This summer, “Game of Thrones” fans will be able to dress up as their favorite characters, sit on a replica of the Iron Throne and swill a scotch-and-sherry cocktail from a horn-shaped tankard.
You know, just another Saturday night in Shaw.
After pop-up bars dedicated to Christmas, “Stranger Things,” cherry blossoms and Super Mario, the Drink Company team is turning the former Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency and Eat the Rich spaces into five settings evoking George R.R. Martin's novels. (Doors open June 21, just a few weeks before Season 7 premieres on HBO.) Immersive rooms include the House of Black and White (where you'll find a Wall of Faces made of molds of employees and friends of the bar) and the Red Keep, where you can pose for a photo as House Bolton's flayed man. There will be dragons and house banners, of course, though the real centerpiece will most likely be a full-size replica of the Iron Throne, which co-founder Derek Brown says “is going to be totally ridiculous.”
The drinks stick with the theme, including The North Remembers, the aforementioned drink served in a horn; or the Dothraquiri, a tropical-sounding mix of rums and banana and cocoa liqueurs named for the horseback-riding warriors who rape and pillage across the plains of Essos. You could just knock yourself out with some Milk of the Poppy — Armagnac, dark rum, coconut, pineapple, lime, and of course, clarified milk. (The full menu is available on the bar's website.)
Ommegang's Bend the Knee, the Belgian-style golden ale that's the official beer of “Game of Thrones,” will be served on draft, along with mead from Baltimore's Charm City Meadworks.
Given all the Instagram and Snapchat-ready decorations, costumes are encouraged, although prop weapons are not: Even if your broadsword looks like it's made of Valyrian steel, the bouncers are going to take it and hold it until you leave.
Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar. 1839-1843 Seventh St. NW. Admission is free. Cocktails cost $13 to $15. The Game of Thrones PUB runs through Aug. 27. It opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, the bar is open from 1 to 7 p.m. — leaving just enough time for staff to go home and watch “Game of Thrones.”