a week 90% of the time and 80 hours a week 10% of the time. But we always get to hear about those 80 hour weeks.

          • maxwell smart

            “Get another job” – ah yes… the old “jobs are so easy to find” logic.

          • ft

            If you can make time to read through the comments section of Popville at 2:34pm, I am assuming you can make time to leave early one day. But maybe not, what do I know?

      • SultanofShaw

        I mean some people start at 7

      • eggs

        7-3 and 8-4 are actually quite common working hours around here.

        • maxwell smart

          Ha! More like 8am – 8pm.

          • eggs

            Sorry I guess my schedule and everyone I work with’s schedules and many of my friends’ schedules and most of the federal government and contractor schedules don’t count – should have asked first I guess.

          • anon

            sounds like you’re pretty inefficient. Maybe spend less time commenting here and more time working.

          • maxwell smart

            @anon: some of us don’t work in 40 hour a week industries.

    • U st.

      From my own experience, folks start lining up before it opens. I work from home with a flexible schedule, so I could get there right when they open or before they open. I have a feeling this concept will draw large crowds that will start lining up early every day. I wish there was a way around it- the dream is to be able to walk in, go “wow,” have a drink and be on my way. Never that easy. Also you never know how many folks are actually in front of you in line cause friends meet up with their friends already in line. A 15 person line can easily turn into a 40 person line.

      • LedroitTiger

        They should deploy some sort of Infinity Mirrors ticketing system to ensure that everybody is pissed all of the time

    • MadMax

      Pretty much every PoPville post about a restaurant / pop-up / bar / etc is half the people saying why it will be awesome and half the people saying why it will suck. Unless it involves marketing catered specifically to women or abnormally long press releases, in which everyone will unanimously hate it.

  • Tom

    “Game of Thrones bar? I thought this was the line for Metallica!”

  • kwame

    I have visions of people waiting in costumes in 100 degree DC July heat. I’m sure it will smell lovely.

    • Belinskaya

      Not gonna lie, the timing does have me slightly disappointed because my stuff’s for colder weather. (that said, my nerdy friends who also have costumes are not in this town, so going wasn’t going to happen, anyway.)

  • MHillPark

    I am so psyched for this. As to the lines, my understanding is that the lines have been bad on or near the weekends (Thurs. to Sat. nights), but not bad or nonexistent at other times. I’ve only been once – on a Monday or Tuesday during the cherry blossom pop-up – and there was no line at all when we arrived around 9:00 PM. We stayed for hours and had a great time. YMMV, but I can’t wait to check this one out, early in the week like I did last time.

    • timmyp

      Also, this time of year is when all the students and much of the hill are gone and so many people are taking vacations. Should be easier to get in than the Mario or Cherry Blossom popup, hopefully.
      That being said I don’t do lines longer than 5 minutes. Don’t like to wait but mainly I know that when a line is that long it’s going to be elbow to elbow when I get in there and that’s just not my scene.

  • Brian Daly

    I hope the next concept after this one is like the restaurant Marge and Homer go to at Itchy & Scratchy Land where they celebrate New Years every hour. https://frinkiac.com/caption/S06E04/800849

    • Tom

      This neighborhood really could use an Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag, though…

      • Andy Nelson

        That’s moe like it!

  • Anony

    “Pop ups” to me are over hyped and priced ideas where the owner isn’t bought in enough to fully commit their resources in a community. Usually in it for the short-term to make a buck and move on to the next trendy ‘concept’ in a hot neighborhood. I’m sure there are exceptions but this is what I’ve witnessed for the past several years in DC. But if people keep buying into it I’m sure they’ll keep em coming

    • Anon

      To be fair, Game of Thrones is also massively over hyped, so on that level, this makes sense.

      • Bryan

        Says you. Have you read the books? I take it you read maybe one or two and then stopped. Because surely someone wouldn’t read 3,000+ pages of a series that they deem “over hyped” right? The series is one of the best written and best loved series out today. The biggest gripes with the book is that it takes Martin years to write a book and/or tie up a loose end. The show has done a hell of a job fixing some of the biggest flaws. The show is arguably the best book adaptation on the screen today and possibly ever.

  • H_E_Pennypacker

    Bahaha. The hate is so strong on this post. So many PopVillains today! Not going to lie, I was really excited when i saw the headline, but the comments are reminding me of how this will be executed. Probably won’t make it, but if i were a young twenty-something, i’d probably pre-game a bunch and go with my friends.

  • 10thSt

    A few questions:
    1. What will be the punishment for forgetting to close one’s tab. Who will administer said punishment?
    2. How should one dress for this bar? Has winter arrived yet?
    3. Are the bartenders Dornish? Please tell me they are Dornish.
    4. Does this bar host weddings? Is security included?
    5. Are pets allowed? What if said pets are actually one’s children? What about wolves?
    6. Shaw is pretty hipster but I’m worried that my friend (from north of the wall) might not feel welcome. How tall are your ceilings? Do you speak Skroth?
    7. I heard ABRA is strictly enforcing the “100% ID” policy. Is there a religious exception for followers of the Many-Faced God?
    8. Are only Lannisters allowed to open bar tabs?
    9. I can’t find you on Google maps. The whole block is just greyscale.
    10. Are you having a soft opening? My brother/baby daddy and I would love to get on the list.

    • LMFB


      I cannot add to this list because it is perfect.

  • Rach

    I feel really bad for the people who live in that apartment building a few doors down. I’ve waited in line for the Christmas Bar and the line stretched past the front entrance- residents had to keep dodging people to just get in/out of their building and to walk their dogs. I know congestion is a part of city living but I doubt any resident there would have anticipated lines for weeks at a time.


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