In this Instagram-fueled, ephemera-obsessed culture we all live in, pop-up bars have become the ultimate experiential places to drink. From themes like Rick and Morty to annual mainstays like Miracle Bar, no idea is safe from pop-up bar mania. Here is a look at some of our favorite recurring pop-ups, as well as some that are in the final planning stages. Due to the come and go nature of pop-up bars, this list will be updated regularly as we learn about future events.
Cherry Blossom Pop-Up
Theme: D.C.’s cherry blossom festival
Where: Pop-Up Bar in Washington D.C.
Date: Through April 29
Why you should care: Pop-Up Bar D.C. (PUB) is hosting its second annual cherry blossom pop-up bar and took it up a notch this year. Japanese-inspired cocktails and snacks like tempura seaweed and sriracha peas are on the menu, and a seemingly infinite number of cherry blossoms hang from the ceiling. If your ‘gram is in need of something bright and pink, you need to make a visit before it closes.
Theme: Champagne everything
Where: The Rainbow Room in New York
Date: Through the end of May
Why you should care: At the top of Rockefeller Center, the wide-windowed Gallery at Rainbow Room offers views of lower Manhattan that can’t be matched. It also has a new theme that pops up every season. For spring, the theme is Champagne. It’s the seasonal pop-up with the best views.
Theme: College Spring Break
Where: Wayward in Denver
Date: Through May
Why you should care: The beach came to Denver this year. Beach balls, lounge chairs and sand boxes will fill the back room of Wayward through May. ‘90s music videos play on repeat around the room, and Jello Shots and spring break inspired drinks fill the menu. If that’s not enough, there are also two virtual reality stations to sit underneath heat lamps and look out at the (virtual) beach right in front of you.
Theme: Italian countryside
Where: Eataly in New York City
Date: April 12 through the summer
Why you should care: For the past two years, Eataly's rooftop bar has taken on a beach theme with umbrellas and cabanas. This year it's looking inland with a pop up countryside vibe 14 floors above the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Serra, which means "greenhouse" in Italian, is overflowing with plants. The spot will host a small farmer's market on the first Sunday of every month, and sporadic "Drinkeasy" nights where you have to call ahead for a password to get in. Food is served alongside drinks like the Dal Giardino, which features peperoncino-infused vodka, and sparkling wine with a Negroni popsicle in it.
Theme: Wayne’s World
Where: The Bucktown Pub in Chicago
Date: April 20-30
Why you should care: Gather around, Wayne’s World fans. Bucktown Pub is turning into an Aurora, Illinois, basement. Decor and furniture will reflect the change, and there will be four signature cocktails and six beers from Around the Bend Beer Company that will have Wayne’s World names.
Where: Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn and Slipper Clutch in L.A.
Date: April 26-28 (Brooklyn) and May 10-12 (L.A.)
Why you should care: Out of all the Marvel superheroes you’d want to drink with in a bar, Deadpool is up near the top. The bars will be outfitted like Sister Margaret’s School for Wayward Girls, the bar Deadpool and other mercenaries frequent. It’s co-sponsored by Mike’s Harder (like Mike’s Hard Lemonade, but, well, harder), and will feature Deadpool-inspired cans. The Brooklyn pop-up will have free pizza and the L.A. pop-up will serve chimichangas.
Theme: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal English wedding
Where: Drink Company’s Pop Up Bar in Washington D.C.
Date: May 4 to May 20
Why you should care: Royal wedding mania is setting in. You didn’t get an invite, but partying in a royal wedding themed bar in America’s capital is the next closest thing. There will be a replica of the lemon-elderflower wedding cake and plenty of flowers. One section of the bar will be styled like St. George’s Chapel complete with rosettes, columns and stained glass windows. Drinks range from Martinis to scotch to themed cocktails like “When Harry Met Meghan.” There will, of course, also be an Instagram-ready red and gold throne room replica.