Welcome to Game of Thrones Popup Bar right here in Washington DC where you can take a trip all around Westeros and Essos brought to you by the amazing people of The Drink Company in Shaw/U Street. Same people who brought to you Mario Brothers and Cherry Blossom themed pop up bars now dive into a Game of Thrones world. Five sections have their own unique bars themed after various locations at Westeros like Winterfell, Bravos, Faceless Man Temple, Dragonstone, with dragons, flags, costumes, music, and so much more. Wait, it’s a bar so lots of drinks? Oh yes!! Their drink menu was amazing and got us tipsy.
Careful with the drinks, most of them have up to 3 different liqueurs combined with sweet mixers. Even though it’s a novelty limited time bar the drinks weren’t too expensive and most cost $13 — $15 USD. We tried to try as much as possible so you won’t have to. You know we are nice like that and took one for the team LOL. It had nothing to do with each drink inspired and references specific things from the show.
Travel Around Westeros and Essos
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 put on the waiting list so once it’s your turn you can move quickly. Careful the wait time can be anywhere from 40 minutes for us to 2 hours for others. It really all depends on when you make it to the bar. Another reason to try and get there early or during the week.
The North Remembers (5 NOMs)
The drink for a true King of the North! This was by far our most favorite drink. First, you get a giant wooden mug, but be prepared to surrender your ID because so many people tried to steal them. Good job people, that is why we can’t have nice things! The drink, oh wow was it good. The sweetness of coconut and pineapple alone will make you remember it for a while. Careful the drink is very strong, with a mix of 3 alcohols like scotch, Oloroso (wine), and Cointreau (orange flavored liqueur). So don’t drink it too fast or do and have lots of fun. After all, there are lots of other drunk Game of Thrones fans out there. Make sure to watch our video from the bar on how this drink is made. This is their most pricey drink with $15, but it’s well worth it simply because how big it is. No surprise it got our full NOMs score and was one of the favorites.
Just in case you just can’t handle it and must have this mug, we found for you on Norse Tradesman Genuine Viking Drinking Horn Mug.!
Dothraquiri (5 NOMs)
Like the Dothraque horde, hard and strong that might just turn you into a Khal of your group. Call us if you become Khal Drogo, cause he is hot and we can be your Khaleesi ;). It’s sure fun to watch how this drink is made, so make sure to check out our video. let’s just say it involves lots of mixing and FIRE! One sip in and you’re punched in the face with 4 liqueur, it’s like you are at a Dothraque wedding, though this one won’t include any 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, lime. I am pretty sure we had several of these, after a while, it was harder to tell. This is one of their more standard priced drinks for $13. It’s not surprising we’ve ordered this drink a few more times and it scored full NOMs.
Lady Mormont (4 NOMs)
This drink might not make you as bad ass as Lady Mormont of Bear Island but might just make you happy. The drink comes in a super cute bear mug, extra points to the bar to go to that level of details. Might be a small drink, but very much like its name sake Lyanna Mormont, very sweet and may just beat you up. Except here it’s all about the alcohol like gin, Madeira (wine) and fruity sweet things like honey passion fruit, lemon, falernum (sweet syrup), and orgeat (almond sweet syrup). For that extra cuteness, it comes with a red flower on top. Slightly more expensive drink with $14 and kind of wish it was a bit bigger.
Lannisters Send Their Regard (4 NOMs)
Time to drink like it’s a wedding, but hopefully not the Red kind where Lannisters send their regard. While the drink might be a referring to a very dark day at the Game of Thrones, we were quite devastated by the Red Wedding, but at least this drink is far more enjoyable. There is no way not to enjoy the combination of several alcohols in one with vodka, Fino Sherry (dry wine), Contratto Bitter (Italian liqueur), and sweet things like strawberry, lemon, sparkling water. Is it bad we enjoyed this drink so much? A good way to forget that some of our favorite characters died. God thing this drink is $13 so we don’t feel as guilty.
Milk of The Poppy (3 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 in great pain as a pain killer. 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 drinks. It actually had a lot in it with Armagnac (brandy), dark rum, Don Ciccio & Ciccio Concerto, Coconut, Pineapple, Lime, and Clarified Milk. This is one of their least sugary drink which is good for those who are not fans of sweetness, but sadly that is not us. We like our sugar and we like a lot of it.
Beware of Long Lines
One of the big things to remember is super long lines on the weekends. The bar opens at 5 pm and the best is to come at 3 pm. Yeap it’s a two-hour wait, but then you will be one of the first dozen people to make it inside. We heard some who made it much later had to wait in line for hours without moving. Plus early arrival will mean shorter time to wait for the Iron Throne. While waiting in line we made few new friends who are also big fans of the show. All the wait is really worth it and you need to go there before it closes.