Game of Thrones Pop Up Bar in Washington DC

Game of Thrones Pop Up Bar in Washington D.C.


Welcome to Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar, where you can take a trip all around Westeros and Essos, all while staying in D.C.! This event is brought to you by the fantastic people of The Drink Company in Shaw/U Street, who got you the Mario Brothers and Cherry Blossom-themed pop-up bars. Now they’re diving into the Game of Thrones world. Five sections each have unique bars, all themed after various Westeros locations: Winterfell, Bravos, the Faceless Man Temple, and Dragonstone. There are dragons, flags, costumes, music, and more! Wait, it’s a bar, so are there lots of drinks? Oh yes!! Their drink menu was terrific and got us tipsy.

Be careful with the drinks, though –most have up to three different liqueurs combined with sweet mixers. Even though it’s a novelty and limited-time bar, the drinks weren’t too expensive, with most costing between $13 and $15. We tried as much as possible, so you don’t have to. You know we are nice like that. We took quite a few for the team (LOL), which had nothing to do with the fact that each drink was inspired by and referenced specific things from the show!

Video Tour

Travel Around Westeros and Essos

Sit on The Iron Throne

You can’t go to a Game of Thrones bar and not sit on the Iron Throne! As you walk into the bar, your name and phone number are on the waiting list, so you can move quickly once it’s your turn. Be careful that the wait time can be anywhere from 40 minutes for us to two hours for others. It all depends on when you make it to the bar. This is another reason to try and get there early or visit during the week.

The North Remembers Cocktail (5/5 NOMs)

The drink for a true King of the North! This was by far our favorite drink. First, you get a giant wooden mug. Be prepared to surrender your ID because so many people tried to steal it. Good job, people, that is why we can’t have nice things! The drink? Oh wow, it was good. The sweetness of coconut and pineapple alone will make you remember it. Careful, the glass is solid, mixing three alcohols: scotch, Oloroso (wine), and Cointreau (orange-flavored liqueur). So please don’t drink it too fast… or do and have lots of fun! After all, many other drunk Game of Thrones fans are out there. Watch our video from the bar on how this drink is made. This is their most pricey drink at $15, but it’s well worth it simply because of its size. Unsurprisingly, it got our total NOMs score and was one of our favorites.

Just in case you can’t handle it and must have this mug, we found it for you on Norse Tradesman Genuine Viking Drinking Horn Mug.!

Dothraquiri Cocktail (5/5 NOMs)

Like the Dothraki horde, this one is so hard and strong, and it might just turn you into a Khal of your group. Call us if you become Khal Drogo because he is hot, and we can be your Khaleesi ;). Watching how this drink is made is fun, so check out our video. Let’s say it involves lots of mixing and FIRE! One sip in, and you’re punched in the face with four liqueurs. It’s almost as if you are at a Dothraki wedding, minus the killing. At least so, we hope. It has Cotton & Reed Dry White Rum, Jamaican Rum, Banane Du Bresil (banana liqueur), Creme De Cacao (chocolate liqueur), cane sugar, and lime. I am pretty sure we had several of these, but it got harder to keep count after a while. This is one of the pop-up’s more standard-priced drinks for $13. Unsurprisingly, we’ve ordered this drink several times, and it scored total NOMs.

Lady Mormont Cocktail (4/5 NOMs)

This drink might not make you as badass as Lady Mormont of Bear Island, but it might make you happy. The glass comes in a super cute bear-looking mug, and we give extra points to the bar for that level of detail. This might be a small drink, but like its namesake Lyanna Mormont, it’s lovely and may just beat you up. Here, it’s all about the alcohol, involving gin, Madeira (wine), and fruity sweet things like honey passion fruit, lemon, falernum (sweet syrup), and orgeat (sweet almond syrup). For that extra cuteness, it comes with a red flower on top. It’s a slightly more expensive drink at $14; we wish it were a bit bigger.

Lannisters Send Their Regard Cocktail (4/5 NOMs)

Time to drink like it’s a wedding, just hopefully not the Red kind where the Lannisters send their regards. While the name might reference a very dark day in the Game of Thrones (we were devastated by the Red Wedding), this drink is enjoyable. We appreciated the combination of several alcohols in one gulp: vodka, Fino Sherry (dry wine), and Contratto Bitter (Italian liqueur), all mixed with strawberry, lemon, and sparkling water. Is it wrong that we enjoyed this drink so much? It’s an excellent way to forget that some of our favorite characters died. Good thing this drink is only $13, so we don’t feel so guilty.

Milk of The Poppy Cocktail (3/5 NOMs)

We are in great pain, in pain, for more alcohol! So let’s try Milk of the Poppy. In Westeros, the Milk of the Poppy is given to people as a painkiller. Compared to other drinks, this wasn’t as memorable. This was more like a regular rum drink and didn’t have that Game of Thrones flavor we came to expect after other beverages. It had a lot with Armagnac (brandy), dark rum, Don Ciccio & Ciccio Concerto, Coconut, Pineapple, Lime, and Clarified Milk. This is one of their least sugary drinks, suitable for those not fans of sweetness, but sadly that is not us. We like our sugar, and we want a lot of it.

Beware of Long Lines

The bar is open Monday through Thursday from 5 pm to 12:30 am, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 1:30 am, and Sunday from 1 pm to 7 pm. You can expect super long lines at any time, primarily as it draws closer to the last day of the Pop-Up Bar. We went during the weekend at 3 pm to be some of the first people to get into the bar. Yep, that involved a two-hour wait if you do it, but then we were some of the first dozen people to make it inside. We heard about people who made it much later and had to wait in line for hours without moving. Plus, early arrival likely means a shorter time to wait for the Iron Throne. While waiting in line, we made a few new friends who are also big fans of the show. We felt the wait was worth it and recommend you visit before the Pop Up closes. / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram
1825 7th St NW 1004 Washington, District of Columbia
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